Mower Selection Advice, Please

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by karschnikj1, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. karschnikj1

    karschnikj1 LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 5

    I just got a new place with about 9 acres of cleared land. It has gently rolling hills and I want to mow as much as possible on a regular basis. I have researched and found that a ZTR commercial mower would probably be my best choice. I need a recommendation between a Toro Z500, Exmark Lazer Z, and a SCAG. Or if you don't think I need a commercial one, please let me know. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've run the Scag's, they're pretty good, but If it were my coin, I'd get the Toro with the Z force deck. Depending on how open the land is, I'd probly get a 27hp/72" cut machine...
     
  3. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    you are out in Ohio? go with your local guy, Dixie Chopper....faster than any of the others, and does an awesome job. Stay away from the Toro
     
  4. karschnikj1

    karschnikj1 LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 5

    Thanks for the advice.
    Chevyman1, why do you say stay away from the Toro's? Everyone else on these boards seems to love them.
     
  5. SERRICO

    SERRICO LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 94

    I have '04 exmark lazer hp with 52"/23hp. I use it for my 4 acres of vacant lot. The land looks flat from the distance but the reality is that land is so bumpy I can not use full speed.
    Speed can be somewhat important but on bumpy land its all about the same.
    I would go with quality of the machine, result of the cut, and dealer support.
     
  6. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    or go with the ferris IS 5000 or whatever the largest ferris is. You can always get a suspension seat to eliminate the bumps.

    trevor
     
  7. karschnikj1

    karschnikj1 LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 5

    Thanks for the advice guys.
    I guess I should also ask, do you think one of the mowers I listed will be able to handle 9 acres in an evening?
    Thanks.
     
  8. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Honestly, unless it's wide open mowing with obstacles few to none, probly not, unless it's a 72 or at least a 60...I'm being realistic and taking in to accout rough terrain and such..Then again, It depends on your deffinition of an evening... I'd say a minimum of 4 hrs...Especially if it's hilly...
     
  9. karschnikj1

    karschnikj1 LawnSite Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 5

    I am looking at at least a 60 inch and I define an evening as 4 to 5 hours. Thanks for the info.
     
  10. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Walker w/ a 72" deck and possibly a 48" deck for smaller accounts.

    I can't tell if you are in biz or a homeowner/lurker.

    You get any snow? Walker makes a good snow thrower too.

    I was doing six acres of fields with a Walker 52 Side Discharge, 26 EFI in 2h 15 m.

    If you are homeowner that wants value, I can help. PM me for solid info.
     

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