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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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Our lawn tractor took a big crap and isn't worth fixing anymore. We are in need of a new one. We were planning on getting a good commercial zero turn mower eventually, but can't afford 10k plus at the moment.
Are there any decent, reliable zero turns out there for $5k or less?
What kind are you using and how do you like it?
Any particular brands to stay away from?
Is it really worth the money for a zero turn compared to a garden tractor?
We usually mow about 2 1/2 acres.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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1 sheep per acre IMO :)
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #3
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they have the cub cadet zero turns that are styled like a normal garden tractor
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #4
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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we mow with a 50" gravely walk behind. way cheaper then ride ons and easier on your back. plus you get some exercise. mine can mow 4 acres an hour.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #6
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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You can get a mid-level, just below commercial, toro zero turn for $3500.00-$4500.00. Do not get the base model, they are a little on the cheap side. This mower will last you as long as you will ever need. The gravely walk behinds are great mowers also, just as yetti spoke. Gravely and toro have been around forever and are proven to hold up very well. Dixie mowers are incredible mowers but you will break the bank with one of those. They are made for the hard core commercial mowing scene.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #8
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Deere, they have the zero turns as well. The cost up front is worth it.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #9
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as long as you dont plan on ever wanting it to do more than mow or blow snow zero turn is a good choice, depending on the shape of your yard. if its a big ass square go with the regular tractor type.
and no, there arent any reliable/dependable under $4000 ztr mowers. sorry
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You can get a Deere Z-track for around $5,500 if you look hard. Cheaper if you go used.

$5k is a pretty extravagant purchase to mow 2 acres though.
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Our lawn tractor took a big crap and isn't worth fixing anymore. We are in need of a new one. We were planning on getting a good commercial zero turn mower eventually, but can't afford 10k plus at the moment.
Are there any decent, reliable zero turns out there for $5k or less?
What kind are you using and how do you like it?
Any particular brands to stay away from?
Is it really worth the money for a zero turn compared to a garden tractor?
We usually mow about 2 1/2 acres.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
I bought a used Bobcat zero turn, 330 hours, for 1/3 the cost of a new one. What used to take me 3 hours to mow, I can complete in 45 minutes. Very much worth the investment.

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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #15
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Our lawn tractor took a big crap and isn't worth fixing anymore. We are in need of a new one. We were planning on getting a good commercial zero turn mower eventually, but can't afford 10k plus at the moment.
Are there any decent, reliable zero turns out there for $5k or less?
What kind are you using and how do you like it?
Any particular brands to stay away from?
Is it really worth the money for a zero turn compared to a garden tractor?
We usually mow about 2 1/2 acres.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Fuck yes. The difference is ground speed is significant. Cut down my 4-acre time by a couple hours. They aren't as expensive as you think they are, either. Mine was a good chunk below $10k.

I'll sell you my Deere 7-Iron. Its a 60" 20hp v-twin 757 with only 25 hours on the meter. Amsoil since break-in, 2 sets of blades, warranty. Was thinking about listing it and hiring Hosejockey for the rest of the year.

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$5k is a pretty extravagant purchase to mow 2 acres though.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #16
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Toro is really hurting right now and they are having tons of sales and incentives to catch up, I would start there.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #17
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Search lawnsite.com for a barley used Exmark. I prefer walkbehinds (Turftracer) vs riders (Laser). They are top of the line and will last a lifetime of mowing 1 yard a week. There should be some smoking hot deals popping up now threw the rest of the summer on that site as every tom dick and harry that thought they could make a killing mowing grass are now realizing that every OTHER tom dick and harry had the same idea. Every year without fail the deals start popping up around 4th of July on that site.

If your yard is wide open with no obstacles, flat, you have money falling out of your ass and are EXTREMELY lazy get a rider. Otherwise you are better off with a walkbehind with a ride on velkie. A velkie is just a platform that you stand on that is pulled by the mower so you aren't even actually walking.

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Old June 25th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #18
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I have a Cub Cadet for my .25 acres My dad insisted that I buy it when he got a John Deere from my Uncle when he passed.

Great tractor, someday it will be useful if we get a bigger yard. For now me and my son just do circles on it and piss off the neighbors with their silly push mowers.
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