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Old 07-03-2014, 10:28 PM
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Need a 48" ztr that won't scalp

In north Atlanta we have very difficult lawns to cut. There are a lot of hills, the contractors who build homes here don't grade properly so most properties have "Swales" that scalp very easily. Bermuda grass grows thick and rapidly so a higher hp/pto clutch helps. It rains a lot so something that is easy on the turf. The best solution to these lawns are walk behinds, which I run, however I need to add a ztr to the trailer. I'm trying to find a mower that is versatile. Something that can be used on my larger properties and my smaller residential.

cut qualityon hills and Swales is the most important factor in choosing the right mower.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:38 PM
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In north Atlanta we have very difficult lawns to cut. There are a lot of hills, the contractors who build homes here don't grade properly so most properties have "Swales" that scalp very easily. Bermuda grass grows thick and rapidly so a higher hp/pto clutch helps. It rains a lot so something that is easy on the turf. The best solution to these lawns are walk behinds, which I run, however I need to add a ztr to the trailer. I'm trying to find a mower that is versatile. Something that can be used on my larger properties and my smaller residential.

cut qualityon hills and Swales is the most important factor in choosing the right mower.
you're looking for a walker or an exmark navigator my friend.

If your lawns are large enough you could go with a grasshopper

but dollars to donuts a walker is your machine
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:40 AM
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My old Gravely is bad about scalping for some reason my new Deere has yet to scalp and I have yet to find 1 thing to complain about the unit, I have rough terrain over here on the mountains bumps, dips, hills everywhere.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:54 AM
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Deere huh? I didn't even put them on my list of potential mowers.

As far as the navigator and walker. How productive are they vs a ztr? I own walker mw's (walk behind) and they are finicky expensive machines. I just had a hydro go on one and it's going to be $1200 to fix it... The other one had to have the pto actuator cradle replaced... $700. I'd like to go with something a little more durable. Speed is important as well as being able to track side to side on a hill. The walker/navigators seem slow and look like they would be very demanding on your body. Plus let's talk about the price... Ouch... $13k?
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:26 PM
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Deere huh? I didn't even put them on my list of potential mowers
Most excellent machine I did not have them on my list either bad dealer with Gravely left and went to new Deere place here amazing support excellent warranty, good partnerships.

I just went with the dial o turn instead of hydro on my deck I have the 920M 7 Iron Pro 48" and it's got to be the best cutting deck around now hardly gets build up inside of it being stamped deck, massive spindles, NEVER misses a blade of grass, excellent price I got on the unit as well just had came in from factory was built in May.

I will be trading in next year when I get new trailer over winter and new setup going for a 54" same model.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:59 AM
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I haven't had any issues with my 48' GRAVELY. Have you looked around in your area at what machines other LCOs are using? It will be a cold day in SC when I spend $13,000 for a mower.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:01 AM
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I haven't had any issues with my 48' GRAVELY. Have you looked around in your area at what machines other LCOs are using? It will be a cold day in SC when I spend $13,000 for a mower.
What 48" mower are you paying 13K for?
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:05 AM
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What 48" mower are you paying 13K for?
Post above me stated "$13k for a mower ooch". I assume he is talking about a Walker.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:14 AM
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Post above me stated "$13k for a mower ooch". I assume he is talking about a Walker.
Sorry still drinking my OJ this morning, then soon to an ALE8.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:57 AM
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I haven't had any issues with my 48' GRAVELY. Have you looked around in your area at what machines other LCOs are using? It will be a cold day in SC when I spend $13,000 for a mower.
That's the issue. Everyone seems to have a certain preference and one brand doesn't reign supreme. I can get any brand of mower I want. There are a ton of dealers in my area.
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