Best zero turn for $6500?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by wiltslawncare, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will tell you about my experience. I had a new 60" Exmark Next laser Z when they came out in 2009, I also had a 52" Turf Tracer at the same time. I still have the TT and the laser is long gone. I found the TT to be faster on medium and small residentials.
  2. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Snapper Pro, Bobcat or maybe even a Bad Boy (Deck is unproven to me yet). I hope no one will say a used Exmark because the eye in the sky will closed down another thread....

    I think Snapper Pro owns this price point, the ICD deck IMO is the best all around deck out there right now. Not starting a brand war here (we all know the sponsors of this site won't allow the truth to be told) but i believe it cuts just as good if not better than Scag, Deere, Husky.

    I think you can get a new Snapper Pro fro around 7500 which i think is a steal compared to whats out there.

    Good luck, let us know what u get.
  3. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, but you don't have to have a 60" to really take advantage of a Z's abilities.

    If your running right, a 52"/54" will keep up with a 60 all day long, maybe a pass behind at max. Plus your machine is lighter, more nimble which i think allow you to cover a greater swath of properties. No doubt i'm glad i have a 61" Ferris for my larger properties but sometimes i wish i had a 52" for it's agility factor. Either way a larger trailer is always helpful.
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    There appears to be a malfunction on your keypad when you pushed the 9 a 6 came out so it said you were looking for a Zero turn riding mower for $6,500 but since such a thing does not exist it is fairly obvious you meant to type $9,500, now for that kind of money we can talk, otherwise I'd get off the horse and start looking at a pony or a donkey, maybe a mule, maybe.

    Now, a used Ztr, that might not be such a bad idea.
  5. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    Look for a demoe unit. I got a z400 toro 48 inch cut 21 hp Kawasaki for 5500. Also might be time of year to find a left over from last year.
  6. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    You might consider going full commercial and financing a portion of the cost. Right now, you can buy many commercial mowers on a 48 month, no interest deal. I'm not advocating taking 4 years to pay for one, but rather than limit yourself to a maximum of $6,500, you could take advantage of low or zero interest and purchase a mower that will last you for years. The time you will likely save by going with a 52 inch full-commercial unit would likely allow you to add at least a couple of yards a week, making it relatively easy to pay off the difference.

    By the way, if you have a dealer in your area, you might want to check out Gravely's.
  7. wiltslawncare

    wiltslawncare LawnSite Member
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    @ herler. uuuh no. I dont need to spend 9,000 for what I am doing with my mower. I have used a 3,000 toro mower for the last 4 years cutting 15 lawns weekly no problems. Takes a day and a half
  8. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
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    All new, all from dealers just posting mowers on ebay, all well under $9500

    Ebay is one of the few places you can find dealer pricing and it was fast to do this search.
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    If paying cash I would look at the market place on here and CL, there are lots of good deals out there.
  10. wiltslawncare

    wiltslawncare LawnSite Member
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    yeah I should have said so in my original post. I will be paying cash. That bobcat looks like a very nice machine. Does anyone own one? Will it lay down nice strips like my toro??

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