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Toro Z500 or G3

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcw615, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. bigfish5

    bigfish5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Steve i am about to be in the market. and the z500 with turbo deck is one i have been interested in. That is my price range. I am also interested in the snapper pro 200 with the 61 inch deck. can you give us any insight on comparing the two? Also, i hope you dont mind but i programed your number into my phone for when i have the cash. I live over in middleburg, bout an hour away.
  2. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    g3 hands down unreal amount of torque
  3. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    I too plan to get a new Toro this week or next. I was originally going for the G3...25hp, 52 inch Turboforce with bagger. However, I've decided to go with a Z500 with 27hp, 52 inch Turboforce. The G3 is too new and I know there are still bugs that'll show up. Plus, I'm not sold on the rod/deck system. What happens when you hit something rather hard with the deck...will the rods bend? The chain/deck system seems to have more give and flexibility. I asked my dealer if he had the money what mower he'd buy...and...he said the Z500. They have been around for years and have proven themselves. My only complaint...Toro prices are nuts! I like Kohler motors so much better than Kawasaki. I've had three Zs with Kawasaki engines...all 23hp and all were crap. Major issues every 200 hundred hours. My mower with the Kohler Command...2000 hours and not one single issue. I also dislike the gas tank on the G3. Too small of an opening and what happens when the digital gas meter goes bad? You can't open the cap to see how much gas you have left.
  4. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
    Messages: 36

    Yard at work, Make the drive to florida and save several thousand dollars. I sell wholesale at prices less than your local dealer pays for the units. I have over 100 Ztrs and mowers in stoack and am in north Florida right off I75.

  5. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
    Messages: 36

    Big Fish, Thank you for your consideration.

    I think both mowers are really excellent units. I own the dealership and also own a commercial lawn mowing company. All of the units I sell I use on my lawn crews as well.

    I would suggest using both units and see which one you prefer. Trying to compare the two is like trying to compare and Ford and Chevy truck. Both are more similar than not but often times brand loyalty gets in the way of a true comparison.

    I look forward to meeting you. Thanks.
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,024

    Dont forget to drive right back down there when you need the mower fixed ASAP cause your local dealer isnt going to help you much then.
  7. gtmorgan89

    gtmorgan89 LawnSite Senior Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 318

    Why wouldn't a local dealer want to help? They are still making money off parts and labor. If the machine is under warranty, thats not costing the dealer anything either. Even without warranty, my Toro's are rarely in the shop. I drove to Cincinatti to get one of mine. . . . . Will I again to save a couple grand ? ? ? ? ? ? ? YES!
  8. WholeSaleSteve

    WholeSaleSteve Inactive
    Messages: 36

    Toro warranty is good at any dealer nationwide. Toro approves and scantions internet sales as long as the unit is picked up in person from the retailing dealer. Feel free to contact Toro correctly for verification of this. Thanks for your comments.
  9. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,024

    I am just saying that you wont get pushed to the front of the line when something goes wrong on it as you may if you purchased it there. Also one day you wont have a local dealer. Dealers need to sell machines to keep being a dealer...so if nobody is buying from them, they wont be able to keep their dealer status and then you wont have a local place to get warranty work or parts. Just some things to think about.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2010
  10. Dpatt07

    Dpatt07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I just bought a 2008 Toro Z500 52" 27HP Kohler for $6799.00. It is brand new the only thing I didn't like is that I have to buy the extra scalp rollers for the rear because they are an option not standard. No turbo force, but it is the same deck it just does not have the movable baffle. I would not move it if I had only anyway. Its a great mower, I could not beat the price.

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