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"semi" commercial - Deere and Simplicity

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by foyman, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. foyman

    foyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    :drinkup: Does anyone have any experience with the Deere z445 and/or the Simplicity champion? I know these aren't commercial units but they seem to have some good stuff for under $5K. I'm thinking they might be appropriate for 4 to 5 acres per week mowing of 3 properties. I don't plan to do any more.
  2. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    is that 3 properties that are 4-5 acres each, or 3 properties at are 4-5 acres total?
  3. foyman

    foyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    3 properties, total 4-5 acres:walking:
  4. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    For $5k, you can get a really good 48 or 52in WB with a velke that will do a even better job, and you will have dealer support. I wouldnt invest that amount of money on a residential mower.
  5. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i have the simplicity champion which i bought from a dealer so i have "dealer support". anyway, its a great cutting machine. has the ferris 4 wheel suspension, unlike alot of ztrs. i've only been using it on my own yard because i chose to go to smaller accounts and therefore dont need it anymore. i mow around 1.5 acres and its a good mower for the money.
  6. brentcausey

    brentcausey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I have the JD ZTR 445 and love it. I do all residential and a few commercial "bigger" properties and it's never let me down. My dad runs Exmark and Toro ZTR commercial mowers and I would say that my JD 445 cuts as good, if not better, than his 48 inch toro. I think the main difference is deck strength and life of the mower. I would recommend getting the mulch kit - it made a huge difference for me. For about 15 residential yards and 3 large commercial properties it does just fine for me. This is just a side job for me and I don't do any extremely nice stuff - lots of college kids and rent houses so take that into consideration.
  7. brentcausey

    brentcausey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Also - don't buy the mower at Lowe's. The mowers that lowe's sells don't have the kohler engines or the same warranty. I got mine at a John Deere dealership and for like $300 extra they will pick up my mower from my house (45 minutes away) and do regular servicing (oil, grease, etc.) for 3 years.
  8. foyman

    foyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I'm fortunate to have a deere dealer 40 minutes and a simplicity dealer 5 minutes away. I've dealt with both in the past with positve results.

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