BadBoy or snapper zero turn with ZT-2800s

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TWerner, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. TWerner

    TWerner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80


    I'm searching for a 42 to 48" zero turn mower that will be for home use only. Right now I'm only mowing 1/2 acre with lots of obstacles, but next summer that will go up to 1 or 1 1/4 acres.

    I was looking at the BadBoy MZ48 with a B&S eninge when a local dealer told me about the new Snapper 285Z series. It has a stamped deck, but the axles and deck are pretty solid and there are zerk fittings where needed.

    On the BadBoy, you get a more commercial looking machine with a better deck.

    The kicker is that Snapper put their money into offering the ZT-2800 hydros versus the EZT's on the BadBoy, and have double the warranty. Same engine. Same price: $3400. Snapper dealer is closer by 15 minutes.

    What do you guys think? This is the snapper's link:

  2. D&K Lawns

    D&K Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I think you answered your own question. Better hydros, better warranty, same price. Sounds like Snapper is the one. I have had snapper products. Very decent stuff.
  3. TWerner

    TWerner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Well, if I just look at warranty and the transmission, the snapper wins. But I think the snapper probably has a weaker frame and deck.

    I don't know what commonly breaks on these after 3 or 4 years of residential use. I can't imagine the BadBoy would require repairs in 18months, but yes it's possible, so the 2 year warranty there is nice, but, will the badboy be perfect in 4 years while the snapper will be worn out?

    Neither is a commercial machine, but having changed the hydro fluid on my old Kubota, I like that you can change it on the zt-2800's and that they have filters that you can replace.

  4. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 244

    "probably"has a weaker frame and deck??
    How do you know the BB would be "perfect in 4 years"???

    I just sold a 3yr old 150z and it wasn't babied. Frame on it was fine. Fact is nothing was wrong with it. I bought a Snapper PRO to replace to mow heavier stuff than my yard. Had a Briggs ELS. From the comparisons I''ve done so far Snapper probably has the best quality per value out there. And I have looked at bunch of em before i bought.
    You would be happy with the snapper. I would pick it over the BB
    You would "probably" have transmission troubles before you have problems with the frame on a residential yard.
    My 3100 has filters it is a version of the 2800 so I would say yes they have filters
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  5. DaveVB

    DaveVB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    John Deere is rated higher on the scale (my scale anyway)than either the BB or Snapper and has a stamped deck.
  6. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 244

    I also like Deere products. But for value and quality per dollar Snapper has Deere beat. You are paying for the Deere name.
  7. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    BB are build like tanks on the outside, but as far as their homeowner models, the hydros and real components that make the mower "tick" just are not that good. I have a snapper pro and love it, but it is a commercial mower
  8. TWerner

    TWerner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I didn't say either of those would be the case. I was asking, and I apologize if you thought I was insulting the snapper brand. That was not my intent, I just wanted to make sure the stamped deck and frame were not likely to be issues for me.

    Thank you all for the input, I'll probably go with the Snapper.


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