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Old 12-29-2013, 08:03 PM
2004blackwrx 2004blackwrx is offline
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Zero turn for home

My tractor broke and I want a zero turn. I want this to hopefully be the last mower I buy. I live in an area where I can fine just about any dealer, but exmark, gravely, bobcat, scag, and Dixon are probably the closest. Scags are too expensive for me. I want something new so I know its properly maintained. I will be using it for my acre and a half and my Grandmas half acre. If I can mow a couple of neighbors as a bonus that may be nice. My yard is generally flat with one slope but nothing to extreme. In the fall I want to add a bagger for leaf removal. I was looking at spending around $4000 and was leaning toward the exmark quest s series 50 inch for around $4200. I was gonna see if the bobcat dealer could compete with this with a similar model. However, I just found a gravely compact pro 44 inch for $5000 which is the most I am willing to spend. I see the gravely has a zt-3100 and fx series Kawasaki which is better then the bobcat or exmark. Should I jump on this gravely or is there another mower im missing another mower in my price range I should be looking out.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:52 PM
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I would say check out Hustlers, Fastrak has a great reputation.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:16 PM
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I would def. go check out the Bobcat CRZ. I have sold quite of few of them this year (30+) and I haven't performed one warranty claim on one yet. And I have a handful of guys using the commercially. I like them so much that I brought in the Fastcats & Procats this year. I sell the 48'' model for $4400 so its around your range. It cuts just like the larger commercial models and is seriously low up keep
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:06 AM
HudsonBrosLawnCare HudsonBrosLawnCare is online now
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If you have a Ferris dealer anywhere nearby I would consider their Evolution mowers. They are running a rebate on them right now for $1250 off of all their models. I know the dealer can get you an even better price for the 48" model. Ferris is trying to clear them out of inventory for a new model that should be coming next year (that's what my dealer told me.) So I got an additional $1k off. All said and done, I bought three of them for $3750 a piece. Full commercial units with 27hp Kawisaki motors. Haven't found anything these bad boys can't cut through. My guys and I absolutely love these things! You can buy bagger attachements from places like Packem Racks. With the extention it cost around $350. Here is my thread I started about it, they did extend the rebate offer:

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=410112
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:14 AM
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I think you need to go talk to your Gravely and eXmark dealers and see which of them you prefer. You really need to demo the units you're most interested in. Both machines are quality made, with enough experience behind them to avoid common failure items. Buy whichever machine most appeals to you and cuts YOUR grass to your satisfaction.

You should, also, consider Hustler. They have some residential units that are well under your budget cap. You've got a dealer close to you.

You mentioned wanting a bagger. Be sure to closely look at what's available for the machines you're interested in and factor that into your price guidelines. There are sometimes multiple choices, with huge price disparities.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:27 AM
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I sold one of the 27/48 Evolution a couple weeks ago and my customer loves it. They have great rebates on them right now.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:36 AM
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I sold one of the 27/48 Evolution a couple weeks ago and my customer loves it. They have great rebates on them right now.
I saw the rebate somewhere. But, that still puts that machine at the ~$5K mark, right?
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:50 AM
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I saw the rebate somewhere. But, that still puts that machine at the ~$5K mark, right?
It would put it at $4750 if you paid full retail. But my dealer said Ferris is giving him that model for $1k less than is was normally so he passed the savings on to me. So if you haggle with the dealer you can probably get it around $3750-$4k
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:54 AM
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It would put it at $4750 if you paid full retail. But my dealer said Ferris is giving him that model for $1k less than is was normally so he passed the savings on to me. So if you haggle with the dealer you can probably get it around $3750-$4k
That's a killer deal!
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Stihl KM55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
Echo GT-2000 trimmer
Gravely WB edger
'14 Ariens Compact 24" Sno-Thro
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:04 PM
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The only way I could swing selling them @ $3750 if a commercial guy bought 2-3 at one time so I could bid assist them and get rebates for me and the customer. I sold the one to my customer a couple weeks ago for $4850 + tax. I had shipping in it also so if no shipping we woulda sold it for $4600ish
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