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what a snapper!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sirsweatsalot, Jul 18, 2002.

  1. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 296

    i looked this morning at snappers new walk behinds. i was wondering if they are as good as they claimed they were? grand ol oprea uses them, but i don't have there number. i would like to hear what you boys and girls think.
  2. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458


    I looked at them too, they didn't look too bad. Did you ever buy one?

    Joel B.
  3. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Snapper has always made a good home owner machine, and there commercial stuff has gotten better over the years.
    I wonder if Simplicity will bring the Ferris riders into the Snapper line for a solid line up of mowers.
    Simplicity just bought Snapper and already owns Ferris and Giant-Vac....
    Here is the news release
    Simplicity aquires Snapper

  4. rcav8er

    rcav8er LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I just recently looked at a Simplicity ZTR (Ferris with full suspension). Looks to be the Ferris ZTR only it's painted orange and has Simplicity logo's.
    Is it just me or does this ZTR look more like a Sherman Tank with a 72" deck? In general the mower looks real nice but there seems to be allot of bells and whisels that could be maintenance headaches.
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    They are the same machine (simplicity/ferris) but the warrenty is not!!!

    The simplicity version is marked for homeowner use and has 1/2 the Ferris warrenty.

    As for Snapper walkbehinds, I was coming on here to start the same thread! I looked at their stuff as well. The walkbehinds I would consider. Very nice!

    The ZTR's I would not. They cost way too much for what they are. Over $8,500+, gimmie a break! I passed on a big one I ran across this summer. A 25 HP 61" with only 200 hrs for $4,000. It was the joystick model though.

    I'd like to see more about the WB's though :)
  6. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    Me too, I was at a dealer getting my tire fixed, and he had a snapper 48 inch. It looked nice, but would like to see if anyone is using these and what their thoughts are.
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I can't speak much about the new ones, but I have one that is a few years old (although never used until I bought it this past spring).
    It's a 52" hydro with a 17 hp Briggs Vangaurd. I'm very happy with it. Leaves a great cut. Seems to get a good vacuum which stands the grass up and cuts it clean.
    I guess my only complaint would be the loop handles. I like them except the range of movement is kind of a far stretch for my hands.
    I did briefly look at the new ones at the Louisville show. Seems they have a shorter range of motion and don't require your hands to stretch near as much. Wish mine had them.

    Based on my limitied experience with this single machine, I would buy another one from them.
  8. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I ran Snapper Walkbehinds for a couple of years for anlther LCO
    I liked the controls (loop grip) and the cut quality was always good. easy to maintain. These were a 97 and two 99 moddles and two of them are still goin. (one blew an engine-not the mowers fault , but Kohlers).

    What have they changed for the new models??
    I haven't heard of anything new from snapper in a while.
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087


    Dunno if I checked out the older or newer design. How could I tell? Anyways I like all these pistol grip alternatives. The are all nice. The neutral lock on the Snapper was a bit of a pain to use though.

    I wish they still offered the Briggs Vanguard. I like them. Smooth quiet engines.
  10. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    The lock on the snapper is defferent from alot of them but i think better. One lock for both sides just use your finger tips, instead of your thumbs.

    the snapper loop grip has been around a long time and is available on belt drives also.

    The tracking lever works very well. One lever controls speed and left-right tracking.

    I think Ive' just talked myself into taking another look at them myself:D

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