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Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by David Miller, Jan 3, 2013.
Please recommend best riding lawn mower for personal use. 1 acre of land.
Most any make will do on "1 acre of land". When your on a mower for extended periods of time during the growing season every day is where you'll see the comforts or lack of.
You don't mention lay of your land (hills, slopes, obstacles) nor, more importantly, your budget. That aside, I'd be looking for at least a 48" mid to upper level consumer ztr. I am not impressed with any entry level z, certainly not for any property size above 1/2 acre. But that's my preference.
Check out (in no particular order):
Ariens Max Zoom
Country Cliper Jazee Pro - accepts a OEM snowblower
Gravely ZT HD - same as Ariens with different engines
Hustler FasTrak SD
Dixie Chopper Magnum
Bob-Cat FastCat Pro SE
Keep in mind that the models I suggested are more prosumer/entry commercial class; lessor models are also available that you might find more than enough machine for you. Other manufacturers (i.e. Exmark, Ferris, Cub, JD, ...) offer similar machines. I based my list on the dealers in my area I'd be most inclined to do business with.
Also, many would find me remiss if I didn't at least suggest purchasing a used commercial machine. However, when I was looking, the only used fully commercial units I found all had 2500+ hours, and priced around $4500 to $5000. Could be a geographical thing.
And be sure to demo, demo, demo. Happy hunting...
Hydrostatic drive (a big deal)
Good price (2000)
My Dad has had one for 2 year's and cut's 2 acre's weekly, he's had no problem's.
Best? Anything the commercial guys around you use lol. It will just come down to what you are willing to pay, or not pay.
You will love walker
Ingersoll 4000 series.
Scag Freedom z would be a good mower for you I bet.
I have a flat acre of land at my house, i bought a Country clipper jazee pro
52" with the joystick and i could'nt be happier. I was using a john deere tractor with a 54 inch cut, it used to take me at least an hour and a half with all the trimming. Now i am done in 45 min easy. Just the speed and zero turn make it so much faster to mow it's unreal. plus i think it gives a much better cut than the deere i was using and the deere was not a home depot special it was a 10k mower new.
Anything on sale at Sears.