Best mid-grade zero turn for the money?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by dowtyt, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. dowtyt

    dowtyt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Ok, I'm sure there are a million threads on this, but in my google search I couldn't find them. I had been using the site for research, but this is my time posting and I need some suggestions.

    I'm on my 3rd year of small residential yards and decided I wanted to break into the acreage side of things this year. I put the cart before the horse and had 2 accounts before I bought a rider. I got a used craftsman junk pile a couple of weeks ago that barely made it through the yards and I already got rid of it. Now I need to get something else soon, so I don't lose those accounts. The two yards are 1 acre and 1.5 acres. I don't ever expect to do more than 3 acres, but most will be in that 1.5 ac range. I don't want to spend more than I have to, but I need to know options. I want something with a Kawasaki motor, so that will help narrow it down some. Right now I'm considering the Hustler Raptor (residential) for $2999 (23 hp 52") and a Husquvarna at Lowes, website has it for $4499, but I can get 10% off (54" 24 hp). I'm not 100% sure, but I think it is the MZ5424S on the Husqvarna website? Anyway, I don't want to spend that much, but if it's worth it, then I can swing it. Helps that I'm sitting on $800 worth of Lowes gift cards. :)

    So what do you recommend in these price ranges for what I'm doing? Keep in mind I'll only have 2-6 of these 1-3 acre accounts and each will need to be cut every 2 weeks.

    Thank you
  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    I would never buy something from lowes or Home Depot. Everything is built cheaper. Thinner metal on mower decks etc. go on Craigslist and find a used 52" ZTR John Deere or scag
  3. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    Agree 100% use your gift cards on other products.
  4. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 962

    I just bought the husqvarna mz5225 it has been a good zt so far.
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    Husqvarna, dixie chopper has a few, toro titan, the new kubota z100, badboy simplicity, snapper pro, world lawn. All of them have mowers in the $4500 to $5000 price range and all build well. My personal pick would be snapper pro, dixie chopper, simplicity or kubota z100
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  6. Father&Daughter Lawn care

    Father&Daughter Lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    I agree instead of buying inferior buy used to get better quality. You can find lots of scags for under $4000. Gravely also makes a quality residential mower. I have been using a Gravely 1540 (no longer made) for 7 years with no major repairs.
  7. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Personally, I use commercial equipment...however. There is a guy on another lawn forum that uses the timecutters from Home Depot.

    Now...some will bark and say "trash" and they're probably justified in saying that. But...this guy uses them and he's a legit. company.

    Again, personally I would buy a used commercial ztr...
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I started with a time cutter, but the decks are wayyyyyyy to thin for what we do. I put a good 700 hrs on it though, it worked.
  9. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Decks...yeah that's one of the arguments that I've always heard. I never understood that though. I can see other components like spindles, transmissions, etc...but the decks? I mean, we're not running into anything with these decks right?
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Exmark has a rebate and 0% financing program going on til the end of May. Buy the best and it'll last for years.

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