Which Mower Should I Buy?

What is the best brand of Zero Turn Riding Mower?

  • Scag

    Votes: 8 47.1%
  • Hustler

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Toro

    Votes: 1 5.9%
  • Exmark

    Votes: 1 5.9%
  • John Deere

    Votes: 2 11.8%
  • Bad Boy

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dixie Chopper

    Votes: 1 5.9%
  • Dixon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 23.5%

  • Total voters
    17

BigRig_88

LawnSite Member
Hello I'm new here and I am needing some help deciding which used zero turn to buy. This will be my first zero turn ever. I have a dealer within 40 miles of me for all of these brands. I own a large farm in rugged eastern Kentucky and I will be mowing on average 10-12 acres a week. Most of it is flat with two large hills, three small slopes, and 9 maple/oak trees. I am upgrading from a 2001 Troy-bilt 42" 17.5hp Briggs. The Troy-bilt has taken me days to get this acreage cut and I was constantly replacing belts, springs, and blades. The troy-bill won't start and I have decided to not to put anymore money into it and get a zero turn instead so I can get the acreage cut in less time. I have listed below from price lowest to highest the zero turns that I'm interested in on Craigslist in my area. My maximum price range is $3,500 and preferably less so thats why I'm looking on Craigslist for good brands that hold up well when used. I have also considered buying a tractor with a finishing blade. I have decided I will get the tractor with finishing blade later so in the mean time I need a fast mowing zero turn. Thanks for the help much appreciated.

2010ish Toro Z Master 62" $2,000

2010ish Dixon Kodiak 60" 27hp Briggs $2,600 (selling due to buying a Scag 61")

2010ish Bad Boy 6000zt 60" 26hp Briggs $2,750

2010 Exmark Lazer Z 60" $2,850

2005 Dixon Grizzly ZTR 60" 24hp Honda $2,900

2010ish Hustler Super Z 72" $3,000

2010ish John Deere M665 60" 25hp $3,100

2010ish Scag Turf Tiger 61" Kawasaki $3,200 (could probably get it for $3,000)

2010ish Dixie Chopper 60" 23hp Kohler $3,450

2010ish John Deere 757 60" $3,500
 
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ShowCaseLawnCare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Uranus
I know that you said you was on a budget, but the used mowers you are looking at are 7 plus years old and on Craig's list. Nothing wrong with buying used but these machines may have a lot of hours and be worn out. You need something say 2 years old with low hours. You have a decent amount of mowing to do weekly. If you buy something older with high hours it may not make it 1 seasson then you are back in the same situation as now.
 
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BigRig_88

LawnSite Member
I know that you said you was on a budget, but the used mowers you are looking at are 7 plus years old and on Craig's list. Nothing wrong with buying used but these machines may have a lot of hours and be worn out. You need something say 2 years old with low hours. You have a decent amount of mowing to do weekly. If you buy something older with high hours it may not make it 1 seasson then you are back in the same situation as now.
Hey thanks for the reply. I had that same concern myself. I don't want to be into another mower that is constantly in the shop like the Troy-bilt was. However I also don't have the money to buy new. In 2 or 3 years I may be able to upgrade but will mostly likely get a tractor at that point. I'll post the links to the mowers in my original post to give anyone willing to help me a little more information. Most don't have the year of the mower but look like 2010 but may be newer. I will be buying within the next few days since I have yet to mow this season and the grass can't wait much longer without being shin high .
 
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BigRig_88

LawnSite Member
2010ish Toro Z Master 62" $2,000
https://lexington.craigslist.org/grd/6087481792.html

2010ish Dixon Kodiak 60" 27hp Briggs $2,600 (selling due to buying a Scag 61") https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6088140882.html

2010ish Bad Boy 6000zt 60" 26hp Briggs $2,750 https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6087131317.html

2010 Exmark Lazer Z 60" $2,850 https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6088159739.html

2005 Dixon Grizzly ZTR 60" 24hp Honda $2,900 https://columbus.craigslist.org/grd/6067718061.html

2010ish Hustler Super Z 72" $3,000 https://lexington.craigslist.org/grd/6084603851.html

2010ish John Deere M665 60" 25hp $3,100
https://columbus.craigslist.org/grd/6074034303.html

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6084569283.html

2010ish Scag Turf Tiger 61" Kawasaki $3,200 (could probably get it for $3,000) https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grq/6085392139.html

2010ish Dixie Chopper 60" 23hp Kohler $3,450 https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6086485483.html

2010ish John Deere 757 60" $3,500 https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/6069474253.html
 

WilsonBoud

LawnSite Member
Location
Lafayette, LA
Having looked at all you links, I noticed not many listed hours on the clock. But the Scag has a liquid cooled Kawasaki, and I know how well built Scag is. I would call the dealer about hours on the Scag. My money would be on the Scag.
 
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BigRig_88

LawnSite Member
Having looked at all you links, I noticed not many listed hours on the clock. But the Scag has a liquid cooled Kawasaki, and I know how well built Scag is. I would call the dealer about hours on the Scag. My money would be on the Scag.
Just got off the phone with the dealer who was selling the Scag. He said it was an early 2000 model and it didn't have a hour meter on it. He said oh hang on sorry I don't have that anymore I delivered it this past Saturday. That limits my options to 9 machines. The Toro is the closest from me within an hour but I'm not opposed to driving 3 to 4 hours for a good mower. All mowers left are witin 3 hours from me. I have listed the hours of the machines below. How many hours is considered to be High enough to stay away from?

2010ish Toro Z Master 62" has 1700hrs.

2010ish Dixon Kodiak 60" 27hp Briggs 632 hours

2008 Bad Boy 6000zt 60" 26hp Briggs 185 hours.

2010 Exmark Lazer Z 60" 2175 hours.

2005 Dixon Grizzly ZTR 60" 24hp 1756 hours.

2010ish Hustler Super Z 72" no mention of hours.

2010ish John Deere M665 60" 25hp one has 1100 hours and the other has 1460 hours.

2010ish Dixie Chopper 60" 23hp Kohler has no hour meter.

2010ish John Deere 757 60" listed as Reasonable Hrs.
 

13Razorbackfan

LawnSite Silver Member
The 757, super Z and the Lazer Z are what I would look at...

Personally I would look at expanding your budget to around 8k, take the 3k and put it down on a new commercial mower like the JD 920m 60" or similar and finance the difference at 0% for 4 years. That means you will finance roughly 5k at $105 per month and get a full warranty and a loaner if your machine is in the shop for warranty repairs.

That would be your best bet mowing 10 acres. I think throwing 3k at a used commercial machine may be throwing good money at a bad situation
 
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BigRig_88

LawnSite Member
The 757, super Z and the Lazer Z are what I would look at...

Personally I would look at expanding your budget to around 8k, take the 3k and put it down on a new commercial mower like the JD 920m 60" or similar and finance the difference at 0% for 4 years. That means you will finance roughly 5k at $105 per month and get a full warranty and a loaner if your machine is in the shop for warranty repairs.

That would be your best bet mowing 10 acres. I think throwing 3k at a used commercial machine may be throwing good money at a bad situation

I agree I don't want to get a older machine that parts are falling apart and needing replaced due to age and usual wear and tear. I was just hoping to get a really good brand mower that was several years old slightly used and maintained for a quater of what the new ones are running at.

I wouldn't be opposed to expanding my budget to $8,000 if it was stretched out over 3 or 4 years. And putting a down payment of $3,000 with the "free money" 0% interest. And having a backup mower if mine is being repaired would be great since I've went weeks while my troy-bilt was down.

I looked at my local John deere dealers website and the 920m is $9,629 for 48 month's at 0% interest until July 2017. What about diesel vs gas zero turns? If I decide to buy new should I look into diesel.

My next question is if the dealer has a 1 or 2 year old mower with low hours is that something worth buying as well? I'm not sure what is classified as high hours on these new zero turn machines.

Also should I get a 60" cut or a 72" cut? Coming from a 42" cut I figured 60" would work but if a 72" is even better. My moto is anything has to be better than the 42" cut I was using. If I'm going to buy new I might as well get the best for my situation.

Also I was leaning toward scag and hustler because the gas tanks are under the seat as opposed to being over the tires. From what I have read this is better for the hills and slopes that I will have to mow. Is this true should I be looking for a mower that has the gas tank under the seat not over the wheels? Does John Deere make one like that?
 
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13Razorbackfan

LawnSite Silver Member
Don't pay attention to the JD MSRP website price...if you are in the US you should be able to get one for $8500 give or take. I would go down to your local dealer and get some hard prices.
 

Wye Oak Tree

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rhode Island
The 757, super Z and the Lazer Z are what I would look at...

Personally I would look at expanding your budget to around 8k, take the 3k and put it down on a new commercial mower like the JD 920m 60" or similar and finance the difference at 0% for 4 years. That means you will finance roughly 5k at $105 per month and get a full warranty and a loaner if your machine is in the shop for warranty repairs.

That would be your best bet mowing 10 acres. I think throwing 3k at a used commercial machine may be throwing good money at a bad situation

I Agree with this^^
Try to get a 72in deck if you can. It might not be great on slopes, but it sounds like the land is pretty open (only 9 trees??!)10-12 acres is a bit of mowing!
 

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