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Best of the Best ZTR's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rivervalleylawns, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Ron The one Dealer I use locally, sells Walkers, Grasshopper, Hustler, and some Butons. The Super Z with the 30hp Kohler was dang near the price of the AOS diesel:laugh: the BB ADS deck is a soild 3/4" steel thats the enitre deck, not just the front edge. Tell me why Hustler put the XR-7 deck grease zerks under the deck whats the point??, if theirs zerks it needs to be greased routinely, sometimes more often than you might change blades, so it's a bad design:laugh:. The Dealer was like stuttering :dizzy: on that BS feature

    Locally the Hustler dealer hates the weak Shibaura diesel option, it's hp/torque are equal to a Big block gasburner:laugh: also their not qualified to work on it either, are you????, and they liked the Cat diesel option better. So Hustler was dead for me. I looked at the Hustler their a good ZTR, but not what I was looking for or the biggest bang for the buck:nono:

    If I shut up, you just keep talking smack, so my goal is to cancel the BS with the truth?? you just a biased Hustler Dealer wanting free Lawnsite propaganda reign. I am a end-user :laugh:
  2. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,148

    I know your thinking, where we are in the south a Super Z gives a very good cut at a very fast speed with controls and ride (flex forks and flex seat) second to none.

    The BB AOS 35 Cat powered mower rides equally as well due to weight and full four wheel torsion rubber suspension. The controls and maneuverability of the Super Z surpass the AOS, but for comfort and productivity there is not a mower in this class able to compare with either of these machines.

    Go to the northern areas of the country and Exmark or Walker will give a more manicured cut in plush, moisture laden limp bladed grass. These are the reason people prefer different mowers in different areas, but this does not make one any better than the other, it is only different applications.

    I personally have no need for a manicured cut, I have need for a good cut at a very fast speed with very high productivity. This gives me the most grass cut for the least amount of money spent in fuel and maintenance.

    For all you people that are in doubt of what a BB is capable of, you need to demo a 35 hp Cat powered AOS and get the biggest surprise of your life. I am only talking about the 35 AOS, nothing else, when comparing always compare the best to the best. You will be sitting on a machine with the feel of floating across the ground at a speed of 15 mph and cutting grass with very good results.

    Everyone has there own opinions, that is what makes the world go around. This does not mean one is actually any better than another, it is only a issue of personal preference in different applications.
  3. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Funny BAD BOY ADVERTISES ONLY 1/4" deck thickness not 3/4" on their website. Don't believe me check it out.


    DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO SPARK PLUGS don't false advertise. Mind you that Hustler Triple plates the top side of their decks where each cast iron spindle mounts. 7-ga steel base, then 10 GA, then another 7-ga steel ring on top. WOW THAT's MUCH THICKER THAN 1/4" ISN"T IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2009
  4. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,151

    Nosparkplugs, I have to agree on that one. Their deck is 1/4" thick. Can you imagine the weight of the machine if it had 3/4 " thick deck? They'd have to use 8 ply tires on it! LOL
  5. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    The Z520A is one of the smallest of their Z-Trak mowers.
    I don't know if they are having the same problems with them
    as the bigger 800 series has. Maybe a 757 JD would be a better choice.

    The best of the best ? .....
    I would put Hustler, eXmark, Grasshopper, Toro, Scag, Ferris and
    the JD 700 seris at the top.

    Middle would be Gravely, Bunton, Dixie Chopper, Bob Cat, Bad Boy and some others.

    Bottom would be Cub Cadet.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2009
  6. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Let me correct myself BB decks are 1/4" or 3 gauge thick:laugh: So their is no need for triplating, or multiple layers of steel. like the rest:nono:

    John Deere 7-Iron is 3/16" or 7 gauge

    Yes I was incorrect on 3/4" for that I appoligize; however Bad Boy still has the thickest decks at 1/4" or 3 gauge on the market period
  7. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    The triplating makes the Hustler the thickest at almost 1/2" thick on the topside. And almost 3/4" thick in the front leading edge. Handsdown the thickest deck on the market no matter what an opinion is. ITS JUST FACT!
  8. MidwestLawnService

    MidwestLawnService LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    WOw, is all this really necessary??
  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    Here is what I can tell you.

    1. We have only 2 dealers here in MD and they want almost full retail. Picked up our 160Z last spring for $6400 out the door. Comparable hustler would have been close to 9K out the door.

    2. 1 Hustler on 1 trailer in 24 years means they dont sell around here

    3. I have been on here a few years and have seen all the poor cut quality and trouble prone hustler threads to know not to buy one. They SUCK in northern fine fescue and leave alot of stringers.

    4. I seen alot of them in florida and they cut that crap people down south call grass just fine. Lets face it pretty much anything with a blade that spins fast will cut that stiff bladed crap.

    5. Who gives a **** how thick a deck is? We have never bent a deck or wore one out in 24 years.
  10. MidwestLawnService

    MidwestLawnService LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    man, this is so dumb, i keep reading cause it gets better by the minute

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