/ Help me pick a mower #21
- Oct 5, 2014
- Western, NY
- LS XR4145, Jacobsen Turfcat
I have been lurking here for some time and have found the information very helpful...
I was in almost the same situation 8 years ago that you are in today.I have been lurking here for some time and have found the information very helpful.
We recently purchased a home with 2.5 acres. Two acres are mostly flat without obstacles and .5 acres is wooded. First, I am assuming any type of big box store riding mower, while a good price, will not be the best option because the decks are usually limited to 54 inches and durability. Therefore, we are debating between a ZT and SCUT (Kubota BX). Probably 80 percent of the work will be mowing grass, which makes me think the ZT is the best option. Also the ZT is less expensive. These are the reasons I am still considering the SCUT:
1. We have a 250 foot steep driveway that will require snow removal in the winter. Is this too much work for a push snowblower?
2. I worry there could be other uses for the FEL that may come up (e.g., moving mulch or debris). Just last week in a storm a large tree limb fell and the FEL would have been helpful to haul away the cut up logs. Instead I had to pay someone.
3. I wonder if the options for leave removal will better with a SCUT.
I asked my five nearest neighbors what they have and these were the results: two have only SCUTS (Kubota BX), one has only a JD X720, and two have SCUTS and ZTs. They said they had the SCUTS for many years before ZTs were widely available and now use the ZT for weekly mowing and the SCUTS for snow removal, leaves, and occassional loader bucket tasks.
I really don't want to pay for/maintain two mowers. So I see the options are buy a ZT because cutting grass is 80 percent of the work and find other ways to deal with other needs (e.g., pay someone to remove snow, enlist help of a neighbor, etc.). Or buy the SCUT and know we are self sufficient but it will take longer to do the task we do 80 percent of the time.
My neighbor and good friend has the X758 really nice machine. I have used it quite a bit. Hate the backup blade shutoff dance with always pushing the button. (annoying new safety standard) many machines you can push a button once, this x758 needs to be pushed everytime you backup. The turning radius is tight but a ZT still cuts faster and nicer. My well-being weighs much less do no big time tracks. What out for the Sticker Shock when you look at this 'small' lawn tractor. I think that if you lean toward tractor I would go with something like the BX. But a tractor that can but grass rather then a lawn tractor that can push snow.I was in almost the same situation 8 years ago that you are in today.
I too thought about a zero turn mower for my approximately 1.7 acres of lawn, but I also have a great deal of concrete to clear of snow in the winter in Iowa with a lot of deep, blowing snow where I am located. I also didn't want to have to maintain two pieces of equipment with twice as much maintenance on two different engines.
My solution was to buy a John Deere X749 with a 62" deck and a 54" blower. This setup has served me well over the last 8 years and the only maintenance has been oil and filter changes, a hydraulic oil change, sharpening of mower blades and regular cleaning. I thought that I would like a loader bucket too, but for as much as I would use it, which would be hardly ever, it would have been a waste of money.
Unfortunately, the JD X749 was discontinued after 2012 by John Deere because of the weight of this tractor with it's combination of a Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel, 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering.
If I had to purchase another tractor today, it would be the same setup, but it would have to be a JD X758 which has the Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel and 4-wheel drive. It does not have the 4-wheel steering and now is available with a drive over 60" mower deck. The 54" or 48" Snow blower is also available. With the diesel and the 54" blower I can really put a lot of snow where I want it given the amount of concrete I have and the large configuration of it.
The X758 would be my choice because the Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel and 4-wheel drive are a must.
Also, with the 54" blower and the power of the diesel, I have not yet had to use tire chains or extra weight, even to clear snow from my rear driveway to my shop below my house which slopes from an elevation of 14'.
Hope this helps or gives you some food for thoughty neighbor