Need a mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Roger Wilkerson, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Roger Wilkerson

    Roger Wilkerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Situation -

    Going through my 4th mower now. It is a Cub Cadet LT1046 that I bought new from a dealer. I have a rough yard with a lot of slope. So much slope in fact that I worry about turning over when I go side to side and the Hydro slips when I go up. What type of mower would be best to mow around 1.5 acres of this type of lawn. I really need advice guys, I can't afford to keep on buying mowers and I need to get it right this time. I would like to keep it under 2 grand if possible and used equipment doesn't scare me. Oh, I am a big fella, around 300 lbs and I would prefer to ride or be pulled with this much ground to cover. Would a Swisher finish mower pulled behind an ATV work? Or should I look at a walk behind or a commercial ZTR?

    Help Please

  2. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    A Swisher pulled behind an ATV should work !! Also, you should think about commercial grade machines, not residential. Clearly, a ZTR is preferable.
  3. Roger Wilkerson

    Roger Wilkerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I know I need commercial and I think Swisher is residential. I have been thinking about renting a commercial ZTR and trying it out
  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Don't rent one, bring a demo home.
  5. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    If your slopes are 'overly' steep then a dual hydro walk behind might be the safer these have a lower center of gravity than ZTRs and can pull you (at least in the more level/flat areas). If you're dead set on riding as opposed to walking then a Wright Stander might be a suitable alternative...once again, this ALL depends on your slopes.

    Good luck!
  6. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Just what I was thinking. At least if something happens it will not roll over on top of him.
  7. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    The reason you are going through tractors is because of the slope.
    The cheaper tractors don't have full pressure lubrication, and are only good on a slope of 15 degrees (running continuously).
    The tractors with full pressure lube ar good on a slope of 25 degrees maximum continually.

    If your slope is more than this, you are goinig to wear out even commercial equipment.
  8. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    The LT1046 probably cost you about $1800, and I presume you spent a comparable amount for each of the other three. How many years have you typically been getting out of these? I doubt if you'll be able to get much for under $2000. Wouldn't you be better off spending 3 or 4 times what you would like to spend and get something of far better quality? A commercial ZTR would be your best bet, but unless you are really lucky, you may never find even a used one for only 2 grand. And how steep are your hills? "A lot of slope" isn't very descriptive. But if you have been mowing them with what I consider a to be puny lawn tractor and you weigh 300, those slopes probably aren't more than 15 degrees. If that's the case, I would expect any of the commercial ZTRs could handle that. If I weighed what you say you do, I'd be looking for at least a 25HP engine on whatever you pick out.
  9. Roger Wilkerson

    Roger Wilkerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Great Idea
  10. Roger Wilkerson

    Roger Wilkerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    There seem to be a lot of small LCO's selling out around St. Louis, I have been seeing some pretty good deals. What I would like to pay and what I actually pay will be 2 different things I realize but I could get lucky. I haven't measured the degree of slope but suffice it to say that when going straight across I have to hang off of the uphill side of the mower. I could go diagonal with a ZTR though as the main issue is turning around.

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