Got a new Fastrak 20/52 yesterday :)

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by MattB, May 29, 2005.

  1. MattB

    MattB LawnSite Member
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    Well my old cub finally gave up on me and I have been looking at new mowers for the past year and had decided on a Fastrak 20/52 for my 1 acre lot. I was mowing the back lawn yesterday with the cub and hit a small bump and the blades stopped working as the hydrostatic magnetic clutch stopped working. I have been having problems with this cub ever since my grandmother gave it to me but I couldn't comp[lain cause it was free (although it was abused by my cousins who used it for playing around and hitting things... :rolleyes: ). So I was fed up yesterday and knew that ASC (american service center in Elkton Md) had good prices. I called them up at 2:20pm yesterday (they closed at 3pm) and asked if they had any 20/52's in stock and the guy said he had one left for $4600 delivered to my house. I asked him if he could deliver it today cause I still had the rest of the front lawn to finish. He said he could have it to me in 1 hour and that I could just pay him when he delivered it to my house (what great service as I had never even been to their shop). I opted for the springed seat kit and hour meter which brought the total to $4698.00 delivered and cause I am in Delaware I did not have to pay sales tax woohoo. Anyway I got to cut the front lawn last night and I must say wow. This thing cut my entire front lawn in 30 min and I was cutting it similar to the way I cut it with the rider (I think I can cut it down to 20 min once I get good with the Hustler). I estimate it taking me about 45 min total for the whole lawn instead of the 2.5hrs it used to take me. I hated spending that much on a lawn mower but I am glad I did as it is a quality piece of equipment and cuts like a dream. Thanks for all the advice/help from the forums as they made my choice much easier.

    Best regards,

    Matt
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    Welcome to the Hustler family!
    You will really enjoy your mower once your 100% familiar with it, it will save you so much time.
    Lets see some pics!

    Pj
     
  3. cdolor

    cdolor LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like you were dealing with Marty at American Service Center. Great Guy and best prices around. I live in the Elkton area and called him from our summer home in Maine to order a 20/52 Fastrak. It was ready the next day when I arrived. The spring seat and hour meter are needed options. Make the job more comfortable.
    After 1 year and 40 hours of cutting I couldn't be happier.
    Chuck
     
  4. MattB

    MattB LawnSite Member
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    I was dealing with Marty. He had a good price and great service which I appreciated.

    I will be cutting with the mower for the first time tomorrow after work. Marty said I should change the oil but not the filter after the first 2 hours. Is there anything else I need to change or adjust after break in? Oh, and I want to get a set of extra blades to change out when the others ones go dull. Are there any blades that you recommend?

    Thanks for the info.

    Matt
     
  5. cdolor

    cdolor LawnSite Member
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    Hi Matt,
    I did my first oil change at 5 hours including filter. I think that is way Marty said to do. Things may have changed though. I did go with the Honda oil filter also. It was more expensive but I figured it would best protect the Honda engine. Only $4 or $5 more expensive. The other maintenance I do is grease the 6 fittings (4 above the deck and 2 on the front wheels), keep it clean (including the IZTs and fans), front and rear tire pressure at 10 PSI (helps with the ride), and armor-all the seat. I am still on my first set of blades but I sharpen them every 5 or 6 hours of cutting and clean the deck while I'm at it. They come off easy using a floor jack to lift the front. I am happy enough with the factory blades to get the same ones when I finally need them.
    Good luck with your new toy.
    Chuck
     
  6. MattB

    MattB LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the reply. I think I will make a trip next week to get a new filter and some new blades so I can swap them out every 10 hours or so. BTW how do you sharpen the blades on these properly?

    Ps.- I cut the whole lawn for the first time and took it slow but managed to get the whole lawn done (including weedwacking and blowing) in 45min. What a big time saver. I am still amazed at the speed and cut quality.
     
  7. cdolor

    cdolor LawnSite Member
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    I shapen mine with an mini-grinder (4 1/2" body grinder). Kind of crude but I hang the blade off the edge of a concrete block, hold with my foot and sharpen the edge. I put a bolt with a bearing in my bench vise and hang the blade in it to check balance. I just take more material off the heavy side. Works great.
    Your time will only get better. I can cut my pretty fast now. Only problem is my 13 year old daughter is starting to enjoy cutting so I don't get to use my toy as much.
    Chuck
     

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