Zero turn mower advice

   / Zero turn mower advice #41  

Garson

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New Brunswick, Canada
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RX7320 Kioti Shuttle Shift, Toro TimeCutter SS5425 Zero Turn
I drove a John Deere zero turn 4 years ago and decided zero turns were not for me. It was way too jumpy on the controls. but three years ago I bought a Toro Timecutter 5425 (4.5' cut) while it was still in the delivery crate. It was $5000 marked down a grand to $4000 in November. We don't mow grass in New Brunswick (Canada) then, thus the deal.

It handles like a dream and I'd buy it again in a minute even for more money after realizing how efficient a zero turn works. It mows my 3 acres in just over an hour and trims around 3 hedges, five buildings and 30 trees. My old Ford mower (4' cut) took 3 hours and then I had to trim for an hour after the mowing was done. The Toro turned a 4 hour job into an hour, basically. I often mow my neighbours lawns now because it is so much fun to drive.

On the con side, a suspension would be a great addition but would likely double the price.
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #42  

charles todd

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LS P7010C, Farmall 504, Allis Chalmers 180, Komatsu PC38UU-2
Put 750 hours on a 44" Snapper 350Z. Selling it, out grew it. Had HydraGear pumps and Parker drive motors, Kohler engine. Was taking wife 4+ hours to cut 4ish acres of lawn.

This season bought a Bad Boy MZ Magnum 54" from Tractor Supply Company for $3999.99 +T. So far it does everything my wife wants. Cut mowing down to about 2 hours 15min. Has HydraGear ZT2200 drives and Kohler KT740 25hp. Blades are in stock at TSC and at a local dealer that also sells Bad Boy.

There is a member from Pennsylvania on here that said it was a POS because of the ZT2200 drives and it would die an early life on his 2:1 yard slopes... I don't live in PA. My yard is FLAT. The Bad Boy FLAT out cuts FAST.

CT
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #43  

mahovy

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davisburg MI
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gehl skidsteer HL360
I couldn't tell you much about mowers except they all seem to use the same engines from kawasaki or kholer.

I just purchased a cub cadet ZTS2 60


I only test drove a toro and the cub cadet but had to make a decision as I didn't have any mower for my acreage and mowing season was coming. The reason I chose the cub cadet was purely because of the wheel. I think the toro timecutter 60" is roughly the same price, they both seem very solid as far as frame. The wheel on the cub cadet along with the front wheel actually steering and not just free wheeling is pretty comfy. Just did my first mow today of roughly 2 acres and it was about 75 minutes, granted I dont know the best route yet and I have to edge a lot of fence posts. I'm sure as I get more confident ill be able to cut that down to sub 1hr.
I have the ZTS2 54", check the front spindles. I had the left one break off. The welding of the spindle to the wheel yoke wasn't completely welded. Needed to reweld the shaft to the wheel yoke. Have had it for 2 1/2 yrs. Warranty only is 2 yrs. Glad I could fix it without having to buy a new spindle assembly.
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #44  

Surshot

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I sold two 30” Snappers, too small, guy drove 100 miles just to look, bought both with Briggs engines. Have a Husky zero, 48” with 23 hp, works real well, Wife wanted a new Scag, got a 48” Liberty, replaced the wheels with no flats, made the new spindles on my lathe. My suggestion, is heavy mower deck, good seat with arm rests and if you get gas, only use non ethanol, buy where you can get work done…..do not forget the trailer you will need to move it. That new Scag takes a 5’ wide trailer. But I had to get a 6’ wide trailer to haul the wife’s XRV 4x4 anyway.:censored:
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #45  

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Hmmmm ... guess I have more research to do.

I didn't think that much about the suspension but if I had one complaint about the DZ21 it is that I am almost bounced out of it.

My field is just that .... was a cow pasture ... never been rolled.

If I ever finish the house and shop, I may take time to clean it up more but for now I am lucky to find time to mow it.

Thanks so very much for all the advice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
For as small as your 'lawn' is, I'd recommend a 54" cut in your choice of makes. There's nothing really wrong with buying from Big Box stores. What you lose in quality, you make up for in Economies of Scale. They buy THOUSANDS of them at a time.

Do some homework, read some reviews and go for it.

For your use, I'd recommend a gas engine. Of course, diesel is better and you should get a return on the extra money in about 50 or 60 years. Unless you're a pro, I'd walk away if all you're doing is 2-3 acres.

I also recommend the Kawasaki engine. Strongly recommend.

strongly

If you're not sure, Deere always makes pretty good stuff. They're proud of it but it's usually pretty good.

Mine's a Husky. It's 'okay'.

I have 5 acres with buildings and barns and tree stands all over it. PITA to cut. Takes me a solid half day and I'm tired when I'm done. I might look for a pull-behind finish mower.
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #46  

frankm215

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I second (or third) the suggestion to look into the Toro Titan with the MyRide suspension. I mow 2-3 acres easily without getting all beat up by bouncing off the seat or the mower telegraphing the ground ruts right through me!

PS. I purchased it from my local Toro dealer
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #47  

dh206

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Kubota BX2350, John Deere 322
I have 3.14 acres and an Ariens Ikon X-52 that I got about 4 years ago for about $3k. It's a great ZTR. It takes a bit longer in spring when it rains a lot and the lawn is sloppy mess and the grass is thick, but in general it's about 3 hours and one tank of gas to do the whole thing. In fall when it's a bit thinner and drier, it's about 2.5. I have 3 distinct areas and some tree obstacles to go around or it'd be faster.
Looks like Lowe's has the newer version of the same spec for $3800. You can get them serviced at any authorized dealer that services Gravely, which is what I do when I need to. It's a nice little mower with a 23HP engine. It's not as fancy as the commercial ones that have active shocks, but it's also lower to the ground which makes it easier to get under low limbs around various kinds of trees.

I had one issue where the primary hydraulics had an issue. It was covered under warranty. (mower just stopped and wouldn't go anywhere. It was a design defect.) I also bent the brake a bit so it wouldn't start (mower doesn't start without hand brake engaged), but that was an easy fix at the shop. I think it happened when it got jostled too hard on the trailer and one of the straps had slipped causing it to shift around on the trailer with the brake engaged.

Changing oil is a minor bit challenging, but not too bad (placement of the oil filter and draining the oil from the funky drain tube). changing the air filter is piece of cake.

It starts well except at the very beginning of the season after the tank has been drained and it's been sitting dry all winter. It can take some time to get it all primed so it starts up, but after that it starts easily through the whole cutting season.
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #48  

bill9068

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Last year I was in the market for a zero turn that didn’t break the bank. I happened to be looking on Facebook market place and found a guy selling used zero turns. After a text discussion I found out he got all the trade in mowers from the area dealers. This guy lived about 45 minutes away so I took a chance and drove over to look at his inventory. He had commercial and home mower’s but I found two I really liked with low hours. One was a Gravely 52” cut with a Kawasaki 23 hp motor with 38 hours, the other was a Country Clipper challenger mower with a Kawasaki 24 hp and 60” cut with 110 hours. I own two houses an hour apart so I decided to do some dealing for two mowers. I offered 5k for both and ended up at $5400.00. That was 2500 off what he originally wanted. Both are used today with no issues and run like new. Bargains are out there.
 
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lman

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Last year I was in the market for a zero turn that didn’t break the bank. I happened to be looking on Facebook market place and found a guy selling used zero turns. After a text discussion I found out he got all the trade in mowers from the area dealers. This guy lived about 45 minutes away so I took a chance and drove over to look at his inventory. He had commercial and home mower’s but I found two I really liked with low hours. One was a Gravely 52” cut with a Kawasaki 23 hp motor with 38 hours, the other was a Country Clipper challenger mower with a Kawasaki 24 hp and 60” cut with 110 hours. I own two houses an hour apart so I decided to do some dealing for two mowers. I offered 5k for both and ended up at $5400.00. That was 2500 off what he originally wanted. Both are used today with no issues and run like new. Bargains are out there.
I've got a Country Clipper charger. Are you used to the joystick yet?
 
   / Zero turn mower advice #50  

bill9068

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Mine use’s the hand bars, would have liked the joysticks. Did have the front step and grab bar for getting on and off. Overall a good solid mower with plenty of power.
 
 
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