Advice on the New Holland MZ-H Zero Turn Mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jake26, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. jake26

    jake26 LawnSite Member
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    I joined this site nearly a year ago and have found it very informative but I now have a question that I could not find the answer too in my site search.

    My mother-in-law works for J.I. Case Company (owned by New Holland) and through her, I have the opportunity to purchase one of a group of mowers at a reduced cost and 0% financing for 5 years. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find anything via internet on these machines except for their "specifications". They are too new to the industry.

    A link to their site:

    http://www.newholland.com/h4/produc...&RL=ENNA&NavID=000001277003&line=000005334011

    The group I have a choice from is the MZ17 Zero Turn (MZ), LS Lawn Tractor, GT Garden Tractor or the MY Yard Tractor. I am looking mainly at the MZ17 for residential use for a 3/4 acre that has a few hills. That mower list around $3,500 and my cost would be $2,900 ($55) a month.

    If anyone has an opinion on these machines or their specifications, I would appreciate it?
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    They are not true commercial equipment. I have the MZ14H , it was i could really afford when i first started. I have used it for two years and that is using it to cut between 25-30 yards a week. Its takes a beating and keeps kickin. You take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.
     
  3. jake26

    jake26 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Krayz,

    One question I have is how Zero Trun mowers handle hills compared to a lawn or garden tractor. The hills I refer to are typical cuverts and drainage grades.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    They handle pretty good. takes practice and you learn your limits on hills.
     
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    None of those will last if used daily for commercail purposes. All are made by either MTD, Simplicity, or one of the other builders of cheap mowers, like AYP.
    I suspect those are the cheap Simplicity machines, but not sure.
     
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    TEHY ARE MADE BY THE SAME COMPANY WHO MAKES nEW hOLLAND TRACTORS,SKIDSTEERS AND SUCH. I have prolly close to 500 hours on one and it runs like a champ
     
  7. jake26

    jake26 LawnSite Member
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    Are you certain Mowingman? I could not find the exact location but the light New Holland tractors are manufactured in PA amoung other places so I assume that includes the garden and lawn tractors. Also, New Holland tractors have the Kowasaki and Kholer engines and is a part of IH Case Co. so cheap MTD versions they are not.

    I just could not find alot of information on them. I know in my area (Milwuakee), we have only two New Holland dealers in a 100 mile radius so avialability is definiately an issue here.
     
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    I am 99.999% sure those are not built by New Holland.
     
  9. DCE

    DCE LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks to me like Toro maybe building the tractors and the Z's. The Z's look exactly like the Timecutter series, and the GT-A's look like 5XI's
     
  10. jake26

    jake26 LawnSite Member
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    After visiting a dealer, I found that they are built by Toro and is exactly like the TORO 17-42Z only painted blue. Unfortunately, this dealer, the largest of the area, did not have any on hand and with only 4 dealers within a 100 mile radius, I doudt the others will either.

    I think I will visit a Toro dealer.

    Any opinions on Toros?
     

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