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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted May 04, 2013 - 04:48 PM

I really surprised that there are still so many brands of zero turn mowers. You know, all those brands that only make ZTs. I would have thought that 3-4 major companies would have bought them all out by now.



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Posted May 04, 2013 - 07:29 PM

that is an interesting observation, It does seem like in general the ZTRs are regional.
Around here you mostly see Skaggs, Bad Boys and ExMark. I forgot yo do see some GrassHoppers too.

The one I wanted back when I was mowing 16 lawns a week was Walker since it had a bagging hopper built in.
I do think they were bought out.

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Posted May 04, 2013 - 07:43 PM

Around here, Gravely, Scag, Exmark, Hustler, Grasshopper, and Dixie Chopper seem to be common.  Commercial guys like Scag and Exmark primarily, although a few Hustler fans are out there.  If I was buying I would be at Grasshopper (only with a fat wallet) or Scag and Exmark.

 

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Posted May 04, 2013 - 07:45 PM

There are many here.  Bad Boy, Scag, Cub Cadet, Grasshopper, Bush Hog, I think Dixie Chopper......the list goes on.



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Posted May 04, 2013 - 08:02 PM

The zero turn seems all the rage these days.  Perhaps this is their time like the heyday of Garden Tractors was about 40 or 50 years ago when everyone seemed to make them or had someone make them for them.

 

I'm still trying to warm up to zero turns.  Haven't got there yet.



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Posted May 04, 2013 - 08:39 PM

I considered a zero turn a few years ago...but decided to by my X475. I wanted a tractor!


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 08:47 PM

I'll likely never own a ZTR.  I gotta have a steering wheel.  Besides, my John Deere F935 pretty much can do a zero turn and it has a steering wheel!



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Posted May 04, 2013 - 09:17 PM

I used a Bush Hog ZTR for nine years, good mower, but heavy!  I much prefer the JD F525 front deck I have now for my house yard!  

 

Our local Husqvarna/Dixon dealer sells both tractors & ZTR's, he tells me he's seeing a trend away from ZTR's & back to tractor type mowers for "homeowner" sales.  ~~  Lowell



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 12:12 AM

I really surprised that there are still so many brands of zero turn mowers. .

 

I believe Henry Ford, Gottlieb Daimler and Ransome E. Olds made that same statement regarding automobiles at some point in time.

 

 

 

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:46 AM

I have a Snapper and I love it, single joystick control, real comfy..just like sitting in a huge armchair, just needs a footstool and it would be just like sitting by the fire while you cut the grass, bit of a pain on side slopes though, it tends to always want to point straight downhill and if its wet it can run off downhill with you.



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 09:54 AM

I don't really understand zero turns for the average homeowner.  They make sense for golf courses and commercial mowers etc. but really only have one purpose. Even the cheapest riding mower can pull a garden cart or dethatcher, but a zero turn really just mows.  That said, every time I have to mow around my wife's randomly planted trees, a zero turn seems like a good idea.

 

The most common brands up here are John Deere and Kubota.  I guess we don't have any regional manufacturers. 



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 02:44 PM

I had a friend who had a Cub Cadet Monster and using it I noticed that it would not pivot on center. It didn't have enough flow to run one wheel forward and one backwards at the same time. Are all ZTRs like that?



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 03:28 PM

Mostly Deere here, Grasshopper used to be popular, but it died again. Other than that it's mostly just completely various brands.



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 04:41 PM

I mowed with my neighbors Scag last weekend and didn't particularly like it..  I'll stick with my 425 AWS!!



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:14 PM

The biggest we stock is a 104" hustler. That's a lot of zt. I mow with a grasshopper 72". It not bad and is quick. Plus it's easier going around obstacles. I think the gts do a better job.

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