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36" hustler ztr or 36" exmark wb hydro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenguy6870, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. greenguy6870

    greenguy6870 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm wondering if it's worth the extra $400 for a Hustler Mini Z 36". as compared to an Exmark Viking 36". I am more concerned with cut, but speed is also an issue.
    Any assistance would be useful!:confused: !
  2. greenguy6870

    greenguy6870 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    this will be my first mower over 21" and I've never driven a large wb, whats the learning curve like, I am already comfortable with a ztr. So I guess versatility is one thing I'm wondering about, and weight is another concern, I have this lawn .88 ac. that has some wet/thin spots, less tracks the better.
  3. GrassmasterB

    GrassmasterB LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 201

    i just bought the hustler 36'' mini z. ive got about 28 hours on it and so far i like it. its pretty quick, manuverable, and leaves a nice cut. on bahia it leaves stringers but in idaho you wont have that grass. i havent found a gate that i couldnt get into and ive got about 30yards with small gates. as far as mowing soggy yards. i mowed the day after receiving a couple of inches of rain and didnt leave a rut or track in the yards. one actually had standing water that i didnt see til it was too late. at 650lbs and an 8'' tire i guess that was about the right size for that mower. ive also got a 36'' wb although its not a hydro. as far as a learning curve for a walkbehind. if your not using a sulky, its just a really big 21''. with a sulky its just as easy. it will take a couple of yards then you will be comfortable with it. my girlfriend learned to use the wb and miniz after about 5 minutes of instruction and just driving around the yard and now with the ztr she cuts the grass. but all mowers have there quirks. on the mini z i found out the hard way you have to slow down when going downhill and making a turn the short wheelbase causes the inside drive tire too sometimes come off the ground causing you to continue going straight down the hill. i almost ended up in a ditch at one yard and i hit a privacy fence on another. but now i know to slow down and those yards havent been a problem. for $400 more i would definately go with the ztr. and since i started using the miniz the wb hasnt been on the trailer since and its been over 3 weeks. its now just a backup. no more walkbehinds for me.
  4. brizz

    brizz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    What are you talking about wet spots in the yard. As a lawncare specialist you are missing work. Tell the guy you can have some white sand brought in and you will fix the wet spots. But, I completely am the opposite of most guys on this eXmark site. Once you try a Dixie CHopper you will never go back to anything else.
  5. brizz

    brizz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    PS walk behinds are a waste of money uless you mow lots of inclines
  6. nfarr

    nfarr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    I have a huster 2052 Fastrak as my ztr and an exmark 36 belt w/b. If I could do it again I would buy the 36ztr instead of the w/b. It is a fatique issue. The w/b simply wears me out sooner. Having said that, the w/b is more forgiving when making improper turns because it weighs less and I have used it on wet lawns that would have been rutted with the ztr.
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    It might have been a pro Exmark site but you have to search long and hard to find a positive Exmark post lately. Where have you been. The new deck has taken a verbal beating on this site. Nothin against Dixie, but this site has been more pro Hustler than anything of late.
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    the eXmark WBs havn't changed, that viking is the same as its been for a good while. It is a great mower, i know a few people (LCOs) that have them and like them a lot. I like my eXmark WB as well. However, in your case, ide pay the $400 for the Z! Riding instead of walking, and faster too!

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I really like my 36 Viking hydro...slap a Velke on back and you can mow pretty fast. But I haven't tried the Hustler so can't compare...why don't you try to demo them both??

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