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slowleak1
01-19-2013, 03:03 AM
Last summer I purchased a brand new Cheetah 61", 36 BB whole nine yards. The property I was cutting was flooded by Hurricane Isaac, and has since been shut down and taken over by the government (it was next to a landfill, polution stuff, being excavated now).

Anyways, I am contemplating possibly trading it in for a stander, if I dont take a huge hit on it. That was my only big property (34 acres) and now I am back to strictly city stuff. Obviously I could try and market more towards bigger open lots, but at the same time I think I could be more productive now by getting a stander and using that on these smaller residential yards. I already have 36" hustler FTSD, so I am thinking get the stander as my main mower and use the hustler as a spare/backup/get through tight places mower.

Anyone have any insight? I think this is the first time where I couldnt make up my mind on my own, and it's driving me nuts.

TIA

ashgrove landscaping
01-19-2013, 01:03 PM
You are going to take a huge hit unfortunately. They may give you $7000 for it but you would be lucky

Jimslawncareservice
01-19-2013, 01:09 PM
I bought a deere x720 in 2011. Traded after a couple months with 80 hours. I got 500 more than I paid. I traded for a z950. Which is for sale or trade. My deere dealer will give me around 8000. Has 300 hours. Just to give you an idea.
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knox gsl
01-19-2013, 01:41 PM
I would talk to the dealer and try to get a straight answer. It sounds like you aren't in a tight spot to trade so you may be better of selling it in the Spring and buying out right. Also remember you will not be taxed on the trade in value so that my help on making a decision.

orangemower
01-20-2013, 09:56 AM
I'd put my 61" Scag on a postage stamp lot if there's room. Why not use it and double your production over the 36?

MOturkey
01-20-2013, 12:12 PM
I tend to agree with the notion of giving the Cheetah a try before making a decision. I've never personally used a stander, and don't know your area, so I can't say which is "better" for you, but just because mowers like the Cheetah are designed to cut large areas quickly doesn't mean they can't be used on smaller properties as well. You have the 36, which could be used on the smallest and/or least accessible properties. From where I sit, this is pretty much a perfect combo.

Richard Martin
01-21-2013, 10:09 AM
I am like orangemower, I use my 60" Dixie on every property that it will fit on. I'm not sure how a smaller mower can be more productive? Especially when you consider that the average stander moves 33% slower than the Cheetah does in low gear. I've cut 1/4 acre lots next to guys on smaller mowers and blew them away.

KrayzKajun
01-21-2013, 10:13 AM
Doug, how much you want for the Cheetah?
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slowleak1
01-21-2013, 12:39 PM
How much you got? :laugh:

I think for now I will hang on to it.

I would have liked something a little smaller, but like has been stated I can use it, it's just a little awkward but I will get used to it.

I wanted to make a decision before too many hours got put on it...but in all reality it isn't a bad mower to keep around. I will give it some more time and see how I feel after that. I just didn't want to get stuck with a mower with too many hours to sell for a decent price...

Oh and FYI for anyone who wants to know, it doesnt do what scag says it will MPH wise. It wont get over 10 mph in low, and 13 in high. Bringing it in tomorrow for the dealer to check it out.

Jimslawncareservice
01-21-2013, 12:53 PM
How much you got? :laugh:

I think for now I will hang on to it.

I would have liked something a little smaller, but like has been stated I can use it, it's just a little awkward but I will get used to it.

I wanted to make a decision before too many hours got put on it...but in all reality it isn't a bad mower to keep around. I will give it some more time and see how I feel after that. I just didn't want to get stuck with a mower with too many hours to sell for a decent price...

Oh and FYI for anyone who wants to know, it doesnt do what scag says it will MPH wise. It wont get over 10 mph in low, and 13 in high. Bringing it in tomorrow for the dealer to check it out.

The one I demoed did 12 in low and 16 in high. Something isn't set up correctly or out of adjustment
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weaver
01-21-2013, 04:13 PM
The one I demoed did 12 in low and 16 in high. Something isn't set up correctly or out of adjustment
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There was someone on here last summer i think that said his would not go as fast either.. I think they used some type of radar gun or something and the speeds where off.. There is a youtube video showing a Hustler Z walking off and leave it as far as speed..

Jimslawncareservice
01-21-2013, 04:25 PM
There was someone on here last summer i think that said his would not go as fast either.. I think they used some type of radar gun or something and the speeds where off.. There is a youtube video showing a Hustler Z walking off and leave it as far as speed..

Mine was from gps on my phone. It's fairly accurate when I test it against it in my three trucks. I don't know. I'm not going to argue, but I know what I saw the one I had read on the gps.

My deere did 11 mph when I used the gps. I made a couple adjustments and now its 12 mph like they advertise.
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weaver
01-21-2013, 04:31 PM
Mine was from gps on my phone. It's fairly accurate when I test it against it in my three trucks. I don't know. I'm not going to argue, but I know what I saw the one I had read on the gps.

My deere did 11 mph when I used the gps. I made a couple adjustments and now its 12 mph like they advertise.
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No, i was just saying some go faster as some of the Cheetahas don't. I wonder what type of adjustments they do to make them go faster? Cause that's what his dealer said also, was bring it in so we can do some adjustments on it..

Jimslawncareservice
01-21-2013, 04:40 PM
Ok, I misunderstood. Easy to do on forums. Not sure on the scags, but after talking to my deere mechanic, I lengthened the rods from the handles to the pump. I have to do that on x series on front mount deeres every 500 hours or so.
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slowleak1
01-21-2013, 06:40 PM
I shouldnt have to do anything at all to a $10k mower...dealer said bring it in, and they will get it working. WHat that entails, I dont know. So we will see.

Speed was checked via laser.

weaver
01-21-2013, 06:53 PM
I shouldnt have to do anything at all to a $10k mower...dealer said bring it in, and they will get it working. WHat that entails, I dont know. So we will see.

Speed was checked via laser.

I agree, but there has been atleast one other on here that his dealer said the same thing. They said bring it in and they would do some adjusting...

That would be cool if they adjusted something and you got like 20mph out of it...

slowleak1
01-22-2013, 12:31 AM
I agree, but there has been atleast one other on here that his dealer said the same thing. They said bring it in and they would do some adjusting...

That would be cool if they adjusted something and you got like 20mph out of it...

In all honesty it is fast enough as it is lol. 20 would be insain...

No lie, I bet you could flip this thing by turning to hard on dry pavement. And no, I will NOT try and find out :hammerhead:

Richard Martin
01-22-2013, 04:40 AM
I agree, but there has been atleast one other on here that his dealer said the same thing. They said bring it in and they would do some adjusting...

That would be cool if they adjusted something and you got like 20mph out of it...

You can adjust the bias on the PTS levers. But... If you give it more forward, you loose reverse.

weaver
01-22-2013, 11:51 AM
You can adjust the bias on the PTS levers. But... If you give it more forward, you loose reverse.

Dang man you got me ready to tear into my mower.. First 20 mph Lazer Z

:laugh:

herler
01-22-2013, 05:33 PM
No, I have never traded in a almost new mower.