Please help!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by cajundriller, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. cajundriller

    cajundriller LawnSite Member
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    New here... and seeking good advice from professionals who can help me make an educated decision. Not looking for arguments between those that are so brand loyal that they can't be at least a little unbiased.

    First of all when it comes to cost I am not against spending the money on the upper tier zero turn mowers out there. I just don't want to spend 10 - 12 grand when I can accomplish the same thing with a 5 - 6 - 8 grand mower and it last just as long. By the way I am pretty meticulous when it comes to the maintenance and up keep for any of my equipment.

    I will be cutting approx. 7 acres that are relatively flat a week (between my yard and parents yard) and would like to get it done in 2 - 3 hrs. I assume that I should get a 60" or 61" deck.

    The dealers that I have to choose from are all about an hour away and I have SCAG, Gravely, Hustler, Bad Boy, Ex Mark, & JD to choose from.

    What are you guys thoughts on brand/size mower, brand/size engine, size of deck, and potential long term fuel costs. Also when is the best time of year to purchase a new mower, I really would like to buy now but could wait if it would benefit me Money wise! I genuinely need advice here and would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    52 z400 toro 7k out the door brand new. Hustler mini z 52" also another good choice. Who do you have available?
     
  3. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the mini z is a good unit but it doesn't hold up to well to commercial use
     
  4. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
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    Unknown, your paying WAY too much for that Z400 52". I have them with the new Turbo Force Deck and bigger pumps for 2010 in stock for $6,649.99 I have Z500 27hp 60" mowers for $6,999.99.

    thanks
     
  5. cajundriller

    cajundriller LawnSite Member
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    I have SCAG, Gravely, Hustler, Bad Boy, Ex Mark, & JD to choose from.
     
  6. GreenmanCT

    GreenmanCT LawnSite Senior Member
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    your only gonna get biased answers in this forum, occasionaly somone will back it up with numbers, so just get a scag or exmark.

    best time to buy is either now or in after fall. always ask about thier demo units , and if they are selling them.
     
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    out the door???? Just looked they don't make the mini z which is a commercial unit and have seen plenty go over 2000 hours. I'm not talking about the fastrack or w/e
     
  8. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've heard good things about Steve's store up in Gainesville. A couple of our clients have said they purchase equipment there.
     
  9. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
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    Hustler makes the Z4 which is the direct replacement for the Mini-Z. Its pumps and wheels motors and full commercial on a compact frame. We have it in 60", 54", and 48" .

    Its worth a look. Its a mini-z thats been upgraded. Sold a good number and they have been very popular.
     
  10. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
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    Unknown, thanks for your consideration. All of my prices are based on cash purchases and and do not include state tax. Thanks
     

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