Need New Mower Opinions. 915E, Radius, Lazer...

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by johndeere506, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. johndeere506

    johndeere506 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I used to cut 20-30 accounts years ago, now just my own 1.5-2 acre lawn. Im still using my 1996 Exmark Lazer Z 60 inch. Owned it for 14 years. Its time to replace it. I will only be cutting my own lawn with a new mower.

    Im not sure if everything new will be better since this mower is a dinosaur, but it is built pretty solid. 1600 hrs and going strong.

    Im looking at the john deere 915, or the exmark radius. Best price i got on a new 915E is 7800 plus tax.
    The radius looks a bit cheaper.

    The jump to a sale Lazer E series or Tiger Cat is pretty big. Lazer Z 60 e series for $9500 was the best i found. Not sure on the cat but trying to spend less.

    Are these decent mowers? I want it to feel decent since Im used to a Lazer at least, granted its 20+ years old.
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,031

    That Deere 915 will be right up your alley. Full on commercial.
    Tiger Cats are nice too, but overpriced for a small frame machine like that.
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  3. Scottdubya83

    Scottdubya83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central, LA
    Messages: 327

    I bought a JD915E last May. I absolutely love it. Bought to replace an 01 Turf tiger. I paid $7100 (cash) plus tax. The only other commercial mowers I could find in that price range ( under $8k) were a snapper pro, a Ferris f160 ( model w/o suspension), and Spartan (Was very tempted, but since they are so new,I decided I wanted a proven brand) Every other brand was atleast 1-2k more for a mower with comparable specs / components. (Atleast in my area) I looked at Scag ( TC was 2k more and prices went up from there for Cheetah, TT, etc.) Toro, exmark, gravely, husqvarna, hustler. I really had a hard time deciding between the ones in my price range, but JD dealer came down on price and the others wouldn't. And the loaner program was really what helped me decide to get the 915. I could not b happier with my decision. I have no complaints. Even though I love my old TT, the JD is a really nice upgrade for me. I highly recommend it.
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  4. johndeere506

    johndeere506 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    How do you guys like the stripe quality of the 915? I was talking to a friend at work and he has the 920, and doesn't think it cuts all that great. He is a novice at cutting though, and doesn't have a very nice lawn with too many trees and shade, so maybe its him.
    My lawn is pretty nice, and Ive been cutting for 25 years on ZTRs since my old dixie back in the 90s. Im hoping I can make it stripe good.
  5. whammer33024

    whammer33024 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 535

    meh, it does okay at striping

  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 20,741

    Michigan grass cut with a 950A and 60" deck-


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  7. 13Razorbackfan

    13Razorbackfan LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have both a 920 and a 915 and both stripe very well and love them both but love love my 915e 48". If i had to do it all over again would have bought a 915e first then a 960m.

    Any good commercial mower should last a lifetime mowing a couple acres a week 8 months out of year and being a homeowner you can choose what time to mow meaning you can wait till grass is dry. I would go with whatever dealer you feel most comfortable with however keep in mind loaner mower if yours goes down. Deere has the Neverstop loaner program while under warranty they give you a demo mower if yours goes down but you may have a dealer that offers another brand who can make that same promise.
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  8. johndeere506

    johndeere506 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the pictures guys. I'm thinking the 915E will be great. It will match my 3320 in the barn now too...

    Im not sure Im getting a great price though locally. I got them down some, but still higher than some deals Ive heard of. What are you guys getting for prices on these? Im at 7450 before tax.
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 20,741

    Are you getting that price from that place on Baldwin road?
  10. johndeere506

    johndeere506 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    No not sure what place that is. Is it somewhere I should look in to, or stay away from?

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