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Exmark Quest, Country Clipper Jazee, or Hustler Sport

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dono0013, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. dono0013

    dono0013 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Looking to buy my first ZRT for 2-3 yards only. After about a month of research and test rides, i've narrowed my list to 3. All are 48" cut. These 3 were chosen because they all seem to be built well (welded decks), cut well, and have local service/support. Below are the specs/info for each. I'm leaning towards the Country Clipper because I LOVE the stand up deck for easy cleaning/maintenance, and I like the joystick drive, but that's the one brand that I can find the least reviews or opinions on. Looking to see what feedback I can get here, especially regarding the ZT2800 vs. EZT and single vs. twin ELS engine. I'm not sure I should get hung up on either one of those with only 2-3 small yards (less than acre each).

    Exmark Quest
    $3999 (it's an '08 model)
    22hp B&S ELS twin
    ZT2800 trans
    Max speed 7mph
    Fuel Capacity 4 gal
    Blade speed 18,000 fpm

    Country Clipper Jazee
    $3900 (can maybe get a little cheaper)
    20hp B&S single
    EZT trans
    Max speed 7.5mph
    Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
    Blade speed 19,000 fpm

    Hustler Sport
    21hp B&S single
    EZT trans
    max speed 6mph
    Fuel Capacity 3 gal
    blade speed 18,600 fpm
  2. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I'd look at who would be the friendlest and best supportive dealer. Then, look at which brand has the best warranty. If it were me, I'd go with the Hustler (and I did.)

  3. Jim Z

    Jim Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    You won't get much response on this forum as it's aimed at full time pros who don't use the units you are looking at. I was in a similar situation as you and for me it was down to the Hustler Sport, Scag Freedom Z and the Exmark Quest. I eliminated the Hustler as they had smaller drive wheels and no really close support. While the Scag Freedom Z was my first choice I went with the Exmark for 3 reasons,

    1. It was about 100 lbs lighter than the Scag so easier on the lawn
    2. With the 48" deck it had plenty of overhang for trimmjing while the Scag had almost none.
    3. Like you, I found a leftover for $1,000 less than the Scag.

    Still really liked the Scag and still sometimes have second thoughts but am thrilled with the performance and cut. Lawn never looked nearly as good when cut with my Cub Cadet lawn tractor and cut my time at least in half. Not a professional machine but almost overkill for a homeowner with a typical lot.
  4. Trevor8

    Trevor8 LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 750

    scag freedom Z
  5. BIGJON88

    BIGJON88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    i got a brand new country clipper for 1500.00 out the door dealer said a guy had just bought it but he brought it back because he wanted a exmark quest he wanted 4000.00 orig. but i flashed 1500.00 and he bit on it then gave me a 2 year warranty that was a hell of a deal i think.. the mower runs like hell too, pumps are great kawasaki is kickin ass
  6. Trevor8

    Trevor8 LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 750

    this is old ya newbie
  7. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 793

    Of those three country clipper. Much better features.

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