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    Default ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    Anyone ever think about selling zero turn and going back to a regular style lawn mower?I like the maneuverability and quickness of the zero turn.But I like the way my old tractor cut the lawn.I have 4 acres of yard - No hills or trees.Any 2nd thoughts?

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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    if you run like 3/4 speed with high lift blades and keep them sharp the cut quality improves

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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    I upgraded from a 42" tractor style to a 50" ztr. Cut my mowing time in half. However, with my 42" tractor style, I was able to use it for clearing underbrush, but quickly found out that the ztr didn't like that very much. I will most likely get a mmm for my bx24 but for right now I will be content with the time saved for mowing since I only cleared underbrush 2 times a year.

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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    I am in the process of selling my Gravely 148Z and buying a GC or BX to replace it with. I dont like the way it handles on steep ground like I have. I have to admit it is fast and leaves a great cut. Hope the one I buy with a MMM does the same..... minus the pucker factor on the hills!!

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    My previous property was completely in the woods, and I bought a Dixon ztr to save time. But that's about the only reason I'd recommend to have a ZTR...when there are a lot of things to steer around. We've moved and my current property has very few trees, so I switched to a b2920 with a MMM to cut it. The seller wanted me to buy his 60" Grasshopper with the house, but I had decided not to to have another ztr.

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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    A tractor will do 2 3 4 or more different task faster than a Z T R will.
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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    I had a Simplicity Citation ZTR for few years, great cut, fast, and loved the controls. However, I do have slopes and it just got old after a while having to do the slopes with a trimming mower. If you have the right deck and blades then you can't beat the ZTR cut on flat property even if you have a lot of trees.

    On the other hand, having the tractor has one main advantage for me, when I had the ZTR then I was the only driver and no one else was able to handle it in the family. Now it is different story with the tractor and get many more usages from it.
    BX2660 FEL, 60", RB 60", Turf tires
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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by dirty hoe View Post
    Anyone ever think about selling zero turn and going back to a regular style lawn mower?I like the maneuverability and quickness of the zero turn.But I like the way my old tractor cut the lawn.I have 4 acres of yard - No hills or trees.Any 2nd thoughts?
    I just got a B series with a 60" MMM, but to be honest always wondered about a ZT for my yard. Anyhow, after using the new tractor and the 60" MMM I am convinced I made the right decision. Being the the tractor has HST and you are able to go into reverse so quickly (with the deck still running) you can get really close to stuff, and turn around on a dime.

    My 2 cents.

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    If you have a commercial Ztr the cut should be much better (and faster). Try adjusting the pitch of the deck 1/4" lower in front and make sure tire pressure is all the same.
    B2920 TLB, turfs and loaded ags, thumb, 60 & 50" QA buckets, Kubota QA forks, toothbar, BX42 chipper, 60" front hydro blade and hitch, Herd M96 spreader, turf vent 48" 3pt aerator, Woods LRC 60" rake and Woods 48" estate BB, County Line 60" rear blade, rear spacers, pats easy change. Polaris 800 w/60" Blizzard plow & John Deere 717a ZTR

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    Default Re: ZTR purchase/second thoughts

    My Scag Wildcat ZTR will mow circles around the old RFM I used to have on my B2710, and prettier too. Plus, it doesn't bog down in thick grass as much as the tractor did. Go figure. No comparison for me. A tractor is a tractor that can also mow, a commercial ZTR is the best mower in my experience at least. Just not sure how a mid mount could match the cut quality for a particular speed, because it just won't have the blade tip speed a ZTR gets. Maybe it depends on the finish mower and the ZTR that are being compared.
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