I got to test a one of a kind mower today. Its model one serial number 1

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JCLawn and more, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    So here is the story on it. Guy calls me up and says he has been making commercial mowers since the 80's (I am thinking oooooooooooooooooooook) and he asked if I would be interested in trying it out. Come to find out he made the super B for walker, a mower for John Deere, and another mower which he sold at one point. This is a 78inch mower that folds up into 47 inches. It weights 1000 lbs on the nose and has electric powered shoots that open up for either side discharge or closes for mulching. It has a 27 hp Kholer with a few up grades on it. A higher pressure oil shut off switch that stops the engine well before it runs out of oil and a oil cooler. Oh and the big thing, the deck is GEAR drive. No belts except for the one that drives the pumps which are 10cc hydo-gear. He said he uses smaller pumps so your not pushing more fluid than it needs to. It also only uses right around 1gph so its great on fuel. He said he took it up to ferris and it out cut a 28hp diesel 72inch in thick grass due to that it never struggles to push grass out. It also has a 10 mph ground speed and 19,000 fpm blade tip speed. Then he has a different handle set up. You push it forwards to go forwards and you push both to the left or right to turn. Both sticks are connected and would be very nice when you get use to it. Its kind of like a air plane. Also the fans push the air away from the pumps to keep them clean and cool them. The deck floats at all the pivot points in the deck. He is selling them for 12 grand.

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  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's pretty cool looking!
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes it is. He is taking orders. The main thing I asked is if he went under where would I gt parts? He said, well I hate to do this but I can make a list of the parts on it and where you can get them in case something happens and publish it if something goes bad. He said he hopes to sell them around to local landscapers in Jackson MI where he is at and if he has to rid of the company then sell it off and they should make the parts for it. For the most part I don't see anything wearing on it. The spindles are oil bath rather than grease. So they should go for a couple thousand hrs. This mower also fits right in the back of the truck so you don't need a trailer to haul it. He mows a few places in the area with it to test it and he just hauls it in the back of the truck.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thts actually pretty cool.
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  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is basically a walker with a lastec deck, except he came up with the deck design in the 70's he said. It only floats up though unlike a lastec which goes both ways. Also he made it to work on so there is way more room under the seat than a walker.
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  6. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had a Cub Cadet Commercial Z-Wing 48" mower with the fold up "wings" on it and the blades that swing out like a brush-hog, similar to what that has. It would fold up to fit through a 36" gate with ease. I loved the mower, but it had a few glitches with the fold-up wing switches... they would get grass built up in the wrong place and kick the blades off... so I would have to stop and clean them out. They would get out of adjustment easily as well. It just became a hassle, so I got rid of it. But I always thought that someone should perfect the idea, and sell a good, reliable, fold-up wing style ZTR.

    If that thing is reliable and without all the small glitches, I can sure see a market for it. It is SOOOOO nice to have a wide mower that will still fit into small gates (although that one still wouldn't fit through most gates here where I live) and not take up a lot of space on a trailer.

    Something else to think about: Are any other blades offered besides the stock ones? That was one thing I always wished I had with my Z-Wing: blade options.
     
  7. JCLawn and more

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    His next mower with have an efi motor in it and he would put a air cooled kholer diesel in one for me he said. Kholer will give him a 2 year warranty on this motor and 3 years on efi. The mower has a 1 year parts and labor warranty.
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  8. badbascom

    badbascom LawnSite Member
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    Awesome machine, I hope the guy does well. It appears the blades are sync'd with just a slight overlap?
     
  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Basically you can put any blade you want if you cut it to size. That's what he does. He has a Standard and wavy blade. He has another mower a guy in the area bought with a similar deck and he put 1500 hrs on before he had issues with the kubota gas engine.
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  10. JCLawn and more

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    He is using exmark explorer blades btw. Yes they have a slight over lap. The fold up design it done well and heavy duty. It will fit through a 48 inch gate. His has ideas of a 120 inch model and I got him thinking again of something that would fit through a 36 inch gate.
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