Opinions on a ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smburgess, Jan 27, 2001.

  1. smburgess

    smburgess LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    I know this has been asked many times, but I would like some opinions on ZTR's. I'll be buying one next month, used mostly for residentials, small footprint, grass collection a must, easy blade access, productive. Thanks all for any input. -Smoke
  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i have been researching for about 3 months and am going to buy an exmark lazer z. after all the research, and listening to all the comments, nobody had a bad thing to say about exmark. another reason why i went this way was because of exmarks new ultra vac. i went to the dealer and you can put the belt driven vac on in a second with only a few pins. my second choice was the scag turf tiger. well built machine, but more people told me exmark had a better cut. hope my findings help you out
  3. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    "...mostly for residentials, small footprint, grass collection a must, easy blade access, productive."


    Walkers are perfect for the applications listed. Very compact and grass collection system is second to none (as is the cut.)
  4. LJ lawn

    LJ lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 356

    i would second that WALKER recommendation. check out a WALKER mower .sounds like it's what you'll be looking for.PROVEN design.small and well built.scope out their website and check out the walker talk magazine articles.
  5. mwallingford

    mwallingford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I third the Walker recommendation. As far as I'm concerned, no other mower gives the quality of cut that the Walker gives. Your yard will be as clean as a whistle when your done. They are expensive, but you get what you pay for. If I were mowing wide open spaces, I would buy an Exmark. If fact, I have a Walker and an Exmark.

    LWNMWRMN Banned
    Messages: 72

    I would tend to stay away from the walkers, If you want to side discharge, bag and/or mulch then the exmark is the way to go. Also you can buy the lazer with all the attachments to do all three and it would still be cheaper than the dedicated bagger walker.
  7. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    I would recommend a Gravely 260z or a Great Dane Surfer...Try them out..Derrick
  8. JeffC

    JeffC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    The walker may be ok i have never use one but have looked at them if i had one i would both decks meaning the one that has side discharge i would think that the collection system that they have could be a pain at times.I used to bag grass but now I use gator blades and if rains and grows a little before i can mow i raise the deck just a little everyone seems pleased. I have two ladies that i mow for think that i'm still bagging.
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I have the Lazar HP, and for leaf season I have the ultra vac. I does a really good job. Very easy to empty bags. Small footprint helps out on small properties. I have the 52" with 23 kawi and it runs 9.5 mph for the wide open areas. This makes it very versatile for both large and small jobs. I will be putting the mulching kit on once I finish spring clean ups.

    Walkers would make good machine for small stuff also, but handling the clippings once collected is harder. You either need a dedicated area on your trailer or the big expensive walker bags. But they are the champ in grass collection. More expensive and have a lot more maintenance.

    I love my exmarks! :cool:

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