Massey Ferguson ZTRs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JDGlandscape, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I am in the process of looking at getting a new ZTR and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these? I have searched but didnt find too much information..
  2. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    As long as you have decent parts availability (local dealer?) and the parts arn't marked up 500% sounds like a good go for a tough mower
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,745

    i've only seen tractors made by them. maybe they are trying to be like deere and get into mowers too.
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,822

    If you read through this PDF, you'll see they are really more of a high end homeowner/low end commercial mower. Both the diesels weigh in less than many gas models from other name brands which is great for the turf, but it tells me that there's not as much material in their construction overall, and they have much lower BTS's as well. They also have tunnel decks, which I know firsthand will cut every bit as good as any deck made, but not when you're dealing with large amounts of thick grass, and taking of several inches at a time at high speed as is common in the spring. They do look interesting though, and I hope they turn out to be another good choice eventually.
  5. rickpilgrim

    rickpilgrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    FYI-Massey Ferguson mowers are sourced from Simplicity who has their ZT mowers built by Ferris and both of those are owned by Briggs & Stratton.
    Seeing we own 2 Ferris walkbehinds if the newer ZT's are as good as our hydro DDs as long as you have a local dealer all should be good.
  6. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    They have some nice features. If they would put a good deck under it, I think it worth a look.
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  7. MCLC

    MCLC LawnSite Member
    from STL
    Messages: 114

    Those mowers in the brochure are this
  8. MCLC

    MCLC LawnSite Member
    from STL
    Messages: 114

    Weight is w/o mower deck; agree on tunnel deck. I do not see in that brochure why that mower can not be used commercially, very similar to the Kubotas, seems very heavy duty, but I have never seen one in person.
  9. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,397

    I looked for one of these back in 08 and 09 but couldn't find one around here in N AL. They look like decent mowers though.
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,822

    Beat me to it. Most MF L&G machines are Simplicity built, but not these.

    You're right about the weight. It was late last night and I just missed that. I also agree that they seem decent enough for commercial use, but like I mentioned, they need deeper decks for all purpose use in a commercial application IMO, along with a boost in BTS to at least 18K FPM.:).

    There are only a couple MF dealers anywhere near us, and they are at least 30 miles from us if not more. They don't carry these machines, but instead carry more commonly used Z's from other sources. Not sure just exactly why though.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012

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