Anyone using bad boy mowers here?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    What do you like/dislike about them? they seem like a well built machine, low on price or/high on value ;) Theyre stuff does 14-15mph vs 10-12mph for most other brands, has huge fuel tanks, big decks and high hp engines.

    Im looking for a 32hp+ 72" deck ztr soon, I really want the Ferris is3100z with suspension but theyre around $10,600 .. Ive seen other stuff from Gravely/bad boy thats diesel even for similar prices, or 32-35hp gas equivalents to the 3100z for much less.:confused:
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    AAHHH GEEZ! Not another Bad Boy thread! Please don't get into it here, too. Ramair, there was/is a big discussion going on why Bad Boy doesn't or does suck.
  3. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    Just search for the other Bad Boy threads and make your comments there !!
  4. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    They seem to be the next Everide I fell for that one never a small name again for me
  5. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    Bad Boys users are quite happy with them... Do a search and you'll find why...
  6. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    Ramair, I'm a dealer for Bad Boy mowers. Let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you.

    In response to a previous poster, Bad Boy has been around for over 9 years and they're not going anywhere. They updated alot of their mowers for 2008 and didn't raise the prices one cent. All of us dealers were floored.
  7. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 793

    I demoed one this past year for a week! It was a 72" with the 32hp B&S engine on it! I for the most part use Dixie Choppers in a 72" and the Bad Boy dealer was and still is wanting my buisness! Here is my impressions of the machine!

    Heavy machine it is too heavy for normal yards. in wet grass it tends to leave a rutting pattern.

    Cut is ok nothing special about it. No real stripping at all!

    Hillside is about like the dixie but I was not as comfortable, probably because I have not run it near as much as a chopper.

    Suspension is ok but it gets in the way in the front castors I could not trim near as close with it. The ride was not really any better than what I use currently.

    Speed was pretty close to the chopper but not mowing I had to slow it down to get a clean cut.

    Price not anything special there at least the price I got was within a few dollars of what I use now.

    Build is simple design It is obvious that they have done some copying but so does everyone else.

    Warranty! Very POOR in comparison!

    Would I buy one? I am not saying that I would not but for now probably not! Because it is not a step up from what I am useing it has not price advantage and is atleast here not a proven product! Also the Dixie dealer I deal with just blows the others away with service!
  8. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 793

    One more thing the engine was equal to the generac in both fuel economy and power! So I would have no issue useing the Briggs motor!
  9. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    Monte, what mowers are you comparing the Bad Boy to as far as weight goes? Scag, Hustler, and Exmark are right around the 1200-1300# mark, while the Bad Boy is under 1200#...

    The striping quality depends on a number of variables. Most folks I've talked to are fine with the striping quality. Best way to find out is demo one to see how it works with the grass in your area.

    I'm trying to figure out how the front suspension gets in the way (I read your post before when you originally demoed it). The overall width on the 72" cut mowers is 72.5", and the decks have a near 1/2" reinforcing bumper around the bottom. It's not sticking out any farther than the side of the deck...

    I doubt the Dixie comes close in price. What price were you quoted on the Bad Boy compared to the Dixie? (and are you getting special pricing on your Dixies because you've been running them awhile?)

    As far as the warranty goes, look at the money you save on the Bad Boy. If you want a longer warranty, extended warranties are available. I will say right now out of all the local LCOs running Bad Boy, the only ones that have come back for warranty work are the ones that bought the $5000 units and are abusing them (and even they have only had minor issues). Not a peep one from those that spent $6000+ on a Pup, Lightning, or AOS, unless it was to get new blades.

    Sorry for another debate thread, but there is so much misinformation about the Bad Boy Mowers that somebody needs to come in and clean up. I understand brand preference, and if you just love your Dixie, Scag, Exmark, Hustler, etc, that's fine. Don't go making things up about another mower just because you prefer a different brand. It's just ridiculous some of the stuff people say about the Bad Boy Mowers on here.

    Ramair, demo any of the Bad boys with suspension. You will fall in love with them for sure! Either of the Cat diesels are great choices, and another favorite is the big block Vanguard engine specs. There's an available 35hp model on the AOS platform as well for alot less than the diesels.
  10. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
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    I tell you what when I get back this evening I will give you more details in pricing and the trimming and other comparisons! Also since I am heading to the Dixie dealer today I will get a new 08 price on a 72" It may very well be much diffrent than 07!

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