Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

My Pop's Simplicity ZTR


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 BNK OFFLINE  

BNK
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 62066
  • 983 Thanks
  • 443 posts
  • Location: Westmoreland, TN

Posted May 23, 2015 - 06:32 AM

My Dad is gonna be down for a while due to surgery. He bought this Simplicity new back in 2005/6 which now logs 690 hrs. He is picky about his equipment and only a select few individuals get any seat time on his machine(s). It has been a while since I had to mow for him...very independent in his 70's. I knocked out my folks 2 acre yard in no time. I have forgotten how nice and how quick a ZTR does the task. Then I get home to do my yard...on a tractor rider. I'm like " I have got to get me a ZTR...soon!"

 

Shortly after the purchase of his new Simplicity ZTR he wanted a rear hitch. So I built him one...to his specs. Overkill but he is happy! 


  • MH81, Alc, hamman and 5 others have said thanks

#2 glgrumpy ONLINE  

glgrumpy

    Getting Out!

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 8360
  • 6,647 Thanks
  • 6,460 posts
  • Location: Huntington, IN 46750 North East in State

Posted May 23, 2015 - 10:33 AM

I've been looking at one too, same brand. Keep hearing from all with one, that I will never go back to tractor again!  Hard to believe at this time anyway. Still need to push snow!  Maybe that is way to get out of hobbie?????hmmm!  Go Zero!  Heh!


  • BNK said thank you

#3 toppop52 OFFLINE  

toppop52
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 54420
  • 3,450 Thanks
  • 3,359 posts
  • Location: Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland

Posted May 23, 2015 - 09:28 PM

I have been mowing with a Simplicity ZTR For 8-9 years, mine is Craftsman branded 44" deck. I mow 1.5 acres in one hour fifteen minutes. I wish I had the 50" deck, but honestly don't need it.
  • BNK said thank you

#4 BNK OFFLINE  

BNK
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 62066
  • 983 Thanks
  • 443 posts
  • Location: Westmoreland, TN

Posted May 24, 2015 - 05:09 AM

Sorry...thought I had posted the pix.

Attached Thumbnails

  • 029.jpg
  • 030.jpg

  • MH81, Alc and KennyP have said thanks

#5 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,392 Thanks
  • 39,654 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted May 24, 2015 - 06:04 AM

My neighbor across the street has a Dixie Chopper and mows 10+ acres with it every week.


  • BNK said thank you

#6 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

alleyyooper
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 58852
  • 860 Thanks
  • 353 posts
  • Location: Michigan

Posted May 28, 2015 - 01:44 PM

I bought a eXmark  in may of 2013. I had been mowing my BIL's lawn with my 7112 simplicity with A 42 inch deck. Took a tad over 4 hours.

The eXmark does in in 2 hours 30 minutes and that includes trimming.

60 inch deck and 9MPH makes quick work of mowing.

 

 

20130529_0347_zpsa2194c19.jpg

 

:D   Al


  • MH81, Alc and BNK have said thanks

#7 MH81 ONLINE  

MH81

    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 27,249 Thanks
  • 28,599 posts
  • Location: N. W. PA

Posted May 28, 2015 - 06:22 PM

Nice looking machines.
Buddy has one branded White. Says hell never go back.

#8 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

alleyyooper
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 58852
  • 860 Thanks
  • 353 posts
  • Location: Michigan

Posted May 29, 2015 - 04:46 AM

I sure won't but for some of my tighter areas where 60 inch's won't fit And the big hill down to the creek where the heavy ZT likes to slide down hill I still use the 7112. takes longer to start the 7112 than it does to do the little bit of mowing.

 

:D  Al


Edited by alleyyooper, May 29, 2015 - 04:46 AM.

  • Alc said thank you

#9 toppop52 OFFLINE  

toppop52
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 54420
  • 3,450 Thanks
  • 3,359 posts
  • Location: Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland

Posted May 29, 2015 - 06:14 AM

I mow my 1.5 acres in a little over an hour, depending on how detailed I get, but mine just has 44" deck, there was a 50" deck that I'd buy if I could find one. 50"-54" is about as big as I can use in my holly grove.



#10 ACmowerguy OFFLINE  

ACmowerguy
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 67204
  • 290 Thanks
  • 289 posts
  • Location: Winfield, MO

Posted May 29, 2015 - 10:19 PM

We have a zero turn but don't use it much. We have not even used it yet this year. Our yard is too bumpy to mow at top speed comfortably and the zero turn makes divots in the turf when turning. Dad has been using the 345 JD with PS and foot pedal hydro. He likes it better than the zero turn. Myself, I would like to try a few year old Prestige.

#11 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

alleyyooper
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 58852
  • 860 Thanks
  • 353 posts
  • Location: Michigan

Posted May 30, 2015 - 05:56 AM

Reduce the air in the tires and learn how to use the hydro moters when turning. My rear tires have 5 pounds of air, squish a bit when tied down on the trailer. One wheel keeps turning forward and the other turns in reverse so you don't have the divots. Also start rolling the lawn in the spring.

 

:D   Al



#12 ACmowerguy OFFLINE  

ACmowerguy
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 67204
  • 290 Thanks
  • 289 posts
  • Location: Winfield, MO

Posted May 30, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Al for the suggestions.

I have not been allowed to use or work on the Zero Turn and Dad will not take the time to make adjustments. It is still setup as the dealer set it up (possibly incorrectly) and he doesn't care. He is hoarding the mower. What he does know is he can hop on the 345 and be comfortable. Compared to a hand-controlled machine, its much more comfortable and we can get a lot more done.

#13 toppop52 OFFLINE  

toppop52
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 54420
  • 3,450 Thanks
  • 3,359 posts
  • Location: Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland

Posted May 31, 2015 - 07:55 AM

No offense intended, but a properly used zero turn can nearly double the amount of grass mowed and cut the trimming to near nothing. As stated above, there won't be any divots with some practice. Everyone gets them at first, but the visibility and maneuverability is so much better on a ztr that once you use it 2-3 times, you'd never go back to mowing most yards with a tractor. I have a nice 48" deck for my 1920 Ultima, i need to clean the dust off it soon... I'm about to go use my zero turn now! :D






Top