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I'm looking for a new mower. I found a bad boy 60" elite at tractor supply for a decent price. Has anyone had experience with this mower?
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I looked at those hard when I decided to go DIY lawn care. I almost went with it. Check out their stuff on youtube on what goes into their manufacturing practices. It might help you seal the deal. They go on sale quite often at tractor supply. Also look up dealer support. That was the deal breaker for me. Closest dealer was 75 miles away.
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Toro or Exmark, done.
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They look neat but have never had any experience with them, only experience I have had for commercial purposes are the Toros and a Kubota tractor.
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John Deere Commercial

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Scag.

done

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Originally Posted by dubb View Post
I'm looking for a new mower. I found a bad boy 60" elite at tractor supply for a decent price. Has anyone had experience with this mower?
If it has a Kohler engine, run from it.
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Tractor Supply doesn't sell commercial grade mowers... at least not around here.

From someone who ran commercial landscaping for over a decade, I'd buy in this order...

1. Scag
2. Exmark
3. Dixie Chopper
4. Toro
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Purchase from the same place that will service them. You will be hard pressed to find service if you purchase from a big box store.
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I just went through the whole process and ended up with a Hustler Fast Trak 54". It was really confusion at first, but after a week or so I was able to boil down the features/cost/performance and this one fit the bill for me. Cutting grass is actually fun now... for now...
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
Cutting grass is actually fun now... for now...
Me too. Only I pay the yard guy to cut it while I have fun...
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I have a friend that owns a store where he sells about 6 different lines of Zero turn. He says that Bad Boy would be his personal 1st choice. Take that for what it's worth. They service all that they sell.

Also listened to a guy at the non-ethanol pumps one day - pro grass cutter with 2 Bad Boys on trailer. Another guy had walked up and was asking him questions - so I listened.

He said he had Skags before but they got too expensive and too hard to work on. Said he liked the Bad Boys because they were simple (his term was "you get what you see" or something like that). Said they were easy to work on and they were built as well as any other.

I own an Exmark and pretty happy with it, but after those 2 comments from one person I know and trust and another who relies on it to make money - I'll have to check them out next time around.
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Me too. Only I pay the yard guy to cut it while I have fun...
LOL...

My buddy and his wife fight over who gets to mow their lawn...a 2 hour reprieve from their kids. I guess that's fun for them.
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
Me too. Only I pay the yard guy to cut it while I have fun...


I had a service do mine for two years - a 2 acre lot - and they charged me $60/cut. Once I retired I started doing it myself again and it was fun...for the 1st three times or so. Not to mention gas and tractor maintenance (JD GT245)

$60 was STEALING!!!
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I'm on my second. I bought the 60" that you see most commonly. I was cutting about 2 acres of grass. Never any issues, held up very well. Sold it for a fair price a few years later.

Bought some adjacent land, and now have about 7 acres of grass.
Bought an Outlaw XP 72 and absolutely love it. Cuts well, very fast, great ride with the suspension seat and bushings. 7 acres takes me about 2hrs, 10 minutes.

No complaints from over here.
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Originally Posted by Frigate Sales View Post
I'm on my second. I bought the 60" that you see most commonly. I was cutting about 2 acres of grass. Never any issues, held up very well. Sold it for a fair price a few years later.

Bought some adjacent land, and now have about 7 acres of grass.
Bought an Outlaw XP 72 and absolutely love it. Cuts well, very fast, great ride with the suspension seat and bushings. 7 acres takes me about 2hrs, 10 minutes.

No complaints from over here.


Curious. Got any culverts or decent inclines on your land? How does it hold up? I always think I'm gonna flip the thing.
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I prefer a Walker Mower but to your question, I've seen several Bad Boy's and all the owners were happy with them.
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Originally Posted by richeerich View Post


Curious. Got any culverts or decent inclines on your land? How does it hold up? I always think I'm gonna flip the thing.
Yup, I have a few culverts. Plus, about 3 acres of the land used to be pasture, and is bumpy as heck. I haven't been very "nice" to the mower and it hasn't complained.

I caught the roll bar on a tree once, that almost flipped me over - had to get new drawers after that....

The wheelbase on the Outlaw XP is quite wide and CG feels very low, I don't think you'll flip unless you do something very stupid...
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60" cut is really wide,it won't fit on a lot of the smaller trailers.I went with a 54" Exmark for 6 acres.
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I have a Toro 60" with a 27hp Kubota diesel motor in it. Thing is a beast and I like it a lot.
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Steiner. Bob-Cat. Have owned them both, as well as a Bunton (no longer made).

Real zero turn machines. Decks are ANSI rated. 100 1/2inch steel balls introduced into the blade chamber when running full speed. All balls must exit the chute, no deformation of deck, and the ones leaving the chute need to be with the designated targets.

These are not sheet metal formed crap. Massive bearing housings and bearings.

Impressive to see and hear.

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