32" Zero Turn For Mowing Small Lawns

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Porcupine Lawn and Snow, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
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    I need to do my research first before deciding.
    Thanks for your offer but no because I have a 52'' Wright Sentar already and I need a "backyard mower'' :)
     
  2. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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  3. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    the mower im working on right now is a gravely 34" ZTR. Its a homeowner unit though...and I don't know if it will fit through a 36 inch gate. I know it will not with the bagger on it, but Id have to do some measuring if you were using one as a mulcher only.

    Aries and gravely both made them. Mine is a Gravely ZT-1534. I think they also make a commercial 34 inch, but not sure. You would have to do some checking to see if the would fit through a 36 inch gate.

    Here is a link to the Aries:
    http://www.ariens.com/products/riding-mowers/zoom-zero-turn/Pages/default.aspx
    I didn't see a spec for overall width though.
     
  4. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    No I haven't been there before, I live in whitby, just east of the City, the farthest I've gone for stuff is Alpine, they are good to deal with, you can likely get a new one for 3200.
     
  6. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    The WBs weigh something similar to those small Zs, plus if you use a sulky, then rutting is not something youll avoid with e WB!

    Im currently researching the same thing, Im quite sure now I've narrowed it down to the husky 30", its the only one I can leave the catcher on the back but just removed the chute to get through gates. Its also 100 lbs lighter than the timecutter, lighter is important for me with residential lawns to avoid rutting. My motive for a new purchase is to make work easier in the heat of summer as well as get through it quicker, so man handling a WB isn't going to be a great deal different, actually more work than a 21" SP.

    A stand behind would be good, however they are too expensive as you say! I know this is just as expensive but have you looked at the Ferris Evolution, it prob doesn't suit though I think its 36" & you need to get through 36" gates.
     
  7. WillsLandscape

    WillsLandscape LawnSite Member
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    If you are really dead set on an ~32'' cut ZTR, there is the Dixon SpeedZTR 30'' or the Snapper 150Z with the 33'' deck, as well as the choices you mentioned above.

    Our Snapper rider with the 33'' deck lasted 17 years of a lot of use before it cracked around the spindle...but we're getting a new deck put on and a major tuneup so it'll probably go for another 15 years depending on how the engine holds up.
     
  8. greenology

    greenology LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Dixon is the same as the Husky just badged diff & diff engine option.

    Do you mind if I ask what the width at widest point of your 33" Snapper is? Also if you have had a bagger on it & how easy/difficult it would be to remove the chute for bagger.
     
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. WillsLandscape

    WillsLandscape LawnSite Member
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    Some Dixons and Huskys did look similar, as did their website....I'm not surprised.

    Our Snapper rider is actually on of their rear engine riding mowers, steering wheel and gear shift. I don't have the model number with me so I can't give you the dimensions of that particular model, but the new 33'' version of the rider is 37'' wide. This probably includes the chute in the 'down' position.

    The 150Z is 38'' wide, again, probably with the chute down. I didn't read back in the thread so I don't know if you have 36'' gates, but it would be a REALLY tight squeeze.

    I assume you mean for the bagger chute, the plastic tube that directs the clippings up into the bags. I assume what you intend to do is leave the bagger assembly minus the chute on the mower to quickly change between bagging and discharging? Well, it is simply the mounting bracket that goes on the deck (attaches with 1 wing nut and slides under a part on the discharge chute) and the tube. Probably takes 1 minute to remove if you get good at it.

    Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any other questions!
     

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