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before the zero turn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by A+Grounds, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,350

    I was always impressed with the heavy build of these little tractors....just like someone washed a full size tractor in really hot water and it shrank! I also remember seeing my first one and thinking that the steering wheel was almost as big as the tractor! :laugh:

    Bet you couldn't wear one out if properly maintained. Nice!
  2. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,350

    I'll bet your boss is still enjoying that 20% discount on manicures! :laugh:
  3. Walkerville Group

    Walkerville Group LawnSite Member
    from Windsor
    Messages: 11

    Deck was 42 inches. The literature that came with the mower called it a commercial turf management mower. Was going strong when I sold it so it did have the staying power of a commercial unit.
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,187

    I remember damn near breaking femur bones on these mowers
  5. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    We took a yard back in the late 80's and the people had one of those. They tried to get us to use it but I refused. Looked quite a bit older than that one. I could tell the thing was an accident waiting to happen. Told them to keep it in the garage.
  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    On the other hand the stupid machine didn't cut off every bump you hit because certain manufacturing safety devices either.

    I own a Lesco just like this one, it's not even that old, and outfront or not it is a zero turn but I do agree, watch your speed, look out for bumps, and DON'T let that deck drive your knees into the control handles.

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013
  7. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    I used them (Goodall), the reverse was barely functional you had to pull it backwards.
  8. viking72

    viking72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    In the 90's and up, John Deere 200, 300, 400 and F series mowers
    were the most commonly used equipment in my area. Worked very
    well too.

  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I was riding around on a 1970's Hechinger riding tractor yesterday. It had a 18hp engine with a 42in deck. The guy that owns it rebuilt it a few years ago.
  10. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    I remember in the late 90's or maybe right around 2000 my neighbor bought a lawn business and had a Dixie Chopper and this POS old pistol grip belt drive 32in gravely. The hydros on the dixie sucked, they were really jumpy but I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Before that it seemed like every lawn man in the Tampa area was running a walk behind or out front rider of some kind. For a long time it seemed like around here, Dixie Chopper was what EVERYONE used. Now I'm seeing fewer and fewer of them.

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