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country clipper?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lampeslawnservice, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Anyone using or had any experiance with these mowers.

    I wonder if the joystick controlled unit would help prevent turf damage. Seems to me on their video that it conter rotated the tires just perfectly. Boy that would be nice!
  2. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    run, run very far away and never look back. I saw them at an expo, and every landscaper and their brother said trash
  3. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Messages: 198

    I got the Country Clipper Charger (23/52) after demoing the JAZee and Zeton (along with 9 others) following a recommendation from a Scag dealer (the Tiger and a Hustler were my other finalists). Even the 19/48 JAZee had no trouble (at slow speed with discharge chute removed) with a 3-4' tall back section that I had given up mowing long ago (and that 2 neighbors with Scags were hesitant to even try). The flip-up deck makes clean-up a snap and the joystick control is great (but felt weird the first couple of times I used it). But the joystick only frees up one hand (and makes it easier to have friends or family do your mowing for you!); it won't allow you to do anything that you can't do with twin sticks, since it uses the same parts and sensitivity/tracking adjustments. The only benefit might be with an inexperienced operator, who has trouble operating the twinsticks in tandem, since the joystick proportions both drive gears automatically. If you get carried away, you can tear up turf very easily, even with the joystick!
    The major drawback with Country Clipper is that they are still developing their dealer network. For many years Shivvers built for some of the biggest names in this business (just like Auburn, now with the Everride) and face an uphill struggle in competing for quality dealers. I'm lucky that I have two good ones (including one that was dropped by two mfrs after deciding to carry CC) and a distributor nearby. For a lco, dealer support, including loaner availability, is vital. Given your location, that's probably not an issue. Do a search on here and you'll find many satisfied Country Clipper fans. Good luck!
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I wouldn't recommend one. Someone on this site who used to be a CC dealer said they were not quality machines and they dropped them and started selling Scag. Personally I would take a Scag or any other good brand over a CC any day. JMO.
  5. bantam

    bantam LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 76

    YES, the joystick will AID in less turf damage when turning, especially for the novice ZTR operator. For the seasoned ZTR operator there is little difference in control as far as turf damage is concerned.

    These machines are right in the hunt for quality and durability, IMHO. Give one a Demo if you can, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    (Chevyman1: Have you ever actually USED a CC, or just kicked the tires??)
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    What dealer in Dallas did you buy yours from?
  7. Sneaky

    Sneaky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Anyone that runs an old Snapper or Ferris is running a cc. I have a cc and love it.
  8. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Thanks for the advice from the CC fans, I have a super z now (which I am happy with) but probably would not let any of my helpers drive due to inexperiance and their own lack of confidence. I really like the flip up deck design and the fact it is mad e in my home state. May have to make a roadtrip to check them out!
  9. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    Ur neighbors said they wouldnt touch 4 or 5 feet of grass with a scag. I was doin ditches with 7 foot of grass im a farmer and i have a 29 dfi 60 sounded like i was going through two inch grass. i think that was ur excuse to buy a cc because u dindt have enough money.
  10. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Messages: 198

    Mowingman, I first contacted the regional distributor (Marr Bros. in Dallas) who worked closely with my nearest dealer (Tribble, less than 5 miles away in McLendon) in getting me a good deal (not being a farmer, I don't get all those government subsidies). I demoed the JAZee, Zeton and Charger (over a week on 3 different properties) and was quite surprised when the dealer pointed out that my old JD was still in pretty good shape and asked if I was sure I wanted to go with a new machine. Haven't regretted it yet. Good luck...

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