It costs three to four times more per hour to have a Ztr in operation than it does a string trimmer.
Just in terms of the replacement cost alone.
A top of the line trimmer costs $500 new.
A ztr, closer to ten grand.
That's to buy, and replace.
Assuming we get a thousand hours out of each, it would cost 50 cents an hour to replace the trimmer.
$10 an hour to replace the Ztr.
That is how in addition to fuel and upkeep each one of those machines costs money, per every hour it is used.
And the higher the cost of the machine, the more money it costs, per hour.
Thus this equipment cost makes it to where it's not cost effective due to the hourly cost of operating a Ztr just to do the trimming.
Roughly speaking I wouldn't want to spend near $40 an hour to ride a Z while trimming...
When I can walk around with that same trimmer for $10 an hour.
I mean unless I'd have to be feeling some awful kind of lazy.
The figures are kind of rough, they merely serve to illustrate my point.
A trap to carry a trimmer around on large commercial properties might have its benefits.
Last edited by herler; 05-26-2013 at 11:28 AM.