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Efficency concern for ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tthomass, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    I've got my eyes on a nice, used 52" Exmark ZTR. I already have a couple walkbehinds. I'm looking at the ZTR because #1 they're faster, #2 I've run across a great deal..........but here is my concern:

    They're good for flat areas and decent slopes but a lot of lawns have drainage swales/ditches in the front yard that cannot be mowed with the ZTR. So, my guys would have to park the ZTR, get out the walkbehind, mow the ditch and load everything up. We're talking .3-.5 acre lots.

    Where's the benefit? Feedback? Thanks.
  2. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I think the biggest benefit would be the reduced wear and tear on you physically.
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    how many guys are out in a crew? If you have more than one, then one guy gets on the z, one guy mows the swale with the wb and then trims. In the end you will save time. This is how we work.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Iin my opinion it's nice to have, kind of like a Corvette.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    2 guys on the crew.........one mowing, one trimming
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

  7. LandscapeSavannah

    LandscapeSavannah LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 112

    You would be suprised at some of the ditches and slopes I have mowed on a toro 52" with the deck pedal.
  8. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    For 0.3-0.5 acre lots you're OK if not better of with a WB. Get a quality sulky that can be hung or easily detached when mowing slopes.
  9. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 660

    Is it smart to tell somebody who is not used to riding a z that he will be suprised how far he can push it...I hope it has ROPS? Nobody asked what size the ditch is, and has he ever driven a Z? If the grass is wet it could be devestating.

    If your not used to driving a Z, and it is a decent ditch, you better learn the mowers reaction on hills building up from small to big before you tackle anything big, better to be safe than sorry.
  10. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    As for myself, I'm experienced. As for mowing, I have no intentions of mowing because I'm hiring qualified people to do it for me.

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