New Zero Turn Purchase

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by spook1, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. spook1

    spook1 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 20

    Guys, I have been looking for a used commercial zero turn, but where I am at here in Ohio, you don't see many of them for sale. So I have about decided to buy a new mower, and have narrowed it down to 3 models. I was seeing the general thought on which would be better. We have about 2 acres we will mow every week.

    1. Bad Boy ZT60.
    2. John Deere Z655
    3. Husqvarna MZ6128

    I can get all of these mowers within about $200 of each other, all right around the $5000 price range. So any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Bigfish8

    Bigfish8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I have purchased two Zero Turn Mowers during the past month. A Toro Z500 for our place on the Eastern Shore of VA and a small Gravely Professional Model for our home in Raleigh. I have no experience with the machines you mentioned but do have a recommendation. Check with all the dealers in your area to see if they have any hold-over 2011 professional models to include demos. You may find a really great deal on a heavier machine than you are currently considering. In any event good luck with your decision.
  3. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    The best bet is the Husqvarna if it has a Kawi option, the ZT 60 is a good mower aswell and it has a Kawi option this year! I have never seen or demoed a Husky, but It looks to have a low center of gravity where the ZT60 rides higher. I myself prefer the lower center of gravity. I owned a BadBoy CZT42" before my present Hustler Superduty and that was one of the things I did not care for, some like it, I don't. I also did not like the fact that the deck had no overhang, this is something some guys could care less about, but me, I like the deck to hang over a bit, it is what I am used to. The CZT did ride really nice, it was very smooth and comfortable. It just lacked some of the things the Hustler has and that is why I went back to Hustler.

    Have you demoed all of these machines?
  4. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    If your not familiar with it try It's a master search for Craigslist and has been quite helpful to me. I would also look used and try to get heavier duty for the same $s hopefully. Good luck.
  5. Remington351

    Remington351 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    I'd avoid anything that does not have a commercial deck. The Deere that you mentioned has a the regular residential deck. If you go with Deere, you want the green 7 Iron series deck. The yellow decks are clog & clump monsters on the fescue in my neighborhood in Maryland.

    Alot my neighbors have Deere tractors, gt245, 325's Lx188, etc. A couple of guys have Deere zturn 737 and 757. The 737 and 757 will cut circles around us regardless of wet, dry, tall or short. Plus the 7 iron deck seems to disperse the clippings about 6-8ft compared to 4-5ft for the yellow decks.

    Good luck.
  6. lowendrider

    lowendrider LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 40

    Not on your list but if you have a Scag dealer nearby the Freedom Z is worth a look..right around the $5000 mark and available with a Kawi engine.

    My opinion is biased, I love orange..
  7. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I own a Husky Mz6128 and it leaves a splendid cut and with the 3400
    series drives has more than enough power to go through heavy overgrown
    grass with ease and the deck does not bog down. Mine has the
    b&s 28hp engine.
  8. timslawn

    timslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Would factor in the reputation of dealer or shop that services each brand - hard to do your own servicing on a big ZTR at home - will they pick up and return mower, are they a reasonable distance away - most homeowners rely on this with annual servicing and just want the darn thing to work, not have to fix it themselves. Its $600 for a lift to get the blades off for sharpening.

    Insist on a demo at home if the turf is anything but flat and simple - 60 inch ztr can scalp irregular slopes easily, and a heavy mower tread can tear up turf if soil is soft and you are not patient on turns. Conversely, if there is a big slope you may need a big engine.
  9. GoldStarMowing

    GoldStarMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    The Z600 series do not have the "regular" residential yellow deck. John Deere calls the deck on the Z600's a "High Capacity." The 600's deck is stamped on the same press as the 7-iorn is so it's a much deeper design when compared to the normal residential decks and compatible with the 7-iron mulching kit.

    The deck on the Z600 is stamped from 9 gauge steel instead of the 10 gauge so it's heavier than a normal residential deck but lighter than the 7 gauge commercials. The Z600's use the same aluminum spindles also found on the commercial 7-irons.

    I have a Z655 and a Z920a both with 54" side discharge decks and the Z655 cuts, discharges, and stripes just as well as the big Z920 does.

    Here is a pick of the Z655's stripes.



    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    That does look very nice GoldStarMowing. Norther grasses do stripe nicely. Those JD's do mow as well as anything out there. I looked at the Z445 with the High Capacity deck. I didn't get it, but I would have been happy with that setup.


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