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ZTR Mower Recomendation

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by oakes57, May 3, 2007.


What is the best TYPE of mower for me?

  1. Front Mount stupid, just upgrade what you have

    2 vote(s)
  2. Front Mount stupid, just stay with what you have

    1 vote(s)
  3. Mid Mount, you are missing all the fun!!

    11 vote(s)
  1. oakes57

    oakes57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I have viewed many post on here debating mowers, but wanted to get some advice about my particular situation. I have a 3 acre residence which has about 2.5 acres to mow. I currently have a 2001 Grasshopper 618 with the 52" deck. It has the wide stance rear end, etc.. I like the mower and for some reason when I got this place and went hunting for a mower I was completely against the mid mount mowers. I really can't complain about the grasshopper much, but it just leaves me wanting more. I just feel like my place could be mowed faster then it takes now. I have been reading about Deere, Hustler, Dixie, Big Dog, Scag, Ferris, Exmark, Walker Etc..... I have pretty much made up my mine to try something different even if it is just a Grasshopper Mid-mount. My place has some hills and a few tricky places, but at times the grass grows so fast before I can get to it my mower is call upon to take up to 3"-4" inches off. The Grasshopper bogs down sometimes and I have to slow up. Basically I am just wanting to get some opinions of what the best mower I could get is that will do the job faster (I would like to step up to a 60-63" deck perhaps) and still do a great cut/deliver a happy experience for me everytime (My mowing is when I put on headphones and forget the world for awhile). After two years with the Grasshopper it seems mundane and I want to spice it up. I realize forums can be overly biased so please:

    1. List your top three brand choices according to your likes.

    2. Give me all the info you want about why your number one pick is the mower I should buy.

    I am not trying to be demanding or anything I just think sites like this are a great tool to prevent guys like me from making regretable mistakes.

    One more thing I will be buying this mower used (300 hours or less) so it needs to be able to be found used. Which brings up the point that my Grasshopper with 260 hours is pretty much for sale and I have the dozer blade attachment as well. Thanks for your help if you provide it!!
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    Grasshopper. Just upgrade to the 620T you'll love it or a used 725 or 721D. I have a 322 D forsale if interested.
  3. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    Move this post to the home owner section, please.

    This guy is not unique, he seems to be wanting to be spoon fed answers. It seem like to me he bought property and mower and got over his head. To busy at [his normal work] and want to blame the mower for his grass growing.

    I think he should sell his mower and hire someone close to him to mow his lawn....lol
  4. oakes57

    oakes57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I just figured you guys would have more experience with more mowers and brands then the average home owner who buys one and keeps it five plus years and doesn't use it much.

  5. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704


    Mr. Average Homeowner,

    Want to exploit my experience?

    Search the archive.
  6. oakes57

    oakes57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Well I guess this site was nice while it lasted, I just wanted some advice and instead find a real prick. I am not blaming my mower for anything other then I want to upgrade it and simply pointed out that my mower needs to be able to mow taller grass.

    Mr. Prick

    I don't worry to much about my yard when there are 5500 other acres that actually make money.

    Enjoy your life being the mighty lawnsite.com forum asswipe

    Edit: After reviewing your other post looking to "exploit your experience" I noticed you are pretty big on negative post. Your life must really suck, but hey everyone loves a cynic lying in their own bleakness.

  7. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    Damn now that was a bit harsh.......

    IMO I prefer the mid-mount Z's over the fronts. In the used market there is so much variance in what's out there It's hard to give you a recomendation on a specific model.

    A couple of points come to mind. A good Z (scag, exmark, JD...etc..) with a 60" and a minumum of 27hp should be your target. Some of the newer models that use the big briggs 31's and 35's wont leave you looking for more power.


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