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Old 03-25-2014, 08:30 PM
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Looking for a new zero turn

We are in the process of buying a zero turn mower. We are looking to spend somewhere around 4 to 6,000 dollars. We are looking at one with a 48" deck, anything bigger is too big. We probably mow between an acre or two with a few hill sides. Our place is probably a little rougher than most. We want something that will last a good while.

We have a couple in mind and wanted to get some opinions on this. We are looking at a Hustler Fasttrack Superduty, Gravely ZT HD, Bad Boy ZT Elite and a Scag, not sure of the model for this one.

We drove the Hustler at the dealer and it seemed decent. Now bear in mind, I don't have a whole lot of experience on these type of mowers. I did notice you have to push the levers pretty far forward for full speed, you have to fully extend your arms. One had the Honda engine and the other had the Kawasaki engine. If you had to choose between the two engines, which one would you choose? Is Kawasaki the king of the hill right now? The dealer does have a deal with Kawasaki engines so I think I would lean towards that one.

Out of the mowers listed above, which would be your choice and why? We are going to drive the Scag tomorrow.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:49 PM
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Have you taken a look at Toro, eXmark or Ferris?
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:07 PM
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We have not looked at Toro or Ferris. We have heard Exmark is up there with the best but are a little pricey too.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:08 PM
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I purchased a new 48" Hustler Raptor SD for 3899 3 week ago, have about 6 hours on it already and i love it. The FR691 Kawasaki is a really strong engine. the cut is beautiful, plenty of power, and comfortable. I came from a older toro timecutter 42" with the 21hp single kohler. its like night and day.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:35 PM
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Are you sure the FasTrak SD was a current year model with a Honda engine?

For sure, I'll take a Honda over a Kawasaki, every time.

The seat and sticks are adjustable.

The Scag should be the Freedom Z, which I believe to be beyond your stated budget.

You need to demo all the prospective mowers and determine what YOU like the most, cutting YOUR type of grass. Everyone has different opinions, expectations, biases, etc.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:50 AM
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The Hustler with the Honda engine was a used model but only had 13 hours on it. So it most likely last years model.

I have been a Honda fan myself but hear lately I have been hearing that Kawasaki is supposed to be really good if not better.

The Scag is a Tiger Cub, I think. We are going to look at it today. It is a used one at a dealer, who also carries Exmark. I may be wrong,but isn't scag and exmark the same mower?
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:00 AM
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The Hustler with the Honda engine was a used model but only had 13 hours on it. So it most likely last years model.
I wasn't thinking there were any Honda options, last year. You need to double-check the model year.

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I have been a Honda fan myself but hear lately I have been hearing that Kawasaki is supposed to be really good if not better.
IMHO, Kawasaki isn't better. If I have a Honda engine option, I'll always go with it.

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I may be wrong,but isn't scag and exmark the same mower?
No, sir!
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:04 AM
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Gravely zt hd. Great little machine for the money
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:11 AM
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Have you looked at Husqvarna?
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:30 AM
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I wasn't thinking there were any Honda options, last year. You need to double-check the model year.



IMHO, Kawasaki isn't better. If I have a Honda engine option, I'll always go with it.



No, sir!
But what if the dealer has a deal with Kawasaki?

I will check on the year.
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