Bunton or Bobcat

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jmq, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. jmq

    jmq LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone have any feedback on Bunton or Bobcat ZTR'S?
     
  2. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
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    Big changes are probably coming as Jacobsen has sold them to Little Wonder.

    Time will tell but this could be bad for both lines..
     
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    I disagree, they wouldn't have bought them just to destroy them. They've been bought and sold before and they only got better. If anything, it could enhance the distribution. Now, if they had been sold to MTD I would be very concerned.
    Back to the posters question, both are excellent machines with subtle differences. Bunton is leaning more to the estate owner but can still handle commercial work. For some reason, a comparable Bunton model is a little cheaper price wise than Bob-Cat. I have 2 Bob-Cats and am very satisfied with all aspects of them.
     
  4. chickenman68

    chickenman68 LawnSite Member
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    i just purchased a Bunton BZT 2330 with the 33horse Generac..its the exact same mower as the Bobcat Predator Pro..mine has the 61" deck...only reason i chose the bunton over the bobcat is that i got it for 1,000 cheaper..the distributor that sold me mine also sells the bobcats to the dealer here..he told me the only difference was the sticker's and the shade of green paint this year...i absolutly love mine...it is a HOSS...i looked at every brand out there before buying this machine...and this mower has all the bells and whistles of the other's..more than alot and is built like a tank..plus it didnt hurt that i got it for 7,500 bucks..which is considerably cheaper than anything else anywhere near the same size of mower...good luck on your decision
     
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think that little wonders purchasing of bobcat, bunton, ryan etc will ony strenghten the product and make them more of a player with commercial guys. The bobcats and buntons are nice mowers. I like the fact that the riders have the larger 5 lug wheels and the suspension seat i really nice. I am still warming up to the generac engines though, I feel they are a good engine but support is what concerns me.
     
  6. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a 2005 Bunton, but it's a walk behind with the z controls.

    But this is the greatest cutting deck I have ever seen! It's fantastic, I'm sure the decks on the riders are great too, should be the same deck on the Bunton as the Bobcat.

    Amazing, even discharge without throwing the clippings accross the street as my ExMark does. And I can get away with a mulch kit on the deck better than any other machine I've used if I need to in summer. I've used Snapper, ExM, and Scag, 36s and 48s.
     
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Our distributor seemed to think the Bunton name was going away since they are the same machines. They had been trying to clear out alot of Bunton stock they had laying around. But that doesnt seem to be the case.

    I would think generally Bobcat is the cheaper machine. Bunton adds larger fuel tanks, a light and an electric lift on top of what a Bobcat already is. Unless those items are no longer standard pieces on the Bunton.

    They have sold the ZTR's under a few of their other names as well...all the same machines. They started painting the Buntons Red for a while and calling them Jacobsens. If you poke around the Steiner website you will see a pic of a ZTR in Steiner badges. All the same machine, just different colors.
     
  8. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    naturescape, funny you mention the "clippings across the street" thing with the exmarks. That would be my only complaint about an otherwise awesome mower. Takes a little longer with the blower sometimes!
     
  9. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I REALLY liked the bunton 48" walkbehind with the Z controles. It looked like a solid money maker. To bad they seriously wanted $7500 for it.

    I'm hoping they (little wonder) put more engine options and an updated cutting platform on both machines.
     
  10. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats how it is around here, usually the bunton was a more expensive machine do to the extras that were standard. The rest of the machines are identical. As far as the machines, after owning 5 bunton z's, I'm a big believer in the bunton/bobcat brands. I've also owned a early deere mid mount z, a toro, a cub, and demoed a gravely but, the bunton's have always seemed to be a better fit to my needs.
     

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