View Full Version : The Best ztr mower to purchase

07-11-2003, 06:30 PM
I am planning on starting a lawn care business in the Spring of 2004. I would like to know what is a good ztr mower for the commercial lawncare business? I am planning on staying with the small to medium size yards. I work full time as a helicopter mech. & unless this business really takes off I don't plan on quitting.

07-11-2003, 06:54 PM
Welcome f4uguru, most people will say whatever they own is the best. Not many will admit it if they bought a lousy ztr.

So with said, i would look at Hustler (what I own), exmark,scag.

My basic rules suggestion before you buy is:

1. Demo as many brands as you think you might want to buy on smooth,rough riding property.
2. Put off buying it as long as you can so the more knowledge, demo time you get then the better buying decision you make.
3. Get a seat with built in springs under the seat because you will be glad when hitting bumps in the yard.

Check out the Hustler Super mini Z or Super Z with the better seat with springs under it and they have the Donaldson filter sitting above the engine. Hustler cut to me is the same as the Exmark which both is excellent.

I can't comment on other brands since I have not tried any other brands.

Good luck.

07-14-2003, 11:07 PM
Thanks for the advice LSDLS. If I could take a little more of your time I have a couple of more questions. Just starting out would it be wise to spend this kind've money on a ztr? Also what is the best approach for advertising? Door Hangers? Ad in the paper? Door to door? Anyone else that cares to respond to these questions the info. is greatly appreciated.


07-15-2003, 12:12 AM
I do this part time so the real pros here (full time who depend on this for their living) will help you better.

Personally I would say don't buy ztr yet. You might want to buy a used 36" or 48" walk behind that is a dual hydro unit (hydro on each wheel). You will truly know if you want to mow by going through the full mowing season. I knew of someone who bought a new $5,000 wright stander mower and decide he didn't like the summer heat and quit doing it.

If you don't like mowing then maybe you can sell your used mower for same amount you bought it.

The best,cheapest and easiest way to advertise is you local paper where you want to mow. Don't spread your mowing to far apart or you will be spending a lot of time driving.

Start using the Search button above the sponsor logos and you will find a lot of good information.

Good luck.

just grass
07-18-2003, 08:10 PM
great advice, demo as many but also look at your expense while starting out.

07-19-2003, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the reply. You guys are great & this site rocks!!!


Rustic Goat
07-20-2003, 03:42 AM
Ditto on the 36" w/b. Lower investment and can get into most fenced backyards.
Plenty of time between now and your start up schedule.
Where are you located, I'm in Shreveport. Drop me a line sometime.

07-20-2003, 12:55 PM
I've been in Lake Charles for 5 years now. Originally I'm from the Monroe area. Born and raised there. I'm a helicopter mech. by trade and the aviation biz is much more open down here. This site is so cool. A lot of forums on-line harbor people with real attitudes and a smart mouth(or keyboard in this case)and I'm sure that there are some on this site, but all my responses so far have been very helpful and positive. Thanks again for the advice.


07-20-2003, 03:03 PM
i'm not sure how practical it would be to get a ZTR for "small to medium" sized lawns as you put it. Perhaps you'd be better off with a 36-48" hydro walk behind with a velke. I figure i need to have 5 lawns over 1 acre for me to justify having a ztr along with my 50" wb.

just my $.01995

07-20-2003, 06:19 PM
After reading all of these replies I'm convinced that a walk-behind is the best choice. Thanks for helping me decide.