Lawn Care Forum banner
1 - 20 of 30 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Yes, another, "Which mower should I buy?" question. Sorry. I've read all the other threads on this site regarding ZTR options and I'm still confused on what to get in my price range.

Background:
I currently have 1.5 acres (about 1 acre to mow, the rest is pool and house) for which I use a Sears LT1000 lawn tractor with 42" deck. It cuts like cr#p. It also handles like a hog. If you can't tell, I hate it (it came with the house). The only good thing about this whole scene is that my 9-year-old is now big enough to drive it around so I don't have to use it much to cut the grass.

The issue:
I'll be moving to a new house on 2 acres (about 1.33 acres to mow, rest is pool, house, and beds). The new yard is level, but has a lot of trees and beds to cut around. The thought of continuing to use the Sears lawn tractor to mow this new yard is unbearable. So I would like your opinions on the best course of action.

I saw a lot of information on ZTR mowers that cost upwards of $6k. That's just not possible for me. Period. I understand they'll last "forever", but I won't. =)

I would like to get a great mower for mowing the lawn and then buy a used ATV for towing a cart, spreader, etc around the yard. So the mower mows and the ATV is the workhorse.

Here's the basics:
Need mowing option for circa $3,500
Only interested in new
Need something my 9 year old son can handle too
Cutting ~1.3 flat acres with multiple trees and beds

What say ye?

Looking forward to your sage suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Jeff.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
so you can afford a new house on 2 acres with a pool and all and you can't afford a good mower to keep it up?
IMO for the price you want to spend look for a "good" used mower (if you can find one) or go back to sears
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Heh, the reason I can't afford $6k for a mower is because I'm buying a house with 2 acres and a pool. I'm sure the return on the money I put into the house will outpace the money I would invest in a mower.


Thanks for the help. :sleeping:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
Well come on now are you wanting investment advice or a good mower to take care of your 2ac. yard? and the first thing someone sees when the come up to buy a house is the yard.
A MTD or Sears will cut it fine for a few years maybe even 10 years or so but if you want a good long term mower you will have to pay for it....Heck I am just a home owner and I mow my 1 acre yard with a Kubota bx1800 that has a 60 deck...

Sounds to me (but who am I but some bob on the net) that you are buying too much house or at least a house with too much land
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
No, I simply don't want to spend $6k on a friggin' lawn mower. If that means I'm back to a Sears model, then that's that.

I'm hoping others here will have a more pragmatic view on the situation.

And I think the term you were looking for was "boob".
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
205 Posts
I was in a similar situation, but I went from an acre to 4 acres. I had a 52" walk behind mower and bought a 60" Lazer. Recently I just moved to a house with an acre again, sold the Lazer I bought a 48" walk behind.

I understand about tractors cutting like crap. This is why I sold the Wheel Horse and got a professional mower. $3,000 is tight but you might be able to make it work.

A suggestion is to get a new belt driven 48” walk behind with a stand-on sulky. You will be able to cut at speed with a quality cut. Another options would be to look for a used professional ZTR. All professional mowers are built strong and could last 2000 hours. A used one with 1000 hours will still last you for years.

If you had a few extra to spend look at the Hustler Fastrak. It’s a homeowner ZTR with commercial quality. Stay away from the Toro Timecutter. Here’s the link, http://www.hustlerturfequipment.com/products/fastrak.html

Hope this helps...
Pete
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
I know you don't like what I said but you know it is true and you know 3500 new is not going to get much of a mower for your 2 ac. yard. You might be able to get a ZTR at tractor supply for less that 6k but I don't think (here is Fl anyhow) you could find one under 4k....
Your yard in an investment just like the house. You want these yard care guys to tell you what mower to use on 2 ac yard. Go look at the stuff they use. Their mower for that yard will cost close to 10k to do it right and last. Some of the mower shops may have a good used mower if I were you I would look around and see what you find then ask the guys what they think about it and the price you find.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
205 Posts
Moe Fish,

I guess I don't get it. Back in 2002 I bought a new Exmark 60" Lazer for much less then $10,000. Why does he have to spend more then $10,000 for equipment for his lawn? He just has 2 acres.

Heck, I just bought a 2004 48" Turf Tracer HP for $3500. This would cut his property, wouldn't it?

Pete
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
How about a fellow homeowners perspective?

Last house I owned was about 1.3 acres minus house and pool.
Similar to you it came with a Craftsman riding mower. Cut like crap, and always needed maintenance.

Couple of years later (and way too much wasted money on that piece of crap), I bought a John Deere GT 235 for less than $4000.00. My budget was also less that $4000.00, and I did not want to buy used because I didn't want to get ripped off and the warranty was reassuring to me.

My son was 9 years old and was able to handle the JD just fine. However, he is my only son and I was never comfortable with him cutting without me nearby. I mean really nearby.

The JD held up fine and you could add attachments. Never needed the warranty. However, I was never really excited about the quality of cut. It cut well, just never looked like the yards that the pros cut.

Last year I sold that house and built a new one. 1.7 acres including house (no pool yet). Traded in my JD for an Exmark HP 52" with striping kit and mulching kit. Easily mows around trees and landscaping. Unbelievable results. People stop in front of my house when they drive by and admire the cut.

How much? $6500.00. Too much? I understand... I was there not too long ago.

Now the "free" advice! Buy used. These mowers will last forever. They are designed for commercial use, and a low hour used one will probably out last you (or your posterior). Find one that is $4000.00 and eliminate the intermediary steps, wasted money and the poor results.

BTW - my son will be eleven in June and while I'm still not comfortable with him cutting unsupervised, the Exmark ROPS system goes a long way to reassuring me.

REGARDS
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
He said he did not want to spend over 3500. Now from what I have seen and I could be wrong most 3500 mowers are going to cut about the same.
Anyhow what does a house on 2 acres with a pool and all cost? and we are worried about the price of a lawnmower? Ple you are right he does not need to spend 10k but he seems to want new and I "assume" he wants something that will last and that could get the job done in a timely mannor so that ever saturday is not all day yard work

Now caleqs I am not trying to bust your chops but think about what your asking here. Have you asked around at some mower shops to see what they recommend? I find it best here in FL because for sand and heat to go bigger what "they say" but then again we mow almost all year here you may not.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Hi Pete. Thanks for the skully idea. Might not be a bad option. Hadn't considered it as sitting down seems so much more enjoyable than standing up. =) I wonder if my son could run it.

Why do you caution against the Toro model? Seems that the "homeowner" models may not last 20 years (maybe they will), but seems they could do a good enough job for a long enough time and do what you want them to do, namely, cut the grass. Just not sure if this is more of an emotional issue for folks vs. a real issue.

Anyway, thanks for offering some options.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Moe, thanks for the advice on asking around at the mower shops. I've not been out and around to do that yet (with four kids and two of those under 14 months old, I've not got a lot of extra time right now). There is a place down the road from us, I'll stop in and talk to them this afternoon.

Lastly, regardless of the cost of my home, I don't want to put $6k into a lawnmower. I simply do not have that kind of cold hard cash. So I'm looking for the next best option. Obviously, I could continue to use my lawn tractor and that would save a lot of money. It would do an adequate job for several more years. I'm trying to see if there's something better out there in what I'm willing to spend. The Sears tractor sucks, but it still cuts the grass. If there's no other alternative, I'll just suck it up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
Dude with you being able to buy that kind of house your credit has to be fairly good. The kubota I got I know is way overkill for me but most mowers come now with low low intrest so for me I was able to buy a lot for a lot less than what I could pay to have it cut. I also don't like to walk and I do like to work in the yard because I have kids too :D
I was not trying to slap you but wanted to just grab you by the shoulders and shake you a little:p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
As a homeowner, you'd have to ask yourself how many 'pro cuts' you could fund with 6000 bucks :)

I'm willing to bet enough to make it worthwhile to hire a company to mow the place and not buy your own mower.

My grandfather was showing me his grass hopper mower yesterday. I could tell by the excitement in his eyes that it cost a pretty penny.. yeah, 8400 dollars.

YIKES.. My advice if you don't have the money is to just use sharp blades? All mowers I've ever seen do the same thing.. they spin a piece of metal around in an attempt to cut grass.

I personally think it's all about the blade, logically, but I'm a newb to lawn care. I grew up using 10 dollar mowers with dull blades.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
Hi, I have 1 1/4 acres of land. I just bought a new Gravely walkbehind for 2700 and you could get a sulky for 200 more. This mower will mow at 7 miles a hour. You might want to consider a WB since you will also have a ATV. Good luck
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
47 Posts
I just bought a new Husqvarna 48" ZTR with a bagger, Kaw engine, with tax $4009 delivered. You should be able to do a google search for Husqvarna Zero turn which will give you hits from a kimco or something, free delivery, free bagger. This is a very nice mower.
Keegan
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
137 Posts
What about something from Simplicity/Agco/Massey-Ferguson? I'm not a professional--just a homeowner--and I realize that these aren't commercial mowers, but I've got a half acre lawn I'm cutting with a Regent, and the cut is outstanding. Cost me $1800.

If you want to go commercial, what about an Exmark Metro? If I'm not mistaken, those can be had for under $4000, and I would think they'd be enough machine for 2 acres. But, too, the utility of a tractor is nice.

Just some thoughts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
198 Posts
Caleqs, I've got pretty much the same size to mow, but pretty overgrown in back, so was looking for a pretty much commercial quality mower, including many of the ones already mentioned. A friend had me check out www.countryclipper.com and found they have a local distributor (Marr Bros. in this area). I've demoed some of their ZTRs and have been very impressed. A friend has been demoing the JAZee all week and loves it (replacing his diesel Kubota tractor). It starts at $3995 and comes with a convenient flip-up deck and 3 year warranty. My 10-year-old found the single joystick control much easier to use than twin sticks (it took me a little longer to adjust, but I'm also hooked). Check it out or PM me if you'd like to drive out to Forney. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
143 Posts
Hey you can get a Consumer Husqvarna Mower for around $3500 with a 48" cut since you will only be using it about once a week. Go to Northerntool.com and they will deliver it for about $150. Also if you use a major credit card you can make payments for 6 months with no interest they will just evenly divide the total and bill your credit card once a month for 6 months
 
1 - 20 of 30 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top