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I’ve been very satisfied with my Gravely Pro-Turn 52. I bought it as a demo with 14 hrs on it and now have about 200 flawless hrs.

Not my actual mower but this is the model. I think I paid a little less than $6k



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I just did the mower shopping thing..I'm a scag fan...
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I bought the homeowner version of the Hustler and it was a POS. I traded up to a commercial Hustler and it was a good mower.
Something to consider is deck placement . I used a friends Grasshopper mower to mow around my lake and did not have to use a trimmer as the deck on the Grasshopper in way out front and I could put the deck on the waters edge without getting stuck.
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we have a 61" Snapper z commercial mower at my church and have been running it for many, many years
it gets run about 3 hours a week year round.
it has a joy stick. and multiple people use it to mow the grounds, we take turns. and some abuse it
we have had to do some repairs, but we do that ourselves
blades , belts, drive shafts, pulleys, seals, hub bearings etc.
a little welding on deck
it has been a great mower
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
we have a 61" Snapper z commercial mower at my church and have been running it for many, many years
it gets run about 3 hours a week year round.
it has a joy stick. and multiple people use it to mow the grounds, we take turns. and some abuse it
we have had to do some repairs, but we do that ourselves
blades , belts, drive shafts, pulleys, seals, hub bearings etc.
a little welding on deck
it has been a great mower
That one of the older ones with a single stick control? Run one a few times...great mower, definitely a learning curve.
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
I just did the mower shopping thing..I'm a scag fan...
I think I would get a stand-up mower like that if I was in the market to buy one to mow a big area. I was looking at a 36" Ferris for my 1/3 acre mowing area but thought it was a little over kill. Hired a service to do it instead.



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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
That one of the older ones with a single stick control? Run one a few times...great mower, definitely a learning curve.
Running fast along the rough ground on creek bank does get interesting when holding onto that joy stick.
have to lock your arm down on the arm rest to help keep the joy stick steady or you go all over the place from the bouncing

I have never drove a 2 stick unit so I have no way of comparing the 2
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. Hard to go wrong with most any commercial mower as long as they have local service. Gravely fan here but have a Bobcat for that reason.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
Running fast along the rough ground on creek bank does get interesting when holding onto that joy stick.
have to lock your arm down on the arm rest to help keep the joy stick steady or you go all over the place from the bouncing

I have never drove a 2 stick unit so I have no way of comparing the 2
I like 2 stick for the most part. Single stick is nice for big, open spaces. 2 Stick is superior for walking each drive tire separately and very deliberately. Would love to see a model with 2 stick located outbound in front of the arm rests like a skid steer has vs meeting in the middle. Wouldn't be possible to one hand them, but would be a lot more ergonomic for big spaces. If it weren't for the price getting out of sight, I would love to ditch the zero turn (Kubota ZD1211) in favor of a grounds mower (front deck, rear steer). Had a bunch of those over the years. Now that most are 4x4 only, they are pushing 30K new. Can get in a new ZD1211 for about half that.

Looks like kubota may have brought back a less expensive option on those. May give it a look next go round.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I like 2 stick for the most part. Single stick is nice for big, open spaces. 2 Stick is superior for walking each drive tire separately and very deliberately. Would love to see a model with 2 stick located outbound in front of the arm rests like a skid steer has vs meeting in the middle. Wouldn't be possible to one hand them, but would be a lot more ergonomic for big spaces. If it weren't for the price getting out of sight, I would love to ditch the zero turn (Kubota ZD1211) in favor of a grounds mower (front deck, rear steer). Had a bunch of those over the years. Now that most are 4x4 only, they are pushing 30K new. Can get in a new ZD1211 for about half that.

Looks like kubota may have brought back a less expensive option on those. May give it a look next go round.
Your right, that looks like a bad ass mower. But man it's crazy expensive. It would sure help for our lake property getting the cutters out front like that though.

https://www.kubotausa.com/products/m...-mowers/f2690e

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I have a bob-cat xrz 52 that I love.

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There are a couple of dozen different brands of zero turn mowers that are great. In many regards, they're generic. The big difference is the quality of the mower deck and whether it's a "consumer model" or a "commercial model".

The commercial use machines cost another $2K, and they have hydro pumps and separate hydro motors running the axles. The $3-5K consumer models have an integral hydro pump built into the drive line that's just not as durable.

I have a Toro consumer model, and it's been good. Its stamped steel mower deck is just not top notch. There are Toro models that are substantial, but they're much more money.

My new zero turn is 2 years old, and it's an Ariens 54 inch consumer model with the heavy welded mower deck. And it has the Kawasaki motor that I'm sold on. It's the same mower that Ariens markets under their premium brand name Gravely. Home Depot sold them for $2999., and I got a discount for charging it on their credit card without taking the 12 month terms. Home Depot has since changed brands, and Ariens is being sold at Lowes.
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Your right, that looks like a bad ass mower. But man it's crazy expensive. It would sure help for our lake property getting the cutters out front like that though.

https://www.kubotausa.com/products/m...-mowers/f2690e

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$18K for a mower?!?!? You could buy a tractor for that money.
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$18K for a mower?!?!? You could buy a tractor for that money.
yep...and cut grass at half the speed while tearing up turf.

on flat/smooth ground they will cut grass 60” at a time running 8-9 mph.
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I recently bought a Zero Turn - I only have a bit over an acre of grass that I mow and it isn't as smooth as it should be but what an improvement over the traditional rider. Only downside is the twin stick controls makes it a bit hard to have a beer while you mow.

I bought the 54" Bad Boy after looking at a lot of them and it provided a lot of value.
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I just bought a used Scag Patriot (16 hours) with the Kawasaki FX engine - and 61 inch cut. It used to take me about 3.5-4 hours to cut my 2+ acre yard. I used the Scag for the first time the other day and it took me exactly an hour. I am so pleased with this mower.
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I recently bought a Zero Turn - I only have a bit over an acre of grass that I mow and it isn't as smooth as it should be but what an improvement over the traditional rider. Only downside is the twin stick controls makes it a bit hard to have a beer while you mow..
Wonderful THT. I think this is a thread we need: What is it that you don't do while drinking beer?
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This thread started me looking for a riding mower. I only have a 1/3 acre so it's a little overkill, but I hate cutting grass and I'm not paying $40 a week like my neighbors.

I found this (I know it's a TroyBilt) but don't need top of the line for my yard. The seller purchased it in June 2020 for $3000.00 from HD including extended warranty (receipt) with the grass bagger attachment with only 40 hours. He sold his house,I paid $1500 for it.





























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Wonderful THT. I think this is a thread we need: What is it that you don't do while drinking beer?
that would be the shortest thread in THT history.
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My family had a gravely for 20 plus years. Besides oil changes and regular maintenance it was awesome. Mowed 5 acres weekly for two decades. Traded it in on a newer one last year.

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