Thoughts Encore ZTR's?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ztrworldnewbie, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. ztrworldnewbie

    ztrworldnewbie LawnSite Member
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    Anybody have experience with Encore ZTR's as far as quality, service, etc?
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I looked at them several times many years ago. I didn't care for the way they were built, kinda cheap or something. Their ZTRs were really long too.
     
  3. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here is my take on them. Very well built and durable. I have the prowler with the kaw27 hp motor. About 2000 hrs on it now and still rocking strong. It is shorter than our toro 62" ztr. Just about everything opposite of the previous post. As for service...only as good as the dealer. Did have a hydro pump go out and was replaced right away.
     
  4. ztrworldnewbie

    ztrworldnewbie LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. I've been reading and hearing good things about them but I just haven't seen any in my area. I guess that could be because the nearest dealer is a county away. Mostly see exmark, scag, and hustler for the commercial guys.
     
  5. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've owned their walk-behinds and they are one helluva machine.
     
  6. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
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    The only thing I don't like is the lack of grass discharge/dispersal. I have 2 dixie choppers that can toss grass quite far...even in the wet heavy grass. The encore will leave grass clumps in the wet thick grass.
     
  7. ztrworldnewbie

    ztrworldnewbie LawnSite Member
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    They look like they are when I run down the specs. I was looking for a Kawa motor and it has one; was looking for quality welded deck and it has that, wide back tires, quality front forks, etc.

    My dilemma is this:

    Brand new 42" Encore Fuzion ZTR with 18 hp Kawa motor, full warrantees, and mulch kit for $3,800 all inclusive and delivered to my doorstep.

    OR

    2006 Walker MBSD zero turn 42" mulching deck with 18 hp Briggs Vanguard motor and only 30 hours for $3,000 out the door (or maybe $2,900 if he's willing to dicker a little). This mower sells new in my local mower shop for $6,500 when I saw the same one last week. I've seen pictures of it and talked with the owner. In excellent condition and he just moved to a small lot and doesn't need it.

    The Walker is kind of different from the Encore being that the Walker has the deck out front and has a drive shaft instead of belt drive for the blades. Being that haven't owned either type of mower, I was hoping for some advice from the experts here!!! :) And of course, money is always an issue so cheaper mower is looking better but I don't want to buy something I'll hate after I get a chance to use it.

    Thanks!!
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2009
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    The used Walker is ten times the mower that the New Encore is. The build quality and design of the Walker is far superior in every way to an Encore, that goes for the cut quality also.
     
  9. ztrworldnewbie

    ztrworldnewbie LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your input. You wouldn't be concerned about the turning radius because the deck is out front and you've got that single wheel way in the back? I keep thinking that maybe when I try to turn in a tight area that wheel in the back will swing out and run over close bushes, etc.
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    I ran a Walker for many years. They are highly maneuverable, and will turn within their own length. If you measure it, you will find it is not much longer than many midmount ZTR's.
    The front deck is very handy for mowing under low trees and shrubs.It will also cut into the corners better than a midmount ZTR. I used my Walkers on all my small residential lawns and small commercial properties. Anything over 1 acre, I used the bigger ZTR's.
     

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