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Old 06-20-2007, 07:37 AM
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Given a choice between a conventional riding lawn mower or a zero-turning lawn mower which would you take? Is there enough advantages of having a "yard tractor"/ riding lawn mower to justify it's limited cutting abilities?
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I would (and have) go with a cheap riding mower. Zero turn mowers are very pricey - and you won't be on it for long. An acre is 43,560 sq. ft. not big enough to justify spending top tier money.
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All depends on how long you want to be cutting. Zero turn will cut the time nearly in half, especially if there are any trees / obstacles in the yard. Ive got a zero-turn Cub Cadet with a 50 in. cut for 2 acres....Get it done in about 30 to 45 min. My previous 47 in. rider took 1 hr. 15 min. Toro and Cub Cadet sell zero turns for under $3000. Huscavarna and John Deere are selling them also..not sure on the price though. These are of course prices on residential and not commercial mowers. If you are going to be gardening / pulling small trailer or tiller....Go with the Lawn Tractor.
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Go with the lawn tractor, you can use it to do much more than just cut the grass, I have both and if I had to choose between the two the lawn tractor would be my choice.
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Yah I was definitely looking at the diversity of the lawn tractor - possible snow blower use. .......but I still like to hear from those which have more knowledge then I.
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Hatteras makes an acre tractor.

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Wet-n-Wiley - 6/20/2007 10:01 AM Hatteras makes an acre tractor.
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How many acers are we talking about? 1, 2 or more?

Do you plan on clearing any trees? Cutting firewood? Grading driveway? Improving drainage? Don't know anything about the snow stuff!

I can only speak for my own personnal experience. I would never buy a piece of equipment that cost as much as a zero turn mower that can only perform one duty. A small tractor in the power range of 20 to 25 hp could cut your grass with a 5' finishing mower, grade your driveway, run a snow blower, cut or clean drainage, remove limbs, trees and storm debry, make a veggie garden. Purchasing a Yanmar grey trade tractor or Kubota, Hinimoto or even a well used JD would cost about the same money as a zero turn mower.

1997 I purchased a grey trade Yanmar 2000 (23hp)w/ 4' rotor tiller for $4,000. I added a 5' finishing mower for an additional $1,200. This set up cuts my 1 acre yard in less than an hour. From previous purchases I had a 5' grader box $300 and a used 4' bush hog $400. I also built myself a gin pole and a dirt scoop. With these tools I can perform almost any job I can think of on my place. All for a total investment of under $6,000.

If all you are ever going to do is cut grass get the zero turn otherwise think about a tractor. And I ain't talking about a lawn tractor.
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My friend in Virginia just bought a zero turn radius mower with hydrostatic drive. The problem is it doesn't fare well on steep slopes. It broke. He went back and bought a plain ol' direct drive mower and he is satisfied. and you can pull with it too.
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Here's my thoughts Garett. We have a 2 acre yard and another acre that is not landscaped other than fencing. I have a Craftsman DYT 4000 w/V-Twin 25 HP Kohler Pro engine w/48"cut and a Huskee Supreme Deluxe YT w/V-Twin Briggs and Stratton ELS- OHV 25HP w/50"cut. Here's why. We looked at a very nice Simplicity DYT and a Simplicity Zero-turn, each in the 4 to 5 thousand dollar price range. They were brought down to our place for me to try out and I was kinda disappointed in the DYT in that it had a hard time with the taller grass. The Zero-turn did not work well with the lay of my land in that it did not manouver as well as expected on the hills but mowed very well on the flats. Both the Simplicitys had a 1 year full warranty, period. The Craftsman and the Huskey each have a full 3 year warranty. I paid less for the two than the price of the Simplicitys so in my thinking, I can replace both the lawn mowers every 3 years if need be and keep mowers under full warrenty all the time. This is my 4th Craftsman DYT in 16 or 17 years and I still have 2 of the older ones ( matched set) in the barn as back-ups. I have spent a total of about $300 in all those years in belts, batteries and switch replacements along with a few sacrifical parts on the mowing decks. Pretty good investments in my way of thinking. Just offering you a different way of approaching your purchase.
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There's an easy way to tell if the yard tractor is a decent piece or not. Look at the front axle, if it's cast, then generally the rest of the tractor will be well built. If the front axle is 2 pieces of stamped metal welded together, then it's probably underbuilt in other areas as well. In my mind, if it's labeled "garden tractor", it's probably better built than a "riding lawn mower".
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The new place is an acre. Other than the road's ditch the property is flat. I was thinking of the zero turning only because of all the trees and shrubs!

Interesting read guys....thanks!
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If you want to cut that acre fast, get an X-Mark. Nothing better in my opinion. One of the best mowers out there.
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nsh - 6/20/2007 2:58 PM

If you want to cut that acre fast, get an X-Mark. Nothing better in my opinion. One of the best mowers out there.
I bought a BobCat just because of the deal the local store was running at the time but the X-Mark is one heck of a mower.
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Ex-mark owned by Toro, and I agree. I love my new zero turn. I only want to cut grass, saved 1/2 the time if not more.
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:41 PM
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I live in Michigan, and I have a Simplicity zero turn mower. My lot is about 3/4 acre and mostly flat. The zero turn is great for cutting the lawn fast, but that's about all it's good for.

My neighbor, with a slightly smaller lot, has a garden tractor. It takes him longer to mow his lawn. But he also has a snow plow for doing his driveway and sidewalk in the winter. That option is not available with most zero turn mowers.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some of the higher end consumer zero turn mowers will provide you with a commercial quality cut, whereas most of the cheaper lawn tractors will not. If a good looking lawn is important to you, check out the blade speed on whatever you are looking at.
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Or if you are looking to get in shape a swing blade will work
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I used to use a Snapper riding mower on my yard. It was not a zero turning radius but I found that if I cut the grass in a pattern similiar to the way a Zamboni dresses the ice in a rink it went much faster. Just cut a strip, go about halfway across the yard and return in the opposite direction. keep cutting this pattern. It works!
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Well, here's my .02 worth - just because "I can" For 1 acre of mowin' - I'd go with a ridin' lawn tractor....trees or no trees, I'm just not into spendin' that kinda money on somethin' like a zero-turn that does one thing. If the lawn tractor is that much of a problem then HIRE someone to do your yard and let THEM pay for a zero-turn mower AND a weedeater, while you sit back and watch 'em do it with a brew in hand.

Like I said.....just my .02..................that's probably not worth a plug nickel.

CONGRATS ON THE NEW PLACE!!!!
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one acre...go to sears and get a craftsman riding lawn mower, 48" cut
will set you back less than a grand and will last forever
whatever breaks, the parts are cheap, interchangeable between models, and readily available

once again, farmerjane waxes wise...
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