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Looking for 1-2 acre residential ZTR advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by estesbubba, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. estesbubba

    estesbubba LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5


    I'm looking at buying a property that is 2.3 acres. About 1 acre of that is prairie grass which I don't intend to mow. The lot has a slight slope but if pretty flat. I want something that will last me a lot years but I don't want something that is going to be overkill. I've looked at several ZTR's and so far these 2 stand out:

    1. Hustler FasTrak 48" with a 19HP Kawasaki or 18HP Honda for $4599.

    2. Exmark Quest 48" with a 22HP Briggs & Straton ELS for $3999.

    Both of these seem to have more beef than the residential Gravelys, Ariens, etc. I looked at. Of course, they are also more $$$ than those.

    Any opinions on the Hustler or Exmark for mowing 1-2 acres residential? Either one of these leave a better cut? Should I be concerned about the Briggs engine in the Exmark? Are there any other models you would recommend for my needs? How big of deal is stamped vs. welded decks for residential? Any help is appreciated.
  2. I would seriously recommend the Kubota diesel ZTR for homeowners. With the fabricated deck.
    The diesel just eleminates engine problems. For years they start, run do their job and don't complain.
    Check them out. Ask someone who owns one.
  3. djchiodo3

    djchiodo3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 345

    If speed is not an issue, I would consider a diesel tractor from John Deere. You can add attachments that would make yard work more productive. You can buy new or find plenty used ones on ebay or local dealer. Stay away from Briggs.
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Stay away from the Briggs ELS engines. I'm on my 3rd one.
  5. lambdin

    lambdin LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 94

    I was in your shoes a few months ago and ended up buying a hustler super mini honda 24/52" model and couldnt be happier! if you can swing the extra $500.00 the mini is the real deal! full commercial unit thats quick and cuts great, good luck oh and stay away from anything with a briggs motor.
  6. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    What's with the diesel fetish? This is a single 1.3 acres of grass, not 40 lots a week, its being used for. It's complete overkill.

    I'd suggest a slightly USED or perhaps dealer demo true commercial ZTR of a major brand so that you can get most of what you paid for it back at resale time and will have no problems finding a buyer.

    Buying new will result in a depreciation hit that exeeds the actual use put on the mower. Then if things change you're left selling a barely used mower for thousands less than you bought it for.
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Thats kind of brash. I have a few B&S motors. All have worked great.
    I also have Honda, Kohler and Kaw. They also have worked great.

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,376

    Go with the Hustler, Ty up there in Omaha will set u up and treat u good. Hes a fantastic dealer. And the hustler is a top of the line machine. AND if u by new as opposed to used u will get the full 4 year warranty on that machine.
  9. TrapperJohn

    TrapperJohn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    I have around 10-11 acres at home to keep down. Not a rich man, I live way out in the boonies.

    I'd echo what others have said - look for a slightly used commercial mower. After going through a couple of cheap residential mowers, I bought a 60" commercial Dixon zt, salesman's demo with 300 hours on it. That was sixteen years ago. Just retired it this year, when the engine blew. Could have fixed it, but just wanted something new after all that time. The commercial mowers don't just last longer, they last a lot longer.

    Replaced my old dixon with a diesel Kubota 326. So far so good, but I don't know that I'd recommend the Kubota for a small yard. It weighs a ton. Well, about 1700 pounds, but you get the idea.
  10. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,578

    The mowers you listed are fine. Not sure why some of the guys are "recommending" diesel unit for a 1-2 acre lot. 1-2 acres is nothing and a diesel is way overkill. The diesels are made to run hard all day long. Definately not your case. The models you chose are fine, and 48" deck is plenty.

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