Advice on Mower please...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by m00d, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. m00d

    m00d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Hi guys,

    I've been reading this and other forums for a while and am ready to buy
    a new mower. I currently have a 44" (18hp B&S) Cub Cadet Zforce which I use to cut
    my 4 acre lawn. I am not a commercial mower, just a guy with a big yard.
    My lawn is flat with a few large trees, fairly easy to mow. But it takes me
    5 to 6 hours to mow with my Cub depending on height of the grass.
    I'm no fan of mowing and want to decrease my mow time significantly.
    If I were to go full speed on my Cub I could decrease the time BUT I would
    leave little patches of uncut grass behind me, I have to go fairly slow on the Cub to get a clean cut.
    The dealer told me when I bought it I could mow 3 acres per hour, in reality
    I'm lucky to get 1 acre per hour.

    So, since my #1 need is speed, and my #2 need is a dependable low service mower I'm considering a Dixie Chopper.

    I have some quotes from a dealer in my area(50 miles) and would like some
    input on the prices I've received and if I'm making a wise choice going with
    a Chopper.

    Here are the quotes:

    LT2700-60D - Silver Eagle 27HP 60" 6799.00 +tax

    XG2703-60 = Coatesville Classic 27HP 60" 7399.00 +tax

    XT3300 -60 = Xtreme 60" 9399.00 +tax

    I am leaning toward the Coatesville Classic simply because its 2K less than
    the Xtreme. I'd like to have the extra power of the Xtreme but I'm not sure
    if the extra power is worth 2K to me.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. steve45

    steve45 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,325

    Sounds like speed may not be your #1 priority, since you COULD run your Cub a lot faster.

    From what I've read here, I don't think any of the commercial mowers can give a good cut at top speed. They can probably go a lot faster than your Cub, but I wouldn't expect to get a great cut at 10-15 mph.
  3. m00d

    m00d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Your right, I should have said Speed and Cut, I'm not concerned with striping
    or any type of fancy cut, but I don't want to leave uncut grass/weeds behind me...I have narrowed my choices down to two...

    Semi Local Dealer (40 mile drive)
    XG2703-60 = Coatesville Classic 27HP Kohler 60" 7399.00 +tax

    (I really like the simple approach of the chopper, less to break over time)


    Local Dealer (5 mile drive)
    Ferris IS 2000Z 60" Cut 25HP Kawasaki 7999.00 +tax

    (The suspension on the Ferris sure looked nice)

    The Chopper price is only good until Saturday afternoon, the dealer is having
    a sale starting Friday morning.
    The Ferris price is good until March 31st.

    With only 600.00 separating the two price really isn't a big issue.
    I'm leaning toward the Chopper because I 'feel' it will last me longer even
    though I have no evidence to back up this feeling.
    But I must admit having the Ferris dealer right next to me is comforting, the
    thought of hauling the Chopper 40 miles every time it needs service is a bit discouraging. Both dealers seem very good, only the distance is different.

    Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks guys!
  4. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Just try to get a 60" cut with a 25+ h.p. mower. Dealer support (whichever dealer you choose) makes all the difference in the world. Ask around - talk to LCO's in your area. That will tell the story. :usflag:
  5. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    just curious are your blades sharp ? are all belts tight ? hydo full ? are you trying to cut 8 " grass at full speed or regular weekly growth ? grass or weeds ?
  6. m00d

    m00d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    just curious are your blades sharp ?

    yes, brand new blades

    are all belts tight ?

    yes new belts as of last fall

    hydo full ?


    are you trying to cut 8 " grass at full speed or regular weekly growth ?

    I mow at least once per week, I usually try to hit it every 5 days to keep
    the weeds down.

    grass or weeds ?

    90% grass 10% weeds I'd say... I need to overseed this fall...
    Mostly I have tall fescue
  7. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    dang , i guess you do need a new mower then .:waving:
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I think it's the blades. Not sure about the home owner unit but I know that the Cub TANKS are as good as any!!!!:)

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