simplicity zero turn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jeff41768, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. jeff41768

    jeff41768 LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking for anyone who has some info on simplicitys zero turn 18hp kohler with the 44 inch deck. I was thinking about getting one. I look at the z force from cub and there new homeowner line also. I can't spend over $4000. The other dealers I here about exmark has one dealer in this area and they gave me a bad feeling. Country clipper is 2 hours away. dixie chopper about 1 hour away. slimpicity is about 15 minutes away.

    thanks
     
  2. Summett

    Summett LawnSite Member
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    Jeff,

    I'm not a professional by any means, but i recently (1 mo. ago) purchased a Snapper (owned by Simplicity) 44" FastCut ZTR which is almost identical to your mower in question.

    I love it. It has an excellent cut and is very easy to handle. All the research that i did, i found these to be very economical with what seemed to me to be designs that might be more similar to a commercial mower w/o the high price.

    For a residental cut, my snapper 44" does a great job! I'm happy w/ my purchase.
     
  3. dlh2

    dlh2 LawnSite Member
    from Pace Fl
    Posts: 38

    Jeff
    The Snapper fastCut ZTR and the Simplicity Consumer Z are the same mowers with 2 minor differences. In fact, they share the same owner's manual. I recently purchased the Snapper FastCut 1844 and love it! Cuts great and is a BLAST to drive. Like Summett, I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion that these ZTR's are the best ones out there for the homeowner who doesn't want to spend a bundle. Like commercial units, they use seperate pumps and wheel motors, have larger tires than the other residential units and have a beefy frame.
     
  4. boo

    boo LawnSite Member
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    I just committed to purchasing a Consumer Z 18/44 today. Part of me can't believe I just spent that much on a lawn mower, and the other part of me can't wait to get behind the wheel, er sticks.

    I ordered mine with the mulch kit. Any thoughts or comments on the performance of this configuration?

    Also, I appreciate those who have posted information on these units, as it helped me make a decision to go in this direction rather than another brand consumer Z or a tractor.

    Thanks,
    db
     
  5. Summett

    Summett LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    boo,

    You'll love it! I felt the same way about the $$. But figured you might as well have a blast while your working.

    Got a couple months under my belt and it's still a blast to mow with it...and quick as ever!

    I am interested to get your thoughts on the mulch kit after you've used it a while. I had one w/ my old snapper, but find with the standard blades on the 44" it cuts very well and haven't seen any grass clumping.

    Interested in getting your feedback after a couple mows.

    Congrats and hope you like it as well as i do.
     
  6. boo

    boo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Thanks Summett - it's always nice to hear confirmation that I made a good decision.

    I'm hoping to pick it up on Monday. I understand that you can mow faster while discharging rather than mulching, but I was concerned about having dead grass lying on top of the yard. It sounds like that is not an issue for you. I'll let you know how it goes in a couple weeks.

    Ciao.
     
  7. dlh2

    dlh2 LawnSite Member
    from Pace Fl
    Posts: 38

    boo

    I just ordered the mulch kit for mine. I should have it next week. It does a great job with grass clippings when side discharging, but tends to blow my oak leaves out without cutting them up. Hopefully the mulch kit will eliminate this.
     
  8. Summett

    Summett LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I agree with you dlh2. It does blow the leaves out before mulching them up, but does a nice job on the grass.

    Interested to hear your guys' feedback on the mulch kit. Curious, what was the price of the kit?
     
  9. dlh2

    dlh2 LawnSite Member
    from Pace Fl
    Posts: 38

    Summett

    I think it's about $135. It consist of 2 baffles, 3 mulch baldes and a plate that closes the dischage hole. Since our snappers use the Simplicity deck, it has a Simplicity part number (1692884). You can go to the Simplicity web site and type in that part number under "manuels" and get the installation instructions. Our decks are pre-drilled for this kit. Apparently Simplicity also sells just the baffles as an "anti-blowout kit".
     
  10. dlh2

    dlh2 LawnSite Member
    from Pace Fl
    Posts: 38

    <img src="http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v295/dlh2dlh2/P1010001.jpg">

    Here is a picture of the custom hitch I made from angle iron so I can pull my sprreader around.
     

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