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Phazer Trivantage 44 vs Miniz XR7 42

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sugarridge, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Sugarridge

    Sugarridge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    In comparing these machines the Miniz seems a bit more stout and has the Kai engine. However, how does the 4" XR7 deck compare to the 5" Trivantage in mulching and cut quality? Your opinions are greatly appreciated.
  2. Sugarridge

    Sugarridge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I know many of you guys prefer the Gravely 44Z and the Scag Z-cat 42 because of the separate pumps/motors and just the overall construction, however, you pay for all of that with 830 lbs and 860 lbs respectively compared to the 44 Phazer at 610 lbs and the Mini Z 42 at 675 lbs. That is a lot of extra weight for that 19 hp kawa to tote around and a lot less power that goes to the business end of the machine. Not to mention the extra wear and tear on tight gate entry yards. Consequently, I have narrowed my selection to the 44 Phazer or the Mini Z 42. I really like the yellow machine but I just am afraid of the 4" deck. So I know of no other place to go than you guys for your professional and first hand knowledge of these machines. I know you are out there. Thanx.
  3. Bigray

    Bigray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    i am sold on exmark products, period.
    my consideration would be SUPPORT/location from my dealer
  4. bluetick

    bluetick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I guess I’m a hustler man see’ins how I own two of them now. I have a 42” fast track that does a real good job and a 54” Super Z that once I get lined out should cut pretty. The one thing I will say about the XR7 deck is that it is awesome in wet grass. I was mowing in the rain last sat. on a every other week job. So two week old St.Augustine in the rain and not one clump. It was unbelievable. My fast track would have left clumps the size of pumpkins.
    Like Bigray said though, get the one that you think has the dealer that will best help and serve you. Demo both if you can. I don’t think the deck on the hustler will be a problem for you though. Especially if most of your better lawns are St.Augustine, Bermuda. and Centipede like I think there would be in Florida.

    God Bless
  5. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    I run a couple of Hustler's 36" wide by 4" deep decks (similar design to the 42"). For the normal cool season grass I cut, it works really well. I bag and side-discharge and even when its wet, it does a very good job.
    On my decks, I remove the front baffle (between the two blades) during the wet season, as this greatly reduces grass build-up on the deck.
    I really haven't had any experience with the Exmark decks or with mulching. But I am quite pleased with the performance of the Hustler decks.
  6. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    that is not an xr-7 deck on the mz.
  7. Sugarridge

    Sugarridge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    You are correct nmurph, it is not a XR-7 deck per se, but for some unknown reason Hustler has labeled it as such. That is why I am asking for feedback on its performance from anyone who has actually used it or has spoken with someone who has firsthand knowledge of its cut quality and capabilities. The Hustler moderator on their site indicated to me that it will mulch as good or even better than 3 blade decks as long as the grass is mowed on a regular basis. Well we all know what that implies! Consequently, I am throwing it out to you guys. Again, the machine is considerably more stout than the Phazer, but its the deck that I am worried about. I know what I have with the 44" Trivantage deck which came off of the 48" TT.
  8. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,383


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  9. Wolfbass

    Wolfbass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I have the Mini-z 36", I don't know if it's the same deck as the 44"--but I give the 36" deck say a B+. The only thing keeping it from an A is a clumping problem in wet grass--otherwise keep the blades sharp and it cuts great. I checked out the Phazer as well, and you are definately correct about the hustler being much more "stout".
    Oh, BTW, don't know how it bags, the vast majority of my properties are mulched, with a few side discharged.
  10. Quality Cuts PLS

    Quality Cuts PLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Thanks for the quote Jameson, I was going to restate that info for Sugarridge.
    I have owned the 36 & 42 Hustler Mini Z, and the 34 & 44 Exmark Phazer. IMO the Exmark quality of cut is so much better. I have found the regular 19 to be stronger than the KAI 19, I also added the Kawisaki Canister Kit to mine - worth every penny vs. the stock setup or the KAI filter. Some of the Hustler deck components are too weak for commercial use; Hustler & the rep was not interested in my opinion & experience in that matter. The cut just did not impress, my customers even said something about it. The Exmark deck is deeper and chambered with the mulch kit - much better cut. The Phazer gives many the impression of not being built as well as the Hustler, but it is. The Hustler had a little smoother controls, a little less jarring ride due to the bigger tires; but I changed my seat to the standard Lazer EVS seat and solved that problem. In the last season and current season, zero problems or issues. Bottom line for me, the Phazer works great and cuts better. I really tried to like the Hustler, but I keep going back to what works - EXMARK!

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