Opinion for Best ZTR for Hills

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

  1. wssolutions

    wssolutions LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
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    I have a ZD326P, but IMO the Steiner 230, although a 14"TR, out performs the ZD on hills. The weight transfer system, low COG, high floatation tires and front deck are all components to it's impressive performance on slopes.
     
  2. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You talking 3 cylinder gas and diesel, if the Hustler had a diesel on it it would be about 1900 or more.

    I will go look at them again frame wise out of curiosity but I looked at one and new why the local airport didn't use them anymore, I looked the whole thing over big time and the most impressive thing I liked was the motor and the deck belt other than that you could keep it. I would like the body work for my Hustler's however. :) On hills 1800 pounds is your enemy big time. Gravity takes it's toll on weight, just look at a old grandma with big ti tties. Oh yaa that mower will sag to the bottom for sure.

    I love the Kubota look and style but no way do I want to maintain something like that long term but I am a grease monkey, we have a dealer here locally and people know better, they move very few units. To much to go wrong.
     
  3. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That thing is designed for that right? expensive as hell right?
     
  4. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Their frames are better than Gravely's , a 72 Hustler has an extra 100 pounds of steel in the mower over the Grave 72.

    Kabookie hydro is no match for the Hustler either.
     
  5. wssolutions

    wssolutions LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
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    A new Steiner 235 with a 60" flip up deck compared to a Kubota ZD326P with a 60' deck, no. I bought my 230 last year with a 60" and a 72" deck for 6500. It has a 28HP Kubota diesel compared to the 26HP on the ZD. Here is a picture of the Steiner and the cut, the mower is not your typical ZTR, SCUT or anything else.

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  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    I posted the weight of the diesel hustler, its the same as the Kubota diesel. Also like said your extra weight is in the deck. You have over 100 lbs more steel in the deck, its just 3/16 tube steel for the frame. You are also wrong about the hydro. I've pulled good size trees with it, I've pulled my truck with it and countless other things. It just doesn't have the speed of a hustler. It also has no belts on the hydros, direct drive.
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  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Its also 4wd :)
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  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    I'd rather have a Ventrac over a Steiner... which technically they are the same, guess it's like Toro Exmark...
     
  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Not true. Gravely's 400 frame is 1.5"x3" tube just like Hustler, but Gravely's is thicker. Just not as long of a wheel base. Kubota make their own hydro's. Hustler has a loooong history of hydro problems.
     
  10. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just went and looked at the Kubota's, I was blown away by how beautiful they are. I have not looked at them in a while. The price for what you get was pretty pretty darn good. I looked at the 332 72 and it was only 13,199. That mower is the type of thing you put in the living room and dress it up like a Xmas tree and forget about Jesus and worship the Kabukie GOD.

    No way would I want that as a commercial cutter but a ranch owner or like I would buy it in a heart beat. The mower has at least a 100 pounds of fat maybe closer to 200. No way would it take near the abuse of a Hustler HD!!!!!!!! NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!! No way is the single trans axle hydro as good as the quality of the Hustler seperates but I could be wrong about this because they look good. I just know the hydro pumps on the Hustler can run 2 or 3 72 inch mowers at once and at a good speed.

    The mower is a work of art and the most beautiful Z I know of just to much to mess with for a abusive commercial cutter. That thing sits way and I mean way Higher than my Hustler and with all the added weight I cannot see how it could hold a hill as well or close. Maybe it can but the laws of physics are not in it's corner at all.

    By the way 10MPH is to slow in this day and age of 330 MPH Funny cars..
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2014

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