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Old 10-10-2013, 11:30 PM
The Grass Master The Grass Master is offline
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How about a guality used Walker

I too am part of the club that suggests a quality low hour commercial unit. I bet he would love a nice used Walker GHS. I currently have one for sale. 2002 MCGHS 42" deck and 9.5 bushel catcher box. It has only 472 home owner hours.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:23 AM
DawsonLC DawsonLC is offline
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He can also check out Scag's Freedom Z, it comes in 52 and 61 in cut. I use the 52 quite a bit
in my business and have had no problems with it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:08 PM
cdjones cdjones is offline
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I would suggest a gravely 48, 52, 0r 60 hd series zero turn i have one with 1300 hours still runs well only normal maintenance has been needed it has a 24 hp kawi engine...heavy gauge deck...decent 3100 hydrogear pumps...etc...there are faster mowers but its built well for its mine for around $5800 brand new.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:17 PM
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jkilov jkilov is offline
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I would look at these:

BobCat Fast-Cat: $6700
- 52" deck
- Kawasaki FX 21hp engine
- HydroGear ZT-2800 trans

Gravely Pro-Turn 52: $6500
- 52" deck
- Kawasaki FS 23hp engine
- HydroGear ZT-3200 trans

Snapper Pro S150xt: $6500
- 52" iCD deck
- Kawasaki FX 23hp engine
- HydroGear ZT-5400 trans

Ferris ProCut S: $8700
- 61" deck
- Kawasaki FS 23hp engine
- HydroGear BDP-16cc single hydro

Scag STHM: $8900
- 61" velocity deck
- Kohler Command 23hp engine
- Sauer-Sundstrand single hydro.

Out of the 3 ZTRs I would hands down get the Snapper. While the last two aren't real ZTRs they should be easy enough to maneuver and are virtually bulletproof (specially the STHM). Both 3-wheel riders are also very easy to master, comfortable to run and super simple to maintain. Trust me, if he gets the STHM, he'll keep it for 20 years (if he lives that long).
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:43 PM
tboyle21 tboyle21 is offline
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Bought a new Scag Tiger Cub with 48" Advantage deck 8-9 years ago. The hour meter broke so don't know hours but it is still going strong. A few months ago I needed another mower, so I found a used Scag Turf Tiger with 48" deck and 152 hours. They are essentially the same machine except a Velocity deck on the newer machine. Paid $ 4,000 for the new machine. In my opinion a good price.

I was working with a budget but wanted something that would last. I looked at residential ZTR's in the same price range and they looked like junk. On some occasions I tend to bounced off trees, need to do a little bush hogging, or slide down a wet hill and the residential ZTR's looked like something would bend or break.

Scag is a good ZTR, but there are many other strong commercial machines out there. I would definitely purchase a low hour used commercial ZTR because they are designed, engineered and built better and stronger. Probably better resale with the low hours that you will be putting on them.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:06 PM
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Blade Runners Blade Runners is offline
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Get a used tiger cat.

Scag mowers
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"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:46 PM
rdwittmann rdwittmann is offline
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Take a look at Dixon and Hustler. Pay attention to engine options. That will make a big difference on the longevity of the mower.
Word of the the week: Planification
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:49 AM
ddixon7 ddixon7 is offline
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After running my 2013 Lazer Z, he decided he wanted a commercial mower and not a homeowner or entry commercial model. However, since he is using it at his farm, he couldn't stomach buying a new one.

He isn't brand particular, he just wants a heavy duty machine.

He ended up buying a Scag Turf Tiger with a Vanguard Big Block. It is used and I don't know how much he paid for it, but knowing what he wanted, I know it has to be in great condition (he wouldn't buy anything with more that 400 hours on it).

Probably the best mower he could buy for what he is going to use it for. Tough mower. Quick evacuation deck for mowing over crap. Big engine.
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