Zero turn mowers

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by wireman36, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. wireman36

    wireman36 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I'm in the market for zero turn mower for my 2.0 acre lawn. Mostly
    flat with a gentle slope in the back yard - all grass no trees.
    I've look at many models and have narrowed it down to two
    models based on dealer location / reputation. I want a high
    quality mower with a high quality cut, want to tow a small poly
    trailer if needed and mount a JRCO electric broadcast spreader on
    the front. Keeping in mind the mower, spare parts/blades, cart,
    JRCO spreader and tax (+ wanting to stay within my budget)
    these are my choices:

    Toro Z100 with the Kawi 19hp engine (w/deluxe air filter assy.)
    and a 52" deck $5,700.00 (2003 leftover)

    Scag Tiger Cub with Honda 24hp engine and 52" deck $7,199.00
    (2003 model)

    Scag Tiger Cub with 19hp Kawi engine and a 48" deck for
    $6,100.00 (2003 model)

    I want the best machine for my dollars and could use some guidance from people with more experiance than me. Also interested in the performance of these machines with a 200 pound rider and possible bagger kit.
  2. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    I wouldn't buy a Skag if they paid me for the machine.

    The Toro I have used and found acceptable.

    My choice is a Bobcat 48 - 52' mower. We have owned a 48 for 4 years and have yet to have a breakdown. You should also look into Walker and Hustler for some of the finest cuts in the biz
  3. lahanko

    lahanko LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 173


    Toro's the one

  4. mowerconsultant

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

    You need to look at the Hustler Mini Z.
    44 or 52 inch decks, 19hp to 24hp in the Mini Z.
    Optional tow hitch, easily mount a spreader to the front of the unit.
    12 gallons of fuel capacity, excellent slope handling, heaviest frame in the industry, HD filter is standard, automatic parking brake...and so many more features.
    Do a search here on LS and you will see, this machine could be a great choice for you.
    Where are you located in Upstate Ny ? I live in Syracuse.
    We are adding more dealers in Ny every week.
    The distributor for Hustler in Ny is in Syracuse.

    Here are some models to look at:

    Hustler Mini Z, 19HP Kawasaki / 44", STD seat (23" tire). > 927228 $7,195
    Hustler Mini Z, 19HP Kawasaki / 52", STD seat (23" tire). > 927236 $7,295
    Hustler Mini Z, 23HP Kawasaki / 52", STD seat (23" tire). > 927244 $7,795

    These prices are full MSRP, I am sure you can get a much better price than anything else your looking at.
    There are a limited amount of last years models (20" tire) at some even better prices.
    E-mail me @
    I would be glad to answer any and all questions you may have.
    You may even be able to consider the FasTrak, which is a residential ZTR, built like the commercial units with a different drive system, get the unit priced down there for people with tighter budgets, or smaller properties (5 acres or less).
    Let me know.


  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    eXmark or Hustler. The best and most innovative 2 companies in the business. You can't go wrong with either of them.

    I vote eXmark. I think mowerconsultant would agree. hahahaha
  6. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I agree, as usual, with 65hoss.

  7. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Another popularity contest, I mean high school election, no I mean mower selection question. Wireman1, absolutely no offense to you whatsoever, but IMO, selection of a mower should not be up others who have different needs and ideas of what a mower should be. For example, I have a Scag and like it, love it whatever, no problems. The same is true for most Z owners who take care of there equip. But for example, I hate my exmark dealer and wouldn't mow any customers lawn w/ a Bobcat after seeing a customers neighbor of mine mowed with one. Stupid that I say this, probably, but you have to decide for yourself what is more important as most LCO have stuck with a brand of mower for quite some time and like customers once they find something they like, we buy, shout it out it and stick with it.

    And why we do this, we don't like to admit costly mistakes, expecially when they are as costly as Z's and our time which is what we sell.
  8. philbarb

    philbarb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Check out Dixie Chopper!!!
  9. Eagle3Fan

    Eagle3Fan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I'm in a similar position as wireman36. My choices are below:

    Exmark ZCT - 18 hp/44"......$4999
    Exmark ZCT - 18 hp/48"......$5250
    Hustler MiniZ (demo w/ 90 hours) - ? hp/52".....$5400
    Toro Z100 - 18 hp/44"......$5400

    I also am mowing 2 acres and mine is mostly flat. Any suggestions?

    The Toro dealer owns a Exmark dealership as well. He told me the Toro owns Exmark and the Z100 he is quoting is identical to the Exmark ZCT 18/44 except the Toro has the larger pumps and wheel motors. I think he also said the tires are larger on the Toro and it has the commercial muffler. Additionally, he promised that in two weeks at a local Ag show he'll have factory discounts that'll be the best prices he'll have all year. All
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Toro bought eXmark in 1997. They operate as 2 seperate companies. Exmark does make the tractor part of the Z for Toro and Toro puts their deck on it. The Z100 and the ZCT will be similar but not the same. I can't remember about the tires and wheel motors, but I can tell you the decks are different. The eXmark has the Tri-Advantage deck on it. There is no comparison between the deck on the Toro z100 and the eXmark. The eXmark deck is hands down better.

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