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Old 01-11-2019, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
So the $125-250 isn't an extra cost? Huh.
sure itís an extra cost. Itís a promo fee. Itís not like your negotiating that out of the price of the mower. Most mower companies arenít doing the financing. Itís companies like Sheffield, yard card etc. You could
buy a mower for $8500 and all you have to do is pay $125 up front for 0% for 4 years. Thatís a whopping $2.60 in interest a month.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:34 AM
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Purchased a Cub Cadet RZT50 in 2008, specifically with the Kawasaki engine over the kohler, for my two Florida acres. Since that time I annually swap the blades out, as I have two sets so I can sharpen them later. I have replaced both belts once, regular oil/filter changes, fuel/air filter changes and run Ethanol fuel. One idler pulley bearing went out last summer and currently one blade hub bearing sounds like it is going out. It is kept in my shed out of the elements and has been the best mower I have ever owned. It is not a huge $8k commercial zero turn, but then again I am not mowing six days a week either.

If you feel the need to buy an $8k mower, more power to you. The way the above sound, you should go out and buy a Freeman too.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
Hustler Fasttrack.
bought one of these last year. I havenít cut my own grass since 2004. Had trouble keeping a lawn service, so when I retired I decided to take the money I was paying a lawn service and use it to purchase a zero turn mower.
Previously I owned a conventional lawn tractor (04), it took about 3-1/2 hours to cut my yard. Same yard with a 42Ē zero turn, I can cut in 30-45 minutes. And I still donít consider myself fully proficient operating the zrero turn.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:24 AM
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I have a Scag Cheetah 48. Little more than you probably want to spend, but the whole operator area including where your feet go has suspension. It has the 22hp fx series Kawasaki and is built like a tank. Leaves a fantastic cut, especially in St Augustine. I use it light Commercial as I cut yards as a side business. I would buy again in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:37 AM
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I had an Exmark residential model. Great mower, cut my mowing time in half
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by haneyrm View Post


I just bought a new tractor and it was $25k cash price. If you wanted 36 month interest free financing, it was $26.5k. If you wanted 60 month interest free financing, it was $28k. I shopped Deere, Kubota, Kioti, Massey, Mahindra, LS and New Holland. They all did the same thing with raising the purchase price with no interest financing.
Exactly. Nobody can convince me that 0% interest is actually 0% interest. There ain't no free lunches.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:00 AM
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I bought a Hustler last summer and it has changed my life....lol. My dealer sells Exmark, Scag, Husq, Walker, etc......and at their recommendation I bought the Hustler. I don't have quite as much grass as you, but I am very happy with my purchase.

Here is my thread, there is some great information on it.


Narrowed down to two zero turns....could use opinions
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I too recommend Hustlers w/ Kaws..I run them in my business. I usually get 1200 hours out of them before I get a new mower. In my area Hustler has a good resale value even w/ high hours.
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I also bought a hustler last year. Have a great dealer in my area and that was the deciding factor. Itís has a Kohler and knock on wood so far so good. Put around 50 hours on it last year.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:29 PM
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Lots of good choices, but you may find you get what you pay for in the long run. Especially with regards to features and durability. I would take a used commercial unit in good shape over a "bargain" stamped deck any day. the used commercial unit will likely last much longer. Ariens owns Graveley, but Graveley is generally considered a better unit. Some models are reputed shared between brands. I suspect they have done different things over the years with regards to similarities and differences. Cheap Ariens are probably not the best investment.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:17 PM
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3.5 acres here.

Running an Exmark Radius 60”, priced right at 5k. Light commercial/heavy residential mower, mows very well and is built very well.

All the majors have a mower in the light commercial class, no need for a full on commercial with your yard.

Exmark will run 0%+ $500 gift card specials this time of year.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:47 PM
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After retiring after 36 years in the tractor and industrial equipment business, I am a fan of the high end Hustlers. Their lower end units are not quite so durable, however.

The zero turn business is highly competitive, and there are a couple of dozen great manufacturers. You've mentioned how much you want to spend, and the full hydro commercial duty units are far more than your pocketbook originally mentioned.

I've had a Toro zero turn mower for the last 13 years, and it's given fair service. I have bent some front spindles and gone through some belts, however.

This year, I bought an Ariens mower from Home Depot with a 52" fabricated deck and the 23 hp Kawasaki mower. It' is the same mower that their sister company, Gravely, has had such success selling. But the $2999 selling price was far less than the prices at the lawn mower stores selling Gravely. What's nice is that I can get parts to fit my Ariens mower at any Gravely dealership, and in our retail market Gravely is the king of the Zero Turns. The Ariens is simply a bargain for the quality of the unit.
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These guys have some good deals on mowers ....

https://www.crankyape.com/default.as...isItems&Cat=17
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I have 6 acres to cut. I use a JD zero turn for the stuff close to the house and around trees and such. I use my Ford/New Holland CM274 for the larger part of my property. It's not a ZT, but it does have crazy tight turning radius. It has a 3cyl, 1200cc diesel engine, combo stamped/welded 3 blade/72" deck. Extremely happy with it. Built like a tank. Puts my ZT to shame. Just installed new Gator Fusion blades on both...didn't believe the hype until I used them myself.

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Old 01-12-2019, 06:37 PM
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I bought a 50" Toro and love it. Was a last year's left over and with a military discount...$1984 OTD..
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by tim kilbride View Post
I have 6 acres to cut. I use a JD zero turn for the stuff close to the house and around trees and such. I use my Ford/New Holland CM274 for the larger part of my property. It's not a ZT, but it does have crazy tight turning radius. It has a 3cyl, 1200cc diesel engine, combo stamped/welded 3 blade/72" deck. Extremely happy with it. Built like a tank. Puts my ZT to shame. Just installed new Gator Fusion blades on both...didn't believe the hype until I used them myself.

What you have there is a real commercial mower--not a zero turn mower. I once was part of a "cut off" of all the commercial mowers in the industry and what would hang on a steep hillside at an airport. The New Holland CM was the only unit with the traction to hang on such a hill. Such units can also be equipped with cabs, dozer blades, brushes and snow blowers. It's essentially a 1320 Boomer compact tractor that's engineered to run in reverse. Just be careful to take care of your mower deck because New Holland has no more such mowers in stock or in any warehouse. Commercial mower decks in heavy use just last 2-3 years even though the rest of the commercial mower would last 10-20-30 years ? under normal use with good maintenance.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tim kilbride View Post
I have 6 acres to cut. I use a JD zero turn for the stuff close to the house and around trees and such. I use my Ford/New Holland CM274 for the larger part of my property. It's not a ZT, but it does have crazy tight turning radius. It has a 3cyl, 1200cc diesel engine, combo stamped/welded 3 blade/72" deck. Extremely happy with it. Built like a tank. Puts my ZT to shame. Just installed new Gator Fusion blades on both...didn't believe the hype until I used them myself.

My favorite style of mower by far. Typically known as "grounds mowers." Growing up we had an Exmark, followed by a Toro, and then a pair of Kubota's. My folks yard is 5 acres of bermuda grass. My dad, grandparents, and dad's cousin split the cost of one, and typically run it 5 years. They all have similar sized yards, and are right next to one another. IMO they are much more comfortable to operate than a zero turn if you are cutting large areas of open space. Unfortunately they have shot sky high in pricing. Kubota no longer makes them in 4x2, and prices start in the mid 20's for a 4x4. Needless to say, we are running a ZD326 now, which can be had for significantly less $.
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True story....I picked this thing up at a surplus auction at Tulane University in NOLA. They used it to cut the football field. I paid $1500.00 for it. They said it ran (started it at auction), but they said it overheated. Took it home, changed all the fluids, tires, battery, blades and belts. Greased all the zirks. Found the overheating issue...the radiator was full of grass. Blew it out and it runs fine. So I'm into this thing for a tad over $2k maybe. I've had it for over ten years. Put 50-60 hours or so a year on it. It will pull my truck out of the mud with no issues. I hose it down and blow out the engine compartment after every use. Put it on a battery tender. Good to go every time. It's ugly, but it's good at what it does.
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Wow Tim, you scored big time!
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:41 AM
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Wife worked at a Textron factory building Bobcat, Bunton, and Steiner machines. Textron no longer owns them and not sure what happened to the Bunton and Steiner brands.
I don't think you can buy a new one in that price range.
Fortunately we could buy a machine at cost.
We started with a Bobcat, then a Bunton, finally a big Steiner.
All were great but that Steiner was overbuilt and durable. What a machine!

Engines-the kohlers were throw aways. Meaning, kohler had them throw away the ones that failed before they left Textron.

Kawasaki had one failure at start. Kawasaki sent a team of engineers in to the factory to disassemble it right there to see what the cause of the faulure was. Impressive.

And do not buy a stamped deck. Buy something with an ANSI rated fabricated deck for your safety and those around you.

To test a deck, the machine would be set in a test cell. A tube would be connected to the deck. 100 3/8 ball bearings were sent down the tube into the deck while the blades were spinning at 100%. The balls all had to exit the chute and fly out at less than a certain height; I believe a small percentage were allowed to exit under the deck as well, but not many. The deck itself could not be damaged. Yes, very loud! I had the fortune of witnessing the test on a 72" Steiner.
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