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bigdessert
05-22-2010, 08:27 AM
I have about 1.5 acres to mow. what mower would be the better choice:

1. JD z445 54" with 23HP Kawasaki Engine brand new
2. 2005 JD 737 MID Z-Trak with 54" and Kawasaki 23HP engine with only 80 hours.

Both are selling for about $5200

Seem to me the 737 is a "commercial" mower so will probably last longer, but the age has me worried. I did verify by looking at the mower that it really only has 80 hours on it....the thing looks superb.

Please let me know what is the better buy here.

jsmonroeCT
05-22-2010, 09:15 AM
Where are they both from - a dealer? If so, is there some sort of warranty? If it were me, I would go with option #2. 80 hours on a 5 y/o engine is nothing.

bigdessert
05-22-2010, 10:04 AM
new one is from a dealer, used on is from an original owner on craigslist.

bigdessert
05-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Well, picked up the 2005 JD 737 MID Z-Trak with 54" and Kawasaki 23HP engine with only 80 hours. It was in such good shape and very well taken care of. Some dude used it for his personal lawn for 5 years and his lawn was 1 acre. I mowed my first time today with it and boy are ZTR's nice. It stripes really well, my only beef with it is that I have to get down the 3 point turn as to not rip up the grass.

MS_SURVEYOR
05-23-2010, 12:45 PM
Well, picked up the 2005 JD 737 MID Z-Trak with 54" and Kawasaki 23HP engine with only 80 hours. It was in such good shape and very well taken care of. Some dude used it for his personal lawn for 5 years and his lawn was 1 acre. I mowed my first time today with it and boy are ZTR's nice. It stripes really well, my only beef with it is that I have to get down the 3 point turn as to not rip up the grass.

:rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNhhGzMw8Ao

:drinkup:

bigdessert
05-23-2010, 12:51 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I got it down, it's just that it rained last night and my yard is clay so any bit of wheel stoppage means a tear.

MS_SURVEYOR
05-23-2010, 01:02 PM
I've had better luck with lower air pressures. At one time I was running 8 psi front and rear. Helped a lot. Right now playing with deck pitch I'm running 8 psi front, 12.5 psi rear. I have to get both wheels rolling or I'll pivot on one tire and tear turf.

End of row swing up hill, back up and swing away from turn row, forward into the next row. It helped a lot to watch other operators mowing. It also showed me I'll never be that good.