Noticeable difference?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hoopie, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. hoopie

    hoopie LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 2

    I'm trying to decide what to buy to mow two acres around my house. Ive got two trees to mow around, and the rest is wide pretty wide open. I can't find mowing speeds on the lawn tractors I've been looking at, usually they're around 24-27hp. The zero turns I've been looking at are around 20-23hp. If both had the same size mowing deck which would you buy? Would there be much of a difference?
    Thanks
     
  2. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    if you only have 2 trees then there really isnt a NEED for a zero turn. if theres open area to turn around then a tractor will be fine. a zero turn is basically a luxury. what machines are you comparing?
     
  3. hoopie

    hoopie LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 2

    First off sorry for posting a "homeowner" question in the "pro" section. I just now realized there was a differnce in where i should have posted. Anyway, thanks for the reply. I was originally looking at ZTRs for around $3k . Then someone mentioned at work they hired out their mowing and wanted to sell a lawn tractor. It's a one year old Husq. 2748gls he used on two acres. I guess the big question is for my two acres am i going to see a big difference in time mowing? Would i be better off buying a lower end lawn tractor around $1500-$2000?
    The ZTR's I've been looking at are:

    Husqy's
    http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeown...-turn-mowers/?nid=164480,164478,199794,192856

    Deere
    http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductC....ProdCatProduct?pNbr=SKU21896&tM=HO&link=enav

    Toro tim cutters (z4235 and z5035
    http://www.toro.com/home/zeroturn/z_micro/compare.html?selected=4

    and Hustler's
    http://www.hustlerturf.com/products.html?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=18
     
  4. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    For 2 acres and only 2 trees to mow around, I second the tractor. There is alot more that can go wrong with a cheap ZT than a tractor. Also a tractor can be used for other tasks such as plowing and hauling around a dump cart. For personal use only, a tractor is a much more versatile machine for maintaining a couple of acres.
     

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