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Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... #4487423
08/13/17 02:29 PM
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So mowing my yard and grandmothers next door, which both have many obstacles and rough terrain. I'm wearing out my little Craftsman 13.5hp rear engine rider (think Forrest Gump here...) in a hurry. It is to the point where it's getting bent up; it isn't even cutting right anymore. Much as I hate to spend the money, I think I could benefit from a zero turn. Looking for something smaller say 36" or 38" cut.

I have not gone to any local dealers yet, but looking for suggestions on what to look for. Was looking at the Scag Liberty Z, 36" cut and 18hp Kawasaki. Seems to fit my needs, but any other models you guys suggest looking at?


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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487427
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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487429
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Scag Liberty 48 inch I own absolutely love it. I wouldn't hesitate to get another or find another brand as well built for the money.

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487437
08/13/17 02:45 PM
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ZT are really expensive - next logical step might be a proper 42" lawn tractor - some of them a notch or two from bottom have a cast iron axle, better deck - lots more HP - hydro-trans - and yes... short turn radius ...
probably should sell the rider while you still can ...

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: 4WD] #4487446
08/13/17 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: 4WD
ZT are really expensive - next logical step might be a proper 42" lawn tractor - some of them a notch or two from bottom have a cast iron axle, better deck - lots more HP - hydro-trans - and yes... short turn radius ...
probably should sell the rider while you still can ...


I have thought about a decent tractor, but like I mentioned there's a million obstacles in both yards. If I'm going for a new mower, might as well go all out.

Now, looking a little more John Deere has some homeowner Zero-Turn options for under 3K. I know they won't be as good as say a Scag, but I think it's worth a look.


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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487447
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That's allot - I only have 22 trees ...

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: 4WD] #4487451
08/13/17 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted By: 4WD
That's allot - I only have 22 trees ...


LOL approved


I should specify better, lol... Roughly 2/3 acre combined, multiple trees, irregular flowerbed thing in the middle of all or it, and a woodsy bumpout in the back that is a pita to maneuver around. Simply put, I'm lazy and want it to be done faster.


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'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 20K - PP 0w20
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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487493
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Well, a ZT should last a long, long, time ...

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487542
08/13/17 04:16 PM
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Wright makes some nice equipment from its Maryland location. You should have a nearby dealer in PA. But Toro really offers the most ZTR choices in the under 46 inch size. A Kawasaki motor is great, but do you really need that like a commercial customer would?


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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487552
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Exmark!

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487592
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South Central PA
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Never thought about a Toro, they do seem to have some great options. Local dealer sells Toro, Scag, Exmark, Wright, and Cub Cadet. I think I might have to do some window shopping this weekend. Off to a good start, thanks fellas!


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 9K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 20K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 155K - T6 0w40
Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487597
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You'll end up with the Scag

Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487605
08/13/17 05:25 PM
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under an acre? Buy the cheapest Toro you can. I owned a Dixie Chopper and an Exmark, both were great but way overbuilt for a 1 acre yard once a week.


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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487685
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If you don't have too steep of hills try out a Toro zero turn with steering wheel. They are pretty amazing in functionality and stable on hills. If you have steep hills need to make sure it has a heavier duty transmission that starts to get up near $4,000.


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Re: Let's Talk Zero Turn Mowers... [Re: Delta] #4487727
08/13/17 07:14 PM
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Ariens from home depot for that light duty work.


http://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-Outd...5axZ2ciZ1z0kp7g


Most zero turn mowers are made for large yards (multiple acres) or lawn service companies.

3/4 acre will do nothing to this guy.

There used be be a deal to use a home depot coupon for 10% off and also a HD credit card for 5% off. That should knock the price down.


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