ZTR in the 4k range

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mike022681, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. mike022681

    mike022681 LawnSite Member
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    Hello, I had a lukewarm experience with my DR field and brush mower and am in the process of returning it. I'm new and overwhelmed with all the choices I have in mowers. Could somebody please give me a little direction on what a good ZTR in the 4k range might be. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    i dont think that you will find a Quality commercial ztr in the 4k range. i know mowers like the exmark phaser are a little under 5k but i believe those are 34" cuts.
  3. fitzg2md

    fitzg2md LawnSite Member
    Posts: 156

    You can find a good used mower for that price. Wont be brand new, but hey, thats half price! I started with a 60 inch Exmark Lazer Z with (gasp!) over 3000 hours I picked up for around 2 grand. Had some headaches, but was actually a pretty solid machine. Still have it...going on 4500 hours! Expect to replace a spindle or two, do a complete tune up, and maybe even a little more. But for 4 grand you should be able to find something similar in the 1000-1500 hour range I would imagine. It helps if you are handy with a wrench too. Dont jump on the first thing you find. Take your time and find a good one. Others will say new is the only way to go, but heck...
  4. Herrick

    Herrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    What are wanting the ZTR for? How many properties and what size?

    I really like my Deere z425, and it's right at $4k, but a bigger used machine may suit you a lot better.
  5. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Check with all the dealers for a good trade in, also craigslist and the newspaper classified. Lesco has some less expensive mowers. Don't forget to haggle!

    I personally prefer Exmark, they don't sell 2 to 1 for nothing.

    If the drought continues, you might see even more good equipment as people get out of the biz. :cry:
  6. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337

    someone else mentioned the john deer z425 it is right at $3900 at the john deerer dealer here in town. looks like a fairly good homeowner machine 23 horsepower vtwin engine 48 inch cut.
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Not sure what size mower you are looking for but new a gravely 44z should be in the 5k range...used you could get a 60'' / 28hp exmark for around 4k expect 1000 hours though.

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