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Fastrak or SD

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by LawnPro88, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. LawnPro88

    LawnPro88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    I'm trying to find out if there are any differences between the decks on the Fastrak 48 or FT Super Duty 48; such as depth, baffling, or size of chute opening. I'm down to deciding between these two but not sure if the extra features on the SD are worth the extra $1,000. Thanks for your input.
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,760

    No difference in the deck depth or discharge opening, the SD does have steel pulleys and better Fusion brand blades.

  3. Steve P

    Steve P LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14


    I am in the exact same boat. Down to deciding between a 48" Fastrak vs. SD.

    I want a mower that is going to last me 20+ years mowing 1 1/2 acres once week, 7 months/year.

    My concerns:
    I don't mind changing oil and filters and belts as needed. That's normal maint. What I do NOT want is a mower that every 4 years needs pulleys replaced and etc.

    My main concerns are the much small engine on the Fastrak. Is 19hp on a 48" ZTR large enough for my 1/week mowing of 1 1/2 acres?

    Regarding the steel pulleys, what's on the regular Fastrak? Aluminum? Are they going to hold up?

    I am 51 years old and plan on cutting grass for AT LEAST 25 more years. Is the Fastrak going to get the job done over that length of time or would I better off with the SD?
  4. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,760

    19hp on a 48 for weekly mowing of the property size your explaining is going to be fine.
    The FasTrak deck has plastic type tensioner and running idlers / pulleys, such as what cars have been using for 20 years, they hold of good for home use.
    Both units will last a long time as long as they are maintained properly, I would feel confident with either for the size property you are mowing.


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