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Old 03-11-2014, 08:50 PM
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$ 9500.00 decision NEED HELP PLEASE

I am new here and have read many many threads as well as reviews on this great site and still cannot decide. I have 2 acres of land and want a commercial machine zero turn mower to get my mowing done quick BUT quality of cut and durability are extremely important to me. I want a quality machine that will last for many years not a entry model. This machine will strictly be used at my home only. The machines I have looked at and drove are:

Cub cadet Tank 52

Gravely 152, 252, and 452

Hustler Fastrak SD

And Kubota

Scag, I believe it was the tiger cat model

I will be bagging and I would like to be around the 9500 price mark. I am also a big guy so comfort is key as well. I currently have a john deere tractor that I use which is great it just takes to long to mow the lawn every week.

If anyone can help me out with this based on experience I would really appreciate it.

Thank you
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:56 PM
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Go with the tiger cat. They are very well built and last for ever. It is a very fast machine with a great cut. If comfort is a big deal for you, look at the scag cheetah, it has a great rider comfort system and is one of the fastest z turns out there.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:58 PM
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I have a Kubota ZD28 72" cutting deck. Currently listed on this site if you are interested Only 574Hrs garage kept $8,850/ obo
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:19 PM
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Gravely, Hustler, or Scag.

The issue I see is the cost of a bagger and your use of it. It's a lot of money for the powered bagger systems. That really cuts into the level of machine you can buy. Also, do you really want to bag 2 acres? That's going to generate an awful lot of clippings. And, clippings mean extra nutrients for your soil.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:32 PM
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I have been bagging with current john deere non zero turn it just takes forever......I like the finished look with bagging.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:43 PM
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Scag....Hands down. Just spray it off every once in awhile after you use it to keep it looking good as new.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:49 PM
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I have been bagging with current john deere non zero turn it just takes forever......I like the finished look with bagging.
You really need to demo a commercial mower. They'll put down a side-discharge finish that'll compete with, if not better, the result your current machine is producing. There's more to a commercial mower than just the heavy duty build. There's a lot going on with deck dimensions, baffling, blades, discharge opening, etc. Please, secure some demos of prospective mowers, before insisting on a bagger system. If you live in a heavily wooded area where you have continual debris, then, a powered bagger would be advantageous. Otherwise, it's thousands of dollars spent on something you may not need.
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Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R trimmer
Stihl KM55R Kombi system
Stihl MS180C chain saw
Stihl HS45 hedge trimmer
RedMax Reciprocator
Echo SRM225 trimmer
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:51 PM
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Scag....Hands down. Just spray it off every once in awhile after you use it to keep it looking good as new.
Blowing it off is much better. There are too many areas of overlapping steel where rust will start, if you regularly hose it off.
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Stihl BR600 blower
Stihl BG55 blower
Stihl FS55R 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
Husqvarna 580BTS blower
Dolmar 245.4 string trimmer
'06 Chevrolet Silverado
'13 Bravo Star, 7'X12', V-nose
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:55 PM
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Exmark, I have a 2005 52 Lazer and use every day during the mowing season. (30 week seasons around here) If your only using it on your property, you'll never buy another mower again.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:00 PM
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I would go with either the Scag Cheetah or an Exmark Lazer Z. I priced a new 48" Scag Cheetah with a 28hp Briggs today at a local dealer for $8400 out the door. I agree with the other post about trying these commercial machines before investing in a bagging system.
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