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beating a dead horse... I need a zero turn... help me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OKIE LAWNS, Jun 17, 2010.


    OKIE LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Guys, i mow mostly residential lawns and do some spraying. I live on 10 acres and have about 1-1/2 acres cleared out that gets mowed. I am hoping to pick up a couple of riding mower jobs next year.

    I can't quite justify spending the money on a commercial zero turn.. What would be a good... or decent residential zero turn if i am only going to spend under 3k?

    any help appreciated.
  2. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    It wouldn't be recommended because you'll grow and it won't last with you, choose a used commercial with light hours or maybe a demoed one. That would be the better way to go.
  3. Trevor8

    Trevor8 LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 750

    your best bet would be a snapper pro they are only around 5,000 for a commercial ztr
  4. 81Bronk36

    81Bronk36 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    get something used in your price range
  5. LandscapemanFL

    LandscapemanFL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    Best bet is finding a good used commercial unit.

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,002

    You have the correct and best advice about getting a commercial mower. I know it's a lot of money up front. But the good men are trying to save you even more money in the long haul. A commercial mower will last 5 to 10 times longer than a good... or decent residential mower. A 500 hours residential mower to a 2,000 hour commercial mower. I was in the same boat last year. I went commercial for my 5 acres. I'm looking out the window waiting for the grass to grow. I went from 250 hours a year mowing my grass to less than 50 hours this past year. Now that's a BIG difference.


    OKIE LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    wow that is amazing!

    What about a cub cadet z-force 50" that has around 200 hours, and looks like in great shape? I found one in my price range, but not sure about the cub?

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    What about a walk with a velkey? Last forever, much cheaper, and if you grow and really need a Z you will than have the jobs to support it.
  9. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Posts: 1,123

    If you must buy a residential mower I would recommend the Ariens or Gravely heavy duty residential mowers. They have commercial features, and have a heavy duty deck for a residential.

    OKIE LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    what about the z-force i listed above? it is commercial?

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