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Old 08-06-2013, 08:15 PM
jalphabet jalphabet is offline
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Looking for a reliable zero turn

Hey all! I just moved to the suburbs where I have about an acre & a half of level ground to mow. I haven't cut grass in over 20 years & now need a mower. Shopping for one, however, has been like shopping for a new car - lots of choices & the process of choosing one sucks!

I don't need a top of the line model with every whistle & bell, but I don't want a standard home center "Lawn Yugo" either. I'd rather spend a little extra for something that's going to last. I've looked at a entry level Toro & was not too impressed. The Hustler Raptor was so-so. The BobCat CRZ was the most impressive of what I looked at so far. The deck & overall build seemed much more durable than the others but I'm not too familiar with the brand.

I'd like to check out the Dixie Chopper Z-2 but haven't found one yet. Also heard some good things about the Husqvarna RZ series, but haven't checked that brand out either.

Open to any thoughts or recommendations. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:00 PM
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For just under $5000, you can get a Snapper Pro S50xt in 36 or 48 inch with a Kawasaki engine. That mower should last you a lifetime with proper maintenance. They have models that start at $3995 with the Briggs Pro engines.

http://www.snapperpro.com/models/features/5:s50xt
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:49 AM
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Too bad you are so far away. I have just the mower for you.
Just posted a couple days ago 03/14 2014 listed as ( 2007 KUBOTA ZD-331 MOWER )
I am just looking for a good home for this Quality built machine. Just turned 80 and cutting back
on my larger lawn accounts. And will be using my other smaller Rolls Royce styled mower.
The GR Series Kubota 2210 4X4 Glide Steer ( pricey but lifetime investment )
But check out my ZD 331 listing. I always wanted to visit Baltimore.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:52 AM
kabota kabota is offline
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Your answer is in NH

kabota Too bad you are so far away. I have just the mower for you.
Just posted a couple days ago 03/14 2014 listed as ( 2007 KUBOTA ZD-331 MOWER )
I am just looking for a good home for this Quality built machine. Just turned 80 and cutting back
on my larger lawn accounts. And will be using my other smaller Rolls Royce styled mower.
The GR Series Kubota 2210 4X4 Glide Steer ( pricey but lifetime investment )
But check out my ZD 331 listing. I always wanted to visit Baltimore.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:55 AM
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Jalphabet, Bob Cat Turf has been around for a long time and has established an excellent reputation. I used to have an old 3-wheeler that I absolutely loved, but it got too difficult getting parts for her. When I was looking to replace it, I looked first to Bob Cat, but at that time in my area, the regional distributor, according to my one and only local dealer, was extremely less than satisfactory to be nice (limited, or no, availability of units and parts). Also, I had personality issues with said local dealer. As merely a homeowner, it was difficult to get the time of day from him, let alone a few minutes to talk mowers. Additionally, he was one of those guys who feels you don't have a clue about your needs, nor any mower despite all the info on the internet. I actually caught him misquoting comparisons to a competitor's machine, and when I pointed it out him, he refused to back down. He actually told me to come back when I was "serious about buying." So I took my money elsewhere.

You don't happen to mention your budget, but a quick search on the Bob CRZ comes up with a list of about $4900. If so, and figuring a little wiggle room, you might want to check out Ariens Max Zoom or Gravely ZT HD series. They are basically the same except for pant and engines, and offer slightly beefier hydros.

If $5k is a little north of where you'd like to be, their Zoom XL and ZT XL lines might be worth a gander.

All that being said, and coming back to my first paragraph, just as an FYI and FWIW, I ended up with a Dixie Chopper myself. At that time, there was a huge void between flimsy box store consumer and commercial Zs. DC's entry level unit was their Silver Eagle (which I bought). The Iron Eagle, which they've dropped, didn't come out until maybe 2 years later, followed by the Magnum, Z1 and Z2. If they had offered their full line back then, I'm thinking I'd have either a Magnum or Z2 instead. Don't get me wrong. I've been 100% satisfied with my SE. However, even I have to admit it's just a bit overkill for my application.
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