Opinion for Best ZTR for Hills

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by fireman1000, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Keene Landscaping

    Keene Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I can tell you the best that ive noticed on hills between a exmark, dixie chopper, and huster. I have hundreds of hours on all 3 with a 60" for each one. Dixie makes a great mower, but not for hills, they sit up to high which is great for a better field of view when mowing but not for hills. Exmark isn't bad but their controls are a bit jerky which can make all the difference when on a steep hill. Hustler I must say I liked the most for hills out of the 3, simply because it had much smoother hydros and would allow for minor turns or adjustments on hills that the exmark would simply jerk and loose traction. As many others said on here 72" decks are better (and they are) but that should be obvious because of the added weight and wider center of gravity however, they certainly do tear up turf like crazy when on steep slopes. I may add a stander to the collection next because I like the idea of a lighter more versatile machine.
     
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Long before Gravely I was and still am a Kubota fan. No other mower is built like a Kubota. In most of my reviews I always compare the build quality to Kubota. It really is industrial strength. I like to base my opinions on personal experience, not some stories I heard from other people. Hustler, Scag, Gravely and JD make some of the strongest machines. But honestly Kubota is in a different class. Just look at the weight of them...
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  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Newer designs of what hustlers looks like Exmark or a scag ,Toro, Badboy,Country clipper, Dixion,Wright, Grasshopper Gravely All different paint and everything has different items but all look like
    Mowers that's has there own look is DC Ferris Kubota

    Control I think the hustlers are to hard to push vs my velvet touch DC controls
    On Hustler there to much free travel I think.
    I demo one The ride is way to rough at speeds I cut on my DC

    I do like Hustler if I ever buy one it be the Trimstar WB but so far don't need one I demo one for a steep Cemetery 18 acres all hills I was going buy 2 for my employees I would still run my 01 DC the hills so steep I wasn't going let no body run a ZTR on it beside me.
    City thought I was to high So the city is doing it there self they tried Hustlers they ended up buying 4x4 mowers the hustlers couldn't stay on the hill safely

    Say if it works for you and you are happy that's only thing that matters.

    If would change your tires and rims to 25x13x9 you will have better traction and a smoother ride

    Have a good day
     
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    Grasshoppers look different too
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  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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  7. DXN1EL

    DXN1EL LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
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    What are the advantages of a F series Kubota, Jacobsen type of mower?
     
  8. DXN1EL

    DXN1EL LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
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  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    4 wheel drive with a cab and a ton of attachments. We used them to mow and snowblow grass landing strips about 10 years ago. I no longer have the contract.
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  10. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do not know how the new Hustler work with the added weight and height on the HD but I was just shocked at how well a 72 worked as compared to my 60 or my other 60's I have owned. The Hustler was about as low height wise as you could get and not to heavy so I just assume it is as good as anything. The thing about the Hustler's n general I like is if a part or bolt is not needed it is not there like on my Scag TT it was a MESS and my JD was a mess as well not as bad as the Scag but not made as well either.

    This is industrial work so I can get away with tearing the turf up, under normal cutting this would be totally unacceptable so my 72 really isn't the best just the best for being able with a good operator to claw on a hill.

    A 9 inch rim makes it so you cannot run low air pressure because the bead area is smaller and the tire will pop off the bead? that is the purpose of a bigger rim, you can run lower pressure and the bead will still stay on while the tire can mesh more solidly to the surface because the added rim support through out the whole tire = BETTER TRACTION.
     
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