SMALL ZTR's advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by minilawn, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. minilawn

    minilawn LawnSite Member
    from CO
    Posts: 65

    This was my first year with a ZTR.

    I bought an old 11hp Walker GHS from a dealer and was able to return it (thank the lord!) after it broke on the first lawn.

    Then i bought a Hustler Mini-Z 36", I liked the idea of getting into gated yards and thought the Hustler was going to be fast enough to make up for the smaller deck. I like the cut, I like sitting down.

    Here's my problem : my 48" wb w/sulky is more productive and cost half as much.

    Does anyone have this set-up, what are your thoughts on small ZTRs vs a big WB?

    Thanks, always learning here.
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Can't say a wb is faster when its larger then a ztr.

    Can't say a ztr will be cut more grass because it goes at a higher mph then a walker.

    Selecting mowers involves access through gates an other obstacles.

    Deck width.


    Handle steep grades.

    Lawn tractor is the way to go because it allows one hand operation.

    A while back a poster needed to buy a mower because he had injured his shoulder, needed an operation, would not be able to use one arm for many months post operation. So his ztr was useful as a boat anchor to him that season. Why buy a mower twice?

    Why walk even if you are young?

    Remember it's years of wear and tear that takes the toll on your legs.

  3. josht101

    josht101 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    32VLD has the right idea that you need to be comparing apples to apples. A wider deck is almost always going to cut more grass in the same time. If you are needing a 36 for back yards then you really can't compare it to a 48 because it just doesn't matter. I think if I were you I would have bought a used 36 for back yards and a new 48 or 60 for fronts and non-gated back yards. Where me and 32vld disagree is that he says you should buy a lawn tractor instead of a ztr. I could never go back to running a lawn tractor. They are slow and the majority of them are built for homeowners. I don't think I have ever seen one with a fab deck. Good luck to you in figuring out what you actually need.
  4. minilawn

    minilawn LawnSite Member
    from CO
    Posts: 65

    any spring time thoughts? hows everybody doing out there

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