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Old 02-26-2013, 09:56 AM
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I have a z950A (2012) and it has the FX850v which is the one rated at 27 hp under the newer more accurate system, whereas it was rated at 31 hp under the old system until last year. I have alss ran the Z960 which has the FX921V which is now rated at 31 Hp whereas it used to be the 34 HP in the lineup under the old rating. The 27 is more than enough with the 60"deck. I have the MOD and mine will run that deck through any turf grass with ease, even when mulching. If you plan on doing any tall field type grass cutting then more HP may be in order, but even then, I wouldn't feel undergunned with mine.

Until Hustler gets their crap together and figures out how to build a deck that cuts great in all conditions, especially northern turf grasses, I won't be buying one. Who cares what the hydro's are like now? They'll out last the rest of the mower anyway, and be more expensive to repair or replace if needed. In spite of what some claim on here, I still can't see that they are built any better than many other top of the line machines anywhere outside of the hydro's. The deck may have all that extra bracing under it, but if it doesn't cut worth spit while you're trying to make a living, it isn't much good now is it? The 7 Iron and others like it are built more than stout enough for any commercial mowing, and I've yet to see or even read about anyone destroying one because they weren't paying attention and hit something with it.
Would you recommend the MOD deck? I love the looks and features of the deere I'm just scared of not picking the right mower, like I said before the hustler really impressed me last year but I don't like there gas tank setup and then there's the possibility of getting one that doesn't cut good, I guess all I can do is get a demo z950r and try it...
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:01 AM
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Also heard lots of people say the deeres rode rough, has this been resolved with the new z series?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:35 PM
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The seat on my Z950 is very soft and comfy, but it can't overcome the harsh ride on rough properties. The new R series has flex forks and a suspension seat. If that doesn't create a great ride, nothing will.

Regarding the MOD deck- I was very critical of it last year for most of the summer because I didn't feel it cut as well as the standard 7 Iron Pro. Turns out, everyone all across the country was having QOC issues due to the dry conditions last summer that were so bad. Many guys started posting they were having trouble with their machines that had cut so well before. Once the fall came and we got a little rain I quickly changed my mind. The deck cuts great, and stripes better than the std deck does, which is pretty good already. It is nice to be able to just pull a lever and go from side discharging to mulching or to be able to keep clippings from flying where you don't want them to go. The deck will leave a small windrow alongside the chute side of the deck if you are cutting long grass that is reasonably thick. I found that by using the OEM wavy mulcher blades I all but can eliminate the windrow, but I can still cut at a decent speed and get a clean cut.


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Old 02-26-2013, 05:00 PM
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Until Hustler gets their crap together and figures out how to build a deck that cuts great in all conditions, especially northern turf grasses, I won't be buying one. Who cares what the hydro's are like now? They'll out last the rest of the mower anyway, and be more expensive to repair or replace if needed. In spite of what some claim on here, I still can't see that they are built any better than many other top of the line machines anywhere outside of the hydro's. The deck may have all that extra bracing under it, but if it doesn't cut worth spit while you're trying to make a living, it isn't much good now is it? The 7 Iron and others like it are built more than stout enough for any commercial mowing, and I've yet to see or even read about anyone destroying one because they weren't paying attention and hit something with it.
Agreed! But I'll add I mow what you guys would consider southern grass. Once I have any length and or moisture, Im double cutting!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:07 PM
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Until Hustler gets their crap together and figures out how to build a deck that cuts great in all conditions, especially northern turf grasses, I won't be buying one. Who cares what the hydro's are like now? They'll out last the rest of the mower anyway, and be more expensive to repair or replace if needed. In spite of what some claim on here, I still can't see that they are built any better than many other top of the line machines anywhere outside of the hydro's. The deck may have all that extra bracing under it, but if it doesn't cut worth spit while you're trying to make a living, it isn't much good now is it? The 7 Iron and others like it are built more than stout enough for any commercial mowing, and I've yet to see or even read about anyone destroying one because they weren't paying attention and hit something with it.
Agreed! But I'll add I mow what you guys would consider southern grass. Once I have any length and or moisture, Im double cutting!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:13 PM
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There's really not very many of us here that have to contend with what you do bro. That's some serious turf down there that you deal with! Too bad you can't fit up a 7 Iron deck to your Z (besides, green and yellow look good together). You may still have to double up on all that growth, but you wouldn't have to deal with the windrowing or clumping issues you do right now.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:25 PM
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the deere seat is fine if you cut for short periods of time or if your lawns are smooth. it started bothering me cutting 2 1/2 acre yards where i'm on the mower for 2hrs straight plus the yard was quite bumpy. i put a suspension kit on it and now i can mow all day without any fatigue. if you get a deere or any brand of mower a suspension seat is a must if you ask me.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:41 PM
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There's really not very many of us here that have to contend with what you do bro. That's some serious turf down there that you deal with! Too bad you can't fit up a 7 Iron deck to your Z (besides, green and yellow look good together). You may still have to double up on all that growth, but you wouldn't have to deal with the windrowing or clumping issues you do right now.
If you remember last year we had a lot of rain, unable to do any cutting. Well, Im going through that again right now. Ive missed most of the real bad stuff, just, but still had about 9" of rain since the 16th. This will give you an idea.... http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/...batter-se-qld/

Havent been on any lawns since the 15th. Its going to be a nightmare once it dries out!
I wish I still had my X595. At least with 4wd I may of been able to do some of my crappy props. Even that yellow deck worked well.

Im quoting a high school and walked over the ovals yesterday measuring up. It was that wet there are patches of lawn dieing and the stink was terrible.

Anyway, to the OP, if your really interested in the SZ, it is imperative you have a good demo on all turf conditions. Short, dry, long and wet etc. You dont want to find out later that it discharges badly after the purchase.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:47 PM
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Man bro, you've had a rough couple years haven't ya? We will too if we have the same drought type conditions as last year again. Hope not.

I'm getting hit with the beginning of a what is supposed to be a pretty heavy duty snow storm right now, so I'm not thinking about cutting as much as snow blowing with my CUT.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:52 PM
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I love all the new mowers out but I think I am going to break down a buy me A Ferris in the next few weeks. I really want to have the suspension system and the suspension seats do not cut it. I love the Deere cut quality and ease of use but all these mower brands can only offer flex forks and suspension seat/platform. That is not enough to help with all this rough terrain. Once I get a Ferris then I can see if it really helps me at the end of the day.
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