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erdocdan
08-12-2012, 06:51 AM
I am mowing 12 acres with only 2 areas that have mild slope. Quite a few trees and flower beds. I am 6'2" and over 300# and need a generous seat. I would appreciate some pro advice on which ZTR would be best for my size and for the long run. I know I am not mowing for a living but I want the best and price is not a deal breaker. I am used to having to pay first class for a big a**.

C Jovingo Landscaping
08-12-2012, 08:04 AM
Dr Dan, you will get many different answers cuz of brand loyalties of each LCO. But people on here are very knowledgable abt their favorite brand. Some will be able to give pros &cons of different ZTRs if they have switched from one to another. But once you learn the best mower by each maker, then you can go out & check each one at local dealers. Also dealer location may determine what you go with. Exmark may be down the road while Scag dealer might be 45 minute drive. I can't give advice on ZTR as i don't own any.
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ReddensLawnCare
08-12-2012, 09:57 AM
Check out a scag cheetah
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Capemay Eagle
08-12-2012, 10:21 AM
What is your high end budget? Because the Ferris 5100Z Diesel would be a great machine for the job, but were talking 16K.

erdocdan
08-13-2012, 01:46 AM
Check out a scag cheetah
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Tried one just on pavement at dealer. Could not appreciate the operator suspension cause it was smooth. Seat ok but still the control arms nearly rubbed my legs. I liked the fittings on the spindles. Hate sealed bearings.
Zero percent for 48 months or $11,500 OTD he will pay the tax free delivery. I need to try it on grass.

erdocdan
08-13-2012, 01:50 AM
What is your high end budget? Because the Ferris 5100Z Diesel would be a great machine for the job, but were talking 16K.

That is a lot of money. How big is the seat? Seems many are 21 inch. Relaxed, seated I need 25 between control arms. I'll check the specs.

luxurylawnsbyJB
08-13-2012, 03:01 AM
From one Big guy to another (well, not anymore), I've been in business for over 20 years. I've gone through a handfull of mowers, and I can give you some advice, about seats and room for your legs.... I have tested just about every mower on the market, right down to the china made ones, and only having a John Deere for 2 weeks...... I am much happier with a Deere, than all the others I've owned or tested.. I work by myself now, but if you are going to have helpers, you should be spending more time on the mower.

I was up to 364lbs at 5'8" and I had the knick name "Fat-Boy" and "Porkchop" from a few of my mowing buddies... The Exmark that I've had, beat the devil from me on bumpy turf, and after 10 or so lawns, my back was killing me. I would have rather done anything else other than run the mower... give me a trimmer! Other things that I disliked about some mowers was the room from the sticks for my legs. I always seemed to not be comfortable and be able to relax my legs, I needed to hold them together. Now, after loosing 140lbs, I still found that some mowers just didn't seem to "fit" me.

What I found about using the John Deere 900 series is that there is a LOT of room and a comfortable seat. I mowed 20 lawns the second day, and did not feel beat-up. Even after sitting for 5hrs mowing a complex, I still felt relaxed. Another thing that I liked about the JD over my previous mowers was that I didn't get covered in dirt from the kickout from under the deck.(Mulching) I could go on about other likes and dislikes about each mower I've owned, but so far, I am very pleased with the z910a with a 54", but I would consider going with a z920a or larger if I was over 300lbs with a 54" deck.

The seat on the Deere is thick and seems to be wide witht he arm rests being narrower. My last mower, I had to remove the arm rests because my backside wouldn't fit between them comfortably...

one more thing, make sure you go with a wider tire, it will make a difference over time.. being heafty, a wider tire wouldn't hurt. Good luck

lifetree
08-13-2012, 03:23 AM
I think you should look at the Gravely 400 series !!

C Jovingo Landscaping
08-13-2012, 05:28 AM
From one Big guy to another (well, not anymore), I've been in business for over 20 years. I've gone through a handfull of mowers, and I can give you some advice, about seats and room for your legs.... I have tested just about every mower on the market, right down to the china made ones, and only having a John Deere for 2 weeks...... I am much happier with a Deere, than all the others I've owned or tested.. I work by myself now, but if you are going to have helpers, you should be spending more time on the mower.

I was up to 364lbs at 5'8" and I had the knick name "Fat-Boy" and "Porkchop" from a few of my mowing buddies... The Exmark that I've had, beat the devil from me on bumpy turf, and after 10 or so lawns, my back was killing me. I would have rather done anything else other than run the mower... give me a trimmer! Other things that I disliked about some mowers was the room from the sticks for my legs. I always seemed to not be comfortable and be able to relax my legs, I needed to hold them together. Now, after loosing 140lbs, I still found that some mowers just didn't seem to "fit" me.

What I found about using the John Deere 900 series is that there is a LOT of room and a comfortable seat. I mowed 20 lawns the second day, and did not feel beat-up. Even after sitting for 5hrs mowing a complex, I still felt relaxed. Another thing that I liked about the JD over my previous mowers was that I didn't get covered in dirt from the kickout from under the deck.(Mulching) I could go on about other likes and dislikes about each mower I've owned, but so far, I am very pleased with the z910a with a 54", but I would consider going with a z920a or larger if I was over 300lbs with a 54" deck.

The seat on the Deere is thick and seems to be wide witht he arm rests being narrower. My last mower, I had to remove the arm rests because my backside wouldn't fit between them comfortably...

one more thing, make sure you go with a wider tire, it will make a difference over time.. being heafty, a wider tire wouldn't hurt. Good luck

OP says he's mowin 12 acres & wants pro advice selecting mower that will be comfortable for him. Sounds like homeowner, not starting LCO, so he prob won't have helpers. Unless you're refering to his kids! Lol!
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luxurylawnsbyJB
08-13-2012, 10:42 PM
12 acres....thats a lot of time on a mower....anybody know of a mower with a radio? LOL... I've been tempted to put a waterproof radio on my JD... Would be nice to listen to the radio with my Gray Ghosts....

tinkerlawn
08-13-2012, 11:14 PM
12 acres....thats a lot of time on a mower....anybody know of a mower with a radio? LOL... I've been tempted to put a waterproof radio on my JD... Would be nice to listen to the radio with my Gray Ghosts....

Have you tried the AO safety worktunes? They have am/fm radio while also offer hearing protection. I picked up some at home depot for like $50 and had pretty good luck with them. Especially nice when your mowing during the football games this fall!

Heres the link
http://www.hand-tools.us/aosafetyworktunesamfmradiomodel9054180000-pi-3010.html

erdocdan
08-22-2012, 03:12 AM
Well I got a new Lazer ZX 60 with the 801 Kaw and series 6 deck. Did a seat upgrade to the adjustable that's stock on the diesel. 11,500 OTD.
First impression loud and jerky. My wife mowed with it and I don't think she exceeded 5mph. Too bad the controls don't have the ability to decrease the sensitivity near center stick like on a helicopter. It would help to keep down unwanted control input from every little bump when doing close work. I guess you just get use to it with time.
I looked at Scag, Ferris, JD, Hustler,and Husqvarna. I was impressed at the Husky PZ6029 and could have bought that for 9,750 OTD. I actually found one on EBay New(not demo) for 8,500 from Nashville with a shipping quote of 250. Same Kaw engine, pumps and wheel motors. Deeper deck with larger discharge. Looked very rugged and well built with a very comfortable adjustable seat. Bigger greasable spindles. Neat deck lock control on pedal.
In the end I fell for the hype. Exmark best cut, least maintanence, no lines to leak bla bla bla. I think my wife liked the shade of red better. I was just seeing alot more green.

kawasaki guy
08-25-2012, 01:29 PM
i would honestly recommend a tractor like a jd lt155. i have one, it is great on hills. you might be better off with a wright sport or stand on. the wright sport has a seat to sit, but same layout as a stand on. no control bars to hit your legs or knees. i would highly recomend a toro grandstand as a stand on, and it evens converts into wb by folding up platform.

LawnCareNoobie
08-25-2012, 06:23 PM
Well I got a new Lazer ZX 60 with the 801 Kaw and series 6 deck. Did a seat upgrade to the adjustable that's stock on the diesel. 11,500 OTD.
First impression loud and jerky. My wife mowed with it and I don't think she exceeded 5mph. Too bad the controls don't have the ability to decrease the sensitivity near center stick like on a helicopter. It would help to keep down unwanted control input from every little bump when doing close work. I guess you just get use to it with time.
I looked at Scag, Ferris, JD, Hustler,and Husqvarna. I was impressed at the Husky PZ6029 and could have bought that for 9,750 OTD. I actually found one on EBay New(not demo) for 8,500 from Nashville with a shipping quote of 250. Same Kaw engine, pumps and wheel motors. Deeper deck with larger discharge. Looked very rugged and well built with a very comfortable adjustable seat. Bigger greasable spindles. Neat deck lock control on pedal.
In the end I fell for the hype. Exmark best cut, least maintanence, no lines to leak bla bla bla. I think my wife liked the shade of red better. I was just seeing alot more green.

Yes those new Husqvarnas are nice thanks to the orange JD 7 iron deck they got.

THEGOLDPRO
08-25-2012, 06:30 PM
It just takes some seat time to get used to the controls, also they will wear in alittle with time and become less jerky as the pumps get alittle use out of them.

Once you mow with it a few times you wont even notice how responsive/jerky they are, it will just become normal and you will be able to get closer to things while cutting in.

Well I got a new Lazer ZX 60 with the 801 Kaw and series 6 deck. Did a seat upgrade to the adjustable that's stock on the diesel. 11,500 OTD.
First impression loud and jerky. My wife mowed with it and I don't think she exceeded 5mph. Too bad the controls don't have the ability to decrease the sensitivity near center stick like on a helicopter. It would help to keep down unwanted control input from every little bump when doing close work. I guess you just get use to it with time..

erdocdan
08-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Yes those new Husqvarnas are nice thanks to the orange JD 7 iron deck they got.

Did they copy them or does Deere build em for them?

erdocdan
08-25-2012, 10:08 PM
It just takes some seat time to get used to the controls, also they will wear in alittle with time and become less jerky as the pumps get alittle use out of them.

Once you mow with it a few times you wont even notice how responsive/jerky they are, it will just become normal and you will be able to get closer to things while cutting in.

Your correct. I put some muffs on and just getting rid of the noise made it a lot less scary. I adjusted the control arms up and that helped for me. I mowed for a couple hours and took it slow on the close work and got the feel of it. I can't believe how fast they are in the straights. You almost need a bug screen. Some places are hard and bumpy and and I hade to slow down to keep from jaring man and machine apart. Kept my eyes open for woodchuck holes. Wouldn't want to do it for a living but I can see why you guys look forward to cutting the grass now. Should have bought one when I was young.

Capemay Eagle
08-26-2012, 01:48 PM
Your correct. I put some muffs on and just getting rid of the noise made it a lot less scary. I adjusted the control arms up and that helped for me. I mowed for a couple hours and took it slow on the close work and got the feel of it. I can't believe how fast they are in the straights. You almost need a bug screen. Some places are hard and bumpy and and I hade to slow down to keep from jaring man and machine apart. Kept my eyes open for woodchuck holes. Wouldn't want to do it for a living but I can see why you guys look forward to cutting the grass now. Should have bought one when I was young.
Nice mower! eXmarks are great machines!

Nate'sLawnCare
09-05-2012, 10:19 PM
I looked at a Husky PZ6029 with a suspension seat earlier this year and was very impressed. It was very comfortable, one you could ride all day. I just couldn't justify the expense this year.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
09-06-2012, 12:27 AM
Well I got a new Lazer ZX 60 with the 801 Kaw and series 6 deck. Did a seat upgrade to the adjustable that's stock on the diesel. 11,500 OTD.
First impression loud and jerky. My wife mowed with it and I don't think she exceeded 5mph. Too bad the controls don't have the ability to decrease the sensitivity near center stick like on a helicopter. It would help to keep down unwanted control input from every little bump when doing close work. I guess you just get use to it with time.
I looked at Scag, Ferris, JD, Hustler,and Husqvarna. I was impressed at the Husky PZ6029 and could have bought that for 9,750 OTD. I actually found one on EBay New(not demo) for 8,500 from Nashville with a shipping quote of 250. Same Kaw engine, pumps and wheel motors. Deeper deck with larger discharge. Looked very rugged and well built with a very comfortable adjustable seat. Bigger greasable spindles. Neat deck lock control on pedal.
In the end I fell for the hype. Exmark best cut, least maintanence, no lines to leak bla bla bla. I think my wife liked the shade of red better. I was just seeing alot more green.
Should tested a DC the Classic models fit tall guys well Lots of leg room and seating is like a kitchen chair
I know them exmarks kinda laying down
Remember mowingwith one relax no stiff arms if run it with stiff arms you hit a bump be like bucking horse