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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clut0350, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. clut0350

    clut0350 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 17

    Small lawn care company (40-50) clients a week. We have always used Grasshopper ZTR's. Please give some pros and cons.
    How do they compare to Exmarks?
  2. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: clut, how do you like your grasshoppers, im thinking of buying a 428D this spring with a 60" deck. thanks tony
  3. clut0350

    clut0350 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 17

    I'm actually very pleased with them, but take into consideration that I have never used any other brand of ZTR's. I have really no way to compare them to anything else.
  4. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: clut, hows the cut, and reliablity
  5. C & S

    C & S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I owned a Grasshopper in 2003. 725 52" with 25 horse Kohler. I had TONS of problems and I only racked up 100 hours. I traded it in on a Scag & I LOVE my new mower. No comparison.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,702

    I have gone through 7 different brands of ZTR's over the last 10 years. Grasshopper is the best ZTR I have owned. I have had four total, and currently own 3 Grashopper midmount ZTR's. I had a 721D with over 3000hrs on it. Currently I have a 321D/61", 225/61", and a 428D/72". I mow some really tough, challenging properties with these mowers, and they perform great with no problems. I have been to the factory, and the quality control there is top notch.They have computers and robotics all over the plant. Can someone get a bad one? Sure, every manufacturer has a problem now and then. That is when your dealer should come to the rescue and get with the factory for warranty issues.
    I highly recommend the Grasshoppers. I may get one of their new flip-up deck, front mounts. They take up no more room on the trailer than a midmount, and the flip-up deck really makes blade changes easy.
  7. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    We had a 725K/48" that we got rid of last year with over 2000 hours on it. We bought a new 321D/61" and we've been very pleased with it. We've had a few minor bugs to work out but we have a great dealer and got everything taken care of.

    I'm sold on the diesel. The torque's amazing and they will far outlast a gas. They also sip fuel and you can run off-road diesel which is quite a bit cheaper than gas.
  8. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I also have (2) Grasshopper 725's and I'm planning on buying another this spring. Besides just cutting grass, my mower has the 60" plow and the 48" snowthrower. Do a search on this forum using the word "Grasshopper" and you'll find lots of info.
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    How are the prices for the Grasshopper mowers compared to Exmark???
  10. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: i recieved a price of $10,700 for the grasshopper 428D with the 61" deck, and $13,300 for the exmark with the 61" deck. ill be purchasing a greasshopper in march. i demoed the kubota gas last fall and really liked it, im just gonna get the diesel. tony

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