new ztr purchase

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by snoopy1028, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. snoopy1028

    snoopy1028 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I have read a ton, alot of places, but still feel compelled to ask the pros. If I am asking in the wrong group, or should not ask at all, I apologize. I really appreciate your input. YOU GUYS KNOW. stats as follows
    homeowner-Macon, GA
    5 acres to cut weekly. (4 acres bahalia) 1 acre centipede-all flat land- in ground pool, fence, and 10 pecan trees.
    budget of 8,000 to 8500 TOPS WITH TAX- but thinking about spending less if possible. Thinking 60" deck is the right size.
  2. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Have a Lesco in your area? They have a deal going on now , I think there selling for less than $6k.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Gravely PM320HD 27 Kohler
  4. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I agree. That would be an ideal machine for a homeowner. They are dependable and cut well for low dollar investment.
  5. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    Get a 72". If its all flat and open it will be much faster, unless you like spending time mowing.
  6. JHE

    JHE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I am a home owner that purchased a Hustler Z, 60" deck and 25 hp Kawasaki for a three acre lawn. Love this thing. They are having a very good sale but I think it ends this month. Shop around and see what you like. Dealer support is important (Prob. more for a pro than a home owner). Get demo's of several brands/mowers in your area and use them on your yard - see what cuts and feels best to you. Look at Toro, Exmark, Hustler, John Deere, Scag, Ferris, Dixie, etc. (you can get a lot of different brand advice of of this site - just do a search). I think you will be fine with a 60" deck but get as much horse power as you can afford. I would get a suspension seat (would not buy a mower without one) and an OCDC (to keep from blowing grass in the pool). If you are bagging you are going to have to figure a bagger into the price. Also, you can get a trailer hitch for most of these units to pull the little lawn trailer around the yard.
  7. Qwikchute

    Qwikchute LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    You have come to the right place for mower advice. These guys should know. JHE suggested getting an OCDC, I agree. My company, GTM Manufacturing Inc. manufactures the Qwikchute and feel it would make your mower a more versatile tool. Check it out on our web site: Your local dealer may also have them in stock.
  8. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973

    Hey G'Day Dale!

    You called be back in Australia a few months ago after I asked for more info on your web site.

    Great service! Thanks again mate!

    I haven't forgotton to order, we are in a bad winter at the moment.

    Great to see you here..thought you were already a member?

    Anyway, I can say here again, we have met and your service is outstanding!
  9. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Messages: 198

    Snoopy, you can also do a search in the Homeowner Assistance Forum for responses to similar questions. 10 trees are hardly worth thinking about on 5 acres - - and bagging is a waste of time and nutrients (and can always be added later). Try mulching; especially around a pool, deck, patio and flowerbeds. I have friends that handle 4-5 acres easily with a 48" ztr. Go bigger only if you want to get it down under 2 hours (and don't need the added maneuverability). You've already got some good suggestions. One more: Good luck!

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