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Old 03-27-2019, 10:46 AM   #1
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Looking at getting a zero turn mower. Looking between a Gravely, badboy, cub cadet. Whats every ones opinion on these mowers on which is the best. Looking to spend $3500.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:48 AM   #2
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Looking at getting a zero turn mower. Looking between a Gravely, badboy, cub cadet. Whats every ones opinion on these mowers on which is the best. Looking to spend $3500.
My dad has a Badboy and loves it, he also researched them for a year before his purchase...
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:53 AM   #3
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following as I am also looking,, so far Cub Cadet is , and JD are in the running
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:56 AM   #4
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wont even sniff a mower
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:57 AM   #5
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I've had a cub cadet for 2 years and have no complaints on it
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:07 AM   #6
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I paid 4k five years ago. I have a Cub cadet z force 60. Runs and mows good but the engine seems underpowered. If I am not careful about it it will stall when turning on the blades. It didn't always do that.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:13 AM   #7
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Spencer, I am looking to go a different direction with my mower. I have a BadBoy 60 inch that runs like a top. Shoot me a PM if you'd be interested. I can get you some better specs, pics, etc...
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:26 AM   #8
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i have a cub , its a great mower but it will beat you to death very rough ride (least that's what the wife says ) had a toro before the cub it was an awesome mower but a mechanic nightmare and hard to get parts. my 2cents
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:39 AM   #9
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These are OK if you have a normal size yard like in a neighborhood, but the consumer type mowers (in the 2500-4500 dollar range) won't hold up to hard use... too many stamped out sheetmetal and plastic parts... If you're mowing over an acre and want a zero turn, look at the commercial grade mowers with a cast frame and serious welded deck and 20+ hp engine. I mow about 3 acres and have a John Deere ZT920 with the Kawasaki engine. Sucker is a beast of a mower and all Iv'e done to it is change oil, sharpen and replace blades. You won't get a new commercial mower for what you're proposing to spend tho unless you can find a good used one, and if you can do that, you'd be better off with it than a brand new consumer model.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:49 AM   #10
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not sure which model i have but my gravely is pretty dang smooth riding compared the JD and club ive mowed with. i was told gravely has one of the heavier duty built decks in the market.
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:51 PM   #11
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I bought an Ariens Ikon X 52" (Ariens owns Gravely and are manufactured in same plant in Wisconsin I believe) last spring and have approximately 45 hours on it so far. Granted it has only been in use a short while, I have been very pleased with the mower. I mow roughly 2 acres with mine around trees, carport, barn, daughters playground equip. and it is very comfortable and does what I need it to do. It has the fabricated deck and 23 hp Kawasaki engine. Seems to be powered well enough for what I use it for. I can do all mowing in about 1.5 hrs. Cost was $3k new when I bought it.
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:52 PM   #12
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not sure which model i have but my gravely is pretty dang smooth riding compared the JD and club ive mowed with. i was told gravely has one of the heavier duty built decks in the market.
Yea and they have good seats too... likely why the ride is better than my JD... Been gonna upgrade to a floating seat, but just haven't done it yet...
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:55 PM   #13
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I recently bought a Bob Cat mower. Was told by a guy I know to check them out, glad I did. When comparing apple to apple specs to other mowers the cost was $1500-$2000 more depending on brand. Very happy with it so far.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:02 PM   #14
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I have an Ariens 56" with welded deck. Its been a great mower and was priced much better than some of the others I looked at.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:04 PM   #15
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I have a hustler Raptor sd 54" with about 650 hours on it. I had to replace the Kawasaki motor on it last year. My fault not checking the oil often enough. Other maintence has included changing hydro oil, motor oil, safety switches, blades, belts, welding on the deck, ball bearings in front wheels, blade spindles, but its taken a beating. Thinking about buying another new one soon.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:08 PM   #16
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I have a Hustler Raptor SD 54" also. With 23HP Kawasaki. Great mower. If you have ag exempt you can get one for $4300 or for a 48" at $4200 out the door. They make a Raptor model also with no armrest and I believe smaller rear tire that will be more in your budget.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:08 PM   #17
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Find one you like wrapped around a Kawasaki motor and roll with it
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:15 PM   #18
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Scag
My Turf Tiger with water-cooled Kawasaki engine is still going strong. Purchased new in 1999. More mower than what OP is looking for but I'm happy with the brand.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:15 PM   #19
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I have a Gravely and mow 4-5 acres, it has been a great machine with no problems, all I have had to do is oil changes.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:21 PM   #20
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I like my Kubota easy payments 0%. keep the money in the bank.
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:28 PM   #21
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Buy the one that has the closest service department that you want to deal with. FYI I love my Gravely
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:33 PM   #22
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I recently bought a Bob Cat mower. Was told by a guy I know to check them out, glad I did. When comparing apple to apple specs to other mowers the cost was $1500-$2000 more depending on brand. Very happy with it so far.
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I bought one last year amazing quality and for the money hard to beat. Kawasaki engine is a must.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:33 PM   #23
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Pardon the hijack but the one part I have replaced over the years on my Scag is the battery.

Is 2-3 years a normal life expectancy for a mower battery?
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:38 PM   #24
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Buy the one that has the closest service department that you want to deal with. FYI I love my Gravely


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Old 03-29-2019, 10:39 PM   #25
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I have a Gravely and mow 4-5 acres, it has been a great machine with no problems, all I have had to do is oil changes.


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Old 03-29-2019, 10:40 PM   #26
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I have the HD 46 model. I got it last year to replace my 10 year old Troybilt zero turn. Its like driving a Cadillac


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Old 03-29-2019, 10:43 PM   #27
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I have the HD 46 model. I got it last year to replace my 10 year old Troybilt zero turn. Its like driving a Cadillac


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Im looking at the ZTX 52. Any info on it?


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Old 03-29-2019, 10:45 PM   #28
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I dont know much about them other than how to mow with them. I got the one that I could afford


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I bought an Ariens Ikon X 52" (Ariens owns Gravely and are manufactured in same plant in Wisconsin I believe) last spring and have approximately 45 hours on it so far. Granted it has only been in use a short while, I have been very pleased with the mower. I mow roughly 2 acres with mine around trees, carport, barn, daughters playground equip. and it is very comfortable and does what I need it to do. It has the fabricated deck and 23 hp Kawasaki engine. Seems to be powered well enough for what I use it for. I can do all mowing in about 1.5 hrs. Cost was $3k new when I bought it.
Have the exact same model for two years now with no complaints. I mow about 2 acres each time. Just did it today under an hour.

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Old 03-29-2019, 11:07 PM   #30
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I bought a 54" Kubota 3 years ago to mow my 3 acres of Sana Augustine and field grass. It gets a lot of use. I also use it in my steep ditches. I went for the more expensive one, don't remember the exact price, but it was less than $5000. The Kubota has a floating seat and a mechanical deck adjustment that I prefer over the solenoid lift on the Bad Boy (that's not covered in their warranty).
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Most are made by the same company.. Just different paint colors, a few different features, different warranty and much different prices.... True story..
Get a commercial grade with a Kawasaki engine..
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Ex mark pioneer I have had for several years. Been a good one besides regular maintenance
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Old 03-30-2019, 01:06 PM   #33
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I was between Cub Cadet and Husqvarna 5 years ago. I talked with mower repair guy. He said Husqvarna, had one for 9 years and has made it through 3 sons. I haven't had any trouble. Our neighbor has CC and has been to the shop twice in 3 years. I have only changed blades. We can grow limestone!
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Looking at getting a zero turn mower. Looking between a Gravely, badboy, cub cadet. Whats every ones opinion on these mowers on which is the best. Looking to spend $3500.
hustler raptor, 54" 23 hp Kawasaki I paid 3600, great mower

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Old 03-30-2019, 01:39 PM   #35
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I have an 06 Cub Cadet RZT50 with Kohler 23hp. My sister in law gave it to us 3 years ago when they got a new one because the clutch wouldn’t engage anymore. That problem was a safety switch in the handless. I’ve changed the starter, idlers and need to finally change the spindles. If I ever get another, Cub will be in the front just because this thing seems to take anything that’s dished to it.
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I have a 12 year old exmark. I have a pulley to change tonight but that's the first problem I've had since it was new. My next mower will be a spartan I believe..
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Im upgrading from this
To thisby the end of the week. No complaints at all with my Badboy.


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Old 04-01-2019, 09:29 AM   #38
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I can officially list my first complaint with my hustler. Went to do the 100 hour service this weekend. Engine oil and everything else a breeze. Then I went to do the hydros oil.....


WHAT A GIANT PIA!!!


I elected to take the rear tires off to get to the filters all of which was easy especially since I had the impact out for blades. Drained old fluid and replaced filters in short order. Then I went to add near 5 quarts of new oil. I think it took over 2 hours to get the new oil in 1/2 a quart at a time. Then there was the over flow plug removal and replacement. What a nut kick that was.

Theres gotta be another way to get the oil in than the 3 or 4 videos on youtube
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:40 AM   #39
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I can officially list my first complaint with my hustler. Went to do the 100 hour service this weekend. Engine oil and everything else a breeze. Then I went to do the hydros oil.....


WHAT A GIANT PIA!!!


I elected to take the rear tires off to get to the filters all of which was easy especially since I had the impact out for blades. Drained old fluid and replaced filters in short order. Then I went to add near 5 quarts of new oil. I think it took over 2 hours to get the new oil in 1/2 a quart at a time. Then there was the over flow plug removal and replacement. What a nut kick that was.

Theres gotta be another way to get the oil in than the 3 or 4 videos on youtube
Ill change the oil myself, but I let the dealer do the Hydro's on the rearend. I'm not screwing with it.
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i just got a hustler raptor sd 48 with the kawi motor about 2 months ago. i was between this and the badboy mz. i ended up going with the hustler because it has servicable hydros and a better seat. the other day i was mowing and stopped to open the backyard gate and the mower wouldnt start after that. the next day it started and mowed fine, still dont know why it wouldnt start.
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:29 PM   #41
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Ill change the oil myself, but I let the dealer do the Hydro's on the rearend. I'm not screwing with it.

I got a few years before I have to worry about it again but I may end up paying next time
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:40 PM   #42
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Zero turn threads are dime a dozen.
Look at what the landscaping crews in your area use.
That will be your answer. Different conditions and different grass require different mowers.
Not all mowers do well in every area.
My 2100is ferris is the best riding mower made, nothing comes close to it.
When I get off of it I feel great.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:38 PM   #43
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Will be buying one myself in 2 or 3 months, for mowing about 3/4 an acre. Jeez, those higher-ed ZTMs are expensive. I'm thinking maybe a Husqvarna...

One thing, FWIW, I bought a top-line Cub Cadet weed trimmer a few years back, and it was the worst piece of crap I've ever seen. Leaked gas, vibrated so bad it made my hands numb, hard to start, motor was crooked, everything. Threw it in the trash and got an Echo.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:17 AM   #44
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Another thing people seem to leave out of the equation. A 2-5k mower isn’t designed to last a long time, it’s probally shot in 6-7 years. A high end commercial mower can see north of 5k hours pretty easy if maintained. That should last a homer owner a life time. I expect to have mine for the next 20 plus years. They are pretty cheap if you devide the Price by the years of service.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:59 AM   #45
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I run a Kubota ZD331, 60" deck. I mow about 17 acres total with it. It's a beast.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:49 AM   #46
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I recently bought a new mower myself. I ended up with a Big Dog Alpha MP. Same company as Hustler. I previously had a Grasshopper that was a fantastic mower. The thing both of these have in common is a welded deck. Most anything can be repaired on these things, but a rotten deck is pretty much a deal killer.
O and my new mower has a butt cooler! lol
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