homeowner zero turn

dmik

LawnSite Member
Hi, I have 1 acre of St. Augustine grass to cut each week. Do you suppose a "homeowner" zero turn mower is sufficient, or would you spend the extra $$ for a commercial?

Dealers in the area have Toro, Gravely, Snapper, John Deere. I know nothing about either. They recommended the following:

Gravely ZT 2352 (52", 23 HP Kohler) $4250
Snapper ZT20500BV (50", 20 HP Brigss and Stratton) $4699
John Deere Z-Trak 717 for $5,995 (44", 19 HP Kawasaki) which is commercial grade.

Thanks!
 

NEPSJay

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Scranton, PA
Check out new Simplicity ZTR.... I have seen one the other day at local dealer and what a nice machine it is! Simplicity is parent company of Ferris Ind. which is in commercial mower market pretty big. Commercial quality with homeowner price....$4000 up here in PA

www.simplicitymfg.com
 

mowhigh

LawnSite Member
Location
Dallas
You might also check out the Hustler FastTrack or the Country Clipper JAZeeTwo (20 hp Kohler twin w/48 or 52" deck). The J2 has a flip-up deck for easy access and a convenient one-handed joystick for steering. Try to stick with Kawasaki, Honda or Kohler engines.
 

craglawnmanor

LawnSite Member
Location
Nashville, TN
The Snapper and the Simplicity are virtually the same mower (Simplicity now owns Snapper).
I believe they each have 2 models....one model with a 44" deck & 18hp engine for about $4000, and the other model like you've listed which has a 52" deck & 20hp engine for about $4700.
The Snapper/Simplicity mowers seem to be well-built, with influence from the Ferris commercial division.
The Briggs engines they are installing are the Vanguard model, which is Brigg's commercial-grade engine.
 

GripB

LawnSite Member
Go with a commercial ztr, it will last you a lifetime with the amount of hours you will be putting on it.

Exmark Lazer Z CT or Hustler Mini-Z are great choices.
 

Smitty58

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Trenton ,Ohio
This is exactly what I'm looking at doing. The Simplicity looks real nice ,even if it isn't a "commercial" machine. I think it will last a long time. I only cut approx 8-10 per week so why wouldn't it last a long time. I think the replies from people pushing the commercial stuff are justified if you mow all day every day ,but what if you just want a nice Z for your own property or you are a part time person like myself. It seems like if you don't use one of the high dollar machines that the "pros" use your some kind of "scrub".
 

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