Anyone Have A ZTR Puffer Air Ride Seat?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by weeble67, May 12, 2013.

  1. Shoreline

    Shoreline LawnSite Member
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    Dualsmows, most of these posts are from within the last month. The puffer is a great unit, I would highly recommend it! It's been a real back saver for me. The review posted above is excellent and from my experience with my unit, it's bang on.
     
  2. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see a lot of complaints about the harsh rides of ztr's on LawnSite. I feel most ztr's have SUB PAR suspension seats on them . I know Gravely has stepped up with an actual air ride type seat on their 400 series. Most other MFG'S either use spring or gas shock type suspensions which are ok but no where in the same league as an air ride .

    Using the air ride kinda reminds me of riding a 4 wheeler (quad).You have 2 choices , you can just sit on the seat and let the shocks do all the work but as the ride gets rougher your body gets abused. Or You can utilize your legs along with the suspension over the rough stuff which is way less abusing on you . So while mowing smooth areas I just sit .On the rough areas I use my legs to help the seat absorb the jarring.
     
  3. weeble67

    weeble67 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So sorry I've been away. I am still using the puffer air ride. Like was said earlier in another link, the company was great to deal with. I was amazed when he told me buy it. Use it, if you don't like it send it back. I'll refund your money. The set up does raise your ride height, which does take a little bit to get used to. I was able to adjust my levers and made myself comfortable. It has helped my back out a lot. I really wish I would have bought it sooner.
     
  4. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Riden the puffer sure is smooth!
     
  5. fireman1000

    fireman1000 LawnSite Member
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    I noticed the puffer pictures before the installation show a suspension seat. Is the Puffer that much better and does anyone think the puffer would be better than the grammer or vice versa? I'm finding the grammer seat on e-bay for 599 plus shipping whereas the puffer is 399 and free shipping.
     
  6. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Puffer is just the air ride no seat. You mount it under your existing seat very easy to do.
     
  7. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Puffer does make the operating position of the mower significantly higher an does take a good while to get use to.
     
  8. fireman1000

    fireman1000 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks bumpmaster. I understand it mounts under my existing seat. Do you have one and if so, is it a better ride in your opinion than just a standard mechanical suspension seat? I also know it raises your body a few inches but the grammer air seat is only a couple of hundred dollars more and includes a seat and is more low profile than the puffer. I'm just trying to decide which would be the best ride. I've got no suspension on my John Deere Z930M which has a good standard deluxe seat but it beats me to death on my lawns and I also cut some steep slopes and have no trouble doing so at the moment with nothing extra under my seat.

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes I have a puffer. Never road a mechanical seat suspension system so can not help you out on that one.
     
  10. Fuzzy1

    Fuzzy1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    After having a few major back surgeries last year, including a bunch of fused vertebra, along with the associated pins, screws, rods, cages, I ordered a ZTR PUFFER. It is everything the manufacturer claims it to be ... I believe you could mount a 2"X12" on top of it, and it would be comfortable. That said, if I could recover most of my investment, I would sell it in a minute. I am fairly tall (6'-4") with a long torso ... I only mow a few yards for myself and a couple of family members ... some of the property has a fairly steep slope, and the PUFFER makes me "feel" like I'm very top-heavy. I'm having a dozer come out and knock down the incline a bit, but I don't know when he'll be here. I just feel like the PUFFER put me in a position that doesn't feel right to me. The ride is GREAT ... the sensation of sitting up those extra few inches just creeps me out. I know the manufacturer offers a money-back trial guarantee, but I bought it late last year ... didn't get to try it out until recently, and I don't feel I have any right asking him to take it back at this point.

    Even though it didn't work out exactly as I had hoped, I can still wholeheartedly recommend it. The materials and construction are absolutely top shelf.
     

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