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Is a 34" or 36" ZTR a bad idea?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by conger, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. conger

    conger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm just starting out, and my primary mower is a 36" Scag walk behind. I find it hard to get a consitent cut with it. I don't want to lose customers because of a bad mower. I have seen the 34" Toro, and the 36" Scag Tiger Cub ZTR mowers, and I like both. Are they too small for future growth? Will they fit through most residential gates? Any advice is appreciated.
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    How old is the Scag mower? It sounds like you might need to get the deck leveled or check and make sure the tire pressure is even on both sides.

    Some people on Ls, like the smaller ZTR mowers. Yes, they are a decent idea but I myself can't see spending thast much money on a ztr with that small of a deck. You might consider looking into a new machine or take yours in and get it looked at. It might be a simple problem that is easy to fix. If not, you can get a new 32 or 36" gear drive wb mower for $2300-$2700 in most areas.
  3. blakeg314

    blakeg314 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    its up to you, they may fit in the back yards, but what about your bigger lawns? its gonna take you awhile but will still cut the time in half from your walkbehind, look at a 44" if you wanted to stay small, my next mower- 61"
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    We love our Gravely 34Z. Our 36" Scag WB cuts like crap and we only use it on hills. Then again we are 2 guys so I take the Tank M48 and do the larger areas and my father uses the 34Z on the smaller areas. The 34Z will do circles around a 36" WB on large areas and will keep right with it on small tight lawns. Just remember you will not be able to do hills with the 34Z unless your willing to drive up and back down, drive up and back down over and over untill the hill is done.
  5. conger

    conger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I didn't know that about the hills. Yeah, my Scag is cutting a little rough. I am thinking about buying a commercial Honda push mower as well. If I had that and the ZTR, I could handle most jobs, don't you think?
  6. PearceLawn

    PearceLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    My second year in business was done entirely with a 44" Toro ZTR and a 21" commercial Honda.
  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    I would think so. Alot depends on how many gated yards that you have that you wouldnt be able to fit a 44 ztr though. If you dont have many maybe a 44 and a 21 would be your best option. If you have alot of gates then the 34 would suit you well. I just cleaned our two main mowers up if you want to see what the 34Z looks like from somebody that owns one? I can take a couple pictures for you.
  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I just wouldn't spend the $ on such a small Z, UNLESS I had a ton of large gated backyards which I needed to get through the gate to mow.

    As far as the cut problems, are you keeping the blades sharp? Also, mowing in changing conditions will affect the cut quality.

    If you're looking at a different mower, the TriVantage deck on the Exmarks Turf Tracer HPs and the Turbo Force on the Toros get high marks for good-cutting walk behind mowers.
  9. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I agree with the earlier posts. Look at the adjustments or blade shrpening. I run only Skags and have gotten great looking cuts from my Turf Tiger and 48" wb. I was (still am) looking at the Z-Cat 36" for a few of my accounts. My main concern is the weight of the "Z" and me (650# more than the 36" wb). On shady & moist lawns, I'm afraid of making the rutting problem worse.

    Good luck.....
  10. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    fenced. Get a Gravely 34z. will go through most gates.

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