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I want a commerical grade mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jheady, Oct 5, 2002.

  1. jheady

    jheady LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I have been looking for a short bit on investing in a good mower for my 5 acres. I have checked out several used mowers, questioned several items on this site, and still haven't bought one.
    I have started looking at new ones. I have been reading up and started looking at what is available out there now. Since it is getting towards the end of the mowing season I thought this may also be a good time to buy one for a better price too. I am looking for a 60 or 72" deck, ZTR type.

    I went today and looked at 3 mowers; Exmark, Toro, and Cub. Of the three, the Tank had the cheapest price and the seat was the most cush. (It did lack the full open feeling the Ex and the Toro had though. ) I did look at all of them quite a bit, but didn't get to try them out for the ride and mow. I was impressed with the quality of the Tank, which I hadn't seen before. I also plan on checking out the Gravely,Dixie, and Scag to see what they have to offer as well.

    Here are the specs:
    Tank - M60 - 25hp Kohler/60" deck $7500
    Toro - 62" SFS deck/25 hp Kohler $7999
    Exmark - 60" deck / 25 hp Kohler dealer still looking for this one's price- it just came in and supposedly a little different from the usual
    Toro - 72" SFS deck / 27 liquid Kohler $9600

    I am going to check a little more to see some other prices, but if anyone has any suggestions on a brand or model I am open. If anybody has any experience with one or the other I would love to hear their input too.

    Thanks for any help,

  2. kenp

    kenp LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 36

    Hi Joey,

    I am a homeowner who mows three acres of sloped yard, all fescue, in a nice subdivision. I looked for a year-and-a-half. I'm not proud of that! But, I tried to be circumspect and consider all of the many options. Bottom line, after demo'ing many, including Toro, Exmark, John Deere and Lesco, I purchased a Hustler. This mower is indestructible, VERY easy to steer the first time you get on it, and I believe has the best hydraulic wheel pumps out there (BDP-21 whereas many others have BDP-10's.)

    Many will tell you to also consider how close the dealer is. I didn't go with the closest dealer, which would have been Toro. Listen, I know something can go wrong, but this Hustler is guesstimated to be good for 500-750 hours a year for a commercial guy mowing all day every day and for 20 years! I certainly don't anticipate being at the dealer very often. However, my hustler dealer is only about thirty minutes away.

    Hope this helps - -

  3. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Just give captndevo or contact american bladerunner and take a close look at one tough and extremly fast mower! One thing that bladerunner has that no one else has is tandem drive hydralics! Same pumps used on skidsteers. Also they have a lifetime warranty on the frame! As far as prices go I do know of a new model called an SP72 which is a 25hp 72" cut. They have them on sale for $7995.00! Might take a good look at one.

    I am going to be buying my second bladerunner soon but I am probably going to a diesel.
  4. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Hustler has been using tandem drive pumps for over 30 years.
    And is still using them in a couple of larger units we produce.

    Take a look at the FasTrak, you will not be disappointed.

    Let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you

  5. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Wow I have never seen a hustler with tandem drive pumps! All I have seen is belt drive.
  6. you may want to take a look at the Dixie Chopper. they have the best top speed across the board for ztr mowers. not only that, they have several different motor set-ups ranging from single 25 hp dual hp and a diesel motor too, you also have the choice of Kohler or Kawasakai (sp??). Dixie offers your choice of the 60 or 72" deck. my company has used every sigle combination of the dixie since 95. the only problem i've ever had was the hour meters aren't the toughest soldiers. we mow approx. 185 acres overall and the dixie is the toughest mower out there. never had more than just normal stuff go out (tires, belts, etc). hope this helps!!
  7. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    The hustler super z is faster than a dixie and it is built like a tank so check one out.
  8. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Ok who is the fastest? Dixie Chopper, Hustler and Bladerunner sound like it is a toss up! I still think that the tandem drive hydralics is going to last longer than a belt drive system!
  9. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    No such thing.

    The Bladerunner has a direct driven (bolted to engine or through a pto and housing, I am not sure because I am not familiar with how they couple the tandem hydraulic pump to the engine) tandem hydraulic pump.

    The way Hustler currently drives a tandem hydraulic pump is by belt.

    Hustler still uses a tandem hydraulic pump on 3 units we produce, the Hustler 4500, 4600 and the Hustler 6400 Hillsider.

    The way you drive the tandem hydraulic pump makes no difference in the life of the tandem hydraulic pump, in my un-educated opinion..........

  10. LonghornShortgrass

    LonghornShortgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    If you were considering the tank, go to Lesco www.lesco.com and find your closest service center, their mowers are identical, and are usually cheaper.

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