Bobcat ZTR's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Schlepie, Jul 31, 2001.

  1. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I'm doing early research for a rider for next season and have been considering Toro, Exmark and Scag. Mainly because of their reputation and they are the top choices in my area. Wanted to also look into Great Dane Chariot and Bobcat. Aren't Bobcat and Bunton the same thing? Just courious.

    AVRECON LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    They are owned by the same company, Textron. I have tried a Bunton ztr and was not impressed with it. But I have not tried the bobcat.
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i too havent tried the bobcat, but i have heard some good things about it, like that it cuts real nice and the price isnt as high as scags.
  4. Gee were to start

    Bobcat ZTR200 and Bunton are the same, except for the bagging and electric deck lift (on the Bunton)

    I made the mistake of buying the first one they made and had to put up with all the improvements that did not help that much

    How ever the mower does cut well, stripes great, and has great vacuum for picking up leaves.

    But on the other side the frame broke, hydros are weak, steering leavers will break off, deck is easily bent, PTO idler bushing wears fast and is not well designed and once you go few a few you will have to put a new post on it or the belt will come off all the time,
    Will not go strait with steering leavers all the way forward (no adjustments)

    The mower is one of the slowest ZTRs made

    They may of made more improvements on it since I got rid of all of mine but I was not happy with it

    Personally I would look at the Hustler, Toro, Or EXMARK (or even a Dixie Chopper)

    Don’t let the price stop you from getting a reliable productive mower

  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    just go look at the individual parts. most are the same.
  6. Close A W Marks

    But doesn’t even compare to a Lazer at all

  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,697

    The Bobcat and Lazer are not anything alike. I own a Bobcat and a Toro Z Master (which is a Lazer with a Toro deck). My Bobcat is a tough, dependable machine, but is nowhere near the Toro/Lazer in speed and smoothness of operation.
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    ill have to give grnd on this as i was quoting chad down at
    whitleys in monroe nc. he handles most brands (yea that many)
    and he was saying they were pretty much the same except for deck.since the look alike from a distance i assumed he was correct. a friend barber jeff in albemarle nc just bought one so ill give it a harder look.i do know it will take a real good machine to match my lazer for dependable good cutting.later nowTM
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I demoed a bobcat ztr at the kentucky expo. The handling and smoothness of ride wasnt close to my toro z master! I know a few people with them and say they are extremly dependable!
  10. jnjnlc

    jnjnlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    I have a friend that has a Bobcat ZTR. He likes it but I do not know more than that. I think if I were in the market for a new ZTR I would look at Hustler, Walker or Kubota. I demoed them at the expo. I was impressed with them most of all.

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