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how long will they last

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by voglernut, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. voglernut

    voglernut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    i know everyone has had different experiences with different brands, but what's your opinions on how many hours a well kept ztr will produce.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Several thousand.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I agree with 65hoss...but there are some considerations that need to be taken in account too...job conditions, preventive maintenance, and the person operating the machine.

    For the most part, "employers/owners" take better care of equiment than do "employees/operators".
  4. Green King

    Green King LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    I have been looking for some new machines and I have been learning some things about why some will last longer than others. As mentioned maintenance is a key factor, but I have also learned that the simple no thrills design seems to be a better way to go. At first I thought I wanted all the fancy electric clutches and buzzards and stuff, but when it was explained to me that a machine that does not have all of this stuff on it just effecienct design there is less things to go wrong with it. I do agree that I do want the coolers and donaldson filters and stuff that will increase engine and hydro life but some of the other things that some companies do sounds good but can be expensive when it breaks.

    I have a schweiss mower with 2300hrs on it.
  5. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    our grasshopper dealer, has been selling hops for 15yrs.he also sells exmarks and wright.he told me in 15yrs he rebuilt many engines but NEVER a kubota gas or diesel,only in class.so he could'nt tell me how many hours to expect .:blob4:
  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I have 5000 hrs on a 322 JD Tractor - Yanmar 3 cylinder diesel and it purrs like a kitten - should go at least 10,000.
  7. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,048

    And who was it that explained it all to you? The guy selling the one that did not have any of that stuff on it? Hmmmm sounds like a sales pitch. Think about this, if (lets say) the electric clutches were such a problem, why are so many MFG's using them and were is the threads on here telling us of all the clutches going out? Plus if you are referring to DC, you had better look at their web site. They are putting a new machine out with an electric clutch. So if its bad why are they using one?

    Just wondering!
  8. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Actually, I've had a certified master mechanic tell me that they are troublesome and unneccesary. How did we ever get by without them? Why does a 15 hp engine need an electric clutch?
  9. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,048

    My 15HP 36" TTHP does not have one!
  10. Detailed LawnService

    Detailed LawnService Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 45

    3000-5000 if taken care of oil,filters,grease.....


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