Service Life for ZTR

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Andy Miller, Oct 30, 2001.

  1. Andy Miller

    Andy Miller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    What is the normal life expectancy for your average ZTR? I am planning to purchase a used one and would like to know what is concidered high hours. Also, how many hours do most of you use a ZTR in a normal year?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    It will depend on how it was taken care of and what brand it is, what hours are a lot or not. Why don't you let us know what your looking at and how many hours are on this ZTR. I have one with 3,800 hours on it that I wouldn't trade even up for ones I've seen with 200 hours on it.

    Things to look for are hydro leaks, crawl under it and lift the blades up and down on the ends to see if there is play in the spindle bearings, listen to the engine for any odd sound, and check to see what the over all appearance of the machine is. If it is all beat up, it probably wasn't taken care of. I hope this helps.
  3. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    With deals that some of the financing company's have now why not consider a new ZTR with a strong warrenty?

  4. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    I was kinda wondering this myself....I have a ZTR with 650 hours which is the main machine ...I have been wondering run it for another season or trade this winter.....

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Based on a previous thread "2000 hour club", also my dealer has thrown out a 2000 hour figure for engine life, I think most commercial mowers should go 2000 hours, obviously some do much better, partly due to extra filters (Dixies for example).
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It is my belief that almost any ZTR should be able to get to the 1500 to 2000 hour mark is you do regular maintenance on the machine and don't beat it up.

    eggy wrote:
    I was kinda wondering this myself....I have a ZTR with 650 hours which is the main machine ...I have been wondering run it for another season or trade this winter.....

    Your mower is just barely out of the breakin period. I am in my first year of what I expect will at least a 10 year ownership of my Dixie. I should put between 300 and 350 hours a year on the machine. At 325 hrs a year I should get at least 12 years out of my Dixie.

    If I were to use your tradein schedule (650 hours) I would have to buy 6 Dixies in 12 years. If I buy them at 9 grand (assuming there's no inflation) and trade them in at 4.5 grand I will have spent 27 thousand dollars. Where's the economy in that?

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I might add that if the unit you're looking at does look a little rough, say, like a rental unit, the rule of thumb for rental equipment is half the life of well-maintained "one-owner" stuff.
  8. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    I see your point....I guess all in all I will get about the same trade in value for a machine with 650 hours or 1,000. I guess I am the type of person who always wonders what if? and trys to have a plan....Such as when equipment fails...
  9. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    eggy don't trade in your mower with that low amount on hrs, you won't make a dime youll loose alot, I wouldn't think about trading untill i have the mower for atleast 5-7 yrs. This way youve made your money and the dealer can't stick it to you. Like Eric said if you take good care of your equipment and its working fine keep it no need for a trade. Ive still got my 52" Snapper walkbehind i purchased new in 93 it runs and cuts great so im going to keep it. Even if something goes wrong ill still hang on to it for back up. My friend is a cutter and he gets 4000hrs on his scags in two yrs. Marks Mowing Service
  10. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: guys your killin me:), 650 hrs is what i put on a machine in a year. ERIC ELM, got it right many friends i know in the business have new ztr's this year with 200 hrs on the that look like they feel off a trailor. i have a walker that has 3700 hrs on it, and has been very reliable. maint. is a hugh key, if a machine is kept well you'll have little to no problem, so maybe after 2500 hrs you may have to replace an engine, most if not all of these machines have sealed hydro units which very rarely go bad, provided you check the gear oil. i have a bobcat ztr w 2700 hrs on it which looks brand new, i will invest in a new engine this winter, startin to get tired, but in march i got a new mower for $1500. I guess it's very hard to put a life expectancy on a machine of this nature. Good Luck T

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