Why so many z riders?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Mar 17, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Increasingly I have seen a myriad of landscapers on zRider mowers. Sure they look faster than a traditional walk behind unit, but I bet unless you have huge yards, then they really arent worth the added expense. Does anyone else follow me, or am I just too cheap?
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    No other change just the z.Pretty big boost to production.
  3. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    A guy in town that I know bought two of them, and seems to service them alot because of employees smashing them into trees. I don't have the greatest expertise on the issue, hence to first post, but I really do like simplicity of the gear drive walk behind mowers.
  4. skyphoto

    skyphoto LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Im just a solo op. So I figure the less I have to walk or stand while mowing the more I can save myself to trim prune etc.I like my 721d Hopper and would not trade it for anything....Maybe Im just a bumb...You are prob. healthyer though!!! For each his own!
  5. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    You may change your mind. There is something to be said for not being totally beaten at the end of a July day.
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Going from a 48" walk behind to a 60"ZTR is like having 2- 48" walk behinds! Not only are they faster, but having a ZTR will allow you to take on lawns that were too big with just a 48". I had a 48"JD for 6 years before I got my first Grasshopper. I wish that I had bought one right from the get-go! Now I run 2 Grasshoppers and there isn't a large area that I have to turn away. Work smarter, not harder!
  7. skyphoto

    skyphoto LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Work smarter, not harder!

    AMEN hehe You said it!

    [Edited by skyphoto on 03-17-2001 at 04:50 PM]
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I have to agree with Bob, the production is about double or more going from 2-48" W/B's to a 60" ZTR. You need 1 less employee and after a hot day you are not nearly as tired after doing twice the work that you did before and all by yourself.

  9. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    The answer to your own question, your just cheap!:D
  10. Lee Homan

    Lee Homan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    A little off the subject but have you guys seen how many companies are making Z riders now? MTD, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet the list goes on and on. Even Bush Hog has one out, can you believe Bush Hog making a Z rider? It seems like everybody is trying to get a piece of the pie.

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