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Old 02-29-2012, 07:56 PM
Fwilamosky Fwilamosky is offline
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this thread really took off but i haven't fully decided which i like more since i have only used lazers but i plan on demoing a stand on when i decided to buy another mower. feel free to continue to post your opinions on the mowers as it's always more helpful for everyone reading. thanks
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:01 PM
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Sorry about the spelling(iPhone). Also lazer is faster 10-12 mph depending on which one you get. Most of the people telling you to get a stander don't own and use both like I do. The vantage is really just a back up mower because I don't like it. Sure you can mow some hills with the vantage, but a lazer is better. And a walkbehind even better
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:03 PM
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MT get the 52" lazer, you won't regret it. A 52" lazer will go anywhere a 52" vantage will go. They are both just as wide. Sure the lazer is longer, but that shouldn't matter at all unless you are mowing postage stamp yards. I find it easier on the body to sit, than stand all day. And I'm young and fit too. The vantage sucks on hills and doesn't do well with ditches like a lazer will. The lazer is far easier to get on the trailer and off. The lazer is way faster to raise the deck height, which you need to do alot of mowing around hills and ditches. Plus the standers are too expensive for what they are. You may or may not regret buying a vantage, but I know you won't regret the lazer. If you want the lazer too be smoother get the air front tires instead of no flats and get a grammer seat. The grammer seats are very expensive, but their is bother better. I'm standing by my statements that the lazer is superior, I don't care what anyone on thi thread says. What do all the lco in your area use ztrs, not standers. It's that way, because ztrs are better. This thread just happened to draw out all the stander lovers because of the title
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Thanks for that input. I just talked to a buddy who runs a 52" Z and he has a bad of a back as I do. He said I'd be crazy to go stander over Z. However, he said he wishes he had a 48 for some gates here and there. I don't have any postage stamp sized jobs, mostly corner lots and up to 4 acres for one. It's going to come down to the deal I get in the morning, but I think I'm leaning 48 Z.

Edit: I also have some wicked rough areas with choppy hillsides, ditches and stuff. This turns me to the Z for the deck adjust on the fly with the foot.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:07 PM
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Sorry about the spelling(iPhone). Also lazer is faster 10-12 mph depending on which one you get. Most of the people telling you to get a stander don't own and use both like I do. The vantage is really just a back up mower because I don't like it. Sure you can mow some hills with the vantage, but a lazer is better. And a walkbehind even better
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Yeah, I got very frustrated with the vantage while demoing and got my 36 Viking off the trailer and went to town. I can work the Viking like an ape on a banana tree, steep hills and all.

Since I can only buy one, I will go Z with my Viking as my backup. This way I have best of both worlds.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:17 PM
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I also had a Viking 48". It would mow any hill. Probably better than a 36" because it's a lot wider. A 36" would be great for gated yards though. Wish I had a 36. If you have a bad back check out ferris if you have a dealer. Amazing smooth ride, and the icd deck cuts like a scag deck
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:20 PM
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I also had a Viking 48". It would mow any hill. Probably better than a 36" because it's a lot wider. A 36" would be great for gated yards though. Wish I had a 36. If you have a bad back check out ferris if you have a dealer. Amazing smooth ride, and the icd deck cuts like a scag deck
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No ferris here but there is Grasshopper and I've thought about buying a 223 52" for roughly 1,000 less than Exmark. Grasshopper has an in frame suspension system and has identical specs as the z except it's maybe 1 mph slower.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:37 PM
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My buddy just bought a grasshopper and it is way smoother than my exmark. Close to a ferris, but nothing has suspension like a ferris does. Grasshoppers are great mowers.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:39 PM
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In fact you almost never hear anything negative at all about grasshoppers. Too bad they don't make walkbehinds too.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:46 PM
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In fact you almost never hear anything negative at all about grasshoppers. Too bad they don't make walkbehinds too.
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If you could swap your Exmark for a hopper would you do it after riding your friend's?
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:46 PM
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I'm going to take a risk here and hopefully not get my head bit off but be careful with buying a grasshopper. I ran one for 4 yrs from 99-03 and we had problems with mounts and bearing going bad quicker than what they should have in my opinion. Make sure you get info on warrantees. Just an opinion based on 4 yrs experience in early 2000s so don't take it as all -knowing about the way they are now in 2012
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