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Old 01-11-2019, 06:36 PM
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Just bought 2.5 acres and will need a new mower. All indications are that a 42-48 inch Zero Turn is what I need for fast mowing. My budget is 3500-4000. My buddy who is a 30 year landscaper swears by the Kawasaki motor and it appears that a fabricated deck is preferable. Other than that looking for recommendations. I am generally a mid level quality type of buyer. So far the Scags look pretty good?
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I run a husqvarna with kohler motor and have not had 1 single issue. I like that it has a hitch

I know some people say otherwise.
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Just bought 2.5 acres and will need a new mower. All indications are that a 42-48 inch Zero Turn is what I need for fast mowing. My budget is 3500-4000. My buddy who is a 30 year landscaper swears by the Kawasaki motor and it appears that a fabricated deck is preferable. Other than that looking for recommendations. I am generally a mid level quality type of buyer. So far the Scags look pretty good?
Kawasaki is way better then Kohler now, I've been running them for 14 years in my business. Look for a used low hour commercial z especially this time of year you should be able to get one in your price range . Hydros are stronger and last longer then residential mowers. Scag is a great mower look for the freedom or tiger cat model. Hustler fastrak or toro commercial would be my second choice. Dealer support is everything so keep that in mind for parts and service. I would opt for a 48 or 52.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
Kawasaki is way better then Kohler now, I've been running them for 14 years in my business. Look for a used low hour commercial z especially this time of year you should be able to get one in your price range . Hydros are stronger and last longer then residential mowers. Scag is a great mower look for the freedom or tiger cat model. Hustler fastrak or toro commercial would be my second choice. Dealer support is everything so keep that in mind for parts and service. I would opt for a 48 or 52.
Definitely 2nd the comment about Kawasaki and 48-54" deck! Residential use Kawasaki can be a lifetime engine.
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Just bought 2.5 acres and will need a new mower. All indications are that a 42-48 inch Zero Turn is what I need for fast mowing. My budget is 3500-4000. My buddy who is a 30 year landscaper swears by the Kawasaki motor and it appears that a fabricated deck is preferable. Other than that looking for recommendations. I am generally a mid level quality type of buyer. So far the Scags look pretty good?
Oh heck yeah although with that much acreage, bigger is better. I bought a 42" toro zero turn with 21.5 hp Kawasaki motor about 3-4 years ago and could not be happier with the purchase. I literally enjoy mowing now even multiple properties with Florida's ruthless hot summers. Fabricated decks are indeed better but I have a stamped deck. The thing is if you leave crap on any deck, with moisture trapped (ie dead grass), you're going to have corrosion pop up. I simply blow the clippings off the deck each and every time. And store it under cover; for some reason many people tend to think a mower can live in the rain, covered with mulch and not suffer degradation.....

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Bobcat, Husky, Gravely, Scag, Dixie Chopper, Toro, ExMark, etc. etc. I wouldn't give two cents difference between them. Find a dealer near you that carries a decent zero turn who will be there to service what you buy. Do NOT buy from a big box store. I'm a Gravely fan but the closest dealer is 30 minutes away. I got a 52" Bobcat with the 22 HP Kawasaki and am a happy camper. 3.5 acres. JMHO.
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That amount of cutting begs the largest cut you can afford, unless you like spending time on a mower. Something over 50" would be my suggestion.
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Sit down machine? Stand up machine? If you are going to spend 4K do yourself a favor and just buy a commercial grade mower. Wright, scag, exmark, Ferris, bob-cat. Either buy a low hour used machine or put some money down and finance a brand new one. Most new ones qualify for 0% interest for 3-6 years.

Where are you located? What’s the property like? Hills? Flat? Lots of things to mow around? Bigger isn’t always better if there’s lot of obstacles. Fences? Gates?

I own a lot of machines. I’ll Answer anything you want to know.
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My local dealer that sells Scags really pushes the Exmarks. JD has a 48” in my price range but has a stamped deck and Briggs motor? Scags just look more heavy duty to me for some reason. You know you getting old when buying a mower is kinda exciting lol..thanks all so far..
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
My local dealer that sells Scags really pushes the Exmarks. JD has a 48” in my price range but has a stamped deck and Briggs motor? Scags just look more heavy duty to me for some reason. You know you getting old when buying a mower is kinda exciting lol..thanks all so far..

I would steer clear of the Briggs engines, the older vanguards were good but the newer ones have had quite a few issues. Exmark makes a great mower cant go wrong either way. JD would depend on what model your looking at.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
I would steer clear of the Briggs engines, the older vanguards were good but the newer ones have had quite a few issues. Exmark makes a great mower cant go wrong either way. JD would depend on what model your looking at.
also not sure if your just cutting a field or actual good grass but as far as cut the scag velocity deck is top notch, it doesnt clump grass like alot of other brands. I'm not trying to sell you on scag either. I'm currently running gravelys after all these years with my toro and hustler dealing dicking me around I switched and never looked back.
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Originally Posted by GradyGravelyFord View Post
Sit down machine? Stand up machine? If you are going to spend 4K do yourself a favor and just buy a commercial grade mower. Wright, scag, exmark, Ferris, bob-cat. Either buy a low hour used machine or put some money down and finance a brand new one. Most new ones qualify for 0% interest for 3-6 years.

Where are you located? What’s the property like? Hills? Flat? Lots of things to mow around? Bigger isn’t always better if there’s lot of obstacles. Fences? Gates?

I own a lot of machines. I’ll Answer anything you want to know.

Never seen any promotion were you get 0% for 3-6 years, its usual 0 for 48 months. That's impressive
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Never seen any promotion were you get 0% for 3-6 years, its usual 0 for 48 months. That's impressive
If it is 0% it is built into the price There are no free lunches.
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If it is 0% it is built into the price There are no free lunches.
no that really isn’t true. I can buy a machine for $8500 with check, cash or finance. If I finance I’m paying a one time fee of usually $125-$250. It is not built into the price. They make their money on joe shmo who is late on payments and goes from 0% to 20%
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
My local dealer that sells Scags really pushes the Exmarks. JD has a 48” in my price range but has a stamped deck and Briggs motor? Scags just look more heavy duty to me for some reason. You know you getting old when buying a mower is kinda exciting lol..thanks all so far..
Scags are more heavy duty.

In addition to the above, speed and comfort are important for 2.5 acres. Check out the seats and suspension.

Personally I would get in no order: a great dealer, welded deck, Kawasaki twin, long residential warranty, suspension, good seat. pro model.

If you have a chance, for fun, look at a Wright. Absolutely way more than you need, but they are some badass commercial machines.$$$
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Grass is area is relatively flat saint augustine and after backing out the house/barn/paving/pond I prob have about 1.5 acreas of actual mowing. It also has few trees. And no gate restrictions. Any word on Ariens or are they just a Home Depot special with no support?
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no that really isn’t true. I can buy a machine for $8500 with check, cash or finance. If I finance I’m paying a one time fee of usually $125-$250. It is not built into the price. They make their money on joe shmo who is late on payments and goes from 0% to 20%
So the $125-250 isn't an extra cost? Huh.
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Do your research on engines. Not all Kawasaki engines are the same and you get what you pay for. Just saying ‘buy Kawasaki’ is too much of a generalization and you can overpay for mediocre equipment. Kawasaki FX or Kohler Command have both been good for me. Kohler 7000 has been decent as well. Kawasaki FR is the low end of their line and there are better choices.
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If it is 0% it is built into the price There are no free lunches.
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.
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