ZTR Life?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Warner Farms, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Warner Farms

    Warner Farms LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Okay, I think I've read everything mowing related ever on this site but this is an area I've not seen discussed (prob. has been though). What would you say the typical life span of a zero turn mower. The guy at my local Deere/Exmark dealer, who i consider a helpful guy, says typical expectations on a commercial ZTR are 4000 hours on the machine, 1600-1800 on the pumps and 2500 on the (gas) engine. I know many of you commercial guys trade these machines more frequently but I would like your input for the sake of discussion. Same questions for walk behinds. Anybody have a ztr with what they consider above average hours on it? I guess I am asking because I am shopping for a used back up ZTR eventually and a walk behind. I know maint history plays a part but whadaya think in general? Any wear items to be particularly watchful for?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I can tell you on my Wb's the problems usually start after 10 years or so...
    Which, they're still useful, just have to be patient.
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You only think you have. 1 month of reading isn't going to get you far when there is 10 years worth of posts.
  4. WalkerMike98

    WalkerMike98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    2500-3000 hrs
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    There are lots of variables when it comes to this. You have to factor in how well you keep up with the maintenance, how hard you work the machine, conditions you mow in, etc. If you are mowing steeper hills, your hydro pumps and the related probably aren't going to last as long as someone who uses the machine on flat ground. Also, if you are mowing very overgrown properties and putting alot of stress on the engine and deck, both those things won't last as long as someone doing weekly mowing.

    I know this is a big range but, I'd say anywhere between 2000-3000 hours can be expected under "normal" conditions.
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Do you have a relative in Arkansas somewhere???
    P.M. me if you are familiar with turfeagle.com

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