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Old 06-16-2004, 02:23 PM
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simplicity zero turn

I'm looking for anyone who has some info on simplicitys zero turn 18hp kohler with the 44 inch deck. I was thinking about getting one. I look at the z force from cub and there new homeowner line also. I can't spend over $4000. The other dealers I here about exmark has one dealer in this area and they gave me a bad feeling. Country clipper is 2 hours away. dixie chopper about 1 hour away. slimpicity is about 15 minutes away.

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Old 06-16-2004, 04:33 PM
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Jeff,

I'm not a professional by any means, but i recently (1 mo. ago) purchased a Snapper (owned by Simplicity) 44" FastCut ZTR which is almost identical to your mower in question.

I love it. It has an excellent cut and is very easy to handle. All the research that i did, i found these to be very economical with what seemed to me to be designs that might be more similar to a commercial mower w/o the high price.

For a residental cut, my snapper 44" does a great job! I'm happy w/ my purchase.
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:36 AM
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Jeff
The Snapper fastCut ZTR and the Simplicity Consumer Z are the same mowers with 2 minor differences. In fact, they share the same owner's manual. I recently purchased the Snapper FastCut 1844 and love it! Cuts great and is a BLAST to drive. Like Summett, I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion that these ZTR's are the best ones out there for the homeowner who doesn't want to spend a bundle. Like commercial units, they use seperate pumps and wheel motors, have larger tires than the other residential units and have a beefy frame.
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Old 07-15-2004, 08:25 PM
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I just committed to purchasing a Consumer Z 18/44 today. Part of me can't believe I just spent that much on a lawn mower, and the other part of me can't wait to get behind the wheel, er sticks.

I ordered mine with the mulch kit. Any thoughts or comments on the performance of this configuration?

Also, I appreciate those who have posted information on these units, as it helped me make a decision to go in this direction rather than another brand consumer Z or a tractor.

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Old 07-15-2004, 09:45 PM
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boo,

You'll love it! I felt the same way about the $$. But figured you might as well have a blast while your working.

Got a couple months under my belt and it's still a blast to mow with it...and quick as ever!

I am interested to get your thoughts on the mulch kit after you've used it a while. I had one w/ my old snapper, but find with the standard blades on the 44" it cuts very well and haven't seen any grass clumping.

Interested in getting your feedback after a couple mows.

Congrats and hope you like it as well as i do.
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Old 07-16-2004, 01:05 AM
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Thanks Summett - it's always nice to hear confirmation that I made a good decision.

I'm hoping to pick it up on Monday. I understand that you can mow faster while discharging rather than mulching, but I was concerned about having dead grass lying on top of the yard. It sounds like that is not an issue for you. I'll let you know how it goes in a couple weeks.

Ciao.
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:58 AM
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boo

I just ordered the mulch kit for mine. I should have it next week. It does a great job with grass clippings when side discharging, but tends to blow my oak leaves out without cutting them up. Hopefully the mulch kit will eliminate this.
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Old 07-16-2004, 11:32 AM
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I agree with you dlh2. It does blow the leaves out before mulching them up, but does a nice job on the grass.

Interested to hear your guys' feedback on the mulch kit. Curious, what was the price of the kit?
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Old 07-16-2004, 11:55 AM
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I think it's about $135. It consist of 2 baffles, 3 mulch baldes and a plate that closes the dischage hole. Since our snappers use the Simplicity deck, it has a Simplicity part number (1692884). You can go to the Simplicity web site and type in that part number under "manuels" and get the installation instructions. Our decks are pre-drilled for this kit. Apparently Simplicity also sells just the baffles as an "anti-blowout kit".
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Old 07-16-2004, 12:04 PM
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<img src="http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v295/dlh2dlh2/P1010001.jpg">

Here is a picture of the custom hitch I made from angle iron so I can pull my sprreader around.
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