Ztr Mower Help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by re151731, May 11, 2004.

  1. re151731

    re151731 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    HELLO ALL! 1 AM NEW TO THE SITE AND WAS HOPING TO ACQUIRE SOME HELP IN SELECTING A ZTR MOWER.I WILL BE CUTTING 3 ACRES OF GRASS WITH SEVERAL TREES,OBSTACLES. I HAVE STARTED RESEARCHING MOWERS AND WAS CONFUSED IF I SHOULD BITE THE BULLET AND GO FOR A COMMERCIAL UNIT, OR A RESIDENTIAL. BEEN LOOKING AT THE JOHN DEERE 717A, A BIT PRICEY!! WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO GO WITHIN A 5,000 DOLLAR BUDGET.
     
  2. CBB

    CBB LawnSite Member
    from MS/LA
    Posts: 147

    Exmark Lazer CT

    44" cut 18hp Kohler. Unit sells right around 5K. Would be a perfect fit for a 3 acre premium residential property.
     
  3. re151731

    re151731 LawnSite Member
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    Do you think the JD 717 with a 48 inch deck is worth it?
     
  4. keegan99usa

    keegan99usa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    Was in the same boat earlier this year. Got into a Husqvarna ZTR 48" deck with a Kawasaki engine. This came with a bagger unit all said and done with tax was $4009. I have used it only 3 times so far, but it cuts my 3 1/2 acres in about 2 hours. WE have numerous trees and landscaping. It used to take 4 1/2 hours with my 44" Kubota garden tractor. You can do a google search for online dealers or find one locally from the Husky website. Kimco has a website showing free shipping with that bagger also (at least it used to, haven't been there in a while)

    Good Luck

    Keegan
     
  5. ccorts

    ccorts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I had same situation. After much research I went with the Hustler 52/20 Fastrak and have zero regrets. It is a great cutting machine and does the job real quick. Pretty much a commercial unit for around 5k. The power is impressive!
     
  6. philbarb

    philbarb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Check out Dixie Chopper Silver Eagles. They are considered as being "Light Commercial" i.e. they are built much stronger than the "homeowner" equipment. I really enjoy mine.

    Phil
     
  7. soilsample

    soilsample LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    what philbarb said......

    ps. It is rude to TYPE IN ALL CAPS.
     
  8. blaze347

    blaze347 LawnSite Member
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    I agree with ccorts..the HUSTLER is a great mower. I own one and love it!!
     
  9. re151731

    re151731 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies, how would you rate JD 717 vs the Exmark 52 inch deck with a 23hp Koehlor..
     
  10. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Posts: 198

    The JD is very good (but pricey, as you indicated). The ExMark and others are also pretty good. I demoed about 11 on my very rough terrain and settled on the Country Clipper. The near-commercial duty JAZee models should run $4-5k (all have rugged, easy flip-up decks and Kawi/Kohler option). If you want to go full-commercial, check out the CC Charger; it starts at just over $5500 and adds 24x12 tires, pivoting front axle and a standard hydro oil cooler. I went with the 23hp/52" with the joystick (try it for more than 15 minutes and you'll be hooked). Good luck!
     

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