Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

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Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Lee Pape » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:27 am

My Mother-in-law owns a farm and has a rather large farm yard which she keeps mowed. We need to get a different mower for the property. Do to the size of the yard (I'm guessing over 5 acres) I know we need a larger deck on the mower than someone in the suburbs. We want a zero-turn mower. My question is would we be better off buying a new residential or a used commercial grade mower? We are looking at spending $5000 or less. I have found over a dozen used ones in the area that have between 110 and 1050 hours on them and they all have a 60 inch deck.

When looking at new ones I can find a few with a 60 inch deck but most are 52 or 54 inch decks or smaller and are residential grade mowers. Trying to stay away from the big box stores due to assembly issues that are know to happen at these type of places.

OK all of you that are wiser than I am what are your thoughts?
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Tin Man » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:05 am

I maintain about the same area as your talking about. It was for that reason I chose a commercially rated Badboy mower. Don't know how it is up there, but in this area (with our 9-10 month mowing season) the lawn care businesses work their equipment long and hard. I bought mine new so I could keep track of exactly how it was maintained, catching and repairing the small issues before they get big and costly. I might look at a used unit if: I either personally knew and trusted the seller or it came from a business that had taken it in trade, did all the necessary repairs and would give me some sort of warranty. I was considering a 72 inch deck but went with a 60 inch which fits thru all but one of my gates and does a great job everywhere except the front yard bar ditch which is just a bit narrower than the deck and thus needs to be mowed in two passes, one along one bank and another along the opposite......I know, I know.....but I like straight lines. :roll: Good luck in your search.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Lofty » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:57 pm

I spent $5K on a 48" prosumer unit...five years ago. That designation indicates that pro-grade features (e.g., fabricated deck) are incorporated on a homeowner-sized machine.

$5K, today, will get you a nice homeowner-grade unit, or perhaps a small prosumer machine if you shop carefully. It won't buy a commercial-grade machine of any brand or size, unless used. Locally, we have a longish mowing season, and to my eye, the local landscaping outfits run their machines hard. I wouldn't consider buying a used mower from them, full stop. Just a thought.

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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Tomcatfixer » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:44 pm

Because I aspire to be Lofty when I grow up, I, too, went the 'prosumer' route. Read about it here: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=54350
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Burt1713 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:14 pm

If you have a lot of trees with low branches a zero turn mower with the deck out in front of the body can be very handy.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Tin Man » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:44 pm

Burt1713 wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:14 pm
If you have a lot of trees with low branches a zero turn mower with the deck out in front of the body can be very handy.
One of the neighbors has one that style.....pretty sweet ride.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:28 pm

I saved almost $1k buying a Toro Time Cutter zero turn ON LINE a few years ago. it was from out of state so - NO SALES TAX, & FREE DELIVERY.
A Semi with a lift gate dropped a big crate in front of the house. I dismantled the upper crate installed the battery & tillers, Gasoline & drove off the base. It has been an excellent mower. A few Tricks I learned the hard way: INSTALL SLIME in ALL 4 TIRES, GET RID OF BRICK EDGING - blade sets get expensive. USE NON ETHANOL GAS, Take BATTERY INSIDE FOR THE WINTER & keep charged - DUH. Love this almost 500cc RACING MOWER - practical & fun + pays for itself. Never been in the shop. HOORAY FOR ELECTRIC START !!

IF I WERE RICH - I'd like one of those giant self propelled D.R. BRUSH CUTTERS = giant walk behind tree cutting lawn mower = big fun.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Daisy Cutter » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:54 am

Might be a regional thing but Gravely zero turns are popular around here. Fabricated decks are the only way to go. Or you could go the route I went and get a Kubota BX tractor :)
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Crawford Sales Co. » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:02 am

Hey Lee
Check out Husqvarna. Model - ZTH 6125. 25 hp Kohler, 61 inch cut. I am sure the numbers have changed since I bought mine. Get the foot lift pedal for the deck. This is a commercial mower that is built to last. It is almost as much fun as riding the bikes but no sidecar.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by RC20 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:19 pm

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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by RC20 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:27 pm

Gravely Lineup

https://www.gravely.com/downloads/Grave ... -Sheet.pdf

$5300 (depending on dealer and location of course)
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Crawford Sales Co. » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:33 am

Here you go.
M-ZT61
M-ZT61

967 84 42-01
Motor/engine manufacturer
Kohler
Motor/engine model
KT740
Power output
25 hp
Cutting width
61 in

Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)
Heavy Duty Fabricated Deck
Cast Iron Spindle Housings
Commercial drive system

From
$6,699.95
MSRP
Or check out all of the models here.
https://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/zero-turn-mowers/
My first mower was a 50's L engine Gravely and then I moved up to a Commercial 10 model.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Lee Pape » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:35 am

After doing some measuring around the farm I found out that a 60" was just too big. Too many trees that would not let that big of deck go through. And with the help of Google earth I was able to measure the size of the mowed area. The over all area was 2.32 acers including the house, out buildings, grain bins and lots of trees. I did a bunch of internet shopping of dealers in our area then turned things over to Nancy and her sister for the finial say. They selected my second choice which is a new 2017 Dixie Chopper Zee 2 with a 54" deck powered by a 23 HP Kohler® 7000 engine. They choose this mower because the dealer is the closest one. Thank you all for your input.
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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by RC20 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:11 pm

May the Deck be with you
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2 x CB750K (one a true Japan Model flown to Hawaii by a P3 Orion Sub Patrol Aircraft!)
1 x CB700 SC ala Shaft Drive Nighthawk S (RC20 is the actual in house production Model)
1 x R80GS (ok to start with, learned to love it for what it was)
1 x CB450K

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Re: Needing a new lawn mower for the farm

Post by Tin Man » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:49 pm

Have fun......... :cheers:
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