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Old 02-19-2019, 03:30 PM   #1
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mens, recommend a good zero turn that I can purchase NEW for $5000 or less..

p.s. if you are a dealer, or trying to sell yours, or have any other fiduciary motive, save your opinion
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:34 PM   #2
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Hustler Raptor SD.
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:35 PM   #3
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I have a Husqvarna that I purchased in Wharton from Yazoo Mike her on TBH. It has a Kawasaki engine and 46" deck. They had a free finance for 3 years. It is just about paid off and has been a great mower. I have no complaints about the mower or the service I got from Mike. I think I have the light commercial version, and I want to say it was under 3K.
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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I have a Dixon, I think itís a 2009 or so!
Itís been a great mower with a 19hp Kawasaki motor


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Old 02-19-2019, 03:51 PM   #5
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thanks to you all. I'm not far from Wharton, Victoria. I have more faith in tbhr's reviews than those I find online...
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:06 PM   #6
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Looked at most of the major brands. Decided on Gravely ZT HD60 and loving it so far. They all make good machines. I talked them down about 10% below sale price.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:08 PM   #7
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I would go with a Gravely in the size/engine configuration you so desire.



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Old 02-19-2019, 04:09 PM   #8
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I have a Husqvarna that I purchased in Wharton from Yazoo Mike her on TBH. It has a Kawasaki engine and 46" deck. They had a free finance for 3 years. It is just about paid off and has been a great mower. I have no complaints about the mower or the service I got from Mike. I think I have the light commercial version, and I want to say it was under 3K.
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thanks to you all. I'm not far from Wharton, Victoria. I have more faith in tbhr's reviews than those I find online...
Yazoo Mike will take care of what you need. He is a good man and runs a great shop. Send him a PM and he can get you sorted out. I have one of the Yazoo's that he sold many moons ago and it is still running like a champ.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:10 PM   #9
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I have a Husqvarna that I purchased in Wharton from Yazoo Mike her on TBH. It has a Kawasaki engine and 46" deck. They had a free finance for 3 years. It is just about paid off and has been a great mower. I have no complaints about the mower or the service I got from Mike. I think I have the light commercial version, and I want to say it was under 3K.
I will second this. I have the same mower, bought in 2015 and have zero issues or complaints. I think it was $2995 and I got the 36 month no interest deal. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one but don't see needing to. I mow about 2 acres.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:12 PM   #10
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I am extremely pleased with the quality of my Gravely. I looked at several brands including Scag and Bad Boy. In the end it came down to the Gravely or the Scag. I paid right at $5400 with 0% financing for 48 months. You may be able to downsize from the model that I bought and get under $5k. I''m not sure what your needs are as far as deck size, horse power, etc. I mow 2 acres with very hilly terrain on a regular basis.

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Old 02-19-2019, 04:17 PM   #11
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I would go with what ever you can get serviced close to your home. If Gravely is one of those then get a gravely
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:17 PM   #12
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Hustler Raptor SD.


This.

Great mower, just wish they made a 4 wheel drive model.


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Old 02-19-2019, 04:34 PM   #13
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Costco has the Jonsered z54r Commercial zero turn mower for $2999 with free shipping. Ive been looking at that one.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:51 PM   #14
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I don't know if it's been said here but get all the horsepower you can afford.

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Old 02-19-2019, 05:02 PM   #15
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Iíve had a kubota 5yrs with zero issues.
Having said that...I have a buddy with a 4yr old Hustler he bought from Les Zeplin. One of the blade bearings came apart. Heís a shift worker so he asked me to pick up the parts for him at Zeplinís.
I walked in with the old bearing...they asked name of owner...looked up the information on the mower and stated ď thatís all covered under 48 month warranty...and weíll give him a replacement belt also...no chargeĒ !
Considering I walked in with a blank check...having no thoughts it was still in warranty...I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with these folks.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:06 PM   #16
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:06 PM   #17
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2 seasons on my Gravely. Love it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:39 PM   #18
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4 years on a Scag Tiger Cat, no issues whatever.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:02 PM   #19
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4 seasons on my Bad Boy with no issues.

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Old 02-19-2019, 06:06 PM   #20
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:14 PM   #21
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hustler raptor sd, very happy with mine, 23 hp kawasaki
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:33 PM   #22
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How. I h are you going to mow? For the pas 4 years I had a husqvarna with a 54” deck. Mowed great and only issue was an idler seized up. I mow around 10 acres total so this year I bought a hustler commercial. Big difference, also in price but I got 4 years 0 intrets
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:33 PM   #23
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Thinking also of the Hustler Raptor SD, I can get it from Lowes with a 10% military discount, better than having to repair my old Ariens each time out.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:55 PM   #24
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Anything in the flavor of ferris.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:49 PM   #25
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Gravely ZT HD60....Mine has been great
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:56 PM   #26
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I'm a fan of Ferris as well.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:13 PM   #27
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well, I still have yet to narrow it down! will be mowing an acre, all flat. i'm close to Victoria, so I have options.... thank you all (I was somewhat not surprised no one mentioned a j deere, but my jd tractor has been good to me)
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:15 PM   #28
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Been hacking up yard's for 27 years..Zero turn's are better,and cheaper than they've ever been..I've had them all..Every single manufacturer.From Yazoo Kees,to Kubota..Gas,diesel,and dabbled a little with propane(property owner's request) diesel..Snapper(junk),Scag,Wright,Toro..Spent a fortune on them.
Kubota is far,and away the most durable,and expensive..The best value for your money is a Hustler..Love them.Had 2 stolen..The maddest I've ever been in my life..They work hard,and cut perfectly.

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:20 PM   #29
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Been hacking up yard's for 27 years..Zero turn's are better,and cheaper than they've ever been..I've had them all..Every single manufacturer.From Yazoo Kees,to Kubota..Gas,diesel,and dabbled a little with propane(property owner's request) diesel..Snapper(junk),Scag,Wright,Toro..Spent a fortune on them.
Kubota is far,and away the most durable,and expensive..The best value for your money is a Hustler..Love them.Had 2 stolen..The maddest I've ever been in my life..They work hard,and cut perfectly.

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Which one cuts Bermuda with the best looking finish? Looking to get one for the new house. About 2.5 acres mostly flat with one 30-40 degree incline about 10 yards wide with lots of mature trees that runs the length of the lot(about 115 yards).
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:22 PM   #30
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Which one cuts Bermuda with the best looking finish? Looking to get one for the new house. About 2.5 acres mostly flat with one 30-40 degree incline that runs the length of the lot(about 115 yards).
Walker..It's on a timing belt.Gorgeous cut.

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:23 PM   #31
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I bought a Ferris because they have a suspension. My back is thanking me.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:24 PM   #32
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I have a Bobcat CRZ and love it. Kawasaki motors in my opinion are the way to go.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:26 PM   #33
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You can't hit big fire ant bed's/limb's,etc with it..It'll throw it off.Not hard to adjust,but a pain when you're under the gun..Clean property's cut with a Walker Mower are gorgeous!
You want "rows","stripes" like a baseball field..There ya' go.

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:29 PM   #34
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I have a Bobcat CRZ and love it. Kawasaki motors in my opinion are the way to go.
He is absolutely correct when it comes to Kawasaki engines..Ross wheel motor's are essential as well if you run 'em 16 hours a day.

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Old 02-19-2019, 08:42 PM   #35
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I have a 48” Husqvarna my Pawpaw bought new back in 2004 or so and during Ike we came home to it floating upside down in our neighbors front yard. That’s been over 10 years ago and it still runs like a top!!!
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:49 PM   #36
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I have a Husqvarna that I purchased in Wharton from Yazoo Mike also. It's a 30" zero turn. I mow an acre and had it for 5 years now and no problems.
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:11 PM   #37
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I’ve got a Husqvarna, 52” with a Kawasaki engine. Huge tires, very stable.
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:26 PM   #38
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Bad boy. Talk to my nephew, Michael, at Hoffpauir super store in Goldthwaite. They have a website. Tell him uncle Mark said to give him a call. He will help you.
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:34 PM   #39
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The bad boy outlaw in the classifieds is my rec. unless you buy a scag for a couple grand more.


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Old 02-19-2019, 10:13 PM   #40
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:28 PM   #41
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You will not find a more comfortable riding mower than a Ferris. That said, good luck finding one under $5k.
I take care of a few lawns and have a Ferris as well as a scag stander and both have been great mowers. My scag dealer doesn't sell Ferris, but he services mine and I couldn't ask for a better dealer.
For your price range, I'd suggest looking at Spartan. Their mowers seem to be built like tanks and are the best looking mowers on the market.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:31 PM   #42
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I’ll be honest I haven’t been extremely happy with my hustler raptor
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:34 PM   #43
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This question has been asked a million times. Bad Boy, Hustler, Ferris or Gravely are your best options in that price range.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:45 PM   #44
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Buy from the closest servicing dealer to you. Anything with a welded deck and Kawasaki motor.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:17 PM   #45
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thanks to you all. I'm not far from Wharton, Victoria. I have more faith in tbhr's reviews than those I find online...
You need to first off change your outlook from your initial post. Pick a great dealer, and find you a good salesman. Not someone who happened to buy a mower and had their set opinion from one purchase. Get you a good salesman that is at a dealership carrying multiple lines, who will listen to what your needs are, your budget is, and is going to take the time to show you the ropes of them all. That includes giving solid comparisons of what they all differ in, and solid comparisons of competitors models(even if it beats theirs). Just because someone has financial gain from you buying their product doesnít mean they will only lead you one way. I started in lawn and equipment selling, and went on to manage that lawn and equipment business. I didnít get there from selling people the wrong unit simply to get their business. I also didnít apply to be there. I was brought in by one of the partners who dealt with me regularly as a parts salesman at another business. Iím not in that business any longer, but donít count out the salesman as useless, find a good one and he is your best asset. They will tell you(and be able to show you and provide references) why their dealership is the best. If you found the right one; he wonít tell you to buy s $10,000 unit when a $4,000 unit will do. He will also tell you when you are not looking at enough unit. Showing options in your budget that fit your needs, as well as what you can gain from spending a little more.

I sold Grasshopper, Gravely, Worldlawn, Big Dog(hustler in disguise), and Cub Cadet. You could look at Worldlawn, Big Dog, and Gravely in your budget. To get the better gravely you spend a little over; and to get a lot more bang for your buck you can spend a little extra and get a Grasshopper. One that will ride better, cut better; and is a far tougher unit. A better company to deal with than any other in my experience, and a better warranty.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:04 AM   #46
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Toro's we have at work have been junk.
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:59 AM   #47
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Follow-up!

my original search budget, as most do, crept up.. in Feb. I purchased a new gravely 160 commercial pro-turn from Victoria hlavinka. I almost walked out b/c the 'salesman' couldn't start it.. when he went in to get a mechanic my buddy hopped on it and away he went... 7 months later, it has been a great mower..... the Kawasaki eng fires right up, and the controls are great. it cuts fantastic.. appears to be a heavy duty machine, it's solid... thick welded deck that hurt my knuckles the 1st time I rapped on it(after I just looked at a deere in same price range, where the deck felt like a tin can) only time will tell.. I don't intend to abuse it, and don't try to mow as fast as I can(not the smoothest ride)
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:29 AM   #48
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ihave a toro 50" that I bought used with 200 hours for 1500. it does all I need to do and has been problem free..i thik I hve 400 hours on it now
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:03 PM   #49
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Used, low hour'ish, Kubota ZD21 or ZD28 or anything Kubota that's diesel..... I've had numerous gasoline zeros, several Dixie Choppers, JD, Toro, etc etc etc, and Kubota diesels are SO much better..... More reliable by a loooooooong shot... Engines will last TWICE as long (if maintained properly).... No issues with sitting up for a month and no crank, etc etc etc... I'll NEVER own another gasoline mower....(other than very small stuff where diesel isn't an option)

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Old 08-25-2019, 08:12 PM   #50
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Another vote for Hustler Raptor. Bought one at the beginning of the season and love everything about it.
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