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    Super Star Member EddieWalker's Avatar
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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    I went from a rotary cutter to a finish mower and was amazed at how much nicer the finish was. Then I went to a zero turn mower and was amazed at how much nicer the grass looks compared to the finish mower. Unfortunately, I now like the results that I get from the zero turn so much better that I've more then doubled the amount of grass that I maintain with it!!!!

    Be careful, be VERY CAREFUL!!!

    Eddie

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    I was enthused at the purchase of a $5600 ZTR, but got my money back the very next day. It was incapable of holding on a hill, nor could it reverse uphill. If you're a flat-lander, go for it. But if you've got hillsides - or even meaningful rises in your lawn - you'll be disappointed.

    //greg//
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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    I have mowed with both a tractor with a 3 pt finish mower, and a ZTR. The ZTR is easier, quicker and gives a better quality cut.

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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    Everybody here seems to be missing the most important point. The ZTR is WAY more fun to mow with!!! I agree with everything else said too.

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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    I was enthused at the purchase of a $5600 ZTR, but got my money back the very next day. It was incapable of holding on a hill, nor could it reverse uphill. If you're a flat-lander, go for it. But if you've got hillsides - or even meaningful rises in your lawn - you'll be disappointed.

    //greg//
    I haven't had any of these problems with my ZTR, but I don't mow hillsides. One TBN's advertisers, Ted Corriher at (http://www.everythingattachments.com/default.asp), has invented a front-braking system for ZTRs: Zero Turn Mower Front Brakes!! Check it out www.tedbrakes.com - YouTube. Here's wishing him success.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    I was enthused at the purchase of a $5600 ZTR, but got my money back the very next day. It was incapable of holding on a hill, nor could it reverse uphill. If you're a flat-lander, go for it. But if you've got hillsides - or even meaningful rises in your lawn - you'll be disappointed.

    //greg//
    I can mow the side banks of my ditches without much problem, I use a Ferris IS3000. They are as steep as you would ever want to go, in fact with the JD lawn tractor I used previously, I had to go straight up and down. If the grass is wet, forget it.

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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    I like using a 3PH RFM. With the 5 footer it took me a little over 1/2 hour per acre, and although I haven't timed mowing since getting the 6 footer I suspect it is less. Time on the tractor is therapy for me, not a race.

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    Until five years ago I would have said, just use the RFM. I'm always trying to save a buck. Now that I'm living in a place with more grass I will definitely recommend a zero turn. I enjoy mowing with a tractor or a zero turn and do both still. But at the house the grass needs to be mowed regardless of wether you have time or not. I found that with my schedule there wasn't enough daylight, especially at the end of the growing season, to get it done without a fast mower. Replaced my Case 254 with a woods RM59 with a Exmark Lazer Z with a 48 inch deck then "upgraded" to a 61 inch Woods diesel mower. Every step has reduced my time needed. And has allowed me to get the look I want with less time invested.

    Chuck

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    Default Re: Finish mower or zero turn

    Thank's for all your opinions and advice, it seems pretty much unanimous that the zero turn mower is the way to go, I have been looking at a Gravely ZT XL 54"cut, do any of you know anything about the Gravely's or have an opinion on another zero turn that I should consider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lineman North Florida View Post
    Thank's for all your opinions and advice, it seems pretty much unanimous that the zero turn mower is the way to go, I have been looking at a Gravely ZT XL 54"cut, do any of you know anything about the Gravely's or have an opinion on another zero turn that I should consider?
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