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HELP - New Mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JHE, May 11, 2004.

  1. JHE

    JHE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    I am a homeowner looking to replace my Gravely riding tractor w/ 50" deck with a Z to cut down on my 3hour cutting time and need some advice. I have researched the home owner Z's and am not happy with the components/ quality of construction, so I am in the commercial mower market. I have a lot of hills, trees and beds and if I can't get to the lawn on a weekend because of rain it generally waits until the next week to get cut so the grass is high. I have my options narrowed to:

    Hustler Mini Z w/ 52" deck and 24 hp Honda/25 Kaw. - $5800
    Hustler Z w/ 60" deck and 24 hp Honda - $7000
    Ferris 3000 IS (2003 left over) 60" deck and 25 Kaw - $7300
    Scag tiger cub 48" deck and 19 hp Kaw. - $6000

    Am I on the wrong path? Which mower should I chose? Thanks!
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    The ferris or hustler would be a good choice. But also check out the wright sentar, they are great on hills. I love my sentar.
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    Seriously look into the Exmark Lazer Z. Hard to beat the price, quality and quality of cut the lazer z produces.
  4. JHE

    JHE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    I have called all of the dealers in my state and in the two neighboring states and they do not even mention the Wright so it is not on my radar screen. I can't touch anything but an exmark HP in this price range and I am not convinced that is the way to go. I only got up to the 7000 level after I explained to my wife how much time I will be able to spend with my 1 and 3 year olds. Trust me - that number is not going up any higher!
  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    You should demo anything and everything you can before you buy. What model Gravely do you currently have and have you looked into the Gravely zero turn mowers?

  6. JHE

    JHE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    The Gravely dealer is right down the road and it is convenient as heck but the prices I am getting for the 100 series are not that far off of the Hustler Z and the Ferris. As far as I can tell they will serve me better than the 100 series. Besides, and mabe it is just me, but I think that Gravely's parts prices are high. I am not going to be 3-4 years into this thing and out. I am going to have it alot longer and anticipate some repairs in the future. With respect to getting demo's on the models I am interested in, and don't kill the newbie, but I don't think they are going to help me. I don't have any experience on a Z so I would not be able to tell you which one is better than another. Besides, I am not going to be able to make a decision from 4 hours of grass cutting. My theory is get the best mower I can for the price and I can learn how to run the thing later. The thought of white knuckling a Z down a slippery slope will cause me to be very cautious in the beginning. I will figure it out over time.
  7. turfcare

    turfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 276

    Demo! <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/7/7_2_123.gif' border=0></a>
  8. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 796

    Hustlers are great on hills and vey easy to maintain.
  9. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    I know you said you looked at all the homeowner z's. But did you look at the Hustler Fastrack. It looks like a very solid machine. Plus the responses in the hustler forum seem to be very positive.
  10. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    The Hustler's are great machines, but stay away from the Honda motors. Seems that Honda still hasn't worked all the quirks out of their larger motors. Hustler also offers the mini-Z with a 23hp Kawasaki, and the Super Z gives you the option of Kawasaki or the Kohler 28hp EFI. Either of those motors will have more than enough power as well as reliability.

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