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Old 05-25-2012, 01:36 PM
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Residential 42" ZTM - brand selection - reliability

I know this site is more for commercial lawn services and heavier usage, but I would like to get a professional opinion.

I need to get a new mower. We have about 2 acres total to mow. Lots of trees and narrow spaces between trees and fences. Any deck much bigger than 42 will require a lot of work with a second mower. There are very few areas that are just open with a lot of grass to eat up. A 42 will fit about everywhere. Where we are mowing, it is fairly level.

We bought a Toro Timecutter back in 2004 , but the front end fell apart the deck got bent and the engine blew up. It lasted 3 years. Part the problem was too many different people running it and abusing it. We really liked the way it cut new. I currently have a cheapo Walmart rider with a 48" deck, a couple of craftsman pushers and an ancient snapper rider with a 32" deck.

Wife hates to push can't run the snapper and the other rider doesn't have an ajustable seat and she can't reach the pedals. She hates it. Wife says: "I want another Zero Turn Mower".

I have been looking and have these models available and dealers in my area:
(listed by closest dealer and service)

Cub Cadet RZT 42
Toro Timecutter SS4235
Dixie Chopper Zee 1 1942
John Deere EZtrak (Z225) 42
Snapper ZT2142 or ZT2246

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:41 PM
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I see that there is a Gravely dealer close too, so add a Gravely ZT 42 to that list.



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Old 05-25-2012, 04:08 PM
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I would say gravely and deere out of those listed...
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:45 PM
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I would say gravely and deere out of those listed...
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Why Gravely and Deere over Dixie Chopper? The Dixie Chopper is the only one in this class with a welded fabricated deck instead of a stamped deck. Just curious. I don't know much about Gravely or Dixie Chopper, just saw my first Dixie Chopper yesterday and was impressed with the heavy duty looking frame and deck. The JD doesn't look any stronger than the Cub Cadet right beside it and more money. Haven't seen a Gravely in person.

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Old 05-25-2012, 06:34 PM
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The Dixie Chopper Zee 1 would be my pick. Not crazy about the Briggs intek, but it is what it is. It is probably the best put together machine on the list and
also probably has the best cut. Dixie Chopper is a good name in the industry.

I did not see a budget on your list there, but if you can extend to the $3K or $3.5K mark you can get into a Hustler Sport or BadBoy MZ, that is if you
have the dealer support. A little more will go along way and give you a 8-10 year machine, that is if it taken care of and the maintenance is done accordingly.
The Sport and MZ have been two very popular machines for the average homeowner in the one to two acre range. Lots of satisfied owners. Again, every little
bit you can extend in your budget can really go along way in a ZTR.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:19 PM
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No Hustler or BadBoy dealer very close. 50 miles.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:36 PM
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Does anybody know if the Dixie Chopper Zee 1 has 3 blades or 2?
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:56 PM
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I'm going to say 3 blades.

Dixie Chopper ZEE Video
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:03 PM
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LOL, I have seen that video. I am the only one to have posted a comment there.

That one is the 48" though. Some brands, like Snapper, have two blades on the 42, and three on the 46 and bigger.

I should have specified but I was wondering if the 1942 Zee 1 had 3 blades.

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Old 05-26-2012, 02:43 PM
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if you can up the $ a bit i'd say gravely zt xl
why?
zt2800 vs EZT transaxles
fabricated deck
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