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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Well, After a few threads, hours of research, and weeks of traveling around Louisiana to all the different dealers, I have made a summery and would like to know yalls opinions on an atleast 2 year lifespan, power, and quality.

    All of these are the ones in my price range.

    Ill start with the Toro Z master 48" 19hp kawasaki. Th price is about $5,500.00. Only thing I dont like is th 7 gauge deck.

    Then theres the Scag Freedom Z 48" deck 26hp briggs. Price is about $5600.00. Thing I dont like is you cant grease the spindles.

    Then theres the hustler Fastrack 48" 19hp kawasaki $5600.00 (listed as a residential mower with commercial features)

    Then theres Ferris IS 500z. 44" 24hp briggs, all wheel suspension, 10 gauge deck, greasable spindles for $5000.00

    Now all In all the Ferris sounds and looks like the better deal. It seems to be the most commercial/ease of maintenance built. The only bad thing is the 44" cut but I wan live without a 48".

    Between all of these, Would you say Ferris is the better deal also?
  2. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Maybe yes. Maybe no.
  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Why would you say yes, why would you say no?
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Another thing, For the same price as the others($5,600.00 ish). I could get a ferris IS 1500z which is a 48" cut, 19hp kawasaki, and 10mph ground speed.
    Ferris also comes with a 2 year commercial warranty where as scag and hustler come with one. Not sure abouut toros warranty.
    Let me know what yall think.
  5. curtlt00

    curtlt00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thinking of buying the same machine.
  6. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    Why would you not like a 7ga deck? It's tuffer then the ferris 10ga. I just don't like the look of Ferris, so I would recommend the TORO.
  7. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I'd recommend the Toro out of those 4, though you might be better to spend a few bucks more and get a larger engine if it's available.

    Why don't you like the 7 gauge deck? The Turbo Force deck blows those other 3 cutting systems away in my opinion both in cut quality and durability.
  8. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    FiveOBOy- On your exmark, how does the 19hp kawasaki hold up? Is it enough power for the 48" cut?
  9. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    The lower the gauge # the heavier it is, I think you have it the other way in your mind. Out of those I would pick the toro.
  10. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I did have it the other way around. What about the suspension. Would the be worth the quality difference or its pretty much Toro hands down?????

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