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Old 03-30-2015, 04:57 AM   #1
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Recommend me a Mower

We sold out house and property on the mountain last summer, and moved closer to town. Now instead of mowing every other week starting in early May, I have to mow 2.5 acres every 5 days starting next weekend. My old Powerking was fine mowing the sparse grass we had at the old place but will probably die if made to do another summer down here. From what I've seen prices are all over the place, and price does not seem to reflect quality
The lawn I will be mowing is flat with a few obstacles, this is what I've been looking at.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hustler-R...3077/204612929
What say the informed?
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:13 AM   #2
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as good as any in that price range.
We have a Dixie Chopper. http://www.dixiechopper.com/ The are built extremely well.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:39 AM   #3
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Just make sure the seat and ergonomics fit the wife.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:07 AM   #4
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lol, she climbed up on it while I was looking at weedeaters, then yelled "look at this one!"
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:17 AM   #5
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I love my Kubota ZT
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:24 AM   #6
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Exmark.
The industry standard for mowers in your area size range. Pricey and worth it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:42 AM   #7
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Stay away from Cub Cadet......a good one is a POS.....at least IME



Calling it junk is being nice.....
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:48 AM   #8
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Craigslist!!

Buy a used commercial or near commercial grade mower.

I'm a John Deere fan myself. The 425/445/455(diesel) with a 60" mower are outstanding. Get the All Wheel Steer model. You should be able to find one in the $2,500 to $4,00 range. Look for less than 1,000 hours and make sure they have the steal cam gear - after 1998 I think. More current models are 5xx and 7xx. All have drive shaft to the blades, power steering, hydraulic lifts and can move snow, pull a good size trailer, or move a boat around. Good collection systems are also available as are bucket loaders and other stuff.

Here's the ADV site for JD tractors.

Re-sale value will be about the same as what you pay for it.

Other brands are Kubota, Simplicity and Cub. Edit -- see above re Cub

Zero Turns (Dixie, Exmark, mentioned above. Several others available) are outstanding if you have a level lot, not much fun on hills and really a challenge on side hills. Make sure the wife is up to the learning curve. Mine wasn't so we have a tractor and she loves cutting the grass with it

See what the commercial guys in your area are using and find one with low hours.

I'd avoid the Home Depot/Loews models. Several neighbors have had them and my JD has outlasted all of them.

Sounds crazy, but do a cost/benefit analysis -- may be cheaper to have someone do it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:38 AM   #9
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I have a Simplicity ZT3000:



Mine is about 7 years old with about 500 hours on it. It is not quite commercial duty but very close. I have used Gravely, Toro and Cub Cadet ZT's and this thing is like a sports car in comparison;the controls are very light to use, the deck can be lifted with a hand lever and it locks into place, no pins to pull etc. and the overall build quality is very good. Is has a stamped deck but of heavier gauge than most. Other than the float bowl plunger going south until I removed it there has never been any work of consequence needed. Grease, sharpen, change oil and filter and that is it.

I cannot comment on the quality of the new ones though as they were bought out by Briggs a couple years back I believe.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:41 AM   #10
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I have an early version of this in 60" that they made and stuck a Snapper sticker on it. Snapper has since lost the PL agreement and can no longer sell single stick mowers which is one of the unique thing I like about it. Also lack of mower deck complexity, no drive shafts, u-joints or gear boxes, just pulleys and belts. It's 15 years, mows 2.5ac weekly and is still going strong. The one thing I did to it as soon as I got it was took the deck off, dissembled it and had it hot dipped. Still running with that deck. My neighbor's Kubota is on its third one in the same amount of time.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:56 AM   #11
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DAMHIK...... A big fast super mower only gets ya done faster....then the wife can find other shit for you to do. Go for a mow, take your time, enjoy the day, be outside ...... I got 2 small kids so I take my time. Sometimes one of them will sit with me for a few swipes, then they find something to get into........


Any old Cub Cadet, John Deere, 50+ inch deck. I'd buy at a dealer and stay away from the big box stores for this kind of purchase. Parts and Service!

We got 0% for 24 months , Cub Cadet with a Kohler motor has worked fine, 3 yrs and only had to change the oil.

Simplicity's are good too I hear, just cost a little more$$$$$.

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Old 03-30-2015, 10:08 AM   #12
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John Deere's are great as long as you don't buy them at a big box store. The dealers get totally different models than big box stores get. Home Depot John Deere models aren't even built by JD. They just sell their name onto someone else's crap. Not sure why.

Source. My brother is a JD tech.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:06 PM   #13
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I cut 2.5 acres. Bought a 60" zero turn commercial mower in 1995 and am still using it. I don't think I've spent $200 yet on repairs. Was not cheap, but probably the single best purchase I've made in my lifetime.

I can come home from work, cut the entire lawn in under 1.5 hours, and still get some ride time in before sunset!
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #14
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I cut 2.5 acres. Bought a 60" zero turn commercial mower in 1995 and am still using it. I don't think I've spent $200 yet on repairs.
I've spent that much on that POS Cub Cadet in one weekend..........

I am thinking this year, it may suffer a short in the wiring and burn to the ground before I can get the fire extinguisher It would be cheaper and less frustrating.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:18 PM   #15
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it's stuff like this I want to avoid
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