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Old 05-29-2017, 10:16 PM   #1
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I am about to be in the market for a Zero Turn Mower. Looking for a minimum48" cut.
What are the recommendations from the Green Screen? And why do you recommend it??

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Old 05-29-2017, 10:26 PM   #2
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Ferris
Briggs Vanguard does great. The suspension at all four corners is fantastic!
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:28 PM   #3
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I've got a Scag Freedom Z 52". Love it.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:29 PM   #4
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I've been looking myself.... most research I've seen on here, anything with a Kawasaki on it.

Other people I've talked to say that isn't accurate anymore, that kawasakis sterling reputation isn't the same as it use to be.

Other than that, I saw a Ariens at HD with a Kawasaki on it for a reasonable price...
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:32 PM   #5
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I have Kubota 54" with Briggs

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Old 05-29-2017, 10:38 PM   #6
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Never heard of the Ferris. Great looking machine. Will be looking at these real close. I just know that based on the John Deere I have, I really do not want another Deer. Not terrible, just not as good as I thought it would be
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:38 PM   #7
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Bad boy from my nephew at Hoffpauir Polaris in Goldthwaite. They have a web site. Tell him Uncle Mark said to give him a holler. Name is Michael.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:44 PM   #8
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I've got a gravely pro turn 52" with the Kawasaki. Had it 4 years now and it has been a good mower.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:46 PM   #9
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:47 PM   #10
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Bad Boy. They have several different models in various deck sizes.
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:56 PM   #11
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:19 PM   #12
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I've only owned Scag and Bad Boy and can highly recommend both.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:41 PM   #13
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Gravely 260 60"
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:54 AM   #14
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Bad Boy...I own one, it just looks cool!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:57 AM   #15
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my hustler raptor SD does a great job for what i do.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:46 AM   #16
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Owned two Bad Boy 48 and 60. Now own two Ferris 48 and 72. Both great machines but the Ferris wins hands down. Responsive and ride quality are superb. They aren't cheap but you always get what you pay for.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:22 AM   #17
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I just bought a ferris 2100is. Only have two hours on it but it is smoothe, and fast. You can actually have a drink in the cup holder. My other zero turn of 10 years would wear you out just from the rough ride.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:40 AM   #18
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I just bought a Hustler Raptor a few weeks ago. Its tough and runs like a champ.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:41 AM   #19
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Take a look at Husqvrna. Great machine. Got me a 42 inch cut with a 24 hp Kawasaki and it's been great.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:44 AM   #20
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Scag with the Kawasaki engine. They just don't tear up.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:57 AM   #21
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Ferris 48"
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:14 AM   #22
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Gravely. I've got a ZT-48-HD and love it.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:21 AM   #23
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I have a cub cadet commercial 60" with a Kawasaki engine I have had 9 plus years. I have had to replace a couple of spindles but other than that I can't complain. I would like to get a new zero turn but can't justify at this time. When I do get one I will look into one with a good suspension such as the ferris.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:44 AM   #24
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Another vote for Ferris. Good ride, cuts good, fast. I have a 72 inch that is a beast of a mower. It cut my mowing time from 16 hours down to just over 8 ( I mow 18 acres )
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:58 AM   #25
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Gravely or Kubota
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:56 AM   #26
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After much research and shopping, I bought a Bobcat.

Most of the big names mentioned above will be good. I would go with the one with the closest service/warranty provider to your home. That was a big deciding factor for me.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:27 AM   #27
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We just purchased a Scag Turf Tiger 61" with a 35hp Briggs and Stratton. It's probably a little more mower than most would use but we mow quite a bit of acreage that gets pretty thick. It mows it without even a hint of bogging. According to Scag, the big block Briggs and Strattons are made by Diahatsu(division of Toyota) of Japan. Supposedly they are much better than the regular Briggs and Strattons. Time will tell I guess. I've heard of issues with the newer Kawasaki's but I don't know personally.

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Old 05-30-2017, 10:52 AM   #28
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I have a Bad Boy and works great
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:52 PM   #29
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Love my Hustler Raptor
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:04 PM   #30
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Hustler Fastrak. 52" deck 20hp Honda, had it for 8+ years still runs and mows great.
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:27 PM   #31
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I run a Ferris. It's been a great mower so far. It's a 61" deck with a 28 hp vanguard big block. If you get a big deck just make sure you get a big motor. My dad has a 61" deck and 23 hp kohler. It's not near enough motor in thick grass.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:04 PM   #32
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I'm trying to get prices on a Hustler Raptor SDX 54" right now. I was looking at the Husky, but read a lot of bad reviews on them.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:05 PM   #33
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I narrowed down to a Gravely and John Deer, I went with the JD, due to the 4 year warranty and they are 6 miles away. Love the mower and ride
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:07 PM   #34
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I went against the TBH grain and bought a Troy Built Mustang 50" cut. I've not had one issue with it. Runs great and cuts my 4 acres just fine.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:27 PM   #35
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My recommendation is a Hustler Raptor SD (stay away from the basic raptors)

Whatever you decide to go with, buy from a dealer and steer way clear of the box box stores if you want any semblance of a decent warranty.

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Old 05-30-2017, 03:03 PM   #36
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Kubota ,Diesel engine
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:05 PM   #37
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:21 PM   #38
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I'm trying to get prices on a Hustler Raptor SDX 54" right now. I was looking at the Husky, but read a lot of bad reviews on them.
4399 plus tax.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:03 PM   #39
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What is the Max you are wanting to spend. Mowers suggested so far are between $4-18000.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:04 PM   #40
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The one thing I would suggest if your yard isn't very smooth is a suspension seat. You can get a Grammer air ride starting about $500.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:54 PM   #41
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The one thing I would suggest if your yard isn't very smooth is a suspension seat. You can get a Grammer air ride starting about $500.
Thanks will have to look into this.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:56 PM   #42
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Ferris!
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:59 PM   #43
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4399 plus tax.
Place in Rosenberg quoted me a drive out price of $ 4815. Looks right.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:02 PM   #44
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Ferris is on sale now for $4999 @ 0%


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Old 05-30-2017, 09:02 PM   #45
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I would love the Ferris. I don't mind spending some money on Quality, and the Ferris looks to be Top Notch. Still haven't made up my mind, but I like the suggestions so far.
As far as price range, I have not really thought too much on what I want to spend. I would like to keep it below $6K, but then again, it all depends on what I find, availability to service, and of course the Quality of the machine.

Keep'em coming guys....
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:27 AM   #46
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My dad has had 2 ferris, one scag, to mow his campground. I have a scag that I mow approx. 1 acre with. I'll buy Ferris next time. The quality is right there together, but as far as a smooth ride, Ferris is the way to go.
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