Ranking The Industry's Mid Mount Z's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TPLawnPro, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    The ZTR Mower Industry Has Become Quite Competitive.

    Ten years ago, the big guns were companies like SCAG, Toro, Exmark, Dixie Chopper, Walker, and Gravely. Ten years ago, Exmark wasn't owned by Toro, Exmark was obviously becoming the industry's latest innovator, Dixons were a blue plastic Rubbermaid Z, while SCAG also delivered a solid and reliable product.

    These days, there are plenty of choices.

    I would appreciate it if some of you would share with the rest of us how you rank the top 5 (48" to 52") Commercial Mid Mount ZTR manufacturers. Please base your rankings of the overall quality of product, design, and best result of cut.

    Here's how I rank my choices of the top 5 Mid Mount ZTR Manufacturers:

    1. TORO - [Good Looking Machines, Solid Machines, Great Decks=Fantastic Cut]
    2. Exmark - [Like Toro, but just barely not up to Toro's standards.]
    3. Ferris - [This company will not give up on improving its Z designs.]
    4. Snapper - [Sweet cut! Maintenance Demanding Machines.]
    5. SCAG - [Dependable. Dated Traditional Design. A True Workhorse. Mowing Results are not the greatest.]
  2. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Its hard to say. It all depends on how well the product is backed in the area. For example: I have one snapper dealer and thats an hour away. I would never even think of running this peace of equipment because of that.

    So.. Scag, Toro, Exmark, Wright, Deere. Thats just mid-mounts. Im a Walker Fan.
  3. TPLawnPro

    TPLawnPro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Very good point.
  4. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have to agree that your area and dealer support make up a large part fo this decision. Here in my area my top 5 rankign choices would be:

    1. Deere
    2. Exmark
    3. Toro
    4. Hustler
    5. Scag
  5. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    1. Toro
    2. Gravely
    3. JD
    4. Hustler
    5. Scag

    as of 2006, eXmark is no longer predominant in my town, most of red machines are either Toro turboforce or Gravely 200 & 100 series.
  6. Kady Landscape

    Kady Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    In my area you see alot of Toro, Scag, Walker, and Bobcat's. I don't know enough on the other brands to comment. I prefer Toro and Scag. A walker will be the next addition to the fleet.I know J/D is comming on strong but I can't help it when I see the green and gold I think of a old farm tractor not power equipment.
  7. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    around here i would have to say

    1. Deere
    2. Exmark
    3. Toro
  8. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Around Here the top 5 are..

    1. Exmark
    2. Toro
    3. Scag
    4. Walker
    5. Lesco
  9. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Sorry Kubota
    Exmark..Yes again
    Exmark...I may change my mind on the new triton...have to see
    Scag They make a great pc of equipment
  10. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,338

    Judging from popularity (as in what rides around on LCOs trialers here):
    1. Dixon
    2. Walker
    3. Grasshopper
    4. Dixie Chopper
    5. Hustler

    Dixon is by far the most popular here, and second is Walker. I would guess that Dixons and Walkers together outnumber all other mowers 5:1 here.

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