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Which ZTR costs more to operate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HS Football Rules, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151


    Give me your most expensive & least expensive picks please.
    Mainly concerned about parts after warranty, but fuel
    consumption would be cool too...all have 23 or 25hp Kawi's
  2. TomB

    TomB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    The one you don't take of !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. All-Pro LawnCare

    All-Pro LawnCare LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 26

    52in Bobcat with a 19hp Kaw. It loves to drink gas. I should have opt for the larger engine.
  4. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    liquid cooled more expensive =better resale =typically longer lasting engine

    liquid cooled maintenance cost only slightly more =better reliability than air cooled, which require covers removed 4 debris clean out often

    shaft drive pto expensive but reliable usually /// belt drive way cheaper ,quick and easy to fix

    Most costs are offset usually in one way or another

    eg step up from efi to diesel u would hope 4 a gain in reliability and longevity

    higher hp is usually warranted by the additional productivity //capability gain

  5. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I can see where added technology costs more to maintain,
    and costs more up front...hopefully paying off in fuel efficiency
    and resale value. The underpowered machine guzzling gas also makes sense.

    With all things being equal I would pick Toro & Lesco as the high and low
    respectively in parts costs and maintenance costs.

    If I took Lesco out of the equation,then who, would have the most/least
    expensive parts?
  6. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello , the ztr which are standard configuration ,probaly not alot between them .[hydropumps ,motors 3x spindle deck and all belt drive ]
    Look 4 a brand that is most common 4 spares will be available aftermarket also .Check the prices/availability online etc
    Dealer should be within reasonable distance ,less than 1 hr drive


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