front forks seem too long to me

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by grass disaster, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i posted this in the commercial section too.

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=197146


    i demoed a 66" super z

    it seemed like the front forks were just way out there. i really didn't like it


    are the front forks shorter on the reg z with 54" deck? are they narrower?

    what are the width dimensions on the 54" from the center of the caster post?
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    The 54" has much smaller front frame dimensions.
    Every one of our frames is different in the front caster alignment due to the need to place the wheels in the right area for cutting.
    I don't have the dimension #s for those measurements.
    The rear tire width is also much narrower.
     
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    PJ, you need to show these people the Super Z is not nearly as long as it appears. I have already done comparisons and the profile of the mowers are confusing people, they look a great deal longer than they actually are.

    The taller snub nose mowers look shorter but in reality they are not, for instance the Kubota ZD18 is 80.3" in length where the 66" XR-7 Super Z that looks much longer is 80". Put the lengths of the regular Z and Super Z in print form for the different sizes and this should end their confusion when they compare apples to apples.

    When I first started running my 66" XR-7 I said to myself this thing looks a good bit longer than my 2005 which it was 5" longer but I never noticed it again. When you look at a mower that is 1' longer yes there will be a noticable difference in operation but 3 to 5" is hard to judge.
     
  4. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    the reason it seems longer is because of the distance from the front wheels to the front of the deck. it seems like the tire should be closer to the deck so you can get closet to objects.

    this gap on the hustler line seems the largest when comparing to the competition.

    the distance of the motor behind the wheels really makes no difference when cutting. other than if you were mowing in reverse.
     

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