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Dr. Versa Pro Z Mower????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Liquidfast, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739

    Two year commercial warranty and converts to a walk behind?????

    I don't know about you......I'm so buying one.
  2. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739

  3. Stinky Pete

    Stinky Pete LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

  4. PBinWA

    PBinWA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    Did anyone ever buy one of these? It would be nice to see a review.

    I would have bought one if I had known about them.
  5. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    It looks like a very nice machine ... however, I wasn't aware that DR bought them from Rich Mfg. !! The engine on the DR's is the B&S ELS engines, whereas the engines on the Rich machines are Kohler, Kawasaki, etc. So it looks like DR is dialing down the quality of the machine and keeping the price about the same ... surprise, surprise !!
  6. LandscaperPro

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  7. Zooropa93

    Zooropa93 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    I'm a DR dealer and really don't even want to fool with that unit. It looks like nothing but trouble to me.
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I have never seen anyone use one around my area. They seem like a mower that homeowners would buy just to try to get a "cool" mower. I wouldn't waste my money on something that I know nothing about. But for all I know that could be the best mower out there?
  9. LandscaperPro

    LandscaperPro Sponsor
    Posts: 461

    We currently have a 52" w/ the 25 Kohler in our showroom in Spring Valley, NY.

    If you live in the area, come check it out and let everyone on here know what you think.

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  10. O'Shark

    O'Shark LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    (This is my first post here but since nobody seems to have one of these mowers, I thought I should say something. I'm not a lawn care business owner but I do own the Rich Convertible Mower.)

    That quote sort of describes what I felt when I saw the Convertible Mower sitting at an authorized dealer. Once I got to spend some time with the demo and get a good look at it, I felt safe in buying one. They are extremely rugged and stupidly simple. I ended up with the 52" 20HP Kohler Command model. I'm on my third year with it now. I've noticed a few things about it during this time:

    1. It has an excellent quality of cut. It is totally suitable for a larger residential lawn. I currently mow around 3 acres with it. I've had several compliments on the job that it does. Deck height adjustment is a set it and forget it proposition. You have to get off the mower to set the cut height. The mower deck lift is done using a tiny pedal and a chain lift system of sprockets and jack shafts. The pedal is way too far away for me.

    2. Your hands will ache the first couple of times you use it. You'll find yourself stopping to shake the cramps out of them. Strangely, it goes away once your hands and forearms get built up.

    3. It drinks a lot more fuel than a single cylinder.

    4. It does not like tall or very dense grass. This is where the smallness of the engine shows up. If you can mow on a regular schedule before the grass gets out of hand, you'll be fine.

    5. It's a very heavy mower yet it seems to turn extremely quickly. I think that is an illusion due to the very high sitting position.

    6. I mow a steep ditch using the walk-behind feature. It is harder to control at first but once you get used to it, it's nice to be able to get off and walk.

    6a. It has very poor rear traction with the tires that I have on mine. They don't look anything like the picture. They have more rounded shoulders and are smaller. Wet grass will cause the back of the mower to slide downhill while on an incline. This is my main complaint but I'm sure a different tire would cure that.

    7. It has been totally reliable. It cranks longer than many mowers before it starts but it always does start. I have yet to change a belt. There are a lot of grease zerks to feed. Mine has an external oil cooler and the short spin-on filter. I only use Mobil 1 oil in it and it stays clear between changes. The mower deck uses an electric clutch and it has been trouble-free thus far.

    I live less than 20 miles from Rich Manufacturing. I knew I could always get parts if I break something. Would I buy another one? I don't know. The ergonomics are kind of weird on it with having to rest your hands on that console and squeezing the levers. Dixie Choppers are also made somewhere around here. I see a ton of them out and about. I'd have to look at one of those or maybe a Gravely first.

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