Possibly looking to buy a new ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by HPI_Savage25, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
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    I fixed it several times. I even had to welded it more than once. With out the new mower I would not nearly have the number of accounts that I have today. I am also in Highschool so time is a major problem for me. Everyday during season I come home from school and go cut until the sun goes down. The next morning I wake up and go cut some more. Come home and finish homework. From March to September. 6 days a week. Thats the reason for the new equipment.

  2. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    I know how you feel bud. I did the same thing. I am a current horticulture student and should be finished up in about 8 months. I am in class from 9-2:30 so by the time I get home it's 3 and get to the first yard it's 3:15-3:30 so I have enough time to do about 2 yards. Having downtime because of a mower isn't fun when you don't have a backup! Hence why I want a new mower. Plus 3 year warranty would be nice to!
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  3. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from USA
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    I have never used an Exmark, but the cut they leave blows me away. The Scag machines are nice too I hear. :waving::)
  4. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with the previous comment to be wary of buying a machine for just one account. I did that on the other end of things, getting a 32" I otherwise never neeeded just to fit in a small gate/big back yard situation. Of course that account eventually drops and you wind up parking the thing and taking a depreciation hit. With a $11,000 mower, just be sure you're going to be able to use it elsewhere if this job ends.

    EFI saves fuel but I have heard more anecdotal accounts of problems with EFI engines on all brands.

    I checked Exmarks recently and for my use found no reason to go up to X from S, but I do smaller lots and don't abuse the thing. If you prefer Kawasaki (I do) in 60" plus you'd need to go X, I believe.

    The X is a little faster but my thinking is you can't really mow nice turf faster than 10mph anyway.

    The X seat would be nice for large acreage, but I assume it's optional on the S.

    But it seems to me that when they get this big the S and X are more alike than different. No real downside to the X other than perhaps a less proven spindle design (though supposed to be stronger) and a little more weight.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i would suggest looking at the deere's and husqvarna's as well. any of them will do the job. go with the cheapest price.
  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I bought a brand new Scag with bagger kit, a new trailer, a BOP mower, hand held power tools, all kinds of accessories to make being a solo operation easier. It took 3 years to pay off everything. I started out with no clients and went door to door. Found a bunch of customers and now have more then doubled my work load just in the last few months! I had enough to keep me working 2-3 days a week and still support a family, mortgage and all the other bills. Now I took on close to double the work load and it's all within 2 miles from home! Life my friend is all about risk.
  7. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Go for the trade in and get a nice 52 or 60 in. Z. It will suit your present needs and give you more of a future to take on bigger properties. Bigger and faster equal more money especially if you are solo. I use a 60 in. Z on everything. Trimming makes the man! If you trim out a place tight and neat with the proper fade every time you'll see how a bigger mower, with in reason, is more profitable. Take the risk, cause you will only fall behind if you don't and that's what business is all about, taking that calculated risk. Good luck.
  8. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    Ok so a 60" is out of the question as my yards are too small for such a big mower. I am thinking of a LazerZ S series with the Kawasaki motor. Any thoughts?
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  9. HPI_Savage25

    HPI_Savage25 LawnSite Member
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    Went to edit but its been past 10 mins but I am thinking a 48" which is the series 4 deck.
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  10. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Heck, do a search of the forum, and there are thousands of threads on this I bet.

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