high hours on Z

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yardfarmer, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. yardfarmer

    yardfarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    what kinda hours are you guys gettin outa your z mowers, mine has 2000 and it still runs great and i dont know how much longer it will keep chuggin along!
  2. brinlee lawn

    brinlee lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    4000-5000 hours seems to be the life expectency
  3. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    My ZTR now has around 20-21 hours on it. It had 4.7 when delivered to my dad's house. This means I have only put 16 hours on it in 2.5 weeks of mowing. This makes it sound like I don't do much, but I have really been quite busy. It's amazing how much time it cuts off. Is there a way to figure trade-in value, for future reference. Are there formulas for Hustler and other brand dealers. I imagine my Hustler is worth more at a hustler dealer. I imagine the first Hustelr in that sentence is worth more because I capitalized it. Thanks.

    -Nick Howard
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Life expectancy depends on how the mower is maintained. I have seen gas powered Dixie Choppers go well over 4,000 hours when taken care of but a friend of mine had a Gravely 260Z that he killed in under 2,000.

    The most I've ever gotten was 1300 hours from my first Dixie. I sold it at that point. A guy I know was selling his Dixie Chopper that only had 29 hours for $4500 so I bought it. I then advertized a little (very little) and sold mine for $3800. So I got to use my first Dixie for 4 years and it only cost me 700 bucks.

    I think an average lifespan for most ZTRs would really be in the 3 to 4 thousand hour range. It's probably around that age that you start replacing the hydros, engines and other major parts.
  5. nboroPOWER33JR

    nboroPOWER33JR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    if you keep them tuned up ive seen 4000-8000
  6. dc33

    dc33 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 257

    Ive got 1700 on mine, bout 800 or so a year, so I got a couple years left.

    My engine has been fine so far, had some belts crap out and a hydro pump blow, but so far so good :) The spindles just crapped out too 2 weeks ago, 2 1/2 years old. I bag up leaves with it, so it gets a lil more abuse then normally I presume.

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