Good low priced ztr,

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rinkleroot, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. rinkleroot

    rinkleroot LawnSite Member
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    I'm sick of my lawn tractor (POS) and need an upgrade but have a budget under 6k. I live on a farm and have 3+ acres of mostly flat land with several trees, my choices so far are; Gravely 44z, Bad Boy ZT , Hustler FasTrak, Scag Freedom Z, Cub Cadet Enforcer 48. Looking for opinions on these or any others, I've ruled out anything sold by Homedepot or Lowes.

    thanks!
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Next level up might be Northerntool.com...they got some cheap ZTR machines.
     
  3. GSMOSS

    GSMOSS LawnSite Member
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    Try ebay. I purchased a 2006 Bobcat 219 with a 52" deck last year brand new with 2/10 of an hour on it. The price was $5300 and it is a $6700 machine. I know that you can't be too certain with stuff off of ebay but do some homework. After winning the bid, I contacted the owner which was a company by the name of Southern Indiana Equipment(http://www.siequip.com/parts.html) about this machine. I then traced the model and serial back to the sales rep that sold it to the company which in turn lead me to contact Bobcat in order to verify all of the information that I had received. I just wanted to be certain that I was not getting a Katrina mower or even worse a stolen one. But with all that said, I now have a great piece of equipment at a lower cost and I couldn't be happier. Just take your time and look for what you want in you price range.
     
  4. rinkleroot

    rinkleroot LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I've made hundreds of online purchases but this time I'll stick with a local dealer in case I run into any problems.
     
  5. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Cub Cadet Z-Force 50 which is a step down from the Enforcer. I used it for 20 lawns a week last year and not one problem. I hope this helps
     
  6. GSMOSS

    GSMOSS LawnSite Member
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    Rinkleroot I checked with my local dealer before I made my purchase and as long as it had a factory warranty he has no problems servicing it. As a matter of fact he was willing to check it out for free before I paid for it.
     
  7. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is it going to be used for commercial mowing (you don't say but its under this category), if so the only ones I'd consider would be the gravely and maybe the badboy. I've seen the huslter and it looks too small for the $$$$, scag and the cub are more high end residental z's. I like the gravely 148 & the 152 which are both close to your budget. Where at in NC are you. If you like cub, check out the tanks.
     
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Out of that list, Hustler if you are mowing mostly Southern grasses.
     
  9. rinkleroot

    rinkleroot LawnSite Member
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    Albery , I'm located in North Eastern NC (Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Ahoskie area's) and no I'm not commercial. I've only researched online so far and have no personal preference, just trying to find the best machine for my needs and budget.

    tacoma , thanks for the heads up on the Hustler!
     
  10. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Try before you buy is a good rule of thumb even though I haven't always followed it. I don't know enough about the new Scag Freedom to say. The Hustlers seem to cut Southern grass very well.
     

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