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Help choosing a new zero turn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by flati, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. flati

    flati LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 10

    New here guys so be easy on me. I'm hoping to get your advise on choosing a new zero turn mower. I will be cutting approx 2 acres max, very few obstacles with some slope to it. I have been told I should consider a zero turn over a lawn tractor and was hoping I could get some input from all of you. I'd like to purchase a model that will last me for years and would like to avoid the box store zero turns if possible. I see there are so many different models out there and really like brands such as Toro, Ferris, Hustler, Bad Boy, etc. but money obviously factors into this and I really don't want to spend $5000 plus on a mower. What would you guys recommend in the $3000 range that is more than just a box store homeowner model. I'm hoping to get the most for my money. I sure appreciate all of your help.
  2. cutsit

    cutsit LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 21

    I would suggest looking for something used. There is nothing in your price range new that you want to run for a long period of time.

    About any of the commercial type mowers mentioned on this site would work for you.

    I would try craigslist to see if there is something in your area.
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,277

    flati - yep $3K will get you a low end residential Z. Thats about it.

    Agree with cutsi, try to find a low-hour commercial machine if that is indeed what you are looking for. You didn't say. If you are a homeowner looking for a decent Z add another 1K to 1500 or so and you could get a nice homeowner Z.
  4. flati

    flati LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 10

    A buddy of mine has a Bobcat zero turn with about 650 hours on it, he wants $3000, would this be a good buy and considered low hours?
  5. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Depends on which model and how big it is? Can you find out and let us know and we can help you determine if its a good buy or not. Bobcat makes very good mowers.
  6. Limbourg

    Limbourg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I don't think you will find a decent commercial zero turn mower in that price range. You might want to look for a decent walk behind machine but I wouldn't recommend used: the money you save for buying used will go up in repairs and maintenance costs. I just got rid of 4 old Dixie Choppers and bought two new Hustlers. I used to spend $250 to $350 a month on repairs and maintenance> The new machines are serviced once a month by the dealer for free and the y run like... well... new!
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    you absolutely can find a mower in that price range. I paid 3,700 in 2005 for 2006 ferris 1500 with 240 hours on it. Bought through dealer and even got the ferris 0% loan on it. I now have about 600 hours on it, trouble free. Look for trades and demos.
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    oops, correction, bought 2005 ferris in 2006
  9. flati

    flati LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 10

    Would the Toro Z5000 Model 74370 be a good choice, it retails for $3000?
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    No! You need to buy a commercial unit. If you mow with a home owner unit it wony las and you threw your money away. Those home owner units have stanped sheetmetal tractor decks. Weak spindles, low grade pumps, the list goes on.

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