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Are Cub Cadet RTZ's any good?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ATVracer, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    I am just now starting my own business and am getting ready to buy a new ZT mower. I don't have gobs of money to buy a "commercial" ZT mower and I really like the prices of the Cub Cadet RZT mowers. Does anyone own one and what do you think about them? I will have only 5-10 yards at max as I work FT at my regular job, so I don't think I need a commercial mower. What other ZT mowers are there in the 3K price range? This site has already gave me tons of great info, thanks everyone!
  2. SunSwept

    SunSwept LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    I have a Z-Force 44. I have been using it like no tomorrow for the last two years. It is a reasonable mower for the money but won't last much longer for me.

    There are things that I don't like about it BUT it is a ZTR style mower and that saves a ton of time.

    I get my BIG one in March however using this smaller ZTR with Cub's zero-interest for 2 years I was able to pay it off and save quite a bit of cash for the next one. It is not commercial grade/quality and you should not expect it to last very long. It is a good starter mower that will stay with you while you grow.
  3. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Personally I'd spend that money on a nice slightly used commercial hydro walk behind mower with a sulky.

    Homeowner mowers aren't designed to do 10-15 lawns a week.

    I think too many guys just want to be able to say they have a "Z".
  4. Lumberjack

    Lumberjack LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    Gravely makes an @Home series of mowers that are between residential and commercial grade, should last a long time.
  5. waffletown20

    waffletown20 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 100

    I have a Gravely 1844XL and this is my first year, I like it a lot. It's so borderline commercial and is nearly identical to the Commercial 44Z asside from some minor differences. It has held up to the abuse very well and I haven't had any problems. It's a tough machine and would probably outlast a Z Force. It's 4000 and is worth the money. If you want a good Z that'll be your best bet but you could get a great hydro walkbehind that you could use forever. I started on a snapper which was a waste of money and wish I would have gotten a wb. Then I would have had a good fleet going into next year. Choose wisely and research research demo research!
  6. AboveTheCut

    AboveTheCut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    you will be better off. in my opinion. i was in the same boat at the begining of the season. in fact, i was looking at the same cub cadet mower. i ended up trading one of my wb (belt drive) on a 52" exmark lazer. i love it. however, i had a few hills that i could not do with the lazer and i was forced to use a crappy 36" wb (belt drive). don't get me wrong, it cut fine, just wasn't new. i just tried out a 52" exmark turf tracer hydro and i love it. man, i will never buy another belt drive. my advice, buy what you can afford and will be the most versitle and you will make enough money to upgrade later. good luck.

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