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Old 09-09-2019, 09:00 AM
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In the process of closing on a home and selling my current home. I currently do my own yard maintenance with a Honda 21" and have been very happy with the mower. Can edge and mow in 45 min. The house I am moving to is sitting on just over 1 acre and has roughly a 1/2 acre of actual lawn. Broken up into a few areas. I don't want a full landscape crew on the weekly. My current plan which is open to change is to have a landscaper I know come once per month for a full day to do all the pruning and beds. I want to maintain the lawn myself. On my current property I typically mow once per week or at a min once every 10 days eight months of the year. Pacific Northwest is pretty dormant from mid Nov to early March. The property has a watering system so the lawn needs cutting consistently during the growing season. I am concerned my 2.5 bushel push mower will take too long to maintenance the yard. I have had a lawn tractor in the past and feel it won't be able to maneuver well enough. I have never owned a zero turn but am intrigued. The bagging system would hold 6.5 bushels which would make mowing much more efficient.

Any thoughts would be appreciated regarding brands of zero turn mowers to consider and quality of cut. And No this is not an attempt at a humblebrag.
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just went through the same thing.... I ended up with a Hustler ZTR with a kawa engine and a 52 inch deck. I had a honda push mower I loved. Im really enjoying my machine. Best part is I can mow twice a week if the lawn grows a bunch or I have people coming over. I can do my entire yard in 25 minutes without breaking a sweat. paid 3k plus tax for my mower in july.
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I love my 0 turn Lazer, but all 0 turns like to leave tire marks when you make turns, even when you get good at using them and trying not to do sharp turns you still get the marks. They are also not the best on hilly terrain. That said, I will never go back to a conventional mower.
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Ditto the above. I got a used Toro ZTR 50" Timecutter with Kawasaki motor and won't go back to a riding tractor/mower. It will tear up my yard if I get in a rush, but I don't have a pristine lawn. Have about an acre as well. Can cut it in 45 minutes. I've got steep ditches and it will slide/get stuck on occasion but the speed and cut size make it all worthwhile.

I was all set to buy new but found this very nice used one that the seller wanted gone. I'd buy used in the fall if possible. Amazon has all the parts I need.
Old 09-09-2019, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
I love my 0 turn Lazer, but all 0 turns like to leave tire marks when you make turns, even when you get good at using them and trying not to do sharp turns you still get the marks. They are also not the best on hilly terrain. That said, I will never go back to a conventional mower.
Overall property is fairly flat with just a mild slope. Most areas of lawn have a border so the edges are pretty simple. The tire marks on turns with those big rear tires is something I will have to consider. Appreciate the input.
Old 09-09-2019, 09:32 AM
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John Deere Ztrak here zero turn for 3 acres works great, very dependable.
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x2 on John Deere ZTrak. I have 6 acres and does well.
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ZTR's are the way to go in most situations. They can be a hassle in certain slope situations, particularly if you have to turn while on a slope. I have one such situation in my yard, and currently can cut it better with my 42" JD lawn tractor than I can my dad's 60" Kubota ZD. Eliminating that slope is on my short list of projects for the near future.
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I run a kubota zt42 with Kawasaki power. Makes a nice cut.
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find a used commercial grade machine for sale locally with a few hundred hours and it'll last forever. Personally, for that size lawn you can't beat a stander. You can get alot more places with them, store them easier, and have better visibility when cutting.
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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
just went through the same thing.... I ended up with a Hustler ZTR with a kawa engine and a 52 inch deck. I had a honda push mower I loved. Im really enjoying my machine. Best part is I can mow twice a week if the lawn grows a bunch or I have people coming over. I can do my entire yard in 25 minutes without breaking a sweat. paid 3k plus tax for my mower in july.
Same ZTR here and I love it. 5 acres to cut.
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Just bought a 46” used Husqvarna from client with 500 hours and serviced regularly

I know NOTHING about them but Son in Law/Daughter have couple acres to cut and he relies on a family member to cut it , may have to try it out before I drop it off at their house


SIL gave me a HUGE hug and THANKS yesterday.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
ZTR's are the way to go in most situations. They can be a hassle in certain slope situations, particularly if you have to turn while on a slope. I have one such situation in my yard, and currently can cut it better with my 42" JD lawn tractor than I can my dad's 60" Kubota ZD. Eliminating that slope is on my short list of projects for the near future.
same situation with a slope on my property (ditch actually) it seems to transfer traction from the drive wheel causing me to not have complete control of the mower at various times.
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There are basically two types, commercial and homeowner grade and there is a big difference.
I have a 2004 Grasshopper 52" cut commercial that a customer gave me with 3200 hours on it and a blown engine. (grass clogged air intake and overheated)
It cost me $400. to rebuild the 22 hp Kohler and have been using it for about 4 years.
It has two pumps and two hydraulic motors on the rear wheels.
Cheaper ones have pumps and motors combined.
They are fun to drive and way faster than riding tractors.
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Said it before and I'll say it again. Gravely, John Deere, Scag, Dixie Chopper, Xmark, Bobcat, Husky, Toro, etc etc etc. I wouldn't give you two cents difference for comparable models. I am a Gravely junkie but they are about 35 miles away. Got a Bobcat because of local service. 52" deck with 20 HP Kaw engine on it and mow 3 acres in about an hour and a half.
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I maintain 4 1/4 to 1/2 acre residential properties currently with a Toro 42”, Kawasaki powered zero turn and couldn’t imagine having anything else. Had the mower for about 4 years without a fault. You can prevent lawn damage but have to make the correct turn method become habit. I’ve never cared much about it but rarely damage anyway. You can get so close to obstacles that there’s not that much trimming to do. And they are FAST!
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for that size of yard i would probably go with a 36 inch commercial grade walk behind!
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For a walk behind I like the commercial Toro that is a 30". Problem is it is a 2.5 bushel bag capacity and that will be time consuming. I don't have nearly as much acreage as many on here and was targetung a 2 blade deck in the 36 to 42 inch range. The ability to hold 6 to 7 bushels is a primary consideration as I could do entire lawn and edging in an hour I am confident.
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I plan on shopping for contractor grade. What are a few of the top brands? Deere, Toro, ?
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Shag covered the brands

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