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Cheap ZTR's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by martyman, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. martyman

    martyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    I've sat on a few of the cheap ZTR's in Home depot and even my local Lawn tractor shop. I thought "Hey this might make a great back up machine" , but then could see how cheaply made it was. A Zero turn is a really dangerous piece of equipment when used by someone that is not skilled. I noticed that the controls and parts on a cheap ZTR are really not made to last and might also contribute to accidents. I remember back in when 3 wheel ATVs were banned...maybe we as a community should ban these cheap ZTR's? Home owners unskilled riding a machine like this should be insured and might think twice if it would cause injury.
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    every pice of hardware can be used as a weapon....

    it's all up to the operator. these machines Work just fine for there intended use.
  3. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    These machines aren't by any means commercial. But to a homeowner who is using a 7 year old craftsman tractor, it's a dream come true.
  4. Jody Campbell

    Jody Campbell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    My husband works for JD dealership as service tech. They service (put together) the mowers that the home improvement stores sale. If asked, he will tell their customers that they are better off purchasing the smallest commercial grade the dealership offers. It is a better value.
  5. montiac30

    montiac30 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Jody is your husband in Ft Smth? Agturf in ft smith told me the same thing and saved me from buying a cheap ztr.Bought a grasshopper and could not be happier.Please thank him for doing this.
  6. Jody Campbell

    Jody Campbell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    No, Pine Bluff. The tech guys know that even though these cheaper mowers are sold at the improvement stores they are the ones that have to deal with the repairs (warranty) and some very unhappy customers.
  7. GRT

    GRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I don't see how they are unsafe and cheap to the 1-3 hour a week user. Have you heard of a significant number of accidents?

    When you tell a group of people to ban something because you think it's not made to a standard that allows safe operation, you need to substantiate that.

    Please explain.

  8. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    i think they are god for the people they are intended for,the homeowner!
  9. Jody Campbell

    Jody Campbell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    It's more about value. $3000=Improvement store (good for about 1 year) $5000= dealership (good for 5/6 years {personal experience})
    75% of both are financed.
  10. mjlepak

    mjlepak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I disagree and have neighbors that are using 5 year old cheap ztr's. They bought them new, mow once a week for 22 -24 weeks, 20-25 hours annually, on an average size lot of 1 acre +-. They work just fine for them.

    I personally bought a "semi-commerical" ZTR from a dealership (paid twice as much) and am extremely happy with it and probably would not be happy with a "cheap ztr".

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