Bad Boy v. Hustler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by derekarbeiter, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Okay guys i really need your advice. I'm looking at both a Hustler Super Z with the 31HP Kawi and 52" deck or a Bad Boy Lightning with a similar configuration. Advice please.
  2. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    52" deck= a lot of weedeating. Get a 60" hustler... Something like 8" of trim... and fits any place a 52 will for the most part.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,358

    I would lead you to look at the hydro system pump and wheel motor size. Compare those and that should lead you in the right direction. Also compare standard features (ROPS, warranty, etc), why would a company sell without these?

    But the main thing is demo both and see what cuts well for you. If it doesn't cut well then it won't be a good mower no matter what right?
  4. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,139

    Good advise.

    It got me thinking. I was looking at their site and was surprised to see how much you have to pay for things that are standard on most other commercial machines.

    Flat-Free caster tires - $179.90
    ROPS - $495.00
    Foot Pedal Kit - $373.14 ($179 factory option) - for those who like to have one

    That really adds up.

    The whole optional ROPS thing got me thinking further...

    Another thing about BadBoy that surprises Is their decision not to comply with the voluntary ANSI safety standards that the rest of the industry has adopted. To my knowledge, Dixie Chopper is the only other OEM that doesn't comply.

    I'm a little bit jealous. Their lack of compliance allows them to sell OCDC's like the ACS. I like the ACS but ANSI won't let an OEM get away with something like that.

    They must not have had a bad safety / injury / roll-over related lawsuit yet. I'm sure when they do, they'll wish they had a safety certification to stand behind.

  5. dtc0207

    dtc0207 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    just remember you get what you pay for
  6. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Messages: 753

    As JimQ already knows, I am a big fan of Hustler mowers. But, I would never buy the 52" Super Z for the same reasons as Accu-cut, no trimming capacity on the left side of deck. Do as he said, go up to a 60" or if you definitely want a smaller deck. go with a 54"Z4. It's not in the same class but, has some trimming capacity.
    I can't say much about the Bad Boy. No one in my area even sells them.

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    Your exactly right, when one of these companies gets nailed with a rollover or something else, they will comply in a hard way :eek:

    You all know what happend with toro/exmark. OUCH!!
  8. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Just get the Hustler...
  9. torotorotoro

    torotorotoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 510

    i do not know what happened to toro and rops . let me know thanks

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    It is the reason we all have rops now. It was a few years ago, A 13 year old girl was killed on one mowing a steep hill. I guess they got a good laywer, and nailed toro pretty hard.

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