The best riding mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buddhacj7, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
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    What is the best riding mower, zero turn, etc.. Around 48'' to 52'' deck
     
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You may want to do a search.This has asked many times...
     
  3. CapnDean

    CapnDean LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    Right on:

    Otherwise your answers will fall into two extremes:

    Those who are happy with theirs and thinks they have the best.
    Those who are unhappy with theirs and think they have the worst.

    Then you have to figure out what the variables are:

    Who is happy because they have a great dealer?
    Who is happy because they got a great deal?
    Who is happy because they got laid this morning?

    Generally speaking: The commercial ztrs are of similar quality. Most of them use the same kind of engines, same hydrostatic drive units and the same pumps. The variations are the deck quality (stamped or fabricated, thick or thin) Bearing quality (needle bearings VS bushings) and a host of other things.

    The residential ZTR's are not usually discussed on this website because, for the professionals here they simply cannot cut the mustard.

    Then of course you have to define what makes a mower best....is it:
    Cutting width? Purchase Price? Blade Tip Speed? Horsepower? Make of engine? Bagging ability?

    In my case the Cub Cadet Commercial Tank 48" made sense because of the 0% financing and the low purchase price..... You might prefer something else for other reasons.

    Do your homewrok, read the posts on this board, ask a few questions and dive right in. Oh yeah.... Welcome to Lawnsite!
     
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  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    John Deere L120 23 Kohler 48" Edge cutting deck.
    John
     
  5. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 593

    WOW John

    I never thought I would hear that from you.
    Maybe one day you will go demo a new John deere W/B or ZTR and get rid of that red thing you have.


    Jason
     
  6. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    2002 JD M655 w/54" & 462Z TracVac
    2004 JD 757 w/54" mulch
    2002 Model T walker w9.5 hopper
    2001 DC Flatlander w/60"
    2000 DC LX2001 w/42" convertable deck to 36"

    That's the Z's

    The reason for the JD's... we can't beat the dealer support. Loaners, and just so much more. DC's can't keep a dealer here.
     
  7. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Most all of the Zs ride pretty much the same. Bigger tires = better ride. A suspension seat is a must for better comfort.
     

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