Grass hoppers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SproulsLawnCare, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Posts: 365

    Why is it that Grasshopper mowers are very seldom discussed on this sight? I very seldom here anything good or bad about them. Are the dealers that far and few between to be popular? Are they that bad that NO one owns them? From what I have seen they seems to be a well made machine with several available attachments that should make them a very verital machine to own! Personally, I prefer JD, but I have been looking at the Grasshoppers from time to time.They seem to me to be the only REAL solid front mount on the market unless if you want to go into the huge ones like JD's 1400's and the 1600 turbo wide area mowers. What is ya'lls take on the Grasshoppers?
     
  2. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,298

    There are a few guys on here running Grasshoppers. I really like the front mounts, but I don't see many of them, probably because of price. The attachments are expensive, like a 60" Aeravator is over $4000 I think. I'd really like to demo one sometime, but it'll be a while before I buy another mower since I just got my Ferris paid off. They look like very durable machines.
     
  3. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Grasshoppers do get talked about from time to time. Just do a search. The decks also get praise by most who have used them.

    Front mount ZTRs do not get as much play as they once did do to professionals opting for the midmount ZTRs.

    Both styles have their advantages - it has been discussed here before.

    Grasshopper at least did adjust to the market by adding midmounts to their lineup.

    There are several other manufacturers of FULL SIZE frontmount mowers. For example, Exmark makes the FrontRunner. Gravely and Woods also make frontmount style ZTRs.
     
  4. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dealer just down the road. I demoed one this past fall and liked it alot. If Ididn't buy my Tiger I probably would get the Grasshopper. Very comfortable mowers. Did leaves very well. Controls very different than the Scags I was used to. But all around great solid machines. And there is a bunch of attachments for them. :usflag:
     
  5. Ford850

    Ford850 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    I got a Grasshopper frontmount this year and it works well for me. When researching mowers they seemed to be a no-nonsense high quality choice with excellent reviews. I was lucky that my local GH dealer is also good. Grasshoppers are very heavy duty without getting carried away with excess bulk, and have a total weight below many others. They have one of the lightest lines of diesel models avaliable. I need the front mount, but it would not fit on some of the smaller areas others have to mow. The quality of the cut was the best of those I demo'd, as was the overall performance on hills etc. There are a lot of brands and styles out there, and you should test several to make an educated choice.
     
  6. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Posts: 365

    I demo'd the front runner, and I felt like it rattled like bucket of bolts. The ride wasn't too bad though. I had the demo for the day, but I put it right back on the trailer and finished the day with my own mower. Looks to me like the Grasshopper wouldn't be this way.

    What are you using the front mount for that makes it better than the mid mount. Just trying to get an idea since I have never used one other than a demo. I liked teh way that it handled, but it seemed too long of a machine to me.
     
  7. Ford850

    Ford850 LawnSite Member
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    Keep in mind I am a homeowner but mow between 4 - 7 acres weekly. You are correct about the handling of them. They are longer but once you get used to them it makes no difference. There are a few tricks to understand which helps with the handling too. Several things about the front mount proved better to me than the mids while testing many.
    1)More ability to trim. I have over 50 trees and a lot of mulched beds. The deck hangs outside the left wheel track more which allows me 100% mowing with no trimming afterwards. 2)The deck follows the lawn contours better with much less scalping. I added the floatation bushings to the GH which allows some twisting of the deck and that helps even more. 3)Handled better on my hills and was the smoothest ride.
     
  8. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Grasshoppers are targeted to home owners like equine farms most cutters here are scag and exmark.....
     
  9. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just returned from a vacation from Mississippi to Lousianna, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and back to Mississippi. I noticed a that the majority of the zero-turns either on trailers or mowing were Grasshoppers! Next was Scag then Exmark. We went past a small John Deere dealer in Lousianna and we saw a couple of new Grasshoppers out front!
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,647

    I used Grasshoppers for my mowing business for many years. Then, I opened a store and was a dealer for them until I sold out. Grasshoppers are the primary mower used by towns and schools around here. They run for many years with very few problems. Grasshopper just does not do a lot of advertising, and there is not a lot of hype about them. They sell huge numbers worldwide every year. They have an excellent engineering staff, and a highly automated, high tech plant.
    It is very common to see Grasshoppers running good that are 20 years old. And, all the parts are still readily available.
    We sold most of our Grasshoppers by word of mouth. One guy would buy one. He would show it to his neighbors, then all of them would be in buying Grasshoppers.
    We also sold many midmounts to the local commercial cutters. Grasshopper was also the pioneer in using diesels on ZTR's.
     

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