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Old 03-18-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Zero turn lawnmower advice

I rely on you guys to help me with my bike, now I need your help with buying a zero turn mower. First of all, I am not interested in a commercial mower. I have almost an acre and really the deck, cut width, (and some of the transmissions), are the only real differences in the commercial ones, and they cost $$$$ more. I have been looking at the Toro Timecutter Z, John Deere EZtrack, and Husqvarna RZ series.

It is down to either the Toro 42" Timecutter Z4235 and the Husqvarna 46" RZ4619. The Toro has the Kawasaki 22HP and the Husky as the 19.5 B&S. They both has 2 blades, (which I want over 3 blades). I have one kind of steep hill in my back yard, but my tractor I have now handles it well, and it is only 14HP. Does anyone use either of these, or another one I am missing, Please share. I plan to buy Saturday.

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Old 03-18-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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cant help you with those ones but the commercial ones i have used are scag and exmark ...the exmark is like the cadillac of mowers and has every attachment imaginable and never had any problems. the scag ive heard bad stuff about but we've rolled it down a hill into a lake and it keeps going strong damn thing will take anything on. good luck on your search.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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I am actually going to look at an Exmark Quest tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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Stay away from Husqvarna zero turns they are garbage. I used to me a mechanic for a Kubota/Bobcat dealer who also sold these. Almost everyone we sold was traded in for something better. They bog down bad when the grass is even a little wet, and good luck getting the POS to start. The toro isnt bad but they are really best for residential use only. In my opinion spend the money on either an exmark or kubota. If you go kubota go with the stamped deck and a diesel. I don't know what your price range is but a shitty zero turn will put you in all sorts of a bad mood. I run a Kubota ZD-25 with the 60inch stamped deck and the thing is fucking nasty. Scags are real nice mowers too, stay away from wrights, they are a great mower but way way over priced. The residential John Deers are a decent mower but you pay john deer prices for parts and service.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #5
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I have a toro timecutter z5000, had it for 3 seasons now, never a had problem with it. Kaw, Honda, and Kohler are some of the best small engines on the market. In a past life I worked in the small engine/outdoor power equipment field. briggs doesn't produce the quality of engine that they did 20-30 years ago. Also if you can find a dealer in your area Dixon makes or used to make a hell of a good mower just a little on the pricey side though. I have seen a new dixon in my area in a couple years so I'm not sure of their nationwide availability.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:30 AM   #6
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We serviced every make and model of mower and I've seen what they can and can't do. Just remember that residential mowers are not going to be that tough either, they are basically a lawn tractor with a zero turn body. Often times they are under powered. If you don't want to spend the money on a Kubota I wouldn't consider anything other than an Exmark. Also in terms of user friendly exmarks can be a little tricky sometimes, but if illegal immigrants working as landscapers can figure it out I'm sure you'll be able to. Good Luck.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:12 AM   #7
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Yeah, I was having 2nd thoughts about the Husqvarna, and a friend said the same things about B&S engines and that Kohler and Kaw were much better. I really cannot afford the Exmark, (which the 42" comes with B&S also), so I am back to the Toro 42" with the Kohler engine I guess. 42" is plenty for my yard.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:35 PM   #8
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I saw a scaggs with a honda 2 cylinder engine at Tru Value
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:06 PM   #9
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definitely the Exmarks are touchy but once you get used to it its nice. when you want to go it goes theres almost zero lag time in the controls.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:25 PM   #10
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I went and looked at the Exmark's. Man, just a bit more than what I have. I have to have SOME left for my hypercharger.

I did talk to a friend's brother at work who has about the same yard as I do and he has the Toro Z4200 Timecutter. He told me he had the Cub Cadet, hated it, and brought it back to Home Depot and got the Toro. he said it cuts like a dream, has plenty of ass, and it fun a shit to drive. We have a local dealer who will assemble it when I buy, (unlike Home Depot who makes you buy the shit they keep outside in the rain). They are also a Toro service center. I wish I had the dough for a commercial one, but my Tennessee Titan's season ticket invoice came in as well, and I just got to have my football and hypercharger.

Thanks for saving me from the Husqvarna my brothas. I had also went to Sear's website and the Husqvarna ZT reviews were terrible, just like you guys said.
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