zero turn commerical mower What's the Best?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Barbara Ann, Feb 25, 2002.

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Best zero turn commerical mower with 60 in deck

Poll closed Mar 4, 2002.
  1. Least maintenance

    2 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. Best for mulching

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Barbara Ann

    Barbara Ann LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    We are looking to purchase a commerical zero turn mower. Would like your input on which one is the best. Has the least problems etc. Right now we are looking at 3 Gravely 260 , Scag Turf Tiger, and the 18 hp Kubota. Any information would be helpful. Oh by the way we are mowing 8 acres with lots of trees and leaves we are planning on mulching.
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    i reccamend u do two things, one is demo the mowers u like the best, no better way to see which is the best then trying them out. they are all quality mowers, every mower has its pros and cons. second have u done a search? this topic has been discussed numerous times, including this exact question
     
  3. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    whichever of the 3 who would give you best dealer support. IE:parts availability, turnaround time for repairs. maybe even loaner mower in first year owning if you dont have a backup.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    This thing of best dealer support is something that has been thrown around a lot lately and is being pushed as being the most important thing when buying a mower. While support is important it should only be used as a dividing factor given you are satisfied with more than one brand of mower. Todays mowers are getting so reliable that dealer support is not an issue for the better known brands of mowers.

    The 3 mowers that Barbara Ann asked about are 3 totally different mowers. The Scag is a heavy duty mower that is suitable for use on commercial properties when used by different operators, it can take abuse and come back for more. It is well documented on this web site that the Scag mower doesn't leave the best finish cut or stripe very well. The Gravely is more suited for residential properties where you might not need a mower that will be run up and down curbs all day and will usually be operated by the owner. The Gravely does leave an excellant finish cut on lawns that are maintained on a regular weekly basis and it leaves a decent stripe. There isn't a whole lot of info on the Kubota other than it seems to be an overly complex machine that has a high purchase price as well as a high repair price.
     
  5. robbiej51

    robbiej51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Honey, I want the Gravely:blob4:
     
  6. Barbara buy Robbie the eXmark or Gravely!!!!!!

    exmark truck.jpg
     
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Do your really want a mower called scag?

    Find an eXmark dealer and demo one. Demo the gravely's also. I bet you would like the eXmark mowers better. Dealers are key. But being a homeowner your not going to use the mower like a comm'l cutter would. This mower shouldn't have many issues anyway. As said before, they have become very reliable.
     
  8. Barbara, robbie said he wants the Gravely though.

    How this Barry, I only have a pic of the Ariens side of the trailer?

    ariens truck.jpg
     
  9. But, Hoss we can't forget the Flex-Deck now can we?

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  10. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    Perhaps a new John Deere, Dane Scag one of the innovaters
    of current commercial mowers now works for John Deere.
     

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