Help me select a mower please

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by josh2006, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. josh2006

    josh2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I need a mower for my new house. Going to be mowing between 5-7 acres. Looking to get something 5500 or less. I dont really want a used mower. I have looked at several and all I have seen were still going to be 4000 or more and they had been abused and ran to hell. So for the price what would you suggest. I am considering the cub cadet z-force 60 inch which is built on the tank frame. Has smaller engine and a 11 gauge stamped deck versus the fabricated deck on the other tanks. I am open for other suggestions but unless you can point me to a used one that hasnt been ran like hell dont recommend used. I want something that looks nice when it cuts but it doesnt have to be the highest quality cut or even the absolute fastest. My main concern is something that is going to last preferrably 10 years or so.
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i would go with a USED exmark :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    seriously, have you considered hustler? i haven't owned one, but the ones i have driven have been outstanding. you might be able to find one for slightly over your range, but if you do a "hustler" search, you'll find out about their reputation for quality and durability. also check out the sponsor forums. good luck.
  3. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 152

    first you need to figure how much you want to spend. a commercial type mower is expensive, but will last a homeowner a very long time with proper care.
  4. josh2006

    josh2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Looking to get something 5500 or less as stated above
  5. DodgeTruckMan731

    DodgeTruckMan731 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 414

    go to a few dealers around you area, the hustlers are great built machines, 5500 maybe get a big hydro WB and put a sulky with the sit down attchment on it haha
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,584

    Give Lesco a call. They eliminate the middle man when buying, so costs are alot lower than others. They make a nice, durable mower that delivers a consitent cut. Take care of it and it will last a homeowner a long time. A 52" hydro walk behind with a sulkie attachment will run under $4k. A new 60" Z is around $6k.
  7. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Make sure whatever you buy has service available.
  8. BobCat#1

    BobCat#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    Cub Cadet is the way i'd go!
  9. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Are you guys serious about riding a sulky for 7 acres? I'm not sure I am up for that long a chariot ride. ;)
  10. lzrj

    lzrj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Look at a Ferris 1500 with the 44" deck, it should be in that range. Also a Cub Cadet M50-KHS, its should suit a homeowners needs just fine as well but it's built a little better than a homeowner unit. You can usually save a few hunded more also if you pay cash. In my opionion, that price range is in the "catch 22" catagory. You can get a better mower with a smaller deck or you can get a lesser quality mower with a larger deck. Not sure you want to mow that many acres with a smaller deck. Another choice is a Hustler Fastrak. It's a smaller mower but most everyone that has one likes them. To get a true commerical unit with a 48" deck or larger its gong to cost you a minimum of $6,000.

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