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Old 02-24-2014, 02:20 PM
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ExMark Hustler Gravely Bad Boy

Hi, I just moved into a new house and now have 1.5+ acres to mow. There are a few dealers around where I live and wanted to know peoples opinions on these ZTRs:

1) Exmark Quest E-Series, 50" (~$3,199)
2) Hustler Raptor, 52" (~$3,000)
3) Gravely ZT, 50" ($3,199)
4) Bad Boy MZ Magnum, 54" (~$3,499)

The Exmark dealer is the closest but I've read really good things about the Hustler brand (Plus the Hustler has a fabricated deck).

I appreciate any pluses, minuses, experiences, recommendations on any of these mowers.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:44 PM
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i guess i'd get the raptor
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:22 PM
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I sell 3 of those... gravely and hustler are a little lighter on deck and frame, but carry a 3 year warranty on the machine... bad boy is a bit heavier duty on the spindles deck and frame, but you have to figure if paying the extra $500 or more is worth it. I have sold a ton of bad boy magnums raptors and the zit gravely s and everyone seems to like them. 5 year deck warranty on gravely is nice since it's stamped deck...
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:11 AM
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retrodog: Do you tend to get lower praises for any of the three? I'm really leaning towards the Hustler Raptor since it has the fabricated deck but since my yard is mostly smooth lawn I wonder if I'm putting too much stock into getting a fabricated deck. Have you had many issues with the stamped deck mowers?

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Old 02-25-2014, 11:30 AM
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Honestly no man unless you have stuff that will catch it. Concrete corners, stumps, even your trailer when you go on it, stuff like that if it catches on the deck, it will bend it and then it will never bend the same. The stamped decks are harder to set also, they are pretty much one way and that's it.

I will tell you this on the raptor the only problem I have had is with people running into stuff and breaking the support bolt on the front. I think its $10.99, not a big issue. I had one guy break a spindle in half, but when he found out it was only $45 he was happy, and I had a couple brand new that the nuts came loose the first time using it holding deck up and deck came off, but little lock tight and they were good to go....

The Gravely I haven't sold enough yet to see anything..... I think I have sold maybe 15 of the zts.... no issues yet knock on wood.

On the MZ Magnum aside from a few of the plastic idlers, I never even replace belts on them, they are holding up better than the big mowers I guess they are not worked as much. They did a really good job building it HD. On the plastic idlers, when they go out I put the idler from the 72" deck on them and I never see them again.... I was surprised to see the same spindle off the Hustler Fastrak Super Duty mower on the MZ line of mowers and an Interstate battery along with other surprises. Usually on small mowers you see a lot of corners cut. If you have to have a Kawasaki, the bad boy is $3999, so it would push me into the Raptor Super duty with the serviceable trannys for $3999 here though... The new Kohler 7000 motor on them is supposed to be awesome, I know it sounds a lot better than the Courage Pro and has a very tight air filter assembly....
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:24 PM
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:22 PM
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retrodog, thanks for the great info. Being that I came from a 1/3 acre lawn that I pushed mowed in 20 minutes I am really trying to get as much info from people who know about the ztr's so I buy the right mower.

I'm going to "test drive" the exmark and the hustler once the models are in stock at my local dealer, and maybe a couple of others. Being in Michigan the store floors are still stocked with snow equipment but I was assured that the mowers will be in stock soon. After reading a ton on the subject I think I'm leaning heavily on a mower with a fab deck. I'll still test the stamped deck models so I get a better feel for the options but I just like the idea of having a sturdier deck. I also read that it's not just the potential problems of banging the deck but that the fab deck provides a sturdier mount for the rotating parts and having experience with an older Bunton walk behind I know the value of having a solid contruction.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:36 AM
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The Hustler dealer finally has some for display/demo so I'm going this weekend to take a look.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:21 AM
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Well, I took a look at the Raptor and while I was in the dealer they showed me the Toro Timecutter SS5000, for about $3,000. This mower looks comparable to the Exmark Quest and the Hustler Raptor, but it comes with a foot assist. Has anyone had godd/bad experiences with the Toro Timecutter?
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:06 PM
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Bumping this to see if I can get any more answers.
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