I agree with Kenny If mowing is your needs the newer commercial zero turn is the way to go. Fast and well built. I like the Toro brand myself.
Welcome to the forum! If you bought an older Gt, are you inclined to spend the time and $ to get it in shape to mow your property? There will be issues with the older tractors, always is. But once you have gone thru and fixed it up, it would do the job for quite a few years with regular maintenance. If mowing is it's only task, going with the newer commercial zero turn may be the answer.
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Posted December 08, 2012 - 09:18 AM
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Posted December 08, 2012 - 10:36 AM
Of course I'm spending your money here, so a wish list is easy for me. What I'm really getting at is that you should establish your needs, then your wants, and take a guess at predicting the future, then go looking for something that fits the bill.
The other thing I'd say is that tractors, new or old, are going to break if they are being used. Parts wear, metal gets stressed, and we do things we maybe shouldn't with them.
Posted December 08, 2012 - 10:37 AM
That's pretty much what I meant..........
I dont think every member is trying to conivince him that only one model is best, every member just has a preferance and we know more about that model for that reason. I like the youtube idea, he can see what everyones tractor can do without anyones opinion.
Posted December 08, 2012 - 10:42 AM
Also as has been said I would not get a 0 turn for mowing hilly land. A good subcompact would be a great piece of equipment. With eh available attachments for them it becomes a Swiss army knife of capabilities.
Whatever you buy ask lots of questions here before you put down any cash. It will save you time and money in the future.
Posted December 08, 2012 - 11:51 AM
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Posted December 08, 2012 - 12:46 PM
From my experience, a zero turn would not be the best choice, if he has steep hills like mentioned in the original post.
We have a Toro zero turn, about 1.5 acres, hills and lots of trees to cut around. I've had no problems with hills unless you try to cut across the hill which you really shouldn't do with any tractor. If I do the rear will tend to slide on the steapest hills. It climbs hills with no problem.
Ours is not a commercial grade, wish it was, but cost and size(storage) were a problem.
Posted December 09, 2012 - 07:17 AM
Any older GT is better than the stuff you buy at the box stores in my opinion. Case/Ingersoll are very well built heavy duty tractors. The older Cub Cadets have very strog drivetrains, thats why they use them so much in pulling. So do the Massey's. If you can find something like that in decent shape with a good deck buy it. Even if you spend some cash getting it fixed up it will take you farther in the end than its big box offspring.
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Posted January 04, 2013 - 08:55 AM
Well, just to let everyone know, I found a good deal on a new Kubota BX1860. It hopefully will take care of everything I need it to. I should be taking delivery of it within the next week if the gravel road I live on here in Southern Indiana is clear enough for them to get it to me.
Thanks for everyone's input. I may not post often, but I will continue to lurk on here somewhat, and if I run into any issues I'll see what help you all can offer.
Posted January 04, 2013 - 09:12 AM
The BX should be a good match for what you need. Best of luck with it.
Posted January 04, 2013 - 09:56 AM
Procrustinator, glad to hear you were able to find something to fit your needs. That new Kubota should give you a long service life.