When do you trade ZTRs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by coyotekid, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. coyotekid

    coyotekid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    As the title suggests, when do you trade your big mowers off? Or do you run them to the ground?

    On my diesel mower, I'm confident the Kubota engine will be purring long after everything else is worn out, such as the deck.

    1000 hours of normal mowing shouldn't be asking much, is it?
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Some trade every year or two and some keep them 5,000 hrs.....
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    On a gas mower I would think 1500-2000 hours before an engine may be needed. On your diesel I would hope you would get 2000-3000 hours with good maintence (I may be low on this estimate) Ive never owned a diesel on a mower

  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    We just fix and replace parts as they need it. Our lazer has 2,200 hours and runs like brand new. The longer you run a unit the better your profit off it was. When the motor blows we will replace it. The machine is still in good shape so no need to replace the entire machine.
  5. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I am confident that my diesel will go - at least - 6000 hours. The rest of the machine, repair as you go.....:usflag:
  6. walker/redmax

    walker/redmax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Diesel (although I've never owned one)-5000hrs.:)
  7. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    When they are incredibly unproductive or in need of to many parts.
  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I like to trade mine in right b4 something major breaks:laugh: :laugh: :dizzy:

    Now...if I only knew when that was.
  9. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    My machines usually are traded out every three years , many many hours but still trade able .I don’t keep equipment until its run in the ground and inoperable. I trade Z-turns off before they are fully depreciated. Selling old equipment that has been depreciated has a recapture tax on the selling price.
  10. David Grass

    David Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I never like to trade anything, I like to just add, I have my 95 walker, and a 2005 Hustler,both of which I will keep, just looking to add. You lose in trade. Walker has close to 3000 and is running better than new (broken in quite well, lol). There is an unfounded "fear" that you will have a lot of down time with older equipment. I recently heard a story of a guy around here with a 70s model Hustler, that has never missed a week of work, the only parts he needed were provided immediately. If you maintain any of the tried and proven brands, you will get 5000 plus hours, 10 to 20 years. My Walker was paid for along time ago, and every time I use it, well, no more depreciation!!!!!!!!

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