Hustler SuperZ vs John Deere Z series

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by jl8806, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. jl8806

    jl8806 LawnSite Member
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    Would you recommend the MOD deck? I love the looks and features of the deere I'm just scared of not picking the right mower, like I said before the hustler really impressed me last year but I don't like there gas tank setup and then there's the possibility of getting one that doesn't cut good, I guess all I can do is get a demo z950r and try it...
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  2. jl8806

    jl8806 LawnSite Member
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    Also heard lots of people say the deeres rode rough, has this been resolved with the new z series?
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  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    The seat on my Z950 is very soft and comfy, but it can't overcome the harsh ride on rough properties. The new R series has flex forks and a suspension seat. If that doesn't create a great ride, nothing will.

    Regarding the MOD deck- I was very critical of it last year for most of the summer because I didn't feel it cut as well as the standard 7 Iron Pro. Turns out, everyone all across the country was having QOC issues due to the dry conditions last summer that were so bad. Many guys started posting they were having trouble with their machines that had cut so well before. Once the fall came and we got a little rain I quickly changed my mind. The deck cuts great, and stripes better than the std deck does, which is pretty good already. It is nice to be able to just pull a lever and go from side discharging to mulching or to be able to keep clippings from flying where you don't want them to go. The deck will leave a small windrow alongside the chute side of the deck if you are cutting long grass that is reasonably thick. I found that by using the OEM wavy mulcher blades I all but can eliminate the windrow, but I can still cut at a decent speed and get a clean cut.


    Where are you at in the country?
     
  4. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Agreed! But I'll add I mow what you guys would consider southern grass. Once I have any length and or moisture, Im double cutting!
     
  5. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Agreed! But I'll add I mow what you guys would consider southern grass. Once I have any length and or moisture, Im double cutting!
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    There's really not very many of us here that have to contend with what you do bro. That's some serious turf down there that you deal with! Too bad you can't fit up a 7 Iron deck to your Z (besides, green and yellow look good together:D). You may still have to double up on all that growth, but you wouldn't have to deal with the windrowing or clumping issues you do right now.:drinkup:
     
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    the deere seat is fine if you cut for short periods of time or if your lawns are smooth. it started bothering me cutting 2 1/2 acre yards where i'm on the mower for 2hrs straight plus the yard was quite bumpy. i put a suspension kit on it and now i can mow all day without any fatigue. if you get a deere or any brand of mower a suspension seat is a must if you ask me.
     
  8. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you remember last year we had a lot of rain, unable to do any cutting. Well, Im going through that again right now. Ive missed most of the real bad stuff, just, but still had about 9" of rain since the 16th. This will give you an idea.... http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15961224/live-wild-weather-continues-to-batter-se-qld/

    Havent been on any lawns since the 15th. Its going to be a nightmare once it dries out!
    I wish I still had my X595. At least with 4wd I may of been able to do some of my crappy props. Even that yellow deck worked well.

    Im quoting a high school and walked over the ovals yesterday measuring up. It was that wet there are patches of lawn dieing and the stink was terrible.

    Anyway, to the OP, if your really interested in the SZ, it is imperative you have a good demo on all turf conditions. Short, dry, long and wet etc. You dont want to find out later that it discharges badly after the purchase.
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Man bro, you've had a rough couple years haven't ya? We will too if we have the same drought type conditions as last year again. Hope not.

    I'm getting hit with the beginning of a what is supposed to be a pretty heavy duty snow storm right now, so I'm not thinking about cutting as much as snow blowing with my CUT.:drinkup:
     
  10. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love all the new mowers out but I think I am going to break down a buy me A Ferris in the next few weeks. I really want to have the suspension system and the suspension seats do not cut it. I love the Deere cut quality and ease of use but all these mower brands can only offer flex forks and suspension seat/platform. That is not enough to help with all this rough terrain. Once I get a Ferris then I can see if it really helps me at the end of the day.
     

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