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Old 05-07-2019, 01:13 PM   #51
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Scag Patriot 52" with the Kawas
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:52 PM   #52
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I’m looking more into ferris now. Local dealer is a super nice guy.

Ferris, snapper and simplicity are all owned by Briggs and Stratton, not sure if that’s a good thing or not
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:12 PM   #53
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ive been happy with my Kubota z725 w/ 60" deck
Happy with my kubota as well

https://www.kubotausa.com/products/m...rn-mowers/z400
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:30 PM   #54
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Just bought a 2016 Dixie Chopper, 5 ' deck, 90 hours. - $3750. Older guy on facebook - said it was just too much for him. Supposed to be good mowers - time will tell.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:39 PM   #55
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Just bought a 2016 Dixie Chopper, 5 ' deck, 90 hours. - $3750. Older guy on facebook - said it was just too much for him. Supposed to be good mowers - time will tell.
They were good mowers. I donít believe they make them anymore. Not sure if parts will be scarce or not...
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:00 PM   #56
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Iíve always had Toros, the first one was great it had a Kawasaki motor, thought I would upgrade after it had 1400 hours, what a mistake I bought another Toro rear-discharge with a EFI Kohler I gave $11,700 it was a year old had been in the shop once , the valve covers didnít have gaskets on them, one day while mowing it caught on fire burned beyond repair it was still under warranty, Toro or Kohler or my dealer didnít stand behind it, luckily my home owners gave me money to buy a KUBOTA, I tried to post a pic of the burned Toro but they wonít upload
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:53 AM   #57
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Iím looking more into ferris now. Local dealer is a super nice guy.

Ferris, snapper and simplicity are all owned by Briggs and Stratton, not sure if thatís a good thing or not
My IS2100 has the Briggs Vanguard on the back of it. It's a HOSS of a motor. No issues with it in over 400 hours!
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:05 AM   #58
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Scag all day long .. I have the THE SCAG CHEETAH 72 and is has been the best mower I have ever owned.
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:40 AM   #59
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My IS2100 has the Briggs Vanguard on the back of it. It's a HOSS of a motor. No issues with it in over 400 hours!
If I got a Briggs, that would be the series Iíd want. Iíve heard great things about the Vanguard line
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:17 AM   #60
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Kubota or spartan.. I went with the spartan
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:19 AM   #61
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I've always thought the Hustler was the best gas ztr out there til I bought a Scag.
Far,and away the easiest to service,and clean.Everything on it is easy to get to.You're not gonna get it for $5-6k though.
Kubota diesel is the one that will outlast you,and I don't care how old you are.(couldn't give me a gas Kubota,and yes there's such a thing)It cut so bad,I thought the blades were on upside down.
Unless they've made major changes,Toro/Exmark will flat beat you to death.It has something to do with the weight distribution.I can mow with 2 flats on the front with a Scag,and still make a decent cut.
I'd buy another Hustler though,and they're a quite a bit cheaper in comparable models.When I say I've had em all,I ain't joking..If it weren't for fire ant bed's,and pecan twig's I'd like to have another Walker mower.Prettiest cut you ever saw!
Dixon may be an option also.I had a Dixon Grizzly specifically for one neighborhood.That was kind of their commercial mower,but it was right at 7k 5yrs ago.But it was still lighter than most commercial mowers,which I needed.Good luck.They're all solid machines for the most part.



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Old 05-11-2019, 08:58 AM   #62
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Gravely ZT HD. Itís a beast. May be a little higher than the OPís budget. But itís a one and done type mower.



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I have the same mower with LED headlights and a rollbar. It has been a great mower.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:06 AM   #63
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I got the Hustler Raptor SD for $3000 w/ Zero% Financing for 3 years. Had it for a year now. Been an awesome mower!
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:11 AM   #64
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I have actually owned a Grasshopper, and now a Big Dog. Both have been stellar. I had a small issue when I first owned the Grasshopper, the dealer came and picked it up, repaired it and brought it back with a full tank and oil change on the house. I don't know if they all do that or not, but I thought it was a nice gesture considering.
Have had no issues at all with the big dog.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:03 AM   #65
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Anyone ever owned a Wright? Seems there are quite a few professional landscapers on YouTube who swear by them
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:16 AM   #66
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I have the same mower with LED headlights and a rollbar. It has been a great mower.
Same minus LEDs. Its a workhorse. I wish it would tow itself out of the creek bottom when my wife gets adventurous on muddy slopes.

In North Austin area...all the big mowing operations use Scag. All the small guys in a truck and/or trailer use Gravely...investment purchases. My yard mower runs all Gravely.

Gravely invented zero turn. Done.

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Old 05-11-2019, 11:29 AM   #67
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I've got a late 90's 50 inch Dixie Chopper that's a good mower. Replaced the deck and engine over the years but no complaints. Bought my wife a 54 inch Spartan last year. If she is gonna mow the grass I got her own mower. Only 40 something hours but good so far.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:37 PM   #68
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Same minus LEDs. Its a workhorse. I wish it would tow itself out of the creek bottom when my wife gets adventurous on muddy slopes.

In North Austin area...all the big mowing operations use Scag. All the small guys in a truck and/or trailer use Gravely...investment purchases. My yard mower runs all Gravely.

Gravely invented zero turn. Done.
I stick mine quite often, sheís a heavy pig
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:57 AM   #69
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I forgot to update the post but I went with a Gravely Pro Turn ZX52. Kawasaki FX engine. Put a couple hours on and am really impressed so far. Very responsive on turning etc.






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Old 06-24-2019, 12:06 PM   #70
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I just purchased a Ferris so far I love it!!
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:26 PM   #71
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Check out grasshopper they might be a little more than you want to spend. Im still running my 2007 model 223 61Ē cut and it is an awesome mower.
x2 on the grasshopper. They make a great one.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:44 PM   #72
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You will not find a more comfortable ride than the Ferris! They make a dang good mower.

2018 ferris 27hp briggs commercial w52 deck
2019 ferris 23hp kawasaki fs691v w52 deck


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Old 06-24-2019, 12:46 PM   #73
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How many acres do you mow and how much time do you have to mow?

My dad and i both have Ferris IS2100 his is a 52" 25hp and mine is a 61" 28hp. He mows 5 acres once to twice a week which takes him 3.5 hrs. I mow 3.5 acres in 1.5 hours. Our Ferris cost $8100 for 52" and $8500 for 61".

I do not have the time my dad has to mow. Also make sure you get enough motor if you plan to cut higher grass.

I would highly reccomend the Ferris to anyone due to comfort alone. They do have other models below the IS2100 that will be in your price range.

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I forgot to update the post but I went with a Gravely Pro Turn ZX52. Kawasaki FX engine. Put a couple hours on and am really impressed so far. Very responsive on turning etc.






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Nice looking mower... Couple of suggestions from experience. 1. that roll over protection is on there for a very good reason. It has 2 positions in the up position. I'd strongly suggest at least put it in the first position if you don't want it right over you. It could and will save your life in a roll over if you have any slopes at all to cut. It don't take much to roll one of these suckers over, even going slow... Hydraulics have almost unlimited power even going slow and in a panic situation can and will roll you over in slow motion... long as one drive wheel is touching the ground.
2. be careful when mowing around trees and other hard objects and hitting them with those front wheels. Those yokes are sheet metal that is fabricated and braced as opposed to a cast yoke of a commercial machine. They can and will bend easier than you think.

Good luck and happy mowing!
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:35 PM   #75
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Nice looking mower... Couple of suggestions from experience. 1. that roll over protection is on there for a very good reason. It has 2 positions in the up position. I'd strongly suggest at least put it in the first position if you don't want it right over you. It could and will save your life in a roll over if you have any slopes at all to cut. It don't take much to roll one of these suckers over, even going slow... Hydraulics have almost unlimited power even going slow and in a panic situation can and will roll you over in slow motion... long as one drive wheel is touching the ground.

2. be careful when mowing around trees and other hard objects and hitting them with those front wheels. Those yokes are sheet metal that is fabricated and braced as opposed to a cast yoke of a commercial machine. They can and will bend easier than you think.



Good luck and happy mowing!


Thanks for info. My ground is pretty much flat and have too many trees to go under to leave it up.

My residential model hustler I ran into hundreds of tree and/or fence posts and never damaged one of those yokes. Maybe you need to be going full speed head on into something to tear one up?


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Thanks for info. My ground is pretty much flat and have too many trees to go under to leave it up.

My residential model hustler I ran into hundreds of tree and/or fence posts and never damaged one of those yokes. Maybe you need to be going full speed head on into something to tear one up?


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Man, I know what you're talkin' 'bout around the trees! Just last 2 weeks, I finally finished trimming the trees in the yard were I mow so my ROPD wouldn't grab the low limbs... 2 in particular, if I went around them just right, that bar would grab and just slowly lift the front end off the ground. My mower has a big ol' bumper around the back and it would hit the ground and that would start to lift the drive wheels off the ground and the mower would lose traction... scare the hell outta me! I let the ROPD down because of that, then I almost rolled it in the road ditch up on the county road in the front of my property... got close enough I bailed off... engine of course died when my butt left the seat and it stopped. That's why I began to trim trees... gotta put that bar back up JIC... I'm gettin' to old and slow to bail like that too many times!
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