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Best tractor/ZTR for slope

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by milchuck, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. milchuck

    milchuck LawnSite Member
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    Hello, new guy here and stumbled across this site while researching mowers. I have 1.2 acres and my old John Deere 180 has about had it. Since I am looking for a new mower, I want to find something that can handle a 1/3 acre sloping grade. It's not too bad (not sure on degree slope) but I won't risk mowing it on the JD180 (although my brother-in-law did). I really don't want to spend over $3000 or so and I have been eyeing the Cub Cadet ZTR with the 50" cut. It seems to have a wide profile which should mean a lower center of gravity and be less likely to tip (i.e. safer). Any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With 3000$ thats a tight budget i would look into lesco walkbehinds becouse they come pretty cheap
     
  3. milchuck

    milchuck LawnSite Member
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    The Cub Cadet I mentioned is $2799 (on sale) but was wondering about the slope issue with a ZTR mower like this. My ideal solution would be not to walk it...I do that now with a self-propelled mower and its a pain.
     
  4. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    NO NO NO with a walkbehind you dont literally walkbehind it you have a sullky or velke that you ride on it so really its a ride behind
     
  5. MowingInAZ

    MowingInAZ LawnSite Member
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    ZTR's aren't known to handle slopes very well. Many CAN, but sometimes it takes a while. $3000 for a ZTR is cutting (no pun intended) it pretty close price wise for a ZTR. Have you looked like at a John Deere LX series tractor? They could easily handle a grade and are very reliable.
     
  6. milchuck

    milchuck LawnSite Member
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    Ah, see told ya I was new...lol
     
  7. MowingInAZ

    MowingInAZ LawnSite Member
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  8. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree the LT-series will be your best bet. Or find an older JD that has been well taken care of or rebuilt/restored and use that. They will be much more stable on hillsides than a ZTR.

    My personal recommendation would be an older 1975 through 1987 JD 200 series (212/214/216) with a 46" deck. Then put the rear wheels on backwards to widen its track, giving you more stability. Remember always mow up and down a slope, not side to side. The 200 series has the bulletproof Kohler K-series cast iron engines that will run forever if you keep the oil and air filter changed. They also have a granny low 1st gear as well as 3 more higher gears. In the condition that you are looking for a good 200 series tractor will run anywhere from $800 to $2000, depending on its mechanical shape, paint and aesthetics, as well as what comes with it as attachments.

    If you don't feel comfortable getting an older machine then I would go for a LT-160 at least, and if you can run another $500 up on your budget go for the LT-180. The bigger the machine you can get, the better. There is no substitute for quality and durability.
     
  9. milchuck

    milchuck LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info
     
  10. milchuck

    milchuck LawnSite Member
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    Question on the LT. Are they known for handling slopes better than other mowers? I checked out the comparison to ZTR's but all it really said was "terrain friendly" which didn't really tell me alot. Do they have a wider stance or lower center of gravity somehow? Thanks!
     

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