Simplicity consumer Z

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dondinct, May 9, 2004.

  1. dondinct

    dondinct LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 23

    I've been reading most of the posts for the homeowner zero turn units in the forums on lawnsite. One unit that I haven't heard peopple talk about is the simplicity Z. at $4k it seems like a real competitor at that price break. I know the pros on here all swear by thier $6K units, but i'm not willing to spend that. The Hustler fasttrak looks nice and I've seen a Cub Cadet superZ that looks nice... any coments on the simplicity or the cub cadet in the $4K and under price range?
     
  2. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    I bought the 20hp 50" z, now have 30 hours on it. I love it, it cuts great ,stripes ,and it much more effecient than my w/b. I've read that the vanguard engines don't need rebuilding until approx 2500 hours ,only time will tell. So far I love it and would recommend it.
     
  3. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Posts: 198

    If you have a Country Clipper dealer nearby, check out the JAZee models. All have kawi/kohler option, standard heavy duty flip-up deck for easy clean-up, a simple single joystick control and 19,000 blade tip speed for a professional cut. The JAZeeOne starts just under $3200 and would easily handle 1-2 acres. (www.countryclipper.com) Good luck!
     
  4. dondinct

    dondinct LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 23

    There is a Clipper edaler in my area and I'm going to look at them. That flip up deck feature is nice. Not sure is the joystick is a good or bad thing though. I think it will be about the same price as a Simplicity Z if you compare engines and deck sizes. I'll have to ride one and see how it goes.
     
  5. dondinct

    dondinct LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 23

    I looked a little closer at the specs on the clipper... It looks like ~$3400 gets a Kohler command 16hp /42" deck combo. The Simplicity Z has an 18hp Kohler command and a 44" deck at ~$4000. The Simplicity has commercial quality hydro units and looks to be built much better, with front suspension and a cage around the motor. It just looks like a hight quality unit. To me it looks like a well spent extra $600. Give me some feedback on this.
     
  6. jrditty

    jrditty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I just bought the Simplicity Consumer Z a month ago. I have the 18hp, 44" version. I love this mower! It is built just like a commercial - great parts. My father in law has a $6900 Bunton and I was mowing with that for a little while before I bought the simplicity mower. The simplicity mower mows much better and has the same feel as the Bunton. I would highly recommend the Simplicity Consumer Z, if you can find one. I had to travel 2 hours to find a dealer that had one available. Buy with confidence!
     
  7. dondinct

    dondinct LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 23

    JR
    How is that 18hp Kohler motor ? Does it sound nasty ? does it have enough power ? is it smooth ? Do you regret nt getting the V-twin with 50" deck ?
     
  8. jrditty

    jrditty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I really argued over which one I should get (18hp/44" or 20hp/50") as well. I don't regret getting the 18hp/44" mower at all. The 20hp/50" is $600 more then the 18hp/44". I mow my 1 acre in about one hour (lots of trimming around trees as well) which is pretty good time. I probably would trim some time off of that with the 50" but it wasn't worth the $600 for me.

    The 18hp engine has been great. I feel it's more then enough for what I need. It sounds great and is very smooth. I wouldn't trade it for the 20hp engine for $600 more. I have no problems at all with this mower. It feels like a commercial mower and is a steal at $4000. I would be glad to answer any other questions you may have.
     
  9. jrditty

    jrditty LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    The striping bar is a plus too with these mowers.
     
  10. dondinct

    dondinct LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 23

    I have to agree that the simplicity is built like a tank !! I looked at the hustler and although it's nice, I like the simplicity better. Does the front IS make for a more comfortable ride, or is it just a gimmick ? Have you tried the mulching option?
     

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