$3000 budget- What to buy

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by njroadie, Apr 1, 2001.

  1. njroadie

    njroadie LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 4

    I am a homeowner with 1.5 acres of pretty open lawn. I am getting rid of my lawn tractor to get something a little faster with a better cut. What you recommend for a guy on a $3000 budget? Here are some things I have looked at:

    $3000 Ariens ZTR from Home Depot
    $2650 for a Bobcat 48" WB with 17 HP Kawi
    $1700 for a used Gravely 50" 14HP Kawi

    I am not stuck on any of the above options. I am open to any suggestions.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 445

    Up your budget by 500 and get a 52" Toro gear drive with a velke. Opt for a kawi and you are good to go.
  3. toddco

    toddco LawnSite Member
    from Seattle
    Messages: 56

    My lawn is also 1.5ac and I just made the same switch. I opted for the Exmark 48" belt-drive WB w/15 HP Kawasaki. Feedback I found on this site, plus information from local dealers suggested it was a very good brand. I'm especially interested in mulching which it is supposed to be very good at.

    Mine arrives later this week so I don't have a first hand report just yet.
  4. njroadie

    njroadie LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 4

    If you don't mind my asking, how much did you pay for the Exmark? In addition to hearing about brands and capabilities, I am trying to benchmark prices so I can negotiate intelligently with dealers. I would like to know a good deal when I find one!
  5. toddco

    toddco LawnSite Member
    from Seattle
    Messages: 56

    The specific model I purchased was the Exmark Metro HP 48" with 15 hp Kawasaki engine. In my area it was as high as $3350 and as low as $2960 from different dealers.

    Here in the greater Seattle area the prices seem higher than many other prices I've seen quoted on this board, for both Exmark and Scag. Perhaps I didn't shop enough.
  6. Scott H

    Scott H LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Go with the Bobcat and spend the extra money on a velke
  7. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I personally like Gravely. Even though I love my Ariens 21", that ZTR is a POS. I don't know alot of Bobcat's except their skidsteers. If you are using it for home use ONLY, Snapper might be okay too.

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