Need a 48" ztr that won't scalp

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by alexschultz1, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In north Atlanta we have very difficult lawns to cut. There are a lot of hills, the contractors who build homes here don't grade properly so most properties have "Swales" that scalp very easily. Bermuda grass grows thick and rapidly so a higher hp/pto clutch helps. It rains a lot so something that is easy on the turf. The best solution to these lawns are walk behinds, which I run, however I need to add a ztr to the trailer. I'm trying to find a mower that is versatile. Something that can be used on my larger properties and my smaller residential.

    cut qualityon hills and Swales is the most important factor in choosing the right mower.
     
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    you're looking for a walker or an exmark navigator my friend.

    If your lawns are large enough you could go with a grasshopper

    but dollars to donuts a walker is your machine
     
  3. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
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    My old Gravely is bad about scalping for some reason my new Deere has yet to scalp and I have yet to find 1 thing to complain about the unit, I have rough terrain over here on the mountains bumps, dips, hills everywhere.
     
  4. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Deere huh? I didn't even put them on my list of potential mowers.

    As far as the navigator and walker. How productive are they vs a ztr? I own walker mw's (walk behind) and they are finicky expensive machines. I just had a hydro go on one and it's going to be $1200 to fix it... The other one had to have the pto actuator cradle replaced... $700. I'd like to go with something a little more durable. Speed is important as well as being able to track side to side on a hill. The walker/navigators seem slow and look like they would be very demanding on your body. Plus let's talk about the price... Ouch... $13k?
     
  5. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    I haven't had any issues with my 48' GRAVELY. Have you looked around in your area at what machines other LCOs are using? It will be a cold day in SC when I spend $13,000 for a mower.
     
  6. Nwatson99

    Nwatson99 LawnSite Member
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    John Deere Z920R or Z920M is what you looking for with 48" deck.
    The R series is has the comfort and convenient package with it, much better seat, push button hydraulic deck lift on controller, push button deck kill on other controller.
     
  7. Nwatson99

    Nwatson99 LawnSite Member
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    What 48" mower are you paying 13K for?
     
  8. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Post above me stated "$13k for a mower ooch". I assume he is talking about a Walker.
     
  9. Nwatson99

    Nwatson99 LawnSite Member
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    Sorry still drinking my OJ this morning, then soon to an ALE8.
     
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's the issue. Everyone seems to have a certain preference and one brand doesn't reign supreme. I can get any brand of mower I want. There are a ton of dealers in my area.
     

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