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Old 03-17-2023, 11:02 PM   #1
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Picked this little beauty up this evening and hoping it works like I need it too. I researched a long time and read everything I could on Zero Turns vs Riding Mowers and came to the conclusion that this was what would suit us and work for us. My Husqvarna Zero turn just would not handle the slopes and hills I have on my front property, hoping this little mower will. Going to try it out tomorrow! Time will tell, but it dang sure looks good!

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Old 03-18-2023, 04:04 AM   #2
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:38 AM   #3
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Very nice, hope it works out well for y’all!
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:42 AM   #4
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I hope that it works for you. I would think that a wide stance with a low center of gravity would be better on slopes and hills, but there are methods to safely use a narrow wheelbase machine without tipping it over. I read a good article on tractorbynet or tractortalk that explains the center of gravity, tipping points, etc. of farm tractors. While the explanations are not directly applicable to garden type tractors, it is good knowledge to have when assessing a situation and making a plan of approach.
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:48 AM   #5
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Just in time for spring.

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Old 03-18-2023, 06:21 AM   #6
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Congratulations on your find. Having the right tools/equipment to perform the work needed definitely makes things better.
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Old 03-18-2023, 10:54 AM   #7
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Better luck to you than what I experienced. I had a husqvarna rider similar to yours that could not keep up with the 2 acres with slopes. I ended up trading in on zero turn Skag that I’ve had for several years now. The zero mover cuts must faster and handles the slopes with no issues.
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Old 03-18-2023, 11:55 AM   #8
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Just mowed the west side of my front acreage and it took .6 of an hour, but mowed like a champ and handled the hills and slopes extremely well. It will haul butt for a riding tractor and also has a cruise control! It took longer trying to miss the Bluebonnets!

So far I like it!

The reason I bought this was the price difference between it and a Zero Turn that would handle the slopes and hills that I have. Every article, every dealer and people I talked to said to get a commercial Zero Turn. To high a price for me for a commercial Zero Turn.
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Old 03-18-2023, 03:08 PM   #9
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I see as many or more riding mowers than zero turns here in Iowa. We have some steep slopes in this area. The riders seem to handle them with no problem.

I have a Hustler Raptor SD and I have some slopes that I have to be very careful on.

Most all the riders I see are John Deere. There is a John Deere dealer in almost every county around here.

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Old 03-18-2023, 05:06 PM   #10
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I just finished 2.5 hours on my new toy. NO problems on the slopes and hills east side of my drive where the Zero Turn would literally stop going up a hill/slope and dive to the left if the slope was coming from my right to left. Very happy so far.
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:08 PM   #11
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Be sure to teach you wife how to use it!!
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Old 03-18-2023, 05:11 PM   #12
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Be sure to teach you wife how to use it!!
That is one of the main reasons I bought what I did. Easy to operate.
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Old 03-18-2023, 06:45 PM   #13
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Better luck to you than what I experienced. I had a husqvarna rider similar to yours that could not keep up with the 2 acres with slopes. I ended up trading in on zero turn Skag that Iíve had for several years now. The zero mover cuts must faster and handles the slopes with no issues.

Same here....I'm not understanding how a ZT can't or doesn't handle the slopes like a rider? I had a 54" Husqvarna rider that wasn't near tough enough for my needs. It looked great and ran great and I loved the hydrostatic transmission.



That said, I only used it for 1 season, sold it and bought a Ariens ZT and haven't looked back.
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Old 03-18-2023, 07:07 PM   #14
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I would invite everyone down to personally show you how mine DIED on hills or slopes AFTER basically replacing all the drive parts in the rear the first of this year, but I sold it.

I did my research, talked to dealers and ask questions and like I said above, the cost of a Zero Turn for my needs was more than I wanted to spend. This mower never sputtered on hills/slopes that stopped the Zero Turn.
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Old 03-18-2023, 07:07 PM   #15
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Sorta like going back to a push mower

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Old 03-18-2023, 07:07 PM   #16
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Not even close!
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Old 03-19-2023, 01:10 AM   #17
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Looks great! I hear lots of good things about the Husqvarna mowers
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Old 03-19-2023, 05:56 AM   #18
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I'm glad to hear that you found what suits your needs, but I've been using a Bad Boy zero turn for 10 years now, and can't see myself ever going back to a regular riding mower again.
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Old 03-19-2023, 06:40 AM   #19
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Be sure to teach you wife how to use it!!
Isn’t this the truth above. Op I am glad you are happy with the results of your new mower.
I messed up in our first house we had back in 83’, yes 1983. My wife mowed our yard and me being the **** butt head I was, I complained about a a couple strips of grass she missed. Fast forward I got one of the commercial kubota zero turns a couple of years ago and she started back mowing some in 2022. You can bet I tell her now how fine the yard looks when she mows.

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Old 03-19-2023, 07:22 AM   #20
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I'm glad you finally found a mower that fit your needs and terrain.
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Old 03-19-2023, 08:13 AM   #21
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Sounds like you found what works for you.
Am not familiar with husky mowers

I only have 10 minutes of trimming with a small John Deere riding mower.
Graveled almost the whole yard here in brown county because of the following:

1) lack of topsoil
2) snakes
3) grass fires
4) droughts

It is a relief after a lifetime of San Augustine jungles in Harris County.
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