Buying new ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeC, Sep 5, 2000.

  1. MikeC

    MikeC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I getting ready to buy a Toro Z master either a 17hp 44" for $6000 or a 19hp 52" for $6500. I am still part-time, cutting average size yards. For the money and productivity which is the best buy.

    And is this a good machine for the money. Toro has a $0 down, no $ till April deal that is very attractive.

    Thanks, for the advice.

  2. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    Between those 2, the 19/52 is BY FAR the better value.

    I would upgrade to a 23hp Kaw/52.

    Toro has more dealers/seemingly looser price controls. I paid less than that for our 62/23. (Full-size Z-Masters)
  3. mowohio

    mowohio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Let me throw a third one in for your consideration.
    Bought a Bobcat ZTR this year. 52", 19 HP Kaw, they are
    running a special promo on this model at $5995.
    It is built like a bullet, gives a quality cut with no
    problems. I highly recommend it.
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    The bigger the better.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    Bunton has a 60" deck (same company as bobcat)with electric deck lift (awsome gajit)for right at $6200.00..hey did a'll know that the front casters are offset to the right to expose the deck for a little trimming and somthing about the cut.worth a look.
  6. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

  7. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Messages: 2,870

    Make sure you demo them before you buy one. Watch out for the Z Master 325 or the 350. Sounds like you are looking at a different unit. The 325 bags simular to a Walker but not near the quality, or ease as far as dumping grass etc.

    Which Z Master are you looking at?
  8. sakonnet lawncare

    sakonnet lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Absolutely... Demo the machine and similar machines. $6000 to $7000 is alot of money to find out your machine tears up the lawn on turns, or any other quirks. It's well worth the time to make sure you got the best machine for your money.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    Where's eric he's ussally on top of these posts
  10. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I suggest that you go try out a Dixie Chopper. I was dead set on buying a Toro 255 this spring until I worked with a guy who had a 60" D.C. I mowed for a few weeks using his machine so I really got to know it.

    You will find the steering controls on a D.C. much easier to operate and far more responsive than a Toro. Toro drives their pumps using a pully and belt from the motor. D.C. drives their pumps with a gearbox. This makes the steering velvet smooth. Toro has shock absorbers on their sticks that help make your arms get bigger.

    Also, check out all the additional filters on a D.C. and ask what they do. You will make up the extra cost in increased production. Plus you will be much happier in the long run.

    [Edited by Likestomow on 09-10-2000 at 02:38 AM]

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