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Opinion on ZTR's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by breck75, May 2, 2006.

  1. breck75

    breck75 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I am looking at purchasing a new mower. I have several different dealers around including Exmark, Hustler, Gravley, Grizzly, Cub Commercial and Kubota. Does anyone have a preference? Has anyone had the chance to demo a Grizzly yet? Just curious. I have a John Deere with less than 100 hrs on it and it is in the shop getting it's 3rd engine. I'm a little upset.:cry:

    Thanks for any and all input.

  2. Andyshine77

    Andyshine77 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    If you want maximum durability and reliability I would say Kubota. I have a 1987 Kubota tractor with over 8,000 hours on it and it runs like a top.

  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    You will find more opinion's on this than you want if you do a search. My advice is to stay with the top name brands not the newer company's until they have provern themselves for several years. Exmark is not #1 in sale for nothing. Many companies make great mowers also. Scag, Deere, Hustler, Kubota, Dixie, etc. Test drive, test drive. Make sure you get one that suite you and a dealer you can count on. Best of luck. Not sure what type of engine you had in the JD but that is rare for JD to put out a bad product. You can get a lemon in any brand at times.
  4. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    Gravely 100-200 series for a Z, eXmark for a wb. (eXmark has the best walk, imo)
    Another choice is Toro Z or Scag Z.
    I will not go with new brand with less than 10 years existence, like said, they have to be in business very very long time and really know how to perfect their craftmanship.
  5. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    less than 100 hours and the third motor?

  6. breck75

    breck75 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    No, less than 100hrs on the whole mower. Engine #2 had less than 40hrs.

    HUH is right.:confused:
  7. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    What brand ef engine when new - what brand was the second engine ? :usflag:
  8. joeg2246

    joeg2246 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Toro and Exmark are the same company. They will have quite a few similarities. I am going with a Toro due to the dealer being more established. He also prioritizes commercial customers ahead of homeowners.
    I think that most of the topline mowers are fairly equal and you should really consider the dealer you would be dealing with.
    One thing for sure you want to be taken care of after the sale!!!!!

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