what would you buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scenic Lawnscape, Feb 3, 2004.


what would you buy? Most machine for least amount of money

  1. exmark

    21 vote(s)
  2. gravley

    5 vote(s)
  3. great dane

    1 vote(s)
  4. hustler,or any thing else

    19 vote(s)
  1. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    im looking to buy a new 60" ztr and a 36" walk behind.
    I want the most bang for my buck what would you recommend
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    Exmark and Gravely are both great machines, but that's where it ends. You want bang for you buck? Hustler Super Z... Cost is competitive, but it's production numbers are almost twice that of the same size Exmark. That means more cutting per hour and more $ per hour. It's like having 2 machines for the price of one and only one operator. imo
  3. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    I voted hustler because the last few hustler mowers i demoed were incredible. Thats the next mower i will be getting.
  5. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,973

    The new Toro 500 series especially the Z588E model with 60'' newly designed "turbo force" deck is well worth looking at, I'm buying one soon, most likely.

    The Hustler Super Z....these mowers are very, very well designed and built, bulletproof in every way, more compact than the above Toro, probably the best mower for center of gravity, excellent company support, many say these are the best of the best....though I am swaying towards the Toro for dealer reasons only, I'd certainly not dissagree with them.

    I can't comment on others except Ferris....great too, not as versatile though in my opinion, no mulch kit option and no 28hp efi...yet.
  6. Scenic Lawnscape

    Scenic Lawnscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    the hustler super z, what do they go for price wise???
  7. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    I paid 8200.00 ea for my 2 new units and I also purchased a used repo unit (440 hours) with BacPac bagger for 4200.00 All are 60"
  8. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,112

    TopGun.. I just realized where you were located.. Give Mike at Pro Mower in Warren a call.. They have a demo Super Z with about 25 hours on it. I can't remember what they were asking, but they are great guys over there.
  9. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 318

    John Deere gets my vote.
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    I haven't used a Hustler, but I've used various big mowers. I'm still mystfied at the ridiculous mowing speeds some of these mowers are claiming. Unless you're mowing only 1/2" off all the time, I just do not understand how you can get clean mowing results at 13mph. And obviously, the smaller the properties you're doing, the more turning you're doing, and the less you're really able to use these high speeds. Toss in hills, wet conditions, etc, and just how often are you making use of this extra top speed? (which often comes at the price of decreased control sensitivity, higher weights, less turf-friendly tires, etc)

    They all seem to be well built designs. But I'm not buying the claim that theoretical production numbers in any way represent what's really possible in the real world.

    Finally, some people's idea of a "great cut" is anything that doesn't leave lots of stringers. I see lots of large commercial properties that look fine from a distance, but when you walk the property you notice the windrows of clippings matted in the lawn. I want a mower that cuts reasonably fast but does it very well.

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