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Old January 3rd, 2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a Kubota zero-turn? seem to be some good deals out there right now, but most people I know have Exmark mowers. My dad has a JD zero turn with a 7' deck (big golf course mower) and the Exmark he recently bought out mows it easily.

I need to get something by spring since we have ~4 acres to mow now and ran across a couple of these.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have a Gravely with a 54 in. deck (wish I would have gotten the 60" deck). Like it alot, takes abuse and keeps on ticking. Only complaint is the deck pulleys break the weld for the shaft boss. Made mine into a re-cycler (simple bolt on kit) with Gator blades, now no more ugly clippings left on the lawn.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 02:41 PM   #3
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Cub cadet zero turn. I've had it for5 years now and it works great. never a problem, starts and cuts all the time. I have about 2 acres of grass.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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No experience with their ZTRs, but we have been quite happy with our Kubota tractors (me, my dad, and my brother-in-law all have one of their 4x4 tractors). My ZTR is a Hustler.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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I worked at a dealer that sold kubota, gravely, and simplicity ZT mowers. If it was me and only 4 acres I would get a Grvely ZT 60 HD. If you want a little nicer ride and a little bigger frame the Pro-turn 160 is the best option. The smaller Kubotas aren't all tht nice and the big diesel ZT Kubotas are more than you need.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 03:02 PM   #6
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I have only experienced Exmark Mowers. They really do seem to be the cream of the crop.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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Cub cadet zero turn. I've had it for5 years now and it works great. never a problem, starts and cuts all the time. I have about 2 acres of grass.
I have had horrible experience with Cub Cadet's newer than the 90's, never. ever. again.

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I worked at a dealer that sold kubota, gravely, and simplicity ZT mowers. If it was me and only 4 acres I would get a Grvely ZT 60 HD. If you want a little nicer ride and a little bigger frame the Pro-turn 160 is the best option. The smaller Kubotas aren't all tht nice and the big diesel ZT Kubotas are more than you need.
I might actually be closer to 5 acres, with the potential for more if I try to mow some open areas at the back of the property, LOTS of trees at the back though.

Closest Gravely dealer is in Clio, Kubota has a dealer 2 miles from my house, and there is a Exmark dealer about 7.

I was also looking at a Woods, but it isn't the 'modern' style ZT it is the style more used by golf courses and has the ass end that swings around.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:22 PM   #8
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In that case the ZD326 is the one you want. The Kommander mowers are ok but not comparable to a Gravely. Exmark are great mowers just over prices vs a Gravely which is just as good if not better depending on the models you are comparing.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:26 PM   #9
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In that case the ZD326 is the one you want. The Kommander mowers are ok but not comparable to a Gravely. Exmark are great mowers just over prices vs a Gravely which is just as good if not better depending on the models you are comparing.
I believe I was looking at a ZG127 used, but in new condition
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:32 PM   #10
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Look in to a SCAG.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:47 PM   #11
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There is a reason I don't look at SCAG and some of the others, there is no local dealer support. If I need a belt or something I don't want to have to drive 30+ miles to get it in a pinch on a weekend.

Kubota has a good name, and local dealer support. I'd also consider a Woods, JD or Exmark.

I wish I could find a deal like my dad got on his Exmark. It seems the ones I find are beat to piss and they still want $4500 and are gassers. My dads was cherry with 5 sets of blades and a couple belts for $4500 - a diesel no less.

I'm still researching what I want, but right now Kubota is at the top of the list if I don't hear anything bad. I haven't seen anything major yet searching.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:59 PM   #12
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I believe I was looking at a ZG127 used, but in new condition
They are nice mowers but better options in that size mower IMO.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:00 PM   #13
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i have a 60 kabota diesel dont remeber the model but we love it. works great. Its really more then we need. we have a pond in our back yard and it slopes down to it. This mower can go on the slopes and keep traction. our old simplisity always got stuck and had no where near the power this does. Plus a tank of fuel goes a LONG time lol.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:31 PM   #14
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any reason no one even mentioned the Toro zero turn?....just wondering.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 06:16 PM   #15
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Exmark for the win, however if you are getting a good deal on the kubota, go for it
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 06:55 PM   #16
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any reason no one even mentioned the Toro zero turn?....just wondering.
They did. Exmark is made by toro.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:05 PM   #17
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Kubota has a good name, and local dealer support. I'd also consider a Woods, JD or Exmark.
x2 on the woods, we've had ours since 1100 hours and that was 9 years ago. Still going rather strong for the abuse we've dished out to it.

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I have had horrible experience with Cub Cadet's newer than the 90's, never. ever. again.
I'm willing to bet that there is subtle to little differences between most CCs and MTD mowers. Maybe the higher end cc's are a little nicer, but I wouldn't risk buying one.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:12 PM   #18
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Whats your budget? Your best bet is a commercial machine. Too often i see people buy a new cheap homeowner special rider. Get a nextgen 60in exmark w a kohler and under 1500hrs and youll get an easy 15years out of it
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:19 PM   #19
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Whats your budget? Your best bet is a commercial machine. Too often i see people buy a new cheap homeowner special rider. Get a nextgen 60in exmark w a kohler and under 1500hrs and youll get an easy 15years out of it
I'd like to stay under $5500, which is why I have been looking at used commercial machines. Residential grade doesn't last like it used to. I'd like to be at less than that since I am planning on selling my motorcycle to buy it.
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I'd like to stay under $5500, which is why I have been looking at used commercial machines. Residential grade doesn't last like it used to. I'd like to be at less than that since I am planning on selling my motorcycle to buy it.
You can get a real nice used machine for that. 4 years I got 2yo 60in exmark with 1000hours from weingartz (lease turnin and i wanted a reciept for taxes) for 3500 and have since put 1500hours on it and just now getting to the point of going new. The abuse they are made for is unreal. I know commercial guys running them for over 10years, on a residentail application they would last forever
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