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Old 06-30-2015, 02:07 PM
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Quality of cut...Timemaster vs Simplicity Broadmoor

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I've been using a Toro Timemaster for a few years but I keep expanding
the yard and now it would be nice to have a bigger mower.

I'm looking at a Broadmoor 44" and have heard what a great cut they deliver but
is it better than a WB with a Bigleaguelawn roller attached?

I know it's kinda apples to oranges but would still like a some opinions.

Thanks !
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:15 PM
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I think you would be happier with a Simplicity ZTR. They come in bigger sizes with decent motors and hydro systems. For mowing it's way above a garden tractor. You might even want to step up to a higher level with an estate ZTR. My suggestion are the John Deere 4 and 6 series and Bad Boys.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:20 PM
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The dealer who sells ZTRs, told me the Broadmoor would have a better cut than any ZTRs. I was looking at a Snapper Pro 36" ZTR also, which is within $400 of the Simplicity. Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:27 PM
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I've never in 20 some years seen a better cut with a tractor and the hydro systems are the weaker EZT axle type and the front ends are always stamped pieces and wear out leading to the stepped, scalloped curve look. I've demod the Snapper ztr and was impressed from a commercial standpoint.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:31 PM
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How about the Snapper Pro S50XT 36" ? It has the mulch kit already installed. The dealer also sells Walkers and he said the Broadmoor would even out cut that! I would really rather buy a ZTR. I had a 61" Ferris at my old house and liked it.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:50 PM
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He just really wants to sell the Broadmoors. The walker statement proves that. The Snapper is a fine mower and on my short list for replacement of all my mowers to better fit the yards we do and get through all the gates.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:01 PM
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He just really wants to sell the Broadmoors. The walker statement proves that. The Snapper is a fine mower and on my short list for replacement of all my mowers to better fit the yards we do and get through all the gates.
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Actually, I think he'd rather sell the small ZTR because it's sort of a niche mower.

So one more dumb question... After being fairly happy with the cut on my Toro, I won't be disappointed in the cut with the SP 36" ? Thanks again!
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:04 PM
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You will be quite happy with the Snapper cut with the mulch kit. It mulched my thick SA lawn to shreds.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:23 PM
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I have a Ferris 36" dual hydro walk behind with a factory mulch kit.
The Ferris differs from the Snapper Pro in that it has timed blades (they "overlap") instead of offset blades, and supposedly a better cut as a result.

I also have a Toro TimeMaster 30".

I use the 30" mower when I want a nice cut. (by "cut" I don't just mean the way the blades get cut - I'm talking about the finished appearance of the entire lawn)
It blows the Ferris away. Seriously.

The walk behind is nice for larger lawns, but the mulch kit is a seriously limiting feature in that it just creates a mess if the lawn is not kept cut short. During spring growth one week is too long to wait.
The TimeMaster actually does a better job mulching the same lawn.

Just like any topic here - ask a question and get ten different answers.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:36 PM
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I appreciate the different opinions. Do you have any experience with the Simplicity Broadmoor?

I'm thinking that a commercial mower is a bit of overkill and I could use the Simplicity with a cart.
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