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Homeowner ZTR, Tractor and mower discussion thread

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Capemay Eagle, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Mtnmn

    Mtnmn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

  2. damnfingers

    damnfingers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    A couple of months ago I was arguing back and forth in my head about which ZTR to buy...an Exmark or a Ferris. I ended up going with the Exmark and yesterday discovered I'd definitely made the right decision...I drove by the Ferris dealer and saw that he has gone out of business.

    Sometimes even a blind pig finds the acorn. :)
  3. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 244

    Exmark dealer here went out of business and the Ferris dealer has been in business since 1962
  4. tmartin1976

    tmartin1976 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    The new yard was a soybean field last year, so reasonably flat. Building a home, so not a lot of obstacles yet. Will start grass in the fall.
  5. terceslil

    terceslil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Is anyone here using commercial walk behinds on their residential property? I have just at an acre. I will probably have another acre in September. I have been looking at used commercial walk behinds in hopes that they are rugged enough for cutting into brush and mowing my lawn. I use the term lawn loosely because I am not in a subdivided neighborhood when lawn/turf was laid. My property was cleared 30 years ago and I have whatever kind of grass that grows after you clear woods.

    I'm looking at something like this 36" Skag:

    The mower looks pretty sound. It has a 15 HP Kohler engine. (Same one being discussed in this thread: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=274698). It seems that consumer line products just aren't doing a good job for me anymore, ie too many breakdowns or equipment just plain tearing up/ragged out.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  6. terceslil

    terceslil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    The Scag was already sold. I'm still looking for a commercial walk behind and ya'lls input about using these commercial walk behinds on your residential yard.
  7. IS500Z

    IS500Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    When I went to look for a mower 'upgrade' from my old Lawnboys a walk behind mower was what I wanted, and still actually do. The advantages, IMO, for them over a ZTR are cost (comparing feature to feature), less weight which can mean less turf damage, and they usually are complimented on providing a clean cut (probably because you are mowing slower). Unfortunately walk behinds are non-existent where I live. I have only seen one or two commercial units using them as everyone uses ZTRs. My Ferris dealer, who is one of if not the largest OPE suppliers in the area, might have one or two walk behinds in stock next to 20 or 30 ZTRs. I often think that for a homeowner with an acre or less to mow a walk behind is the best choice. The only thing a ZTR might have an advantage over a walk behind on is throughput, but on an acre or less the difference is probably measured in minutes.
  8. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    I mow my 2 acres with an Exmark 48 TTHP. The front 3rd of my property has a pretty good slope to it so that pretty much ruled out a ZTR. I have an Exmark stand-on sulky for it however I prefer to walk & get the excercise.
  9. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    A walkbehind would do great but for munch as yard you got i would get a 48inch deck.
  10. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    You are looking in the right direction! Scag, Toro and Exmark build a great walkbehind! Any of these machines will take what you give them and ask for more! A walk behind will certainly leave a nice cut and most say they stripe better.

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