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Posted: 9/8/2010 4:24:06 AM EDT
Looking to buy one soon. John Deere, Scag, Dixie Chopper? Residential-5 acres-thanks
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:25:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 4:26:12 AM EDT by kcolg30]

Originally Posted By ranger327:
Looking to buy one soon. John Deere, Scag, Dixie Chopper? Residential-5 acres-thanks

Because of the hat.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:31:17 AM EDT
My dad bought a Scag for his 1 acre lot. He likes the logo.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:36:49 AM EDT
I have 3 acres of grass. I use a Dixie Choppe, 60", 25hp gas. I have had it 4 years and it was 5 years old when i got it. It is a beast. Regular simple maintenance and it will run forever. I can cut all 3 acres in an hour +/-. I have done it in 45 minutes.

John deere makes great tractors, but i dont like their mowers. I don't think JD makes their own mowers. I have never heard of scag. Exmark is a very good zero turn as is Kubota. Kubota is extremely expensive. They are all expensive, but the Kubota is way over priced.

If i were buying one now, i would look for a Dixie Chopper or Exmark. I would say look for used, but the used ones go fast. People keep their good zero turns.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:40:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CAR_16:
My dad bought a Scag for his 1 acre lot. He likes the logo.


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:41:24 AM EDT
Grasshopper.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:44:12 AM EDT
Scag, built like a tank. Nothing is light duty. My Scag Wildcat, their mid range mower( price , power & size wise) has either 13 or 16 greas fittings, the blade spindle shafts ar 1 1/4 " in diameter, a cooling radiator for the hydro system as well as a big filter. Mine is a 26 hp on a 52" deck and nothing slowes it down. It cut my mowing time from approx 3 hours to about 1 hour 20 min on a 1 3/4 acre lot with a lot of trees & bushes to go around.

The top of the deck is built up of 3 layers of steel. Where the spindles go through it is 1/2" thick.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:47:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:09:31 AM EDT
kubota
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:12:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TexRdnec:
kubota


this... i bought the diesel... it was a little expensive yea, but I cut all my grass in half the time it used to take me on my riding mower
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:13:43 AM EDT
My vote is for Scag, they are certainly built to last. The mower could easily outlast the engine.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:15:35 AM EDT
we bought a 36in scag. if i could of used the 48in kobota around the trees i would of bought it
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:29:35 AM EDT
Scag or Gravely
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:29:39 AM EDT
I own 2 Exmarks, these are great mowers.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:47:33 AM EDT
Hustler!
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:48:30 AM EDT
Hustler, I've never had a mower that I worked on less.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:27:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 6:28:22 AM EDT by jpfmedicsig]
Originally Posted By Bob243:
Scag or Gravely

This. If you are looking for baseball field lines I would go with the Scag or a John Deere

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:30:11 AM EDT
I am 6 years on my Landpride and have been very happy.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:31:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 8:21:04 AM EDT by oldcatdriver]
Not zero turn, but here's my MOAM (mother of all mowers) that cuts 24' swath. It has greatly reduced the number of beers per acre required to complete my mowing.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:34:07 AM EDT
I'm happy with my Dixon.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:36:47 AM EDT
Dads got a Dixon and sounds like he likes it quite a bit.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:40:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By buckfever34:
I have used nearly every one of them there is (commercial mowing for several years).


Scags are good. Exmarks are better. John Deere (and everything else) is pretty much junk compared to these two.



http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd206/vanessagarza123/exmark_lawnmower.jpg


100% agree with this statement. I will throw Grasshopper into the excellent category also. I did commercial and residential mowing for 7 years.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:41:20 AM EDT
Any of the reputable brands will give you a solid mower. Exmark/Toro, Scag, Walker, Gravely, Hustler, Kubota, JD, Wright, Dixie Choppe, etc. You can find something to meet your needs from just about any of them. It comes down to dealer support, you'll have a problem eventually, regardless of brand, get it from a dealer that will take care of you and you'll be happy with it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:45:19 AM EDT
Kubota ZD-21 followed by a Grasshopper 930D or 932
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:09:40 AM EDT
Flat or hilly? Smooth or rough?

Midmount mowers are great for generally flat ground, not so good on hills.

Smooth ground & you can get a wider deck as it won't scalp the high spots.

The 5AC area on our farm that we mow is generally flat & smooth. Have been using a Dixie Chopper for 6 yrs & love it. 60" 25HP gas engine. I'm going to go w/a diesel when we replace this one to make my fuel situation simpler (tractor uses diesel).
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:39:25 AM EDT
I have a scag wilcat. Built like a tank,no pro lens in 3 years. I had a exmark before this also with no problems. The scag is heavy. Very well built. Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:56:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Grasshopper.


This. Mine was powered by a kubota diesel. Bought mine used for $1000. New they are about 15K.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:04:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 8:05:51 AM EDT by hsracer201]
I've been using a Cub Cadet for the past 4 years on the farm and it's a darn good z turn. I mow a LOT with that thing. 40+ acres at least once a week and almost a mile of driveway if you count both sides put together. It's a champ. Besides routine maint. nothing has ever failed.

I will say be cautious of SOME of the newer JD z turns. Certain models have a problem with the heat sinks on the motor catching the chaff from the deck and packing tight. Then they overheat and blow seals, gaskets, etc and JD won't do a thing in the world about it. It's piss poor engineering is what it is, but they won't recall it. They are too worried about their name it seems like. It's not an issue if you don't mind stopping every 20 minutes and cleaning the heat sinks.

Again, I'm not a pro, I just mow a lot. I also don't own the mowers I use, which is kinda nice.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:09:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:
Originally Posted By Engineer5:
Grasshopper.


This. Mine was powered by a kubota diesel. Bought mine used for $1000. New they are about 15K.

Bastard.

I have a used Kubota ZD21 that I gave about 5 times as much for, but for less than 500 hours it was a steal.

The nameplates mentioned in this thread are all top notch.

If I was buying a new mower my money would be on Scag.

I would buy a used diesel or as an alternative a used water cooled gas motor, but I'm cheap.

Consumer grade gas engine = shit.

Water cooled gas = ~ 2k hours

Diesel = 5k hours plus.

Buy once, cry once.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:14:44 AM EDT
Commercial lawn maintenance, we use Hustler.


I am currently flirting with two Bad Boy diesel 72"s running biodiesel and a Husqvarna 60" propane to meet alternate fuel contract requirements. The Husqvarna is a bad ass machine, the guys and my mechanic love it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:19:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
I'm happy with my Dixon.


This one right here. First to make affordable residential ZTR I believe. I love mine but I need a new one.
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