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mantrep
07-07-2008, 08:58 PM
Currently running about 110 accounts. I have a 52" Grasshopper, (my 3rd machine) about 40 of my accounts have backyards which I service with my faithful 32" toro.

The toro is getting old and a bit worn out. Shes begging to retire. I figure its time to upgrade but I cant go beyond something 34" wide.

My choices are
Exmark
Dixie Chopper
Gravely
Toro
Encore
Im looking for a zero turn or a stand on. (I think Gravely is the only one offering a stand on right now)
Have to choose from only these due to dealer selection. Im starting to look this weekend and want input from anyone which uses

Thanks!

freshprince94
07-07-2008, 10:20 PM
eXmark's Phazer, Dixie Chopper's Silver Eagle, Gravely's 34z, and Toro's 34" are all good.

ffemtmcd
07-07-2008, 10:27 PM
DIXIE - just compare the construction and ease of maintenance

lifetree
07-07-2008, 10:32 PM
Too bad you don't have a Dixon dealer near you ... they have a 34" ZTR, the Black Bear !!

snowjeep
07-07-2008, 10:54 PM
We have a Gravely 34z and love it. Mine is an 06 with the 15hp Kawi and has plenty of power I can't imagine the 17hp Kawi they offer now. Also I was rutting some lawns with the 21x7 tires but I weight 280. But I put on 20X10 4 ply which is a 1/4 in shorter. Rutting all gone but needed to trim gas tank brackets a little when we took psi down to 10. Good luck.

freshprince94
07-08-2008, 11:15 AM
Too bad you don't have a Dixon dealer near you ... they have a 34" ZTR, the Black Bear !!

I don't think that mower works well in the south.

KS_Grasscutter
07-08-2008, 11:19 AM
eXmark's Phazer, Dixie Chopper's Silver Eagle, Gravely's 34z, and Toro's 34" are all good.

I don't think that mower works well in the south.

Dude, have you ever even LOOKED at any of these mowers up close, let alone ran any of them?

mantrep
07-09-2008, 06:28 AM
WOW! Im new to this site and cant believe how quick the responses came in.

Im going test driving on those brands this weekend. Probably buy in the next few weeks. Besides the guy using the Gravely 34Z, anyone using an Exmark Phazer or the Dixie Chopper 34? I heard a few bad things about the quality of the Chopper cut. My main problem is mulching. In FL my machines have to mulch and Im not sure if the Chopper has a mulch kit.

Hmmm...If I got a Chopper then my mowers would be a Hopper and a Chopper!

mowingmark
07-09-2008, 08:47 AM
I have a new Gravely 34z and it is sweet! It has tons of power with the 17 hp Kaw. I would suggest it as I tested all the other mowers. The only thing I can't attest for is longevity.

freshprince94
07-09-2008, 12:51 PM
Dude, have you ever even LOOKED at any of these mowers up close, let alone ran any of them?

I haven't ran these exact mowers, but I have run other mowers from these brands. I have heard good reviews, and I have LCO friends who have good things to say about these mowers. Sorry. I should have stated that "I have heard good things" or "I have heard bad things".

And I have looked at these mowers. I'm actually thinking about demoing the Phazer. I'll post how that turns out.

freshprince94
07-09-2008, 12:54 PM
WOW! Im new to this site and cant believe how quick the responses came in.

Im going test driving on those brands this weekend. Probably buy in the next few weeks. Besides the guy using the Gravely 34Z, anyone using an Exmark Phazer or the Dixie Chopper 34? I heard a few bad things about the quality of the Chopper cut. My main problem is mulching. In FL my machines have to mulch and Im not sure if the Chopper has a mulch kit.

Hmmm...If I got a Chopper then my mowers would be a Hopper and a Chopper!

Dixie has mulching blades to put on. Then, you're just supposed to close the OCDC. The eXmarks I have used and seen cut well on St. Augustine, and there is a mulch kit for the Phazer available (Micro Mulch).

I have heard bad things about the mulching ability of the Dixon blackbear.

S man
07-09-2008, 01:55 PM
Dixie has mulching blades to put on. Then, you're just supposed to close the OCDC. The eXmarks I have used and seen cut well on St. Augustine, and there is a mulch kit for the Phazer available (Micro Mulch).

I have heard bad things about the mulching ability of the Dixon blackbear.

Dixon cannot mulch anywhere near exmark or the others mentioned. Stay away from it.

Mowingman
07-09-2008, 05:13 PM
We sold a lot of Gravely 34" ZTR's at our shop. They have plenty of power to mulch, and, the mulch kit works great. Those who have them love the machines. They are cutting mostly Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses. The cut is very nice with or without the mulch kit.

jbpo
07-11-2008, 12:24 AM
i'm in my 3rd year running an exmark phazer. 19hp is great especially when cutting overgrown st. augustine grass. just make sure you have good dealer support no matter which brand you choose.

Lbilawncare
07-11-2008, 12:37 AM
I have a 34" Dixie Chopper, cuts great (3 blade system, blades overlap "heart" shaped deck) I think that the actual width is more than 34" though, make sure you check into that if you have small gates. I may be selling this machine because it isn't used much, most of our gated customers have moved or are on our other route.

husk1295
07-11-2008, 02:34 AM
I have a 34" Dixie Chopper, cuts great (3 blade system, blades overlap "heart" shaped deck) I think that the actual width is more than 34" though, make sure you check into that if you have small gates. I may be selling this machine because it isn't used much, most of our gated customers have moved or are on our other route.
Yesterday 11:24 PM


I am interested if you are still looking to sell this chopper, pm me if interested.

Zookem
07-11-2008, 10:43 AM
I have a 34" Dixie Chopper, cuts great (3 blade system, blades overlap "heart" shaped deck) I think that the actual width is more than 34" though, make sure you check into that if you have small gates. I may be selling this machine because it isn't used much, most of our gated customers have moved or are on our other route.

lbi,
Where is Illinois are you located?

jameson
07-11-2008, 11:02 AM
Besides the guy using the Gravely 34Z, anyone using an Exmark Phazer or the Dixie Chopper 34?

We have an eXmark Phazer w/the 44" TriVantage deck (now discontinued). It leaves a superb cut behind in all conditions, though it's prone to clumping and deck packing in wet conditions.

Powered by the 19HP Kaw it has plenty of power, especially for a lightweight machine with such a small footprint.

I was concerned about the ZT2800's, but though whiny in use, they've proved surprisingly responsive. At 250+ hard hours (employees!), no problems to report.

S man
07-11-2008, 11:45 AM
We have an eXmark Phazer w/the 44" TriVantage deck (now discontinued). It leaves a superb cut behind in all conditions, though it's prone to clumping and deck packing in wet conditions.

Powered by the 19HP Kaw it has plenty of power, especially for a lightweight machine with such a small footprint.

I was concerned about the ZT2800's, but though whiny in use, they've proved surprisingly responsive. At 250+ hard hours (employees!), no problems to report.

Thanks for the feedback james. Mine had 87 hours when I sold it. That mower was awsome.

ffemtmcd
07-11-2008, 01:13 PM
Dixon cannot mulch anywhere near exmark or the others mentioned. Stay away from it.

Dixon or Dixie - does not cut well?? Just wanted to clarify. Looking to buy a Dixie next season.

S man
07-11-2008, 03:22 PM
Dixon or Dixie - does not cut well?? Just wanted to clarify. Looking to buy a Dixie next season.

Dixon. The blue pos.

ffemtmcd
07-11-2008, 03:37 PM
Dixon. The blue pos.

hahahahaha

mantrep
07-11-2008, 06:01 PM
I have been considering using a stand on instead of the traditional ZTRs.
Most users think theyre great. However, again im limited.

It looks like the only one with a 34 is Gravely. Anyone using a ProStance Gravely?

Lbilawncare
07-12-2008, 01:54 AM
husk1295, your pm's are not working. PM me when they are.

Lawn Enforcer
07-12-2008, 02:54 AM
Well, I am the proud owner of a 2008 Everride Scorpion FX 34", and it is incredible, fast, powerful, and very comfortable. Check out my threads and look for -l.l.e. 2008- Hope this helps!

husk1295
07-12-2008, 03:58 AM
husk1295, your pm's are not working. PM me when they are.

Man, im really new to this site and cant figure anything out. How would i figure out what the problem is with the PM's. Thanks

Lawn Enforcer
07-12-2008, 04:25 AM
Man, im really new to this site and cant figure anything out. How would i figure out what the problem is with the PM's. Thanks

You need at least 10 posts for PM's to work. Welcome to lawnsite.com!

TNT LawnCare Inc.
07-12-2008, 08:43 AM
I have been considering using a stand on instead of the traditional ZTRs.
Most users think theyre great. However, again im limited.

It looks like the only one with a 34 is Gravely. Anyone using a ProStance Gravely?

Do you have a wright dealer near you , they make stand-on mowers. The stand-on mowers Gravely , Everide and wright give you excellent trimabilty and are great little mowers. There very productive machines and efficient.The gravely 34 Z is also an excellent choice. I have not used gravely or everide stand-ons. But have been using Wrights standers ,one of the best mowers ive purchased.

mantrep
07-12-2008, 01:18 PM
Did some shopping today. Had to rule out the standers. I like them but the deck height wont work. I very the deck height frequently for different turf types and the standers require blade spacers. Dont have time to pull blades and change spacers.

As of right now, it looks like Gravely 34Z. I have 2 dealers to work with and both have been around 5+ years. The exmark dealer is a *****. That was a big turnoff.

mantrep
07-12-2008, 01:21 PM
any suggestions on the 34Z? Im favoring it a bit and want to get a feel for any problems any current users have.

dago52
07-14-2008, 12:39 AM
any suggestions on the 34Z? Im favoring it a bit and want to get a feel for any problems any current users have.

I just picked up a used 2006 Gravely 34Z for 2500.00. It had 60 hours on the clock and looks brand new. This machine flies, cuts great, and is built like a tank. As soon as I got it home I cleaned it up and gave it a fluid film bath. So far, I love it.

mantrep
07-14-2008, 05:33 AM
So far the only machine I have tested was the exmark phazer.
I like the gravely but its heavy. Around 150lbs more than the toro or the phazer.

In regards to dealer support, I have to probably go with toro or gravely.

What to do??? What to do??? One last test run this weekend to make up my mind I guess:confused:

Lakewlc
08-01-2008, 09:18 PM
how about a quick?

S man
08-01-2008, 10:18 PM
The phazer kicks some serious a$$! I would go with it. The zt2800s are fully professional pump and wheel motors in one case. Don't be afraid of them. They are just as good or better than the separate units.