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morturf
08-31-2000, 04:03 PM
Anybody here used a Gr***hopper? what are the pros and cons of this make? have not heard too much about them here.

bob
08-31-2000, 08:27 PM
I've got 2 of them. A 1997 725 w/61" deck and bagging unit. And a 1999 725 G2 w/61" flip-up deck. Over all I've been pretty happy with them. There the only ZTR's that I have ever used, so I really can't give you a first hand comparison with anything else. I would like to try the mid-mount deck!

WALKERMOW
09-01-2000, 12:20 AM
morturf..i have a 1999 G2 928 diesel 72" deck ..I LOVE IT can't say enough about it ..this mower saved me from hiring another helper this year .
i have electric height adjust and electric deck lift..well worth the money

tjg
09-01-2000, 12:39 AM
Walkermow was woundering what you gave for the 928 I was looking into one, I live within 4-5 hrs. from Grasshoppers factory didn't know if I can get it cheaper here or not. Back to the question I also have always ran the front mount Grasshoppers right now I have 2-2000 model 725 G2 w/flip up 52" decks, one mower has a bagging system on it. Also would like to know if anyone has used or has a Aera-vator or the remote vacuum system for leaf removal and how they work, thanks.One more question how many hours do you guys put on your machines a year? Right now we only have 250hrs on each mower and I like these mowers alot but I haven't every used anything else, if you need a mower to mow under trees and climb over about everything they will do it, I have mowed many places people said it wasn't possible ditches and waterways w/ steep slopes I like their saying "First to start,First to finish"

[Edited by tjg on 09-01-2000 at 04:47 AM]

Keith
09-01-2000, 06:32 AM
I have 1994 721 w/52 deck. The first few years I had it I thought it was the greatest mower around. I even talked one of my Walker friends into buying one.

My opinion has changed. I prefer the mid cut ZTR's, but everyone has their opinion. I will try to list the pros and cons.

Pros
1. Pretty good cut
2. Decent controls
3. Kubota engine
4. Easy height adjustment
5. Stable on most hills
6. Overall, machine is well built

Cons
1. Expensive
2. Complex machine. An example, rather than a simple belt and pulleys, Grasshopper uses belts, powershaft, driveshaft, and gearbox to drive the blades. Gets very expensive when replacing parts. Lots of wearable parts to maintain.
3. You have a lot of machine behind you. If you are not careful when turning you can do some dameage.
4. My experience, bad dealer, distributor, and Grasshopper support.
5. Takes up a lot of trailer

[Edited by Keith on 09-01-2000 at 10:35 AM]

excel25
09-01-2000, 09:09 AM
Have a 725 g2 Love it,Can ride all day and feel good when you get off. Had to replace clutch at 247 hrs. (my falt) Dont bag anything, have the mulch kit and new discharge kit and works great!!

bob
09-01-2000, 02:24 PM
Exel, What did you do to ruin the clutch at 247 hours?

Eric ELM
09-01-2000, 02:33 PM
I would guess it's an electric clutch. The biggest reason they fail is engaging and shuting them off at high RPM's. Most mowers will start up at an idle or a bit over an idle. Most electric clutches act as a break when you shut them off, so idle them down. My 10 year old JD 430 has the original electric clutch in it, so starting them at an idle must help. I'm sure glad my DC's don't have electric clutches. :D

WALKERMOW
09-01-2000, 04:19 PM
eric i agree 100 % ..engage and dis engage at low idle speed even if you have a manual pto saves lots of maintenance..that is the first thing i teach my new employees

morturf
09-01-2000, 06:51 PM
thanks for the replys. one more question. are the catchers that they make any good? do they have decent capacity and clean well? thanks again for the help. mike

bob
09-01-2000, 07:05 PM
I have the metal 15 cubic foot catcher for mine. I only use it for leaves, I wount bag grass, and it works very well! The only down-side is trying to cut on hills with the bagger attachtment. The machine will have a higher center of gravity and hills become impossible. Thats why I leave mine off until I need it for leaves. You can dump the catcher while staying seated. Also when the bagger is on the machine you have to watch your back-end. The back of the bagger sticks out 4 inches past the rear wheels. After you hit a few trees and mailboxes you'll be more carefull.

Sammy
09-01-2000, 11:16 PM
I have two dents in my 16 ft. trailer fender from my brother and his catcher/hopper. Gotta watch that back end.

mowerman90
09-02-2000, 11:31 PM
I had a 720K W/52" deck and now have a 725 G2 W/52" deck. LOVED'em both. I don't think I'd even think about any other mower. Walker may give a better cut, and maybe the DC's are a little faster, but nothing is as comfortable to ride on all day as a Grasshopper.

excel25
09-03-2000, 06:48 AM
Bob Eric hit it on the head. I didnt want to wait for it to warm up so would engage at full rpm and than shut down at full rpm. With dbl. blades hard to get going sometimes. I now try to start at lower rpms so well see how long it last now.

JustaHomeOwner
02-27-2006, 09:10 AM
I dug up this old post and wanted to ask something....how well do the mulch kits work on Grasshoppers? It seems most users either discharge or bag the grass. I was thinking about buying a mulch kit for mine, but would like some feedback first.

Mowingman
02-27-2006, 10:21 AM
I had a fleet of Grasshopper mowers for my operations, and like them so much I have become a dealer.
I feel that the mulch setup does a great job. I have mulched tall, wet stuff that my previous mowers would not handle. For leaf work, you can add Gator blades and turn huge piles of leaves into fine dust in one or two passes.
When just mulching grass, there is no need for the Gator blades.
It will take you about 1 hour to install the mulch kit the first time, and about 30 minutes to take it off, if you decide you want to discharge later.

JustaHomeOwner
02-27-2006, 10:47 AM
I had a fleet of Grasshopper mowers for my operations, and like them so much I have become a dealer.
I feel that the mulch setup does a great job. I have mulched tall, wet stuff that my previous mowers would not handle. For leaf work, you can add Gator blades and turn huge piles of leaves into fine dust in one or two passes.
When just mulching grass, there is no need for the Gator blades.
It will take you about 1 hour to install the mulch kit the first time, and about 30 minutes to take it off, if you decide you want to discharge later.


Thanks Mowingman!!! Since you are a dealer, can you tell me what a mulching kit would run me for a 725 w/ a 61" deck?

Mowingman
02-27-2006, 01:09 PM
The price for a 61" mulch kit is about $215.00. It includes a set of blades also.
Prices will vary at different dealers.