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1st time buyer needs help on which to buy

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ursamajor35235, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. ursamajor35235

    ursamajor35235 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    We have just purchased a home on a lake with 2 1/2 acres to mow, mostly in centepede with a gentle slope from the road to the water. Lots of trees to mow around (oaks, pines and fruit trees). Also need to mow around pool and plank walks. I would prefer to bag but that is not an absolute necessity.
    I have read the posts regarding ZTR's vs Tractors and am still confused. I am prepared to spend 5-6K for a mower but quality and dependability are more important than price. I would consider a low hour used machine if I could verify it's history. I would like it to be the last mower I have to buy.
    I've looked at deere, simplicity, and walker and on the net at most of the others. Seems they are all the "worlds best mower", I know you all have your favorites and leanings but I am looking for some real hard facts to base a decision on. We live in Birmingham, Alabama.
    Any and all input is appreciated but no sales pitches please.

    I anxiously await your replys.

    Mike T.
  2. dlh2

    dlh2 LawnSite Member
    from Pace Fl
    Messages: 38


    A similar situation here...Pace Fla. I'm on a lake and the centipede lawn has a gentle slope with trees and mulch beds to mow around. I switched to a Snapper FastCut 1844 ZTR and love it! Really put the fun back into mowing! No bagger..I installed the mulch kit.

    War Eagle!

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  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    When you get into the high end ztr's they are all pretty good machines. A lot of it is preference, If you plan to bag then Walkers or the Bobcat or Jacobsen clones of that style of mower would be the best way to go. The majority of the ztrs side discharge and some will mulch better than others. You want a thick deck for durability.Something that I'll mention about Walkers type mowers and the tractors out there is the blades being in front of you more with the Walker. Tractors are mid-mounts which leave uncut areas in the corners when you turn which increases trimmer mowing. A ztr is generally faster than a tractor or a Walker mower. The best thing to do is look at the models that you like and demo them before you buy one. They will probably try to steer you more towards a homeowner model if you give them the same conditions that you gave here thinking you won't spring for a commerical model. It's mostly personal prefernce.
  4. Pittsburgh Panther

    Pittsburgh Panther LawnSite Member
    from N.W. Pa
    Messages: 94

    Centipede lawn? What type of grass is that similar to in the North?
  5. ztrlvr

    ztrlvr LawnSite Member
    from US
    Messages: 102

    Go to Walkers website and click on the whats new menu, It will take you top the new Model MB. If you dont plan on bagging you should give this mower a look. It was designed with property owners like yourself in mind. Deck choices go from 36"-56" and a mulching deck
  6. B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc

    B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Mike, I use the scag ztr's with bagger systems and mow alot of centepede in my business. If you would like i would be glad to let you take a look at my equipment since i'm just up the road from you. I service the Oneonta area in Blount co. all the way back up to Lake Guntersville. Drop me an email if you like yardman@otelco.net
  7. j fisher

    j fisher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    None. Centipede is a warm season, low growing grass that spreads by means of runners. In proper conditions, it forms a dense "carpet" type lawn. Does not do very well in dry sandy soil, as the root system is very shallow. The low growth of centipede lawns is the reason for a lot of bi-weekly mowings in the south.
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Since it seems you have a scag dealer in the area, I can say I have been very pleased with my tiger cub and it is in your price range
  9. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I would suggest a Dixie Chopper Silver Eagle. It is a heavy built machine but it was made for large property owners like yourself. Dixie Choppers are very good mowers and you should definately consider one if you have a dealer in your area. Another good machine that I would recomment is a Ferris IS1500. It has 4 wheel independent suspension for the smoothest ride possible. Take it from someone who has used one they really ride great compared to any other machine. The 1500 series Ferris mowers come in19, 21, or 25 hp Kawasaki engines with 44', 48", and 52" decks available. I would definately recommend that you look at one of them as well if you have a dealer close by. Hope that helps.
  10. brinlee lawn

    brinlee lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I second the dixie chopper statement. I own a silver eagle and mow commercially with it, it is a super machine if it can stand up to what I throw at it I know it will handle anything you need it to do.

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