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New Bob-Cat Predator Pro DFI for my 62nd birthday

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by doublesharp, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    I just pulled the trigger on a new Predator Pro 61" with the FX1000V DFI Kawasaki. Bought it from Mike at Southern Indiana Equipment and watched it come out of the crate. Engine build date was Nov 2012 and mower was assembled in Jan 2013 so I'm hoping the bugs are out of the Kaw. The assembled quality of the mower is first rate, the paint and finish will stand up to close inspection. SIE is a good dealership and conveniently located. I opted for the 5 year, 500 hour warranty and Kawasaki warrants the engine for 3 years.

    My first impression after a 3 acre cut is a good one. The seat and suspension are a huge improvement over the Grasshopper 226V I traded in and the Kaw is a powerful engine that is responsive and fun to drive. I especially like the spring assisted deck pedal and the height adjust system is superior to my old Grasshopper's good one. The engine starts with a bump of the key without a choke knob. I like the way the seat flips forward, without need for a cumbersome release lever, for easy access underneath and the floor pan flips up for easy belt access. The overall feel is heavy duty and powerful. The details seem well thought out. Cut and clipping dispersal was perfect but the grass was dry and fairly low, not a real test. I'm going to leave the rubber chute and rops attached.

    Happy birthday to me. :)

    I'm having trouble with my photobucket account and will try to repost pictures when I figure it out.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013
  2. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 448

    I'm honestly pretty intrigued by bobcat mowers. In my part of the country there aren't any that I have ever seen. I'm looking to add another mower in the future, but at the moment I'm not sure what color it will be. Can I ask what that pretty thing cost you?
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  4. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Price was $9999.00 plus 7% tax. SIE gave me $3250 for my Grasshopper even after I disclosed the Briggs 26hp was giving me trouble when the engine got hot. I didn't trust the Briggs and I didn't want to sell it outright so instead of chasing ghosts trying to repair it I got rid of it and moved on to bigger and better things.
  5. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 448

    Wise choice! That's not a bad price really. How was the ride? That's a big factor in my decision, is it like any other solid frame mid mount?
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  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,127

    Hey, happy B-day!
    Congrats and a very nice machine. There's a lot of guys running Bobcat's around here. Yes, they have the bugs worked out of the BB Kawi's now, and for the last 2-3 years or so. Enjoy your new baby.:)
  7. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Ride is very good. Seat is deeply padded and then the oblong shock absorbers under the seat and the floor pan really help absorb shock. The seat platform is heavy steel, adjustable fore and aft, and with 12lb pressure in rear tires it wasn't bad. I'm going to drop down to about 8lb pressure. The front caster tires are flat free, big and beefy, but they do have a bit of flex.

    I really tried hard to like the Snapper Pro S75X 52" deck with a Kawasaki FS730 I think. I liked the bicycle seat ok but it was pretty bouncy and I doubt I would have ever been able to steer it like I can a ztr. It looks easy on the youtube videos but I spent about 15 minutes on one yesterday and it wasn't for me.

    Here are a few more pictures. The first couple are the oval plastic shock absorbers and notice how small the battery is in the 3rd. More like a scooter or an alarm battery than a small auto battery. There is room for a regular battery if I want to change it.

    under floor pan

    under seat


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