Shopping for a ZTR Mower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by GJGerson, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. GJGerson

    GJGerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, first time posting here, but I am in the market for a ZTR and having a hard time deciding which brand to go with. I'm looking for a 42" cut, with bagging attachment and striping kit, and the top end of the budget is $4,000.00.

    I've ruled out the mowers at the big box stores like the JD and Toro, etc.

    I think I have narrowed it down to the eXmark quest, Gravely ZT (XL maybe), and the Hustler Sport.

    I have an eXmark dealer less than 2 miles from my house.

    I really want a welded deck, but not sure I can find one in the budget.

    This is for my personal use. I have 14,000 of Bermuda that I have been cutting with a Honda walk-behind for 3 years. Time to upgrade. The lot is fairly level on 3 sides with a long gradual slope on one side.

    Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  2. ATLandcare

    ATLandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I believe this belongs in the homeowner assistance thread, but they'll move it for you I think.

    I really really like the Exmark Quest for the grade of machine it's considered to be. It cuts excellent and does really well up slopes, but not so well horizontally on slopes. I've spent several hundred hours on the equivalent hustler and prefer the quest. Where are you located?
  3. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    Check into getting on disability, I'm sure that you more than qualify. The new way to make a living.
  4. ATLandcare

    ATLandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Harsh. I believe he is a home owner and not an LCO.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You want a garden tractor. Don't bother with a ztr. Do you have leaves in the fall? Do you have a garden planted? Lots of use for a tractor when you're a homeowner.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i have heard a lot of good things about exmark ztrs. make sure you demo it for a while first and make sure you like whatever you will be getting. good luck
  7. tuffram

    tuffram LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    My neighbor has a 2010 quest with a fab deck looks nice for a home owner mower I think he paid over 4K for it without the bagger setup which I think he said was an additional $800 a new quest with bagger will probably put you over the $5000 mark unless you are getting one heck of a deal.
  8. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Not sure where your located but might want to check out a Bob-Cat FastCat. not sure on the price but know they make a 42"
  9. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    Check out snapper pro there preaty cheap but good.
  10. GJGerson

    GJGerson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Yes, sorry. New to the site. Just a homeowner looking for advice on purchasing a mower. Reliable information hard to find in the internet. This seems like the best place to get real feedback from real professionals.

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