Hello I just joined this forum as I was looking for information on zero turn mowers. Right now I have a John Deer tractor. Im spending too much time cutting the grass because of having a larger turning radius. I went shopping at Home Depot (Cub Cadet) and Lowes (Troy Bilt) and they have zero turn mowers for $2999.00 Both 50 cut and about 24 horsepower. I wasnt so sure of getting these from them so I went to my local Lawn Equipment store and the guy tells me that Cub Cadet breaks down a lot and about the same for Troy Bilt. I was thinking of getting a Dixie Chopper or another one called Scaggs. This place sells Dixie Chopper mowers and said that they can be a little rough to drive and that they have a tendency to tear into the grass. Is this true? He recommended that I get a Gravely zero turn mower model PM 44Z for $5775.00. What to you guys think? On a Gravely as a mower and the price? The nearest Scaggs dealer is some ways from where I live and not sure if I want to make the trip. Then I have been told the Dixie chopper is the way to go hands down. As long as this person has been in the business, he states Ive found that Dixie is a far superior mower then a gravely. Dixie Choppers are much smother to operate and will outlast a gravely by MANY years. In his area Gravley is a decent competitor ( selling more low end "lowes" style mowers). But in top end they dont compare to a Dixie chopper. And Dixie chopper puts the same principals into every machine they build. A Dixie chopper is a machine that when you die, your family will fight over who gets it.GrassBlaster said:I believe you you be happy with the Gravely. It has a few heatures that the others don't that make it nice. My only complaint with mine are that the plastic spaces for the hydraulic system get in the way. When I have then stuck on the storage rod, and raise the deck all the way, they sometimed get pinched, and I have even broken the handle off of one of them. You'll understand this better when you run it a few times.
All in all though, I love my Gravely. I have a 148 now, but my next will be a 252 or 260.