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Grasshopper 220 comments?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Simone Lawn Service, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Simone Lawn Service

    Simone Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    On a whim I stopped by the local Grasshopper dealer today. (On the way home from buying parts for my Great Dane...AGAIN!) The dealer seems to be really customer oriented. The local Hustler dealer-who also sells Great Dane, hasn't been the greatest to deal with. They are friendly, but the place is always a three ring circus. I've asked to demo a Super Z and he said I could "Try it out on the lot" and that they all cut about the same (ztrs). The Grasshopper dealer offered me a demo, and I never even asked for one. I haven't heard a lot of good about the Exmark dealer in my city either, and I've heard they don't do demos anymore. Grasshopper is offering 0% interest for three years, but I don't hear too much good about them here on Lawnsite...any comments about the 220?...Is the Exmark that much better?

    I might add that I've bought a lot of eqipment from the Hustler dealer, and he's often commented about how nice I keep my equipment, so I don't think he's worried about me trashing a demo.
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Cool, someone else is thinking about a Grasshopper mower! But I will get to me later.

    As for the 220/52 my first concern is that it might be a dog with that 20hp Kohler. If it were me I would atleast consider the 225/52 or 225/61. I say that because the diference you pay for more power hurts at the purchase, but only feels like pocket change once you are in the field. I bet while on the 220 you will say "I could really use tha extra 5hp sometimes, and for the money I should have got it."

    Now if you are doing the 0% for 36 months, how much is that extra really going to effect the payment?

    As for me, my wheels are turning about them because the local dealer called me up. He finally got that new 48" in that I was wanting to demo when I was shopping. But I gave up on him getting one for me to demo and went with the Yazoo/Kees.

    Since buying the 48" I've been thinking about adding a 60" class mower. So when he went on to mention the 0% for 36 months (not available on 218 & 220 by the way) that got my wheels turning about the 61" Grasshopper M-1 even though I ordinarily avoid finacing like the plague. 0% is tempting me to go for it.

    Anyways, I will be going by soon to get prices on the 225/61, 321D/61 and 428D/61. Any owner feedback on any of these?
  3. Simone Lawn Service

    Simone Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I also questioned the 20hp as maybe not quite having enough power. I've learned my lesson on the 17hp Kaw. I have. Good engine, but just not enough omph. The dealer didn't say that the 0% didn't apply to the 220. I guess that would make the choice simple then-225. I know what you mean about avoiding financing. But these mowers are about like buying a car at around 10k with a bagging system, 0% makes it pretty tempting. I wonder if Exmark has any similiar deals-I'll stop by the dealer tomorrow, it's just a block from two of my accounts.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    A friend of mine, and sometimes business partner, bought a 225 with a 61" deck this spring. He really likes the machine and it has a real good cut. Has had no problems with it so far. I have run it on several occasions, and I also like it. I would also agree that the 20HP machine might be a little underpowered for the 52" deck if you get into any tough mowing conditions.
    I have a Grasshopper 428D/72" midmount, and a 321D/61" midmount. The big machine is nearing 1000 hours and the small machine has 400HRs. Both have been great machines. In the fall, I put a mulch kit on the 321D and use it to shred leaves. It will turn them to dust in one pass. Several LCO's here, have switched to Grasshopper in the last two years.:D
  5. lancestapp

    lancestapp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I have a Grasshopper 220/52" and have had no problems. The 20 hp kohler slows a little on steep hills but not enough to be of any concern. The 52" cut is handy at geting into fairly tight places. All I have done is serviced it and sharpened the blades. I bought it this spring. If your mowing large open areas maybe it would be better to step up in size. Hope this helps.
  6. Simone Lawn Service

    Simone Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    We had a Grasshopper truck/trailer come through our shop at work tonight. (I'm a diesel mechanic) I had kind of a woody. I tried to talk the driver into turning his back for a few minutes.:D
  7. robertyb

    robertyb LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 105

    My local dealer has given me the following prices this week:
    Grasshopper 20/52 $5995.00
    Grasshopper 25/52 $6895.00
    Grasshopper 25/61 $6995.00

    I have a friend that uses a 20/52 to cut his property and he loves it. He cuts on a pretty good grade on part of property and says no problem at all.
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    Those are very good prices. They are a lot lower than dealers around here are selling those machines for.:)
  9. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    you guys are sure about this three years 0% on grasshopper?

    I called my grasshopper dealer about this, and he hadn't heard about it.

    OBTW, I called him from the cell, just after finishing demo with Dixie dealer. they're coming next week with 2 years 0% (unsure which models)
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    Those are all about $1000 better than I can get in the Northeast!

    Oh yeah, sorry about my 0% question. Didn't realize this was an old thread.

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