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printer88
06-09-2009, 08:32 PM
I no longer mow commercially but my lawn is about 2 acres and my old JD walk behind is done for and I'm ready to ride. Our lawn is level but slightly bumpy.
What would you all recommend since I don't want to spend more than 5k?
Thanks

ericmcj31
06-09-2009, 08:38 PM
prob. find a good, used one around. Keep an eye out..usually they are either worn out/high hours/lots of $$$, but there are good deals out there. I've often pondered what I will do when/if I ever getout of the business...my lawn is small, but the nice equipment has spoiled me to other 'homeowner' lines that I see at HD and lowes...

GreenAcresLandscaping
06-09-2009, 08:39 PM
Depending on your area you could probably get a hustler fastrack 48 for about 5k. The BadBoy that tractor supply sells looks like it would be fine for what you are doing they are 4999

ericmcj31
06-09-2009, 08:40 PM
FWIW I'm gonna have a Ferris 61'' 30 HP Kohler for sale in about a week. It's one that I use and it has 490 hours on it at the moment. By next week it should be over 500, but I've had it for 2 years and one month. My new one is sapposed to be here the first of the week. I buy a new one every 2 years to keep a newer mower. PM me if you are interested. Or you can call 706-506-8857.

lifetree
06-09-2009, 08:40 PM
I recommend a Dixon RAM MAG machine, or, a Snapper PRO SD150 machine ... these are entry level commercial machines and you can get them new for less than $ 5 K !!

sdk1959
06-09-2009, 08:44 PM
Quality cut, front shocks, floating deck, full length rear rollers for striping. A neighbor has one, cuts great. Rated light commercial. You might be able to special order it with a Vanguard Briggs engine although the standard ELS engine should be more than adequate. Same company also makes the Ferris commercial mowers.

Good luck in your decision. :) See link below.
http://www.simplicitymfg.com/products/zero_turn/zt3000/

djflats
06-09-2009, 08:58 PM
FWIW I'm gonna have a Ferris 61'' 30 HP Kohler for sale in about a week. It's one that I use and it has 490 hours on it at the moment. By next week it should be over 500, but I've had it for 2 years and one month. My new one is sapposed to be here the first of the week. I buy a new one every 2 years to keep a newer mower. PM me if you are interested. Or you can call 706-506-8857.

I sure wish I was close....that's a nice mower.

saylorsdad
06-09-2009, 09:00 PM
buy a 60in zt from a badboy dealer and you will not regret the purchase. I have one with around 130 hrs it mows pretty darn good for cash
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SlowMow
06-09-2009, 09:27 PM
I no longer mow commercially but my lawn is about 2 acres and my old JD walk behind is done for and I'm ready to ride. Our lawn is level but slightly bumpy.
What would you all recommend since I don't want to spend more than 5k?
Thanks
I would recommend getting with your local dealerships and find out who the area or regional sales rep is and get a good deal on a demo mower. That is what I do. I have became GREAT friends with our regional Scag sales rep and I get quality demos, a lot of times with less than 100 hours for usually about half the price. Just an idea to get a commercial mower for a residential price.
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printer88
06-10-2009, 08:07 PM
Thanks for all the ideas. I'm going shopping Friday and try some out. Btw, are the Toro Timecuters any good?

GreenAcresLandscaping
06-10-2009, 08:34 PM
I saw a toro time cutter at my dealer the other day and it looked really cheap looking. The Titan on the other hand looked like a great mower. Its basically a Commercial welded deck with a residential motor. I think that would be good for what you are doing. They go for about 4500-5000. Later this moth they are coming out with one that has a Kawi motor too.

4.3mudder
06-10-2009, 08:49 PM
Bad Boy Hands down

mowerdude777
06-10-2009, 08:54 PM
I have herd good things about the exmark quest

bighaydenslawn
06-10-2009, 10:33 PM
SCAG Freedom Z.

Little over 5K, but not much.

sslopok
06-10-2009, 10:34 PM
I have a Scag Freedom Z with a 26 horse 52 inch deck and I am I extremely happy with it. It was $5100 plus tax. I mow a few lawns with it plus my own 3 acres. I also checked out the exmark quest when I was looking. It was something like $4500. The dealer carries both scag and exmark and he said the scag FREEDOM Z was a better quality mower. The bad boy looks good too. Just don't know anything about the kohler courage engine.
sslopok

lawnwizards
06-10-2009, 10:43 PM
Quality cut, front shocks, floating deck, full length rear rollers for striping. A neighbor has one, cuts great. Rated light commercial. You might be able to special order it with a Vanguard Briggs engine although the standard ELS engine should be more than adequate. Same company also makes the Ferris commercial mowers.

Good luck in your decision. :) See link below.
http://www.simplicitymfg.com/products/zero_turn/zt3000/

what he said. definitely get the vanguard though. you wont be disappointed.

ztrworldnewbie
06-10-2009, 10:53 PM
I would agree with statement about Toro timecutter. I've been researching ZTR's for residential use and those things look flimsy and not worth the money. Hustler's new Sport ZTR looked pretty sturdy and well built. Don't like the Briggs engine on it but the mower looked good quality.

jonechris
04-12-2010, 10:55 PM
I looked at many mowers between $3000 and $4500 and the Hustler Sport 42 was a much better machine that the others ie: Toro Timecutter, John Deer z225 and the Cub Cadet. I bought the 42 and it really is a sturdy machine.

tlojohnson
04-13-2010, 08:30 AM
Are the bad boy mowers faster than most commercial mowers?
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ALC-GregH
04-13-2010, 09:04 AM
Scag Freedom Z or bust. Best bang for the buck IMHO. A 52in deck with a 19hp Kawl is all you'll need.