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Old 04-18-2018, 05:51 PM
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I know this is a boating forum and we all love our boats but a lot of us have to cut the grass too.

I'm in need of a new mower and looking at nice zero turn mowers. I have 2.25 acres and live in the south so I cut for 9 months of the year.

I've looked at a lot of mowers at local dealers but it would be great if some of you will share some personal experience with some of the major brands like Ferris, Toro, Bobcat, Grasshopper, John Deere, Gravely, Scag, Hustler, ect.

Thanks!
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I have an Exmark Radius that I just picked up. It is a beast of a mower. I don't have quiet the amount of grass you do, but it is a fast machine that does a great cut. Best advise is to buy what you can get serviced near you. Don't want to have to travel a long way to get parts and filters. Good luck.
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The best ones are named “ Juan”
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
The best ones are named “ Juan”



That's just soooooo wronggggggg on so many levels!
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There has been a lot of discussion lately on mowers but here is my take. I've owned a lawn and landscaping business for going on 12 years now and I've been through a lot of different machines toro, hustler, encore, wright and now gravely and it comes down to dealer support for me.

I switched to gravely this year and sold my toros because of lack of support. For a homeowner a hustler raptor is good all around and will cut 2 plus acres no problem. Gravely makes some nice residential zero turns that will cut that acreage. Most of what you mentioned will do what your looking for and more. Now depending on what type of grass you have will determine the cut you will get from the mentioned above but, hands down the scag with velocity deck has the best and cleanest cut out there. Another thing on engines I recommend sticking with a Kohler or Kawasaki vs Briggs. The new Briggs now days aren't like the older vanguards were.
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I had 3 acres in central Florida and I bought a gravely zthd 60 last year. It's one heck of a mower and priced right around the Toro titan hd. I went with gravely for the Kawasaki motor and extra horsepower.
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Thats what im talking about! I waited three days on lawnsite forum and crickets are chirping over there!

tomd2470 - Ive looked at the Exmark mowers ant they are nice, deffinetly one im looking at.

michell master- there are a few Dixie choppers around here but ive never really looked at one, ill look them up.

82bronco - I dont have a dealer close by that sells Gravely but ill look into them, they look like nice mowers.

fivfever21 - Local to me is Ferris, Exmark, Hustler, Big dog, Bob Cat, Grasshopper, and John Deere. Ive looked at them all and really started to learn the drive systems/ motors on them. Im kind of a gear head and its easy for me to pick out a high quality mower built with the best components but then i go price them and wow! 7-10k is not what i had planned to spend. So then i start looking at 4-6k mowers and dont really know where the line is that i want to stay away from. Take the transmissions for example. Most brands are running Hydo Gear integrated transaxle, zt-2800 to zt-3400. Then most brands switch separate pump and wheel motors and primarily use Parker wheel motors. The machines using separate pump and wheel motors are bigger machines and high end models so i know its not neccesary for me to rule out the Hydro Gear integrated system. Im not sure if a zt-2800 will hold up or should i look into the mid range models like zt-3100 or zt-3400. There is about a 1k price jump as you move up in the transmission models. Band "x" with a zt-2800 is around 4k and about 6k with a zt-3400.

Thanks for the advise everyone!

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Out of those listed, Bobcat or Hustler.
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Had a gravely zthd48 w23hp Kawasaki. Wish I had bought it years ago, cut my mowing time down more then half. I really like badboy mowers as well.
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
The best ones are named “ Juan”
Juan is good but you need 2 Jose & JosB Get done in half the time.
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I know this is a boating forum and we all love our boats but a lot of us have to cut the grass too.

I'm in need of a new mower and looking at nice zero turn mowers. I have 2.25 acres and live in the south so I cut for 9 months of the year.

I've looked at a lot of mowers at local dealers but it would be great if some of you will share some personal experience with some of the major brands like Ferris, Toro, Bobcat, Grasshopper, John Deere, Gravely, Scag, Hustler, ect.

Thanks!
Getting personal experience from a handful of people is useless.

Here s a forum dedicated to the subject: Tractor Forum : MyTractorForum.Com Tractor Forums

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Zero turns are fun to drive and 2x faster than lawn tractor. Most use the same engines. Lighter duty units have a stamped steel mower deck like a push mower. Hit a tree and they bend. HD models are fabricated steel plate. Hard to hurt them. All the HD brands are pretty good.m mi have a exmark.
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After only using lawn tractors for the last 30 years, and buying my first Zero Turn last year, I'll never go back. So much faster and easier. Kids fight over who gets to mow.

I bought a John Deere because I found one at a dealer with 1 hour for several hundred $ under cost with full warranty. The machine has been good, but that stamped deck is the softest steel I've ever seen in a mower. I've hit small roots and bent the area that the spindles bolt to 3 times in 1 year. Not even enough to bend a blade but the spindle area bends. Super thin. My old Murray at 20 years has never bent that area but has been through hundreds of bent blades and a few sets of spindles. I expected the stamped deck to be a little tougher than that.
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Get a Ferris your back will thank you. I mow 25 acre a week and the next day i don’t notice.
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Price hiring it done. 6K lawn mower will pay for a lot of grass cutting......

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I have a Scag.

I don't think you would go wrong with Scag, Dixie Chopper, or some of the Gravely's. Hustler is fine too, but is cheaper, and I have no experience.

Stay away from the big box stores is the best way.
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I have a John Deere ;awn tractor that I have used for the last 4 years and last year I bought a John Deere zero turn. we mow 3 acres.

the lawn tractor has been flawless and the local Deere dealer is great. the zero turn is much faster.

there are better brands out there but at some point you have to ask yourself if you need that much tractor. I only do my property so these work well for me. if I was doing it professionally and counting on them to make my living I may go with something else. around here a lot of pros use scag.
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Take a look at Walker mowers if there is a dealer near you. I have notice several landscapers around here have switched to them. The have a nice quick change deck system and a integrated power assisted collection system with dump.
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The Hustler my FIL owns is bad ass and built like a tank.

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