$ 9500.00 decision NEED HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Biggie3388, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Biggie3388

    Biggie3388 LawnSite Member
    from N/a
    Messages: 33

    I am new here and have read many many threads as well as reviews on this great site and still cannot decide. I have 2 acres of land and want a commercial machine zero turn mower to get my mowing done quick BUT quality of cut and durability are extremely important to me. I want a quality machine that will last for many years not a entry model. This machine will strictly be used at my home only. The machines I have looked at and drove are:

    Cub cadet Tank 52

    Gravely 152, 252, and 452

    Hustler Fastrak SD

    And Kubota

    Scag, I believe it was the tiger cat model

    I will be bagging and I would like to be around the 9500 price mark. I am also a big guy so comfort is key as well. I currently have a john deere tractor that I use which is great it just takes to long to mow the lawn every week.

    If anyone can help me out with this based on experience I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you
  2. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Go with the tiger cat. They are very well built and last for ever. It is a very fast machine with a great cut. If comfort is a big deal for you, look at the scag cheetah, it has a great rider comfort system and is one of the fastest z turns out there.
  3. grasscutter24

    grasscutter24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I have a Kubota ZD28 72" cutting deck. Currently listed on this site if you are interested:waving: Only 574Hrs garage kept $8,850/ obo
  4. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Gravely, Hustler, or Scag.

    The issue I see is the cost of a bagger and your use of it. It's a lot of money for the powered bagger systems. That really cuts into the level of machine you can buy. Also, do you really want to bag 2 acres? That's going to generate an awful lot of clippings. And, clippings mean extra nutrients for your soil.
  5. Biggie3388

    Biggie3388 LawnSite Member
    from N/a
    Messages: 33

    I have been bagging with current john deere non zero turn it just takes forever......I like the finished look with bagging.
  6. OnaLawn

    OnaLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Scag....Hands down. Just spray it off every once in awhile after you use it to keep it looking good as new.
  7. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    You really need to demo a commercial mower. They'll put down a side-discharge finish that'll compete with, if not better, the result your current machine is producing. There's more to a commercial mower than just the heavy duty build. There's a lot going on with deck dimensions, baffling, blades, discharge opening, etc. Please, secure some demos of prospective mowers, before insisting on a bagger system. If you live in a heavily wooded area where you have continual debris, then, a powered bagger would be advantageous. Otherwise, it's thousands of dollars spent on something you may not need.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Blowing it off is much better. There are too many areas of overlapping steel where rust will start, if you regularly hose it off.
  9. greenbaylawns

    greenbaylawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    Exmark, I have a 2005 52 Lazer and use every day during the mowing season. (30 week seasons around here) If your only using it on your property, you'll never buy another mower again.
  10. Wilbanks Lawn Care

    Wilbanks Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I would go with either the Scag Cheetah or an Exmark Lazer Z. I priced a new 48" Scag Cheetah with a 28hp Briggs today at a local dealer for $8400 out the door. I agree with the other post about trying these commercial machines before investing in a bagging system.

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