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What ZTR do I buy?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by rhyno77, Apr 5, 2011.

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  1. 71gearhead

    71gearhead LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    +1 on that. You have a very small yard and the Sport will fit the bill fine, DO NOT BUY ANY KOHLER ENGINE with it.

    But if you want to knock it out in about 15 minutes, here is your answer. 2011 Fastrak 52" with the 24hp v-twin kaw.

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  2. saw n mow

    saw n mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    With the engine running for a few minutes (not cold, but not hot either), throttle a little below halfway, the blades engaged no problem. Briggs Pro 26hp twin, 48" deck. Just to report what I found.

    Kevin
     
  3. Dominick

    Dominick LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Decided to mow my own lawn

    I have just under and acre
    So I went out to Lowes ( I know I'll catch grief for that here) but I had a 10% off coupon

    Bought a John Deere Z225 - was on sale for $2300 and with the coupon came to $2070
    also bought the Echo PAS split boom system with Trimmer, edger and pole Pruner - Just about $600 with the attachments and discounts

    Mowed my lawn in 20 min!!!
     
  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,750

    You will not catch grief for it. You bought what you wanted and maybe with in your budget. That is probably the better of the box store mowers and should be good for you needs. I see no reason why you could not get 5-10 years out of that machine? I imagine that you have about a half acre if you did it in 20 minutes? Just be sure to winterize properly, keep you air filter clean and most importantly keep your fuel fresh! Good luck with your mower and share some pics in the Homeowner picture page, I think it is floating around on the 1st or 2nd page in this forum. Someone just posted pics the other day.
     
  5. saw n mow

    saw n mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    Dominick,

    If the mower works for you and you're happy with it, that's all that matters. It's nice to get opinions and advice, but it comes down to you as an individual. Enjoy the quickness and maneuverability of a ZTR mower.

    Kevin
     
  6. Dominick

    Dominick LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Thank you for the feedback. So far the mower works great. I really like the desk wash system. It seems to release the majority of the grass off the deck, and the 42" deck fits nicely through my gate.!!

    I just purchased the Mulch plug with blades and the hitch to pull my thatcher and aerator

    My neighbor just asked me if I want to mow his lawn!!

    Between the $40 a week I'm saving by cutting my own property and the $40 I'll be getting from him each week, looks like i'll be close to break even on the mower this year.

    Plus I got a free Dump Cart from JD when I bought the mower
     
  7. Dominick

    Dominick LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Here she is!!

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  8. saw n mow

    saw n mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    Glad to hear that the mower is working out for you, and now you'll be earning some cash with it. Good deal!

    Kevin
     
  9. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,750

    Looking good! I have always liked that JD green and yellow! THe good thing about picking up the work is that when you get your first ZTR, you want to cut all the neighbors lawns, getting paid is a bonus! I had the girl accross from ask my wife if I would do her lawn. I declined the offer however, it was fun at first with the new machine, but the luster does wear off.
     
  10. 71gearhead

    71gearhead LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    Nice! There's nothing to be ashamed of with that choice. The only flak you may run into is the various consipracy theorists claim the big box John Deere mowers are different than the ones at the JD store. Both my JD dealer and a JD rep on this forum have said that's not true.

    It's a super choice for a homeowner because you got big box store availability (pricing is not so much different from the dealer) AND you also have a mower that has a wide dealer network with experience in equipment repair.

    Regarding the build, it might not be "near commercial" but it will have thought put into it by people with a lot of experience building equipment, it should be well thought out.
     

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