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my last option....JD vs Toro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by instyle, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    I only have these two machines with dealers in my area. I am lookingto buy a walk behind and a ZTR. I know john deere is going to be more expensive, bt even then....I am not sure which is going to be better in the long run.

    I am looking at the JD 717 ZTR, and the Estate Toro.

    Any opinions?
  2. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I suggest demoing both of the units and go from there. Toro and JD make some nice mowers, I would compare dealers to see which one will be more helpful as well.
  3. tat900

    tat900 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    the 717 is tough and will last i have a 717 and two toro walk behinds i love the m both
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    You'll also find that JD mower really isn't more expensive....thats just a myth

    Also the 717 is a true commercial grade mower and as I understand it while Toro is also a great mower the Estate series is homeowner grade.
  5. Tyner Lawn Service

    Tyner Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    One of my mowers is a 2004 717a and has 800 trouble free hours on it. I love the way it cuts in wet grass. I can't speak for the Toro but it all depends on how you feel running the controls. Price out the door including tax should be about $6,300 for the Deere. Remember grass is GREEN not RED!:)
  6. ialawnmowerman

    ialawnmowerman LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 9

    i take it you don't want to go bigger than a 48" is this correct? as far as which one i run toros but i do like the deeres also. they are probably one of the best for any type of hill we just couldn't get as good a deal on it and our toro dealer is very good to us. as far as the toro if you want a 48" they have it in their pro series (pro value or pro performance) i would recommend looking at one of those more speed,hp, and just built better.imo. whatever you do demo and if your thinking about the toro estate demo it and the pro series. like many say though go bigger than you think and im not talking deck size neccesarily but you you can get a 48 pro toro at 23hp, i personally don't go with anything less than 20hp but thats just my preference.
  7. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    The Estate series is almost the same as a Lazer CT (except the deck), which is a commercial mower, but built for the homeowner that has some acerage. So your tires may not be as big and wide, and your motor combo's may be with a Briggs motor and be limited. I would go with the PRO series which isn't that much more.

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