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Old 05-11-2014, 07:23 PM
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My local mower choices, what would you do

Hi, I did about 15 lawns for several years, but in the last few years, I do one 5 acre lawn, some groomed & watered, really nice, but a lot of it a bit rougher, and then 3 other properties, and now 3 of our own. I've done this for for quite a few years with a JD F525, which gets it done, but kind of slowly. The local dealers sell Grashopper, Hustler, John Deere, SnapperPro, Landpride & Country Clipper. I want an out front deck, because I like the cut but also because I want to be able to use a snow blower on the same machine. If I stay with a front deck, SnapperPro or Grasshopper appear to be my choices. I try not to pick up the clippings, but need to be able to if the grass gets a little tall, to make it look really good. I'm leaning towards a Grasshopper 729 BT (29 HP Briggs) 61 inch deck with collection hopper. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:13 PM
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Update, I forgot to mention, the 3 and 3 properties are residential.
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:44 PM
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So you'll need a blower AND a cab? Brrrr
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:29 PM
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Update, I forgot to mention, the 3 and 3 properties are residential.
Get the grasshopper.
Although I'd be tempted to get the 52" deck so it will fit on more varied lawns.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:36 PM
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No question about it. Grasshopper wins my vote , hands down.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:15 AM
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Well, I guess it's natural to vote for what you have, but at least when you see such a vote, it means the voter has experience with that piece of equipment.

I haven't had my 250 hour Grasshopper 725K2, with 61" deck out front and dump from the seat colletor out back for very long, but I certainly vote for it. A wonderful machine. I can NOT, however, offer a meaningful vote regarding it's use for snow blowing since I live in Texas.

From where I sit, it seems that it is tough to go wrong with a front mount Grasshopper.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:07 AM
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:13 AM
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Grasshopper...... Next question????
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:40 PM
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Well folks, I posted my request for advice on a mower to replace my John Deere F525 back in May or so. I went ahead with the Grasshopper, 725DT, 52 inch, with the hopper. I thought I had a decent mower before, but I want to tell you I'm sure liking this Grasshopper! It has plenty of power, runs great, cuts beautifully and the hopper saves me a lot of manual labor when I need to catch the grass. I attached pics of the largest lawn I cut. It is shots of part of what I call the groomed section, which has an irrigation system. That's about a 4 inch cut. I have went down to 3.5 lately. There is about 5 acres on this lawn, a lot of it is not watered. I used to spend about 8 hours cutting it with my JD 525. I have done the entire lawn in 4 hours with the Grasshopper. I could have gotten a larger deck, but the 52 seems okay. I need to go around a tree in about 3 arcs, where the John Deere 525 used to go around without even slowing down, but that is the only drawback. Otherwise, it does everything else better than the F525 did. If I catch the clippings and if they are a bit heavy, I can mow the entire groomed section without getting out of the seat, and the clippings fill my 6 by 10 trailer. I'm now cutting at what I'd call a "really good clip". Thanks for all the great advice. We are "Grasshoppin" up in South Dakota.
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:40 AM
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While you could had easily used the 61 on that lawn, you can get that 52 on many other lawns… Id start picking up so more lawns to keep that beauty busy!
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