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Erik1981
12-25-2012, 11:11 AM
Has anyone used one of these? They are the same mower, Rich manufactures them and sells them with the name Convertible Mower, DR sells them under the name Versa Pro Z.

I am strongly considering purchasing one. It seems like a great concept but I would like to hear what other people think of them first. This would be for commercial use.

If anyone has any info on these it would be greatly appreciated.

Erik1981
12-26-2012, 08:33 AM
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Toro 455
12-26-2012, 08:37 AM
I tried one at the EXPO one year. I didn't like it. From behind the mower the controls placed you too far behind the mower. From the seat you had to reach up and forward for the controls.

Have you tried one? It'll do what it says, I just wouldn't want to use it all day.

Erik1981
12-26-2012, 10:02 AM
Has anyone used a newer machine? I know they have updated several things over the last few years but what do you experienced users think?
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Erik1981
12-28-2012, 02:42 PM
Anyone else have any info on these

Erik1981
12-30-2012, 07:35 AM
Any info would be appreciated

bennatti
02-10-2013, 07:57 PM
I agree that there is a dearth of information regarding this mower...I am also intrigued by it...could take the place of my walk-behind and a rider...Power Equipment Plus in New Hampshire sells these and obviously have a bias but they would also answer many of your questions...they have been quite helpful
their phone # 1-800-550-8780...website http://www.powerequipmentplus.com/prdSell.aspx?p1Name=Riding_Mowers&Name=DR_52in_VERSA_PRO_Z_Mower_27hp_Kohler_ES

vw_driver8542
05-20-2013, 01:37 PM
I just bought my second one from Rich Manufacturing. The ones from DR have consumer grade engines but everything else is the same. I love these mowers. I don't know what to say about them accept they are ingeniously designed, very tough, have great accessories, are more versatile than any other zero turn, are reasonably priced, and just plain work well. "Toro 455" must have tried one of the older versions, as the newer ones I find very ergonomic and well balanced (they did a complete redesign in 2006 making the unit more compact in walk behind mode). Plus the handle bars are adjustable to the driver. I had to adjust mine taller to suit me, I'm 6'3" 250lbs. I find it very comfortable even after a full 10 Hr. day. These machines work in every situation I have put them in, in my lawn care business. I mow a couple of very steep properties (like steep enough to scare a goat!)The steep stuff, under trees, pond banks, etc. are easy in walk behind mode. In ride on mode the convertible mower is as good or better then any other commercial zero turn out there. I mounted a winch to the front and a lifting point above the door in my enclosed trailer and use it to lift the front end up and service my deck. The "wheelbarrow" attachment is wonderful, I have the "brush deck " I use to mow overgrown properties and pasture(it can handle up to 2" saplings), and I am considering the snow blade to make my mower a four season machine. I flipped the mower over backwards once while trying to take it straight up a steep hill in walk behind mode. It flipped back onto the handlebar and rolled onto its side. I guy who works for me and I flipped it back over, I started it up and finished mowing the lawn. The mower wasn't hurt at all. They are built very well. At first I didn't like how the rear tires would spin when I tried to make sharp turns or turns on slopes etc. I added antifreeze to the back tires for weight and tire chains and haven't spun a tire since. I guy on another thread told me the deck wasn't as deep as some other commercial mowers, but I haven't had a problem processing grass unless it is very tall and overgrown, even then I run over it twice and its fine. My deck is 4.5" deep. I wont buy anything else. I am interested in the ventracs, but for the price difference I will stick with the Convertible's, they are great mowers. Also most of the parts are "off the shelf parts" that are easy to replace.

vw_driver8542
05-20-2013, 02:35 PM
This is the best video of the mower in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIrIMMHDfqQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

bennatti
05-20-2013, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the info...it was VERY useful....my major concern about the DR version was the engine.......I had gone to their site http://www.convertiblemower.com/ but in that it had a 2006 copyright I assumed it was out of date...apparently it isnt..I suppose one lingering concern would be service.

Erik1981
05-20-2013, 05:23 PM
I bought a new one in January and have finally been able to put a few hrs on it now. I love the versitility and it does most things great. The one thing I am disappointed about is that Rich does not make baffles for the deck. I have a Trac Vac 655 Pro on order for it and am excited to see how that performs as well. Question... what kind of blades are you guys running on yours? I have been running gators but have been told I should switch back to the high lift for a better cut and better stripe.
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vw_driver8542
05-21-2013, 02:26 PM
I have run both the stock blades and the gator G6. I get a lot of blow out when I use the gator blades. Haven't really noticed to much difference in cut quality other then the gators will chop the clippings finer in heavy grass.

ProStreetCamaro
05-21-2013, 04:46 PM
This is the best video of the mower in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIrIMMHDfqQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player



lmao look at the terrible cut leaving the strip of clippings down the middle of the cut! :laugh:

bennatti
05-25-2013, 04:57 PM
The video mentioned I believe demo'd the 48 inch brush mower with rear discharge..not meant to be a finish mower. I have done some investigating and am impressed by this distributor...http://www.canns-bilco.com/custompage.asp?pg=convmowers
Very knowledgeable and offers quite a variety of engine options (even more than shown on the factory website).