Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn

   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #21  
You just got the wrong kind.:cool:
I agree with that. My brother in law and nephew talked me into the Spartan. I had intended to buy the CC with steering wheel. Sure wish I had went with the CC. But my girlfriend bought i for me so I would feel guilty selling it now. lol
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #22  
I bought my first ZT last summer when I bought my new home. I have roughly 4 acres of yard to mow. I can honestly say I absolutely hate my ZT and hate mowing my yard now, when I use to love to mow yards. The absolute game changer for me is that I can no longer drink beer and mow. That is the single biggest downfall to owning a ZT. 😢
Buy one with a wheel
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #23  
How? What brand?

Look at Home Depot pricing for example. A 42" 18hp or so rider is priced about $2300. Most any equivalent size ZTR is about $3200 or more.

Really? I can mow way faster with a ZT than a garden tractor. It’s not even close. I just sold my Kubota F3680 and my ZD-1211 is 2-3 times faster. We actually have timed it. I have a place we cut that takes 4 -4.5 hours with a F-3680 and a ZD-1211. Now with (2) ZD-1211’s we just cut the same place in 3-3.5 hours.

In an open field without any obstructions, there's not much difference when the machines have the same ground speed and mowing width. In a yard filled with trees and odd shapes, the ZTR could be 50% faster based on my timed speed comparisons in the past.
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #25  
I feel like it's easier to find a 72" ZTR than a 72" rider too. I can mow two acres in an hour on the ZTR without breaking a sweat. Now, it was pricey, I think it lists at $15k now.🙄. It was $9500 list 6 years ago when I bought it
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #26  
I went to town last week and on my way, I saw a guy getting his ZTM pulled out of low spot with a pickup. On my way back I saw the same guy getting the same mower pulled out of another area by a pickup. It appears that they get stuck much easier than tractors. That area was a church lawn and not something a tractor would have had a problem with.

I know there are guys that claim that they can go dune hopping in the Sahara Desert, or mow a path through the Amazon jungle, or climb MT. Everest with their ZTM's. Fact of the matter is they are great at what they were designed to do and not good at the rest. It's kind of like a sex change. You can put a plow on one and pull a wagon, but if you look under the skirt, it's still a ZTM.

Dave

The zero turn needs bar tires on it not the trash turf tires they all come with. The zero turn will probably never equal a 4x4 mower but it will outperform a regular 2wd mower. I’m not sure why people think you can’t pull a wagon with a zero turn. It works perfectly fine. Plowing snow probably isn’t its strong suit but a regular riding mower is going to suck at plowing snow as well. I don’t live somewhere to care about plowing snow but I don’t see why a better end zero turn with drives that won’t explode can’t plow snow just as good as a regular 2wd riding lawnmower mower. And this was a zero turn vs riding lawnmower discussion not a zero turn vs tractor with a mowing deck comparison.
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #27  
So, what are the positives (if any) to owning a riding mower over a zero-turn? I am not talking about a sub-compact with mower deck but a dedicated riding mower.
A zero turn can reliably handle about 2 acres per hour, with regular tree and garden roundings. That means some of you might find your excuse of, "sorry honey, I need to go mow the lawn" barely keeps you busy an hour or two on Saturday, leaving you open to the dreaded house cleaning. Or God forbid... your wife dragging you to the farmer's market!

A riding mower can keep you busy all day, on even the smallest lawn, giving you a better excuse to avoid going out.

I have a JD 750 riding mower.
I owned a JD 750. I'd hardly call it a riding mower?

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Are you sure you haven't mixed up model numbers?

My riding mower cuts just fine and was considerably less expensive than a ZT.
There we have it: cost is the most commonly justifiable advantage of riding mower over zero turn.
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #28  
A zero turn can reliably handle about 2 acres per hour, with regular tree and garden roundings. That means some of you might find your excuse of, "sorry honey, I need to go mow the lawn" barely keeps you busy an hour or two on Saturday, leaving you open to the dreaded house cleaning. Or God forbid... your wife dragging you to the farmer's market!

A riding mower can keep you busy all day, on even the smallest lawn, giving you a better excuse to avoid going out.


I owned a JD 750. I'd hardly call it a riding mower?

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Are you sure you haven't mixed up model numbers?


There we have it: cost is the most commonly justifiable advantage of riding mower over zero turn.

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I don't house clean. I don't go out. I don't go to the store with her. I have enough outside work at home to last me the remainder of my life. She knows and accepts this... And I put our twin 13 year old boys to work outside too. Now, she does make them help with housework and they always get all of the furniture moving chores... The only chore I will do in the house is cook because NOBODY wants to eat her food. :cry::LOL: Well, and any needed repairs...
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #29  
The dealers say it's hills. You have lots of hills?... get a tractor variant.
 
   / Pros to having a riding mower over a zero-turn #30  
I might mow the lawn in an hour, but then I work in the garden, tend to the apiary, and work in the shop. I make it around dusk.
 
 
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