Need recomendation on the diffs?


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I just bought a house with 7 acres, but the only grass I'll be cutting once or twice a month will only be about 2 -3 acres. I am interested in the Hustler mowers, but don't know what model to go with. I'll be mowing the 2-3 acres around the house about every other week or so, quite frequently, but the other 5-6 acres will grow wild and about every 2-3 months or so will be cut. I assume that wild praire grass won't grow much taller then 2-3 foot tall and i t won't be as thick. I was going to save the money and purchase a fasttrak,but the one of the sales guys told me that the fastrack might not be able to handle the grass. and he reccomended me the hustler Z. due to the bigger deck. I need opinions on which mower. Also the differeneces between the hustler Z, and the mini-z, and to what I understand is the Supers are just faster in speed. Suggestions?? Thanks
I would go with the 25/60 or 25/72 Standard full-size Hustler Z. You'll have the deck width to cut down your mowing time and the full size z has a deeper deck to handle your tall prairie grass when you need to cut. When you upgrade to the super z, your buying a performance package. You get larger wheel motors, larger hydro pumps, full suspension seat (my be bought with the standard z) and a hydraulic oil cooler. If you plan in the future to add size to your manicured lawn, then you would really save some mowing time with the super z. The mini z is just that, a miniature version of the full size z. The largest deck size you can get with the mini is 52". Also, the mini has a shallower deck the make it a little harder to handle the taller grass, not to say that it wont do it, you'll just have to go a little slower. There are pretty aggressive rebates going on through May 30th so act fast!!!!!!!

P.S. ask your dealer about a customized rear bumper.


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Also consider that the big Z can cut higher (5") than the FasTrak (4") or Mini (4.5"). Many warm-weather native grasses like the bluestems, gramas and switchgrass are bunch grasses which grow in clumps or tufts. Some of these can be killed by mowing more than twice per year. Vertically-challenged finish mowers under 4" often scalp the crowns of these grasses pretty badly, and the big Z's 24-inch wheels will also give you a better ride over the hummocks. The Z deck's increased depth is also better suited to handling naturalized forage varieties of native turf grasses like buffalo grass.