Hydro Transaxles - ZT 3100, 3400 etc.

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MDVDuber, May 10, 2010.

  1. MDVDuber

    MDVDuber LawnSite Member
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    Hello,

    I've searched the site but can't seem to find somewhere that compares the various ZT transaxles. I'm in the market for a Zero Turn and wanted to be able to better compare units based upon components and features.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. bigjoedo

    bigjoedo LawnSite Member
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    MDVDuber,

    I'm not an Expert but have done a lot of research about the same question. Many of the Hydrostats are made by Hydro-Gear. The numbers refer to how light or heavy duty the Hydrostats are. Most residential ZTR mowers use the EZT units and the more expensive "Acreage mowers" have the ZT-2800.

    High dollar commercial ZTRs use Scags, Exmark Etc. use heavy duty Hydrostats.

    Her is a link to their website. http://www.hydro-gear.com/LawnGard/

    Bigjoedo
     
  3. billyed

    billyed LawnSite Member
    from LA
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    I"m in the same boat and would stay away from the EZT since it is non serviceable. ON the ZT's you can change the fluid and filter. I'm not sure what your price range is but the cheapest mower I've found with separate pump and wheel motors is the JD 425. It however has a 11 gauge deck. That is what you run into when you try finding a cheaper ZTR. They have to cut corners to keep the price down. The Hustler sport has a nice heavy deck but I believe it uses the EZT trans. Now Gravely makes an XL 42 which has a 10 gauge fabbed deck and a kawasaki motor with the ZT 2800 for around 4K also. If it drives ok it may be the best deal out there.
     
  4. MDVDuber

    MDVDuber LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I found the Hydrogear website- but could only find info on the ZT2800. Most of the units I'm considering are in the 5-6K price range and feature either the 3100 or 3400.

    Based on local sales and service my 3 best options appear to be Gravely, Hustler and Dixie Chopper. I'm down to nuts and bolts - or engines and transmissions as the case may be....
     
  5. billyed

    billyed LawnSite Member
    from LA
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    While searching through the forums here I found someone who said the 2800 and the 3100 were the same unit? Not sure.For that amount of money you should be able to get a nice residential,light commercial Z. MY pop has a hustler fast track 54 and it is a nice mower for the money.
     
  6. timhall

    timhall LawnSite Member
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  7. sprinter

    sprinter LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for that link. I've been trying to figure out the differences also. There are youtubes on the other grades available on this page as well. Interesting that they consider the 3100 as commercial grade. They are available on the Gravely ZT HD which can be had for around $5200 and has a one year commercial warranty. Still considering a Bad Boy, though.
     
  8. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
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    2800, 3100 basically the same with the 3100 having a little more displacement. The 3400 is larger in shaft size and in displacement
    and is rated full commercial.
     
  9. sprinter

    sprinter LawnSite Member
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    My Gravely guy, who is technically proficient, told me that the the 2800 has stamped gears, and the 3100 and up have cut gears, which theoretically should make them more rugged.
     
  10. timhall

    timhall LawnSite Member
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