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Old 04-11-2009, 09:03 PM
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Well, I pushed the old lawn tractor about as far as it would go--maybe a little farther! After 9 yrs it's not really a suprise but I really had hoped it would make it thru this summer.

Now I'm in the market for a new one. Here's my situation. Have 2 houses and 1 vacant lot on the coast. The yards at the 2 houses are right at 3 acres each. The lot on the coast is pretty small, 50'x150'. I don't want to spend my whole weekend cutting grass so I'd like a 48"-60" deck. The lots at both houses are loaded with trees-- big trees with big roots. I need a TOUGH mower that will put up with some abuse. I do NOT want a stamped steel mowing deck. It's what finally bit the dust on the old mower and I've tried to order a new one 3 times... ain't happening. The stamped decks just won't put up with the abuse. They crack and get bent by the tree roots.

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ZTR to save time.

Welded steel deck.

Kawasaki, Kohler or Honda motor-- no Briggs.

48"-60" cut.

Tough, dependable mower. I HATE fixing mowers.

Just bought the 2 nd house and we're dumping money into it like there's no tomorrow--- I'm BROKE--- well not quite, but I'd like to spend no more than $3500 if at all possible.

Any advice??????

Help!!!
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Scag.
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Cutting grass? Is that all you need to do? or Do you want to level, grade and spread dirt, does any of the property need clearing done?

I bought a gray trade Yanmar tractor YM-2000, 23hp with a 5' finishing mower, I can not only cut grass but I can bushhog, drag logs for firewood, grade, spread and level soil, spread and level my gravel drive, all kinds of things.

Them zero turn mowers are great but that is all they will do is cut grass, I needed more than that.
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Twentynine,

Although it's not mine, I have available about anytime I want, a 27? hp, 4 WD, JD with FE loader, dirt box or back hoe. And if I want to pay to have it delivered (not towing it with my truck) I have available a full size Cat extended reach backhoe / FE loader. So really, all I need to do is cut grass and pull a small trailer around the yard(s) to pick up leaves and limbs.

Timebandit,

Checked the price on Scags lately? I just can't afford that. I guess I could finance one, but I'd really like to build on my vacant lot one day.

Thanks for the replies.
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Exmark Lazer Z commercial.
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you may need to lower your sights a bit, for what you are asking for they run between $10,000 and $20,000. with that being said exmarks or very good mowers. but for a 50" it will cost you about $14,000. try looking for used you can probably cut those prices in half.
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Exmark Lazer Z commercial.
I have sold these in the past and they have a welded deck get the kawa. 60" cut and have the highest blade speed in the industry. I own a 1999 and after 10 years it looks new! the 60" can mow 3-4 acres an hour if the going is good Btw they hold there value
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I use Toro and Bobcat. They are both excellent machines. I find the Toro is a more comfortable ride. Pick a good commercial unit that has a local service center near you that can supply replacement parts and repairs if you need them.
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Best cutting deck out there is a simplicity. You can buy a new one for your price. but it has a B&S. I have owned Kohler and B&S quess which one gave me problems twice the Kohler. Sold the mower to a friend and the B&S is still going strong.

http://www.simplicitymfg.com/products/zero_turn/axion/

Here is a great option for you a John Deere with 4-wheel-steer

http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...M=HO&link=enav
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+1 on the Bobcat
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Sorry, didn't see the $$ part. You are going to have a problem there.
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Sorry, didn't see the $$ part. You are going to have a problem there.

Yes, I'm beginning to think you're right. I'd buy used but as I said, I hate fixing broken mowers and anything that I find used in that category is most likely to have been "used-up" in the commercial lawn care industry.

I had already checked out the JD 304's and I like them and they're in my price range, but I really want ZTR for the time saving. With probably close to 75 trees or more at each house, I really think ZTR is the way to go. Looks like I may have to settle for a stamped deck if I stick with ZTR. Looks like JD makes a couple close to my price range. I will have to check them out this week.

I checked out the Simplicity someone else suggested. Nearest dealer is about 60 miles away. NOT. Had problems getting parts for the current mower and not going there again. Otherwise a real possibility.

I will be hitting the dealers hard and heavy this week.

Thanks for all the suggestions.


Edit: Also, at this point a small used Kubota diesel with a new finishing mower may make sense. That way, when the finishing mower is finished, I can just buy a new one and keep the tractor.
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My 'ol man just bought a used Kubota ZTR with 150 hrs on it for a very reasonable price from Evergreen Tractor in Covington. You may want to check with them. This is our third lawn tractor from them, and the Kubota engines run forever. I wouldn't even consider any other brand if I had a need for a lawn tractor.

It has a steering wheel rather than the two levers, and I find it easier to use than the alternative. Using a ZTR takes a little getting used to, but they are nice...
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make sure that the kubota is not more than 5 years old there mowing system sucked before that!!
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Just bought a Toro last summer. It has a 52 inch cut with the welded steel deck. I got the 24 Hp briggs but you can get them with the kawasaki. I paid $4200.00 the kawasaki was more and I had to wait for one. The new briggs are much better than the old, I hope they are right.
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i bought a used scag turf tiger from B&B pro power in BR
love it...really, really nice cut in my uneven-azzed weed filled former pasture of a yard

i never would by a new one though, let someone else eat that nut
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Is there something going on in Louisiana about mowers needing replacement or what? I have a just going on 3 year old Toro that bit the dust.WTF? Then throw on that I need new blades on the rotor cutter for the tractor.WTF? On that Toro,the crank came thru the motor.It was a POS from day one with the kolher engine.
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What would it cost to have some one cut it? get you some mexicans? $4000 would go along way for that.
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I have a SCAG walk behind and it is a GREAT quality piece of equipment. Great Dane is also top shelf. If I am not mistaken, Scag sold the company and started Great Dane.
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John Deere 757, tried and true last forever with proper maintenance available in 60 or 72 cut but bring your wallet, bout 9200 bucks but will be the last mower you need. I had a simplicity top of the line tractor before this 757 and my mow time went from 3.3 hours to 1.1 hours with less fuel burn. The newer version of the 757 under a different series actual saves about 25% on fuel also but make sure you get a 2009 if you go that route as the 08 was the first year with bugs

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