Sick of cheap box store riding mowers. 1500-3k budget used zero turns?

treysoucie

LawnSite Member
Location
So. Maine
Looking at a couple high-end older used mowers. I'm on my second Craftsman t3000 which has been junk. Am I better off with one of these older far superior-made machines?

The g1800 is 2500 bucks, the t1870 is 1800 and the Honda is 1,100. I also found a simplicity zero turn for $1800 that looks like it's not too bad. i also added a few screenshots of zero turns for sale within an hour or two drive from me.

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treysoucie

LawnSite Member
Location
So. Maine
i was leaning towards the g1800 already. i have a sick fascination with little kubota machines. i used to have an addiction where i bought like 5 Kubota 90's 5021 push mowers! haha. ive got a simplicity snow blower that i really like too. the cost of parts on the kubota G1800 scares me though and being that its old, im sure would need more attention than a newer unit and cost astronomically higher for repair parts.

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Capt J-rod

LawnSite Member
if that Kubota is 4x4 then stay away. They have a cable system in the driveline that screws up pretty regular. My buddy had one and dumped it after he had it fixed the third time.
Here is another way to look at a mower. I went brand new scag TT2... Very expensive machine right? Well I put about 50 hours a year on it. If a hardcore commercial company had it it would get 30 engine hours a week... Lets mow grass for 30 weeks, so 900 hours per year. They usually get a solid 3 seasons if not more, so 3000 hours on the machine's life. That means I could potentially have 60 years of life in my TT2. Obviously it won't be this way, but if I maintain and care for this machine I can expect 25 years of use out of it. For a $12k mower it will be $500/year. If you blow up and replace junk every other year and constantly have to wrench and wait for parts then add that in. 0% interest is a powerful tool if you change oil and service the machine. Also I keep everything inside my heated shop. I understand that not everyone can do that, but keep the other numbers and lack of frustration in mind.
 

Crazy 4 grass

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Minnesota
if that Kubota is 4x4 then stay away. They have a cable system in the driveline that screws up pretty regular. My buddy had one and dumped it after he had it fixed the third time.
Here is another way to look at a mower. I went brand new scag TT2... Very expensive machine right? Well I put about 50 hours a year on it. If a hardcore commercial company had it it would get 30 engine hours a week... Lets mow grass for 30 weeks, so 900 hours per year. They usually get a solid 3 seasons if not more, so 3000 hours on the machine's life. That means I could potentially have 60 years of life in my TT2. Obviously it won't be this way, but if I maintain and care for this machine I can expect 25 years of use out of it. For a $12k mower it will be $500/year. If you blow up and replace junk every other year and constantly have to wrench and wait for parts then add that in. 0% interest is a powerful tool if you change oil and service the machine. Also I keep everything inside my heated shop. I understand that not everyone can do that, but keep the other numbers and lack of frustration in mind.
In other words-
buy once cry once
 

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