Exmark LazerZ Overkill for Home Use?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by aschiou, Mar 31, 2001.

  1. aschiou

    aschiou LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a house with 5 acres. I'd like to cut the lawn in least amount of time and have the mower last for a long time. Interested in hearing from the professionals like you whether an Exmark Lazer Z or Lazer Z Hp will be appropriate for home use. Thanks!

    Adam
     
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    i went to get a quote from a dealer on a full size lazer i purchased for commercial accounts and he said all the homeowners are now buying the HP's over the lawn tractors. it gets the job done quicker and looks better in the end. you may pay a little more, but it will last for a long time.
     
  3. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why not hire a LCO to do the work for you? Much cheaper than spending $8,000 for a mower. Plus maintenance, fuel, etc.
    I'm sure there is a company that would be happy to mow it for you.
     
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    I bought my 60"Dixie chopper for my lawn,and 2 others,I dont think its overkill at all,I have 11 acres I cut,a week,evtually my lots will add up to 19acres.I wish I got a bigger/ faster machine still.It tkaes too long to cut my 7 acres-still.I dont blame him for not hiring out the work.normal rate for 5 acres here is 175-200.times 200 by 30 cuts,and its 6000 a year for cutting.The lazer will be 8K,and last 15 yrs easy,and only cost 500 or less to run and maintain a season on 5 acres.If you count your time,then it all starts to add up,but I like to cut my yard.
     
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I don't think it is over kill at all. I know a guy that has a Dixie Chopper 72" with 40hp. That seems like over kill until you figure he mows 28 acres a week.

    I have noticed a lot of home owners that are buying commercial ZTR's instead of buying the junk that is normally used for this purpose. You will be money ahead doing this and it will last for many years.

    You will only put on 60 hours a year mowing with this in northern areas. I forgot to look at what part of the USA you are in before starting this. If you live in a northern state, you will use it 60 hours a year and if this lasted as long as my old Chopper has, it would last you over 50 years and still be running strong.
     
  6. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought a LazerZ, 60" 27LC for a 40 acre horse farm and depending on which pastures are being grazed, etc., I mow 4 to 7 acres, sometimes twice a week depending on the time of year [like now]. I'm not a LCO, but I have a wife who expects the place to look like there's a Kentucky Derby winner in one of the stalls, so it's part of my job and I work at it. I'm with John DiMartino all the way.

    I've had bids of up to $250 a cut, I've hired workers and I've just decided to do it myself. The economics of the farm don't work at $250 a cut and the help is always breaking equipment and just rushes through [hello, I'm paying by the hour!! and they still don't understand the concept of take your time and do it right!!] As those who listened to me on this forum during my buying decision know, I mow when it's wet and someone who doesn't take their time and do it right might as well not do it at all.

    The guy I bought my Exmark from sold 39 Z's last year with more than half to homeowners on large lots, so I'd say go for it. John's right that you'll get done a lot faster and the machine will pay for itself. Good luck, Will
     
  7. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey LCO guys,
    Way to go! Lets sell all the homeowners ZTR mowers so they can cut it themselves.
    Even if he paid 150 per cut at 28 times per year, that would only be $4,200 per year.
    COST TO HOMEOWNER-
    New machine $8,000
    TIME TO MOW - lets say 2 hours+- times 28 mowings+- 50 hours
    At $20 per hour (assuming his time is worth at least this)$1,000
    fuel, oil, filters fuel $190 oil+ filter $12 hydro oil plus filter $17 air filter $15 extra set of blades $30 etc etc That is another $1,300 per year.
    I am sure he wants to spent time in the yard, but there will be plenty of work in addition to mowing on a 5 acre piece of land.
    An efficient LCO could operate the machine an still save this guy the time and expense.
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Aschiou, If you're sitting on 5 acres of property, you're going to have alot more to do for chores than just mow. I think for all practical purposes, I would be looking into a compact to midsize tractor. You can outfit it with a nice finish mower in back and have all the speed and power you need. Also with this, you can also get alot of other things done, like with a front bucket and rear blade. Come winter, you're all set on your snow removal. As far as the appearance of the mowing, you can stripe with this type of tractor, especially with 5 acres to move around on. Anyway, it's just a thought, for all practical purposes.
     
  9. sunrise

    sunrise Banned
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    CALL ME i mow in you area. I mow and you will have all the time you need
    the mow will last a long time if just mowing 5 acres.
    but I still could give you a good price
    I am in the phone book
     
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I agree with Accuratelawn. Life is too short to be mowing all that grass on your time off. And too you have to pay yourself for all that time spent on the mower because after the newness wears off it will be like a job. Do we really need to be encouraging people to cut their own lawns? LOL. You can tell the people who have too much business when they start doing that.
     

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