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scag, bobcat or hustler?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by byrdman, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. byrdman

    byrdman LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 8

    I mow about 6 acres of my lawn and am interested in a zero turn mower. I have looked at Hustlers and Bobcats and really liked them both. I have also looked at Scags and Gravelys but the dealers are a little farther away than I like if I ever have any problems. So, I narrowed it down to Hustler and Bobcat. Any suggestions on which is the better mower? They both cost fairly the same and I am looking for a mower that will last me for many years.
  2. Those are both commercial grade machines with features of no use to you. For example, the Hustler has a super heavy duty frame. Unless you're crashing around on rough ground 40-50 hours per week, it's something you'd never use.

    Something you never mentioned was which engine you would buy. That's where you would have the most difficulty.

    That's why I'd recommend to you the Kubota ZTR. It has a diesel engine, which are virtually trouble free. Sure it's just a little lighter built, but hey, it's Kubota. 20 year plus lifespan.

    Don't worry about being close to a dealer, because it's not going back there. It's not like the old lawn mowers that had to be nursed along by the dealer to keep them running. If you don't sharpen your own blades or change oil, get someone local to do it.
    That's all you're ever going to need.

  3. Artman

    Artman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    You did not mention which Hustler you were looking at. The new Hustler FasTrak sounds like just the ticket. You can get a 20 hp Honda with a 52" side-discharge/mulching deck for $5499. 00 MSRP.
  4. byrdman

    byrdman LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 8

    The ground lawn I own is very hilly. I really am not interested in a deisel engine.I have heard really good things about the Kawasaki engines. Is there any bad things or experiences that keep you from liking the Hustler or Bobcat?
  5. byrdman

    byrdman LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 8

    I am looking at the Hustler Super Z with the 72" deck.
  6. Artman

    Artman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    If price is not an issue or if mowing time is a factor, then you can't beat the Super Z/72. It will definitely get the job done the fastest. It is, though, the most expensive of the Hustler Zs.
  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Where in Ohio are you ???
    Those are all the dealers I work with every day.
    I am the Hustler factory rep in that area
    Which dealer are you dealing with ???
    Let me know please

  8. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    of the 3 you mentioned, i woud pickeither the scag,or the bobcat. we run bobcats exclusively, but the scag is also a decent machine as well.

    yes the kawasaki engines run well, and rarely have downtime.

    which bobcat mower are you looking at purchasing the 52" deck, or the 61" deck?

    if you get the 52", i would suggest no less than the 17 hp kawasaki, 19 hp would be better though.

    and for the 61", the 23hp kawasaki is on both of ours.
  9. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I have three turf tigers for sale right now and the reason they are for sale is the hustler super z. The super z is definately the best mower I have ever been on. Get a hold of mower consultant and arrange for a demo, you wont be sorry.
  10. byrdman

    byrdman LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 8

    i am located in bellefontaine, ohio. the dealer i am talking to is grand rental station.

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