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    Default Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    Hi everyone. I joined a few years back in hopes of finding whether I would be best suited to owning a ZTR or a SCUT. Many of you said I should go SCUT, but I found a good price on a ZTR, and bit the bullet. I own a little over 2 acres in a rural setting (have plenty of fruit trees and just started a garden this year), and have used my dad's JD 990 quite a bit since buying the place 4 years ago (the FEL alone was worth it's wait in gold). I hope to own my own land (more than 2 acres) some day, but for now, I like my setting. Anyways, the ZTR cuts my lawn quickly, and relatively well. It's a rough ride (I'm only 28, so I can handle it), but it's always blowing debris all over me. It's also not good for much else other than for mowing. I was starting to look at an ATV with a plow to help with the driveway in the winter, and I got to thinking that a tractor would help (it's not a huge driveway, but enough where even a FEL would be sufficient).

    Anyways, I have a big kubota dealer not far from me, and I'm considering going to look at a BX series now that they have 0% for 60 months.

    Am I nuts?

    I'm giving up mowing speed/convenience (mowing around the apply trees will be harder with a SCUT) for monthly payments and possibly more options on the table for around the house? My dad lives in tractor driving distance (they own 90 acres), so I DO have access to his, but it's a pain to borrow on spur of the moment, especially if he has it set up for mowing or plowing, FEL on or off, etc, and it's not what I need it setup for.

    Should I do it? Or keep my money and wait?

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    Elm Grove, Louisiana
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    kubota B2320

    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    I would keep the z-turn and just use your fathers tractor when needed. Or you could keep the z-turn and buy the tractor with a fel and box blade. I think you will be better off mowing with the z-turn. I have one acre and have both and use them both. If I had 3 acres or more then I would still own the z-turn for mowing.

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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    Here's a look at my property:







    And the work my dad's 990 has made possible:










    Food plots:




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    Super Member newbury's Avatar
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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    Your 28.
    Use a wheelbarrow and shovel until you need a B or bigger. The BX's came out before ZTR's. If your going to get more land you'd quickly need a B or bigger.

    Says the man with a B7610 on a quarter acre lot and an M4700 on a half acre lot
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all
    My saws - JD CS 62, efco 3500, Stihls - 021, 660 w/woods mod, 660 w/ DP muffler, 088, Woodmizer LT10

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    Elite Member GManBart's Avatar
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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    Any way you could keep the ZT, and manage a new SCUT? Some brands are offering up to 84 months 0% right now, which could keep the payment under $200/mo.

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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    I could keep it, but I don't see why I would need to keep it, but two tools are better than one. I suppose if I HAVE to look for justification, maybe I don't really need one.

    Newbury, I've run countless wheelbarrow loads of everything you can imagine in the four years I've owned this home. I built the last section of retaining wall this summer and shoveled and wheel barrowed 10 tons of crushed gravel. I may be 28, but it still wasn't fun in July

    Here's a timelapse I did building the wall:


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    Kubota Tractor Loader L3560 HST 37-hp / 5,400 pounds

    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    You DESERVE a tractor-loader of SOME size........

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    Keep the ZTR and buy a larger tractor than the BX. Think of it this way, your ZTRs trade in value will probably just cover the cost of the mower deck of a new tractor anyhow.

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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    Nice looking place, MGH. The ZTR will surely be quicker mowing your place than a BX (or equivalent), but it wouldn't kill you to mow it with a little tractor. Many folks mow lots more than that with those little SCUTs, including me. So the question is whether having the tractor would let you keep after your place better. Just my experience... the BX I have is one really handy thing to have around. We have larger equipment that does the really heavy work, but for a "finished" property like yours, the little guy gets into places and does the work where a bigger machine is overkill. For you it's probably not a necessity, but it would be very useful.

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    Default Re: Am I nuts? Thinking of leaving ZTR for SCUT?

    I doubt the BX or even the B series will be any smoother than the ZTR if that is what you are looking for. Looks like you have much if not most of the work done where you would need a tractor. I would keep the ZTR for mowing especially if it is in good condition, get a B series in 23-26 HP range if I needed a tractor. As RJWERTH said, you wont get trade in value to even cover the mowing deck for the tractor, so may as well keep your mower and just look at the tractor with some implements for breaking ground for food plots.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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