Need help with ZTR purchase

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Calpyro, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. Calpyro

    Calpyro LawnSite Member
    from Napa CA
    Messages: 2

    I need some help in figuring out which mower to buy to use in my yard. I have read most of the previous posts on this subject but they don't answer some of my questions.
    I have four acres, one of which is lawn and the remainder is tall grass with lots of fruit, redwood and decorative trees. I mow all of the large areas of weeds with my tractor, yet I need a heavy duty mower to cut the lawn and detail work around trees that the tractor cannot. I have made my yard mower-safe, the weeds are high and thick, but free from rocks and stumps.
    I would like to buy the small, no-frills commercial zero turning radius mower. I am open to suggestion to but have looked at the Great Dane Chariot Jr. and the Toro Z Master Z 100. The Great Dane sells for $5,200 and the Z 100 for $5,500. Both come with Kawasaki 17 HP engines. The Toro has a 44" deck and the Great Dane has a 48" deck. Both would fit my application well.
    Price is a major factor. The $5000 price tag is a big hit to the wallet, but buying a lightly constructed homeowner mower that will die in a couple of years would be a big waste of money.
    I would like anybody's advise on this subject. I have no experience with these commercial units.
  2. grasscutter

    grasscutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    calpyro- might want to look at a bobcat 218 es. it is essentially a commercial mower with a non commercial engine and seat. it can be had in my area for less than 5000 before taxes
  3. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    toros, exmarks, dixie choppers, walkers, great danes are all great mowers, demo them all and see which u like the best
  4. Calpyro

    Calpyro LawnSite Member
    from Napa CA
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the information. I will try to get one purchased next week.
  5. bestbuyman

    bestbuyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Dont forget to look at the hustler fastrak
  6. wodinsc

    wodinsc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I bought a Bobcat 218es about a month ago for $5000. Cutting approx. 4 acres around my house. Love it so far. Everything about this mower is commercial grade except for the engine... 18hp Briggs Intek. Plenty of power though and at 2 or 3 hrs use per week, ought to last me a very long time. Much better machine for the money than the "homeowner" models at nearly the same price.
  7. JMcGuire

    JMcGuire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I had the same type of quesitons that you had. I looked around, really liked what I saw in the Examrk brand, the Dixie Chopper, and the Toro's. I was like you, hated to pay 5 or 6 thousand dollars for a mower when I was only going to mower my own lawn. I found the toro timecutter, and I got the 17 horse kohler engine and the 52 inch cut. It does a good job and for an acre lot I can get done in about 35 to 40 minutes. I enjoy it alot. It has plenty of power and my lot is a downward slope, so it takes very well to hills. I think the Z master 100 would be to expensive for what you are looking for. I thnk the toro has a larger engine the Kawasaki 18, I have heard it is new for 2002. That would be my pick. I gave 4100 for it, with a burned up old husquavarna. I think is was worth it. If you are going to spend a little more than that get the Exmark Lazer HP 20-48 it's around 6300, but I know it would be worth it.

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