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Do looks and style influence your ZTR purchase?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by davidcalhoun, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    rod, what mowers are popular in NJ?
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    The grasshopper mower colors are good as far as being "functional".
    But past that, I don't care for them either.

    I've always thought they would do much better by switching the chocolate color to a darker "weathered" red.
    About the color of a dirty eXmark.
     
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,831

    I have been on John Deere equipment for a very long time farming but never owned a zero turn John Deere mower. I had the chance to run the 777 about a week ago and I still believe that John Deere green and yellow looks the best in everything and their zero turn mower is the best looking one on the market but I have been brain washed by so many years of looking over the hoods and platforms of John Deere tractors and combines.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I live in a serious farming area now and you would think that, of those farmers who buy ZTRs and there are a few here, they would buy JD mowing equipment. I have yet to see the first JD ZTR though. I do see a lot of DC, Exmark, Toro and Everride with a few Grasshoppers thrown in here and there. I did however see the biggest freakin combine I have ever seen a few weeks ago. It was green and yellow and took up the entire highway.
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    eXmark, Ferris, Toro, and Scag pretty much Randy...even JD and Hustler don't have a presence here.
     
  6. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    John Deere did try differant colors way back when. You could get your JD in any of 5 colors. It did not work. I think the colors were: Green, Red, Blue, Orange or Yellow.
     
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,571

    functionality is #1 in my decisions......

    D
     
  8. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,022

    A majority of farmers (and other residential owners) will still buy a mower that operates with a steering wheel and a pedal.

    Some buy garden tractors because they are familar with them and the way they steer. Some buy garden tractors because they want to run other attachments. For some, it's cost.

    Even garden tractors have added some curves to their non functioning hoods to entice buyers.
     
  9. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,831

    John Deere has not been in the zero turn mower business as long as a lot of other brands but they are coming on strong in this area. I run Hustler myself but if there was no more Hustler's I would more than likely be on a John Deere, I am seeing more and more of them on trailers in this part of the country. You need to drive a combine like you saw in a congested area like we have around Charlotte and Monroe, we take the platforms off and haul them on their on carrier but the machine is so big it can get on your nerves trying to move on two lane roads. The people actually get mad like you don't belong on their roads and they take a lot of chances because they are always in a hurry, it is kind of funny you can see them cussing but they sure want somebody to produce their food so they can eat.
     
  10. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 344

    I see that all the time here. I actually almost got hit mowing out by the road the other day when a guy in an SUV couldn't wait and decided to use the curblawn I was mowing to pass in. Dumb@#$.

    -TAZ
     

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