hello,just starting out .money is tight.have a chance to buy a 48inch cubcadet ztr.are they any good?will it hold up to daily use?i can buy it new for 4200 or should i spend the long dollar now for an exmark lazerhp?<br>thanks
Wow Northeast, I didn't know the Cubs were that cheap. I remember a Cub dealer about 15 miles from my house, but never thought to go back out there. I am now trying to decide between the HP and Dane Chariot Jr., but they running about $6,000+ for a 19 Kaw and 48" deck. Curious, what was the model and configuration?
Yes, I have one a Z42 15 hp kohler 42" cut I have about 500-600 hours on it with replacing one set of bearings. I just changed the hydro fluid 6.00 per quart and a 17.00 filter. If I had it to do again with tight money Yes Id buy another one in a heart beat. They arnt full commercial but they arnt bad with some features of a full commercial unit. I also put an hour meter on it the larger ones have one though. Jim
LeanGreen,the model i can purchase is a 99 leftoverz-48,18hp kohler command.its the one that looks like a little tykes peddle car on steroids.Ichecked out the exmark ztr 48 hp,was very impressed by the construction of machine.$1,800 price difference.would the cub hold up to 21 residential lawns per week?
I stopped at my local Cub Cadet dealer and discussed the prospect of using one of the CC ZTRs. The dealer recommended against it. Go for the Exmark. One word about the Exmark though. Before you take delivery of your particular machine go over it with a fine tooth comb. The fit and finish is starting to suffer because they are building so many machines. I just bought a Metro 36" and the "control panel" between the handlebars was welded crooked as can be. While this has no effect on performance it drives me crazy since I was a carpenter before I started into this biz.
If you only have 21 residential lawns in an<br>area with a short season you should think about buying something like a new toro/exmark<br>48" wb for $2200 or a used WB for $500-$1500.<br>Add a stand on sulky and there is very little differnece in production rates<br>between a 48 WB vs. 48 ztr on residentail jobs.
of course your dealer told you not to go with the cc ztr, he probably suggested the commercial cc ztr which runs at $7000. retail and has a 25 hp engine. He wuld make a extra $2800. Keep in mind that you could get a 2000 model. 364 18hp briggs twin/44in cut for under $4000. or the 365 20hp kohler with a 54 in deck for $4800 or the top of this model line the 365L with a liquid cooled kawasaki 18hp/54 in deck for $5400 or less.The engine on the latter should last you a very long time nothing beats liquid cooled for durability of an engine especially in dusty conditions such as lawn mowing.
Ok I must admit, yes I have a cub but I just this week bought a 61" Great dane. and WOW Ill have to back up and say go for the full blown commercial machine finance it if yoy have to it WILL pay for itself..