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Tom (WI)    Posted 09-03-2018 at 14:53:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Looking to buy a zero turn mower in the 5k to 6k range 50 to 60 inch cut. Toro, Husqvarna, Bad Boy, Gravely, Exmark, Bob Cat, Cub Cadet, John Deere to name a few. Should I stay away from Tsc, Fleet Farm, Home Depot, big box stores and go to a dealer. Kohler, Kawasaki, Briggs, engines 20hp to 30hp range. What are the better engines these days. Got only about 3 acres to cut so really don't need a commercial mower. I have a older Dixon that I bought used about 10 years ago never really gave me problems,mower is just getting old and so am I, need a little more comfy ride. Thanks for your advice in helping me choose a new mower.

    Tom (WI)    Posted 09-05-2018 at 10:24:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks for the input guys, off with the boss to do some looking this Friday. Much appreciated.

    2NTony    Posted 09-04-2018 at 20:49:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • After 5 years of cutting my 4 acre yard with my 2N and a KK 72" finish mower, I decided to upgrade to a ZTR. The 2N was and still is just fine. The KK was a POS from the second season. My BIL who works at a lawn mower shop talked me into a commercial grade Snapper Pro XT200, 61 inch cut, 27HP Briggs Commercial Turf Engine and the big commercial 5400 hydro pumps. I can mow 6 inch fescue at 10 MPH, but slow down quite a bit for bumpy ground. Four acres takes 2.5 gallons of fuel and two hours. I like it a lot! My 2N drank five gallons of fuel and took a little over two and a half hours. This is a serious mower.

    steveVa    Posted 09-04-2018 at 08:56:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I bought a Cub Cadet tractor to get the Kohler V-Twin motor. V-Twin is much smoother running and does not vibrate you. Kohler makes a good motor. I really like my Cub after 2 seasons of cutting 2 acres +-.. It is way faster then my old 42" Craftsman that I also liked. Cub Cadet also makes a 0-turn with the Kohler motor. It is under 3k and has good reviews.

    Dave (OK)    Posted 09-04-2018 at 00:01:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a Bad Boy with a welded deck.You can get one with a suspension package. Don't get the electric deck adjustment, it costs to much to repair.

    Philny    Posted 09-03-2018 at 21:03:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a John Deere 425 I havenít had any problems with it,but it doesnít mow all that great ,the neighbor has a Husqvarna that mows better than mine.

    carl nny    Posted 09-03-2018 at 18:18:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • What ever you buy I would stay away from the stamped deck. Get a welded deck. Much more durable and easier to fix if the occasion arises. JMHO

    Dave Smith    Posted 09-03-2018 at 16:06:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a bad Boy Magnum. I bought it 2014 from TSC. It has the B&S 27 hp engine.
    54 inch cut. The deck is made out of heaver metal than others I looked at.
    I have had no problems with it. But if you buy from TSC remember they do not have a
    repair shop for warranty work. The same with Home Depot or Lows and you are the mercy
    of who does there repair work for them.
    If you are looking for a smooth ride, you wont get it with a zero turn. Also remember
    they are front end light so be very careful going up hill.
    But they are more fun to operate and I do like this Bad Boy.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 09-03-2018 at 16:00:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a grasshopper model 225 that was made in 2000. Have a flat tire once in a while but nothing major. Keep up on maintenance they all seem to be clones of each other.

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