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Old 01-05-2010, 10:38 PM
Mikol87 Mikol87 is offline
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My 1st Zero Turn Mower

I've been in the biz a little while now and I think it's time to invest in my 1st zero turn mower. I have no idea where to start. John Deere, Scag, Kubota, etc. I want to buy new and I am hoping to spend $5,000-$7,000. I mow 25-30 yards a week. Most are average size with a few big (2-4 acres) yards. Any advice on what to buy, and what not to buy would be welcomed. Thanks!!!!
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:52 PM
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I have only owned walker and Grasshopper. The Walker is better on smaller lawns, but does well on large areas too. It does require a lot of maintenance, and hasn't held up as well as the 'hopper, but the cut is excellent. My grasshopper has been bullet proof. I use it to mulch most of my lawns and it does excellent, sometimes I have to double cut, but it is very fast so double cutting a 10k lawn at full speed, not having to empty, vs bagging is still faster.

My vote would be the Grasshopper if your properties could support it, or the Walker if they were less than 8-10k on average.

Oh yeah, the walker is a 48" GHS, and the Grasshopper is a 52". I also have a 60" snowblower for the 'hopper and that works great as well.

Good luck.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:03 AM
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I got a John Deere 830 with a 60 in and 27 Kawi. It only has 10 hours!!! Brand new. Im trying to get a truck!! Need cash!!!
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:06 AM
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Are you financing? I advise it. Thats what I do, even if I had the cash Id still finance. Its free money if done right. I have 2 toro diesels, both were bought at 0% financing for 3 years. Yea it was pricey, but for 0% and 36 months I could afford it. You cut 30 lawns you should be ok!
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:46 AM
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Look at bobcat mowers. They make a strong product for a fair price.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:29 AM
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Are you cutting mostly residential lots? Whats the average size of the properties your cutting? Take a look at Hustler Super Duty models available in 48",54" and 60". Two year commercial warranty. Lifetime on Leading edge of deck and lifetime on Frame. And in your price range.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:41 AM
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:59 AM
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I personally feel it would be best for you to first go to as many different dealers as you can and see what they have to offer in your price range. Then out of those I would try to demo the ones I was interested in. I have owned many different makes of mowers and I can tell you first hand that they all have weaknesses and positives so it really boils down to what type of properties you are cutting and which does the best job for you. Also the same brand mower in different sizes cut different, so stay as close to the ones in your price range for the demo.
Another option would be to look at lightly used mowers, there are some great deals found on these at times.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:24 PM
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find your closest dealers and see what they have. Whichever one you like the best, get it! Its all about dealer support to me. I love Toro.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:29 PM
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Thanks all for the help. I am leaning toward a used model. How many hours should I avoid on a used one? Iv'e seen some used commercial mowers with 800 hour on them and others with 100 hours.
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