Buying a ZTR?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by carolinaborn82, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. carolinaborn82

    carolinaborn82 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    I have a regular lawn tractor that I do my yards with. Should I envest in a ZTR for this year. I hear they pay for themselves quickly. I have an encore full service dealer in my town and I know the owner well. Is that something I should look into?
  2. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    A good Ztr will cut your mowing time in half if not more over a conventional lawn tractor. Do you need a Ztr ? Do you have the account to justify the cost of a new ztr? From what I have read on this site Encore seem to make a decent mower for a reasonable price. Use the search feature on this site and search Encore mowers for more information.
  3. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    I second that. If you have enough accounts to need a ZTR go for it. You will be impressed with whatever you get. Mowing time down profit up. You won't be disappointed. There are also many other good brand names to choose from. Also, if you don't have a whole lot of accounts to use it, and don't want to pay a whole lot, but you really want to get a ZTR, you can always look at the residential models that the commerical comanpanies sell, there are a few that offer them: Toro, Exmark, Gravely, Cub Cadet, ect.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    If you feel that you have enough work to justify it, then it is so worth it. I prefer Toro and Exmark personally. If you want to spend less money maybe you might want to look into walk behinds.
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Production, production and production....

    I think 50% is a little low. more like 70 is a better number
  6. signature lawns

    signature lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    If you have an eXmark dealer nearby I would go that won't be

    dissappointed, they give a great cut and "stripe" really good. The bottom line is any

    commercial mower will do a great job, but you have to have a good rapport with your

    dealer along with good dealer support. :)
  7. jhastrello

    jhastrello LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I have a walk behind ZTR with a sulkey. I really wanted a rider, but quickly realized that I didn't have a need for a higher dollar unit (I got my Viking on EBay for a song - and am wonderfully satisfied with it).

    If you buy a ZTR, things to consider are:

    Deck Size - where will it be used MOST of the time.
    Rider or Walker - again time a big factor, but also weight. The riders put much more weight on the lawn and you can really tear up a lawn quickly if not careful. Also, riders are more limited than walk behinds on slopes.
    New or Used - I looked and looked, and got a great deal on my Viking. All I NEED for now.

    Hope this helps.
  8. Coastal Lawn Maintenance

    Coastal Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 485

    also think of any obstruction in yard ie tree, beds,etc.
    also make sure if they have gates on there yards that youu can make it through them.
    a walk behind you can pick up cheaper then a rider.
    just make sure what ever you buy you can justify it and know that you still can make money

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