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Old 03-13-2013, 08:51 PM
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Zero turn reccomendations

I'm looking for a new ZTR for personal use and some commercial use. I have owned a tree service for over 20 years, and am now considering taking on a limited amount of lawn accounts. Probably 1-2 days a week of lawn care to supplement my other business.

I have 2 1/2 acres of my own that I currently mow as well as a couple of other three acre properties that I may be taking on. Possibly some standard residential yards as well. I'm looking for some very general facts and opinions on the different brands. I know I'm not looking for the top of the line commercial mower, but don't want homeowner quality either. Can anyone give me a rundown on some of the "stereotypes" of each brand?

Such as which ones are considered the better built, more expensive, more reliable, least reliable, least expensive. I realise this will be a lot of opinion, but I'm just looking for some facts that most everyone can agree on about each brand. Also any things I should be specifically looking for or looking to avoid on zero turns in general. I think I'm going to be looking in the 50-60" range. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:07 PM
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Check these out:

http://www.snapperpro.com/models/features/3:s150xt

I don't think you can beat the Snapper Pro mowers for overall value. Hopefully you have a dealer nearby.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:17 PM
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Personally any of the John Deere Z track mowers Z645 and above would be fine for you. The 7iron deck is amazing and well worth the extra cost though considering the cut is excellent. I run a Deere Z920M and Z997 myself. The 997 is quit large though with a 31 horse diesel motor. I use it mostly for the 11acre farm.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:40 PM
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No more mowing than what you are doing just about any commercial mower will work. What part of MO are you from? What brands are in your area. Dealer makes a diffrence if you cannot work on it yourself.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:57 PM
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No more mowing than what you are doing just about any commercial mower will work. What part of MO are you from? What brands are in your area. Dealer makes a diffrence if you cannot work on it yourself.
I am in the KC area, so should have dealers for all brands close by.

Are there any particular brands that are well known for certain qualities or features, or brands that I should avoid? I would just like to have a starting point in my search for a brand with a good reputation, that is not way overpriced. I guess I'm going to be looking for a low to mid range commercial mower at a good price point.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:35 PM
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my dad's yard is that size and he uses a husqvarna rz5424. it was $3000. not commercial but good enough for a yard that size.

if you want commercial i recommend scag, john deere, or maybe gravely. they provide the best cut in any conditions.
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