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Belt Driven/Hydro, or Z Please Help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sanders Lawn Care, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Sanders Lawn Care

    Sanders Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 33

    I have already read several post about all of these units, but I am still having a hard time picking one. I just picked up 2 apartment complexes and I am going to need a bigger mower than the one I got now 36" Walk behind. I am looking at a 52" One of the apartment complexes has a open area of 79,000 square feet. I have narrowed my choices to Exmark, and John Deere. I am just having a hard time deciding on a large walk behind and a Z. Most importantly if the walk behind should be a Belt, or Hydro driven. I know in the end this is going to be strictly my choice, but any help, or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    i recommend a z over a w/b because you only really need a w/b for gates amd such (you already have that covered) or hills. if hills aren't a problem, than a z is good for sure. the z will cost more but performs better and is more efficent. exmark and deere are good brands but exmark is much better.

    as far as specific mowers, i think you should go with a 52 exmark lazer z hp. you can get it with the 23 or 27 hp kohler engine (better than briggs or kawi).
    good luck.
  3. Sanders Lawn Care

    Sanders Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 33

    That had been the Z I was looking at. There are no hills on any of my major commercial properties. Personally I would never buy a Briggs motor. I always here people say that walk behinds have a better cut is this true? I have never been on a Z so I can not answer this. Thanks Fresh!
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,920

    I don't think that is a true statements, unless there are some qualifications about the weight of the mower on soft ground.

    Many of have John Deere ZTR, with 7 Iron II decks. Do a search, and read the posts about quality of cut. I think you will find the vast majority of this deck on the JD Z-trak mowers to be favorable, if not highly favorable. I fit into the "highly favorable" category.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    When it comes down to what you buy it is all up to you. If you do go with a wb, I would go with an Exmark Turf Tracer 60'' since its all open property. But a Z will get it mowed a whole lot faster. Have you looked into Deere's Quik Trak stand on mowers. They take up way less space than a rider but perform at the same speeds as riders do. If you have to bag the property a ZTR would be your best choice. If I was you I would not get a wb and go for a Quik Trak or ZTR.
  6. jdogg399

    jdogg399 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    got a couple used turf tracer for sale 52 in /in ohio
  7. Sanders Lawn Care

    Sanders Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 33

    Luckily I don't have to bag any of the properties that I have. I have read about the Quick tracks, and still need to demo the unit. I think I have finally got my decision down to the the Quick Track 657A 54", or the Lazer Z 52". Still need to Demo both units, will try to do this by this weekend. Thanks for everyones help.

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