View Full Version : Need help with ZTR purchase

04-09-2002, 03:50 PM
I need some help in figuring out which mower to buy to use in my yard. I have read most of the previous posts on this subject but they don't answer some of my questions.
I have four acres, one of which is lawn and the remainder is tall grass with lots of fruit, redwood and decorative trees. I mow all of the large areas of weeds with my tractor, yet I need a heavy duty mower to cut the lawn and detail work around trees that the tractor cannot. I have made my yard mower-safe, the weeds are high and thick, but free from rocks and stumps.
I would like to buy the small, no-frills commercial zero turning radius mower. I am open to suggestion to but have looked at the Great Dane Chariot Jr. and the Toro Z Master Z 100. The Great Dane sells for $5,200 and the Z 100 for $5,500. Both come with Kawasaki 17 HP engines. The Toro has a 44" deck and the Great Dane has a 48" deck. Both would fit my application well.
Price is a major factor. The $5000 price tag is a big hit to the wallet, but buying a lightly constructed homeowner mower that will die in a couple of years would be a big waste of money.
I would like anybody's advise on this subject. I have no experience with these commercial units.

04-09-2002, 06:42 PM
calpyro- might want to look at a bobcat 218 es. it is essentially a commercial mower with a non commercial engine and seat. it can be had in my area for less than 5000 before taxes

04-09-2002, 08:05 PM
toros, exmarks, dixie choppers, walkers, great danes are all great mowers, demo them all and see which u like the best

04-10-2002, 09:25 AM
Thanks for the information. I will try to get one purchased next week.

04-23-2002, 01:46 AM
Dont forget to look at the hustler fastrak

04-26-2002, 02:01 PM
I bought a Bobcat 218es about a month ago for $5000. Cutting approx. 4 acres around my house. Love it so far. Everything about this mower is commercial grade except for the engine... 18hp Briggs Intek. Plenty of power though and at 2 or 3 hrs use per week, ought to last me a very long time. Much better machine for the money than the "homeowner" models at nearly the same price.

05-01-2002, 01:29 PM
I had the same type of quesitons that you had. I looked around, really liked what I saw in the Examrk brand, the Dixie Chopper, and the Toro's. I was like you, hated to pay 5 or 6 thousand dollars for a mower when I was only going to mower my own lawn. I found the toro timecutter, and I got the 17 horse kohler engine and the 52 inch cut. It does a good job and for an acre lot I can get done in about 35 to 40 minutes. I enjoy it alot. It has plenty of power and my lot is a downward slope, so it takes very well to hills. I think the Z master 100 would be to expensive for what you are looking for. I thnk the toro has a larger engine the Kawasaki 18, I have heard it is new for 2002. That would be my pick. I gave 4100 for it, with a burned up old husquavarna. I think is was worth it. If you are going to spend a little more than that get the Exmark Lazer HP 20-48 it's around 6300, but I know it would be worth it.