Do you use a Tractor instead of a ZTR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dcramer, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. dcramer

    dcramer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Do many people on here use a lawn tractor instead of ZTRs? I am looking to buy 2 more riders for my business next year and I dont know what I want to do yet. I have a Grasshopper 721 right now but i am not happy with the cut. I have watched a local lawn service use John Deere tractors with foot pedal controls and they really makes those puppies go.
  2. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I love my GT for the job...
  3. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    I like the John Deere F1145 or the 935 machines. Diesel, 72" decks with little or snow scalping and good speed/torque. Being front mount along with a cab helps make the machine versatile. I hate to have a one application machine.
    The Deeres mow, blade snow, sweep snow and parking lots, accept Kubota hurricane pto driven blowers for snow and leaves. In winter, the cab is heated and they are narrower than a large z, which makes it ideal to blade/sweep sidewalks when it's -30 F. Love that cold...:laugh:
  4. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,045


    If your just doing wide open areas, a steering wheel with foot controled hydro might seem fine. If you mow around a lot of obstacles, you will find that you'll miss the quickness and simplicity of a mower with just two levers. The steering wheel and foot hydro will seem like extra wook.

    What procedures have you done to level your GH deck? The GH outfront decks are a redundant procedure to get the pitch and level just right. Once you get it dialed in, it should cut fine.

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