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60" bad boy riders

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 93gmc, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. 93gmc

    93gmc LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 37

    i was wondering what you guys think about bad boy mowers. How good they are? and how they hold up? any input would be good! thanks guys!!
  2. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    use the search button, this has been talked about a lot here recently.

    (just sayin it before somebody else does)

    other than that, they sure look like something i want. i drove a 60" lightning last fall....and WOW, if i had the funds right now it would allready be mine!

  3. Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape

    Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    you need to check out the thread "front brakes on a zero turn mower" if that crazy sob can punish a badboy like that without killing himself I would say they are pretty tough.. even if I had the balls to try that on my walker it would fall apart
  4. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    I spend a year researching my next ZTR purchase, I decide with the Bad Boy AOS diesel, and could not be happier. Their have been many heated debates over the Bad Boy ZTR's. I suggest demoing many different brands, and make sure your comparing the same models for each. The Bad Boy Lightning & AOS line-up are the two frame size's I would look at.
  5. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    My decked out Lightning 60" will be here in early March :D
  6. gladi8r

    gladi8r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I bought a 60" Lightning Z 26hp LC Kawasaki last spring, and couldn't be happier. Put 135+ hrs on it last year, and the only problem I had all year was when I hit an old buried rusted car fender (one of the really old, very thick fenders- not today's thin sheet metal) when cutting some weedy ground next to a wooded area- I hit the fender and it tore a 12" by 6" hunk off of it and threw it about 50' across the lawn. The mower didn't even hiccup. Scared the hell out of me, though. I thought for sure I'd destroyed the deck, spindles, etc- nope; one bent blade, and it barely scratched the powder coated deck. This thing is bulletproof.

    ...and FAST... with sharp blades I can double cut an open 2 acre lot in 25 minutes. Gonna build a striper this year- it leaves decent stripes, but not nearly as nice as with a striping kit.

    It IS very sensitive, though- I would only recommend it if you're already good with a ZTR, or have plenty of time and space to practice before making yourself look silly.

    It's one weakness is hills- sideways on a steep hill- forget it. Gotta use the WB for hilly stuff where up and down isn't possible.
  7. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    what kind of striper are you planning on building?
  8. gladi8r

    gladi8r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I've got some old boat trailer rollers, and plan to make one from those.
  9. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    I'm assuming a tow behind like BLL? The stock kit is similar in design but looks quite flimsy My only concern with this is hanging up when going in reverse. I'm thinking I may try the chains first and if that doesn't work build one out of bunk rollers.
  10. gladi8r

    gladi8r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I changed my boat trailer rollers a couple years ago and kept the old ones in a box in my garage, so trying out the roller type won't cost very much.

    Honestly, the one on the BB site looks overpriced and not as good as the roller type i've seen. The BB has enough power to rip that drag bar off if it ever caught on anything. You're gonna love that mower- it's built tougher than anything else out there, by far.

    How much did you pay for yours? Paid $7500 for this one ($500 off, new 2008 model) last March. I'll bet the dealers will be willing to deal on them this year...

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