Snaper Pro that 's 18mph?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stick, Aug 24, 2000.

  1. stick

    stick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Stopped at a snaper dealer that had some new mid-mount grasshoppers that I had to check out. Owner was telling me about these new snaper pro ztr's are the fastest mower you can buy. Top speed at 18 mph, I am demoing one next week, I think hes blowing smoke up stick's bum hole. But I'll see, anyone got one?

    [Edited by stick on 08-24-2000 at 04:16 AM]
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,697

    No, I don't have one but I'd be willing to bet that even if the Snapper did go 18 MPH that it wouldn't provide a finish cut at that speed. Even the "World's Fastest Lawn Mower", the Dixie Chopper S'BURB'N TURB'N, at 13 MPH lays only claim to production mowing at that speed. In my area, with the conditions and turf type that is prevelant here, finish mowing (99.9% of blades cut on one pass) can only be accomplished at top speeds of around 6 to 7 MPH.
  3. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,401

    When you find if the 18 mph speed is true or not, please post or e-mail me. I know the snapper probably couldn't cut at that speed, but 18 mph is awesome!

    Rick Wallace
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    Actually,18 hp is not even enough for a ZTR. By the time you power two pumps, push the machine (with rider),and turn the really don't have much. I've learned that with a ZTR, unless it's a really small deck like 52 on down, that atleast 23 hp is needed for all around mowing.
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    You must have had a long day man !! :)

    Re-read the post, he said 18 MPH, not horsepower!

    It may have a traveling speed of 18MPH but you can't cut with it.

    We have a TORO groundsmaster that you can go about 15 I think, but you can only turn the blades on in lower speeds.
    Of course there are ways to rig it, but the quality of cut drops by half when you speed it up that much. Byt the time you mow twice @ 18 MPH, you could have just done it right @ 9 mph!!

    Let us know the "real" facts when you find out.

  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    May be driving from the trailer to your lawn, you could go 18mph. But I doubt you could cut at that speed. The dealers probably BSing you!
  7. Bobby

    Bobby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    18 mph? I hope it comes with a ROPS.(roll over protection system)!!!!!!

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