Turf Tracer or Vantage

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by nmccoy1, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. nmccoy1

    nmccoy1 LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
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    I'm looking at adding either a turf tracer or vantage to my equipment, but wanted your opinion. I'm looking at either a 36 inch turf tracer or vantage. I can get what I think is a pretty good deal through my exmark dealer here. $5,650 for the 36 TT & $6,400 for the 36 Vantage. These were quoted over the phone so maybe I can do even better.

    I've heard a lot of good things about both mowers. The thing that kind of turns me off on the Vantage is how heavy it is. Maybe that's not that big of deal once you factor in a sulkey and 200 pound guy riding on the TT.

    Is it worth the extra money for the Vantage and are you getting a whole lot mower for the difference in price? What are your thoughts on how they both run/cut? Are these good prices?
     
  2. nmccoy1

    nmccoy1 LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
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    I think the dealer I talked to earlier, whose prices were higher, gave me the wrong weight. He told me over 1000 pounds just for the mower. I see its actually less than 800. That's good news.
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  3. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I personally hate walk behinds and will never buy one again so I'd say the vantage. Standers are still relatively easy on the turf so i wouldn't let the weight steer you away.
     
  4. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    The vantage you can put the platform up and it's basiclau a tt plus the ground speed is 8 mph
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  5. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ^^^^You lose a lot of traction when you flip up the pad.
     
  6. Schrock Lawns

    Schrock Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    But I'm saying he could use it as a tt to
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  7. nmccoy1

    nmccoy1 LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
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    Thanks for the replies. I did some more research tonight and for the difference in price it seems like more mower and probably worth it. I'd be able to get in a lot of tight areas and like schrock said I could use as a TT in certain instances. Plus the financing you can get is pretty good. No interest and no payments until April 2013 and then its 0% for 48 months.
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  8. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep. Grandstand and vantage are useless in wb mode. Toro should have never sold this as a feature, it is a gimmick. The fold up platform is a very nice feature for storage purposes though. Leaves a very small footprint in the shop or trailer.
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  9. dvgross

    dvgross LawnSite Member
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    I am also in the market for one of these, except I am deciding between a 48" TT, and a 48" Vantage. I do smaller accounts right now, so am leaning toward the TT. It has an hour on it, and is going for $4200. Pretty tough to pass up. The Vantage also was demoed and I believe has 12 hours on it, and is going for $6200. One thing that is also pushing me toward the TT is that is will be easier to change out blades. Am very interested in this post, thanks.
     
  10. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Another thing I hate about the TT is the ECS controls. Those are so painful to use for long periods of time.
     

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