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Old 03-29-2010, 03:27 PM
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Toro Z500 or G3

Going to buy a new Toro tomorrow.

A 60" Z500 27hp Kohler is 7,999

A 60" G3 29 hp Kawasaki is 10,999.

I have never ran Kohlers, always used kawi's and I know for a new mower from 27 kohler to 29 kawi is about a 1000 more. A 27 kohler G3 is 9,999.

1) Is it worth the 2,000 more for the G3
2) Is it worth 1,000 more for 2 more hp and a kawi?
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:19 PM
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Working at a toro dealer. I'd go for the G3, drive both, the G3's handling is top-notch. The G3 has a 1 year longer warranty. That 29 Kaw is a big block, it has an extra 125cc, and 7 more lb. ft of torque, compared to a standard 27 koh or kaw, the 29 is a beast!
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:29 PM
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Working at a toro dealer. I'd go for the G3, drive both, the G3's handling is top-notch. The G3 has a 1 year longer warranty. That 29 Kaw is a big block, it has an extra 125cc, and 7 more lb. ft of torque, compared to a standard 27 koh or kaw, the 29 is a beast!
I dunno I think Toro/Exmark have gone nuts with their pricing on those new models. The Toro warranty is silly. Who cares if its an extra year...they only give you 1200 hours... Honestly have allways thought the Toro's were overpriced since you arent really getting anything more than other brands we sell. That Z500 is probably a pretty good deal.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:36 PM
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Make sure the z500 has the Turboforce deck. If it has the 7 gauge deck it will have significantly smaller hydro pumps, and will feel like a slug.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:38 PM
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The G3 has a trans built by toro and exmark, no hydro hoses to worry about, the filter change interval is 500 hr on the trans. The Z500 is a good buy, it's more in line with the rest of the market in its design and engineering. Just drive them both and decide for yourself. I did drive them both, and I would get the G3. However, each man is entitled to his opinion, and each opinion is valid.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:40 PM
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Make sure the z500 has the Turboforce deck. If it has the 7 gauge deck it will have significantly smaller hydro pumps, and will feel like a slug.
Good point

With the 7 guage, top speed is limited to 8.5 mph on small 10cc pumps. With the turbo force, you got 12cc and 10 mph.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:58 PM
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The pump/motor units are built by Parker on the G3.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:11 PM
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Hello, I have brand new Z500 27hp 60" cuts in stock in my showroom for $6,999.99 plus tax. I have new 29hp G3s for $9,423.00 plus tax Cash Price!! I am located in Gainesville, Florida. Call me on my cell at 352-494-3574 and I can make you a deal. I am a high volume wholesale dealer. I sell Toro, Dixie Chopper, Hustler, Snapper Pro and Snapper. Its worth the drive to North Florida!!! Thank you,
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:18 PM
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The Z500 I quoted above has the larger pumps and the Turbo Force Deck. Thanks!
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:21 PM
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I would also suggest looking for a used diesel Toro with either a Kubota or a Diahatsu. I have purchased 2 this year, both low hour machines. They are a lot more machine.
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