Ztr Again

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AWJ Services, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I have been researching ZTR's all winter.
    I am in the Metro Atlanta area so everything is available.
    I will list what is close at each dealer
    1.Exmark,Toro,Walker
    2.Grasshopper,Husquvarna
    3. Kubota
    4.Bobcat
    These are the closest.I can get the rest but they are a little further away.
    I am looking for a good rough yard cut as well as a nice lawn cut.
    It must cut good on tall grass as well as short.
    I will need a bagger also so bagging is important.
    The bagger must be easy too use and sturdy.
    Must pickup leaves well also.
    Looking for a 48 to 54 inch cut.
    I do not want too scrifice quality of cut for the ability too cut tall grass.
    I like the features of Kubota and the new Toro with the Baffles.
    I prefer Kawasaki engines.
    I have a Bobcat 36 walk behind that has served me well.Are the ZTR'S a good mower.
    Must also be decent on hills.
    The husquavarna look nice and they have that new deck.

    They all seem too be well built so the more I look the more confused I get.
    The bagger realy must be nice so thta will play a big part in my decision.

    Thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. malojeer

    malojeer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    just bought a grasshopper the best mower i tried as far as comfort and maintence. 23hp 52". Wouldn't own any other
     
  3. Sometimes you look to much and beat yourself up deciding, all you mentioned would work good.
     
  4. moremowing4me

    moremowing4me LawnSite Member
    from S.C.
    Posts: 148

    If bagging is that important I would definitely get one with an attached rear hopper similar to the walker design. I dont really bag anymore exept in the fall and winter but I can say that if you are going to bag most of the time then this is the best design for you.IMO.
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I am looking at 52 and 54" cut models.
    The kubota and the bobcat are about 800 too a thousand cheaper than the toro and exmark.
    The toro and exmark are in the 7000 too 7200 range and the kubota and Bobcat are 6200 too 6300.That is with no acces.
    The bagging is really secondary just will be nice in the Fall.
     
  6. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    I've heard Exmarks are good at bagging because the blower is vertical insted of horozontal.
     
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Went and tested a Bobcat seem too be on par with the rest.They come with the spring seats.everyone else wants 600 bucks extra.
     
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    I would save the money and get a Bob Cat or a Kubota. All the mowers you listed would serve you well.
     
  9. Tractor Man

    Tractor Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Like someone said before, you can bet yourself up at looking at all of the Z mowers. I've been doing the same thing. I don't think you can go wrong at the ones that you have mentioned. I was using a 36" Snapper w/b gear, I've moved up to a 48" Snapper Hydro. I'm using an Accelerator grass catcher ( Great Investment) I think once I'm ready to purchase I'll go with the Scag Z. I was just impressed with this machine. If you get a ZTR and it doesn't come with a catcher check out Accelerator. Also what part of Atlanta are you in. I'm on the SOUTH side, Henry Co.
     
  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276


    Butts county.Not far from you.
    You live close too Russel's Automotive?
     

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