Which Brand Zero Turn Mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by nottus, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. nottus

    nottus LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the Info and your time.

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  2. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
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    For what it's worth, I have a Hustler X-One with a 60" deck and I'm very pleased with it.

    Good luck with your search.
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lets start with the obvious. You are 76 and these mowers are not forgiving when it comes to bumps. How big is you yard and what do you want this mower to do? Also why are you thinking zero turn?
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  4. nottus

    nottus LawnSite Member
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    :):)
    I have two acres to mow, Half weeds, have grass.

    A friend came over and mowed this for me, with his Hustler Raptor. Was I

    impressed. Took no time at all, and it looked wonderful. He is as old as me.

    This grass around here is tough. It is called Wire grass, like cutting wire.

    That is my reasoning.

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  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    How long did it take him and how long does it take you?
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  6. nottus

    nottus LawnSite Member
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    I have never mowed it, had it mowed. He took it off and on a couple of days.

    So no way to really tell.

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  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well in my opinion you should always buy the best quality you can with the money available and 3k in a zero turn does not go far. Raptor is about the best your going to get if its in that 3k range. I personally can't put my name on a recomendation for a zero turn that cheap. You would have to go to about the 5k range before most of us can give advise. The simple reason that if you back over a root with a mower that cheap it will fold the deck in. Now if you are willing to settle for a garden tractor or used mower then we could give more help.
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  8. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    Raptor 42" is $2799, the Super Duty Raptor has 2800 tranny's, a lot better deck, etc, but it puts you in the $3899 for 48". In the Gravely its a stamped deck up to about $2899, then you jump up to the $4000 range for the xl. The xl has the better everything with 2800 trannys, etc. With 2 acres if you were in my dealership, I would be trying to beg you into the serviceable transmissions. You are pushing the limits of the ezt tranny, and the light deck setups....
     
  9. nottus

    nottus LawnSite Member
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    Well, the money factor Enters the Picture Real quick. Yes, I agree, it would be nice to have the top of the line, but the Bottom line, is I can't afford it.

    3K is pushing it. SS is the income level, no other income. I am sure you can


    understand that aspect. Thanks for the input.

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  10. pythons37

    pythons37 LawnSite Member
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    A GT tractor and a Swisher 44" wing mower might be in the cards for you. I would not pull the Swisher with a Lawn Tractor. I don't think the trans would hold up. On a Garden Tractor, it would. The Swisher is about 1700 and a good used Garden Tractor can be had for 1300. Maybe you can find a used Swisher. Your budget won't put you into a good enough Z turn. You might even be happy with a 54" Garden Tractor. The advantage with a Garden Tractor is all the attachments you can use with it. Like a grader blade to smooth things out and soften the ride.
     

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