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Old 05-20-2020, 10:52 PM   #1
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Bought a few acres and looking for pros and cons. Im hearing zero turn is the best. What brand has been good to yall? Saw some at Home Depot John Deere, Toro, Cub Cadet, etc. I am a budget shopper so I will work with the lowest tier. What company has the best warranty, parts service, longevity, etc?
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Old 05-20-2020, 10:55 PM   #2
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You are going to hear every brand out there. My suggestion is to find a reputable dealer and stay away from the box stores.

Lowest price tag doesn't always mean it'll cost you less in the long run.
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Old 05-20-2020, 10:57 PM   #3
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I agree buy from a dealer, they can service and have all the parts or can get them shortly.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:14 PM   #4
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:15 PM   #5
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:16 PM   #6
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X2 for staying away from box stores. Ideally, get one that has a dealer close, some WILL break eventually. My bad boy is almost 10 years old, with only replacing consumables...belts, pulley’s and batteries. My next one will most likely be a bad boy.


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Old 05-21-2020, 01:07 AM   #7
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I’m a fan of Kubota. I’ve stayed the story here in the past, but I took a 10 year old diesel zero turn swimming one day at full steam. Got it hauled out after almost an hour, drained/changed fluids and filters, cranked it up and let it run for a little bit, changed everything again and run it, and changed fluids/filters and was done. It’s still running today, 5-6 years later. We just bought another one last week, and relegated the old one to strictly pond bank use. I know Scags are good, as are Bad Boy mowers if you’re looking at gasoline

Good luck with whatever you decide on. But I will agree with the aforementioned advice to purchase from a dealer and avoid the box stores. Buy from someone who can work on what they sell
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:08 AM   #8
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I had a Kubota 21 hp diesel and then bought a used Scag Turff Tiger w 35 hp gas Briggs and Stratton. I never mow w the Kubota now.
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:22 AM   #9
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I have a Dixie chopper 12 years old. Next one will be a Scag

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Old 05-21-2020, 06:32 AM   #10
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Make sure whatever you purchase comes from a lawn mower shop.If you have issues,they will be quickly resolved at a shop..The big box stores that sell ztr's are pieces of crap..Take it back for a problem, and you'll be lucky to get it back in 2 months..All of the mowers sold in a shop are legit.Some are more legit than others..I like Kubota diesels.Last ZTR you'll ever buy.Grasshopper diesels are just as good.Gas one's..Scag,Hustler,J.D..In that order.I've spent a lot of money on those rascals.My own money.

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Old 05-21-2020, 06:38 AM   #11
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:52 AM   #12
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I just picked up a Hustler SDX and I am very impressed so far.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:00 AM   #13
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If you have a dealer near by buy a Country Clipper. Best mower we have had.

It operates via a joystick and it is grewt
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:02 AM   #14
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I found a good used one, works great and was much more reasonable in price
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:07 AM   #15
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I have a couple of John Deere's that are 13 yrs old bought from a dealer that are still going strong. Flat tires, a spindle bearing and blades are about it. They are always blown off after use and kept under roof. Both have Kawasaki's.

That's been my experience with zero turns.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:08 AM   #16
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Bought a few acres and looking for pros and cons. Im hearing zero turn is the best. What brand has been good to yall? Saw some at Home Depot John Deere, Toro, Cub Cadet, etc. I am a budget shopper so I will work with the lowest tier. What company has the best warranty, parts service, longevity, etc?
If you are a budget shopper just buy anything in your price range, they will pretty much all be the same.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:09 AM   #17
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If I was budget minded I would go with a Hustler Raptor. You will still get a Kawasaki engine with a raptor. I have a Hustler Fastrak 54" with flex forks and it has been great. I always look at the seats on a ZTR. The best mowers have the best and most comfortable seats. Get the best seat that you can afford.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:11 AM   #18
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I got a 44" Ferris. I think there are 4-5 brands you can't go wrong with. Just find the best deal with the closest dealer. Ferris, Gravely, John Deer, Kubota, Grasshopper, ...
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:12 AM   #19
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:17 AM   #20
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I bought a cheap one 12 years ago (craftsman) I think Toro and it's still going. I'm kind of rough on it because of the ditches and the ruts that kids put in my back ditch. I do take care of my tools. When mine goes out I will buy another from the big box stores again.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:24 AM   #21
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Id find the best price and closest service place that sold a ZTR with a Kawasaki engine and go from there

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Old 05-21-2020, 07:28 AM   #22
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:51 AM   #23
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Bought a few acres and looking for pros and cons. Im hearing zero turn is the best. What brand has been good to yall? Saw some at Home Depot John Deere, Toro, Cub Cadet, etc. I am a budget shopper so I will work with the lowest tier. What company has the best warranty, parts service, longevity, etc?
X Mart hands down. No. 1 selling mower in the US.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:57 AM   #24
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Bad Boy here.... 3 years old and still looks new with absolutely zero problems thus far.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:00 AM   #25
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:13 AM   #26
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I have a 60" Exmark bought new in 2011, still going strong
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:38 AM   #27
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I have been researching this subject for 2 years as I am in the market because my 61" Yazoo is 17 years old. I have physically looked at almost every make and model and I am convinced that in the "commercial grade lines" they are all made by the same company.. The biggest difference is paint color.. I'm not sure one is going to be any better than the next.. Bad Boy commercial grade does have a 3 gauge deck(1/4")… The "Spartan" brand has a dual direction tension system on the belt that pretty cool but they look exactly like a SCAG but are painted metallic grey..

Sooooo just pick the color you like best...

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Old 05-21-2020, 09:05 AM   #28
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My hustler fastrak Sd 60 .I looked around and they offered a 4 year residential warranty I bout from bills tractors. That was 6 years ago ,oil changes ,blades and air filter cleaning cause it has dual filtration type air filter. Keeps our 4.5 acres groomed


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Old 05-21-2020, 09:49 AM   #29
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In your experience in buying from a dealer, are you able to work out a deal or is it straight firm price right out the gate?
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:14 AM   #30
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I bought mine for asking price


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Old 05-21-2020, 10:38 AM   #31
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:47 AM   #32
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If you have slope or ditches on your acreage zero turns will have issues. I went the John Deere route, X350 with 48" deck.

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Old 05-21-2020, 11:04 AM   #33
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I love my Ferris ISX 3300 with a 72" deck. I've only had it a month so I don't have any complaints yet. I went with Ferris for the suspension.

If not Ferris my second choice was the Scag Turf Tiger II. I caint resist orange with black tiger stripes. I'm gonna paint one of my Unimogs that color.


My Troybilt has been abused for 12 years and keeps going even thought I treat it like a bush hog. I have replaced a lot of spindles, a deck and a couple pulleys over the years. It will beat your back out though.

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Old 05-21-2020, 11:08 AM   #34
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In your experience in buying from a dealer, are you able to work out a deal or is it straight firm price right out the gate?

I searched Google for the cheapest dealer and then got a closer dealer to match the price. I got a good bit off of msrp but it was an expensive mower.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:27 PM   #35
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In your experience in buying from a dealer, are you able to work out a deal or is it straight firm price right out the gate?
You should be able to get 25 percent off

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:27 PM   #36
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I’ve got the 52” Gravely HD with Kawasaki motor. Had it for roughly 4 years and have been pleased.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:38 PM   #37
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Ferris is a good mower. I have the briggs 28hp motor with oil gaurd.

Get a mower with a good deck, then look at width you need, then buy enough motor.

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:53 PM   #38
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I have a 60" exmark and it's been fantastic for the last 11 years. My suggestion would be the go commercial, even if low end, if you can.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:47 PM   #39
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Ferris is a good mower. I have the briggs 28hp motor with oil gaurd.

Get a mower with a good deck, then look at width you need, then buy enough motor.

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I looked at different Ferris models today and sit on a couple of them. Those things sure are made solid with heavy duty construction. Not sure how they ride but they are sure comfortable on the show room floor.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:48 PM   #40
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Scag commercial. The Spartans are intriguing and the prices look great.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:55 PM   #41
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All I have to say, "Hustler". You know, just saying.......cC
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:56 PM   #42
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I have a Ferris and can't complain. As said if you have slopes or ditches a zero turn is not the best machine and they will get stuck due to weight. My second choice was Gravely but the Ferris dealer was a lot closer.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:04 PM   #43
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I’m running an 2008 Dixie Chopper. My next mower will be Scag, whenever that might be.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:24 AM   #44
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I looked at different Ferris models today and sit on a couple of them. Those things sure are made solid with heavy duty construction. Not sure how they ride but they are sure comfortable on the show room floor.
They ride great.

On my cheap big box zero turn it beats my back so bad I can hardly walk the next day.

On my Ferris I actually look forward to cutting the grass. I have always enjoyed cutting grass but it hasn't been fun the last few years because of my back(L4/L5-L5/S1 discs).

Between the 4 wheel suspension and the suspension seat the Ferris is a great ride.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:27 AM   #45
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...and they will get stuck due to weight.
My mower weights 1,717 lbs. That's 200 pounds heavier than one of my cars.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:30 AM   #46
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You should be able to get 25 percent off

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I just did the math. I got 22.8% off of MSRP. Add 7% sales tax back on to that because my Ag card expired. That did include a $500 rebate back to me from Ferris.

I drove to Nashville, TN to get the mower because the dealers local to me were holding at MSRP.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:11 PM   #47
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I researched ZTs for awhile and went with the Ariens IKON XD 52 with the 23hp VTwin Kawasaki motor. It’s made by Gravely, has an 11g steel fabricated welded deck and so far so good. 3 year warranty is standard and I have a local dealer in the event I need repairs performed. I would have preferred buying direct from the dealer but they were out of inventory of this particular model so I bought from Lowe’s.
Time will tell but it’s a beast right now.

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Old 05-22-2020, 10:15 PM   #48
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670+ hours on my Ferris. Yes, the suspension is legit
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:43 AM   #49
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I just picked up a Hustler SDX and I am very impressed so far.


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Old 05-23-2020, 03:04 PM   #50
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