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Old 09-05-2012, 12:42 PM
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Advice on Snapper Pro S50XT as my first ZTR mower for my yard and a side business

Hi all, first post here. I've been browsing this site for a while though and getting myself in a bit of information overload I believe. I try not to post on a forum until I've tried researching all I can first though. Sorry if the grammar is bad, I teach math so grammar wasn't my favorite subject.

As the title suggests, I am looking at getting a zero turn mower for my yard as well as my grandparents. Overall its a little over 2 acres of cutting for both yards combined. The land is flat except for very minor ditches and random bumps and uneven soil, nothing very drastic. I am also considering starting a summer job of cutting grass to supplement my income with a friend of mine as we are both teachers and have summers off. Even if I don't cut many lawns on the side or if it falls through, I still feel like buying a commercial mower is the smarter option.

I am looking at the Snapper Pro S50XT at a dealer about 35 miles away. It has a 19HP Kawasaki motor, 48" ICD deck, 3100 transmissions, etc for $4999. I'll attempt to add a link lower for more info if needed. Talking with the owner of the family run business, who seemed very nice and honest, he told me it was full commercial. For the price, if it is full commercial and has good parts it seems like a good deal to me. Most of the other full commercial mowers I have seen have been in the 5k and up range, even some of the high end home owner models have been higher at some places.

My question is, has anyone had any experience with the Snapper Pro models, in particular this one? Does this seem like a good deal? Are the specs good enough for my needs? Any reason to go bigger or higher end? Sorry for all the questions, but it's my first purchase on a ZTR and I'm the type to agonize over big ticket purchases. I'm also going to take a look at another few dealerships to compare as well, just haven't had time to take my grandfather up there as well. He wants me to look at John Deere, but from what I've read they aren't up to par for the money with some other brands...not knocking them though as we have a regular lawn tractor we use now and its been good. Any other recommendations in this range is appreciated as well.

Sorry for the size of the post, just wanted to give all the information needed.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:57 AM
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I hope the size of my post isn't keeping people from posting.

Just a little update, went to the John Deere dealership, who also sells exMark, and they didn't even recommend the Deere's. They said the exMarks were better but they mainly had high end home owner models.

Going in a little bit to look at Toro's at one place and I think the other place has Gravely and Kabota, maybe a few others.

Any input is appreciated, I'm a nervous first time buyer.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:53 PM
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A lot of commercial guys recommend Exmark. Toro and Exmark are the same company. Gravely is another popular brand along with Scag. Real question is how much $$$ are you wanting to spend. Also, what series of engine is on the Snapper? If going Kawasaki, then the FX series is the commercial series.

I am in the same boat you are. Roughly 2 acre mowing area. I had set my budget at around 5K but after visiting dealers realized that for another 1-2K I could get a heavier duty unit.

Next thing to keep in mind is the dealer. No matter what brand they all typically use same engine and transmission manufacturers. Dealer service is the critical component.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:42 PM
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The engine is a FX600V, so I'm assuming it's the commercial series. I was a but concerned it was a little small for a 48" cut, but I hear UT should be sufficient.

I'm trying to decide if it's worth spending more to go to the bad boy czt series. Not sure if there's 1k worth of improvements.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:53 PM
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I would skip the CZT series and go for the Outlaw. Seems to be better bang for the buck.

Have you looked at Snapper Pro 150 series? There is a local dealer here selling a 52 in S150xt for $6000. Gets you a 26 HP Kawasaki and 5400 transmission.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:08 PM
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I'd love to have the 150 at that price, but I think they are closer to 7k here at the dealer... Oh well. I'll see if I can talk him down.

I looked at toro and gravely today as well. Gravely was high at the dealer I went to for commercial grade, started at 7k. Toro was in the 4.5~6k range and looked decent, but I still liked the snapper personally. Not sure which company has the better reputation.

Also considering buying an echo trimmer, blower combo for $299 and then adding a brush trimmer head to it.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:33 PM
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Snappers are built by Ferris. Toro, Exmark, and Gravely all make quality equipment. Not sure how big of a hurry you are to buy but winter is approaching. Might be able to get a left over cheaper.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:41 AM
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How well made are the ferris products?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:37 AM
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Ferris, Exmark, Gravely, Toro, Dixon, Husqvarna, Dixie Chopper, Hustler, Bobcat, Scag, Badboy.....all make quality stuff. In the end it will probably come down to which dealer you like the best and which mower you demo that you like the best.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:10 PM
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Pulled the trigger on the snapper, came down to really liking the dealer. Gave us retail value on the trade in on our 8 year old lawn tractor.


Took it home and mowed my grandparents even though it didn't need it, can't believe the difference in blade speed. The handling will take some getting used to, especially the up close handling and the tight turns. I'M worried about tearing up the yard on the tight turns. I did rub the deck one time and scuffed the paint...grrr. It was bound to happen sooner or later.


Thanks for the replies antv20!
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