Best zero turn mower?

Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:52 pm

The new style I never used, the old grasshoppers had the extra wheels at the back, and some still do. I'm shure you could see daylight under the front wheels up hill if you give it the gas too hard. I have done this on my ingersol tractor with the front engine and a grass bagger adding weight on the back, must of pulled the wheels up at least a foot (or more) :o Enough to give you skid marks in the BVD's :sick:
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: Stephen in Soky On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:02 pm

AA130FIREMAN wrote:
Stephen in Soky wrote:Why does it keep needing spindles replaced?

I can't see replacing the spindles, new bearings and they should be good to go. My ingersol only had 1 grease zerk in the middle, that one is a common drive for all 3, and 1 noisy bearing, so get new bearings, pull out the inner seals, 2 on each quill, and drill a hole in the center of the spindle for a grease zerk. Good to go, as long as I feel like crawling under the deck :sick:


Mine (All 3) grease from the top. I have the front deck rather than the mid-mount. While I see where you're coming from on rebuilding, a complete spindle assembly was like $50, half an hour with air ratchets and I'm mowing again. I'm notoriously tightfisted and if it were a common occurence then I'd keep the old one and rebuild for a spare, but once or twice in nine years......I'll just buy a new one.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: sperry On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:22 pm

Three years ago I bought an Exmark lazer Z 60" with Kawasaki power plant. Can honestly say it's quality. 11 acres of grass, and after three years of mowing were happy with the Exmark purchase. No grease fitting on spindles with Triton deck. my .02
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:51 pm

Stephen in Soky wrote:
Mine (All 3) grease from the top. I have the front deck rather than the mid-mount. While I see where you're coming from on rebuilding, a complete spindle assembly was like $50, half an hour with air ratchets and I'm mowing again. I'm notoriously tightfisted and if it were a common occurence then I'd keep the old one and rebuild for a spare, but once or twice in nine years......I'll just buy a new one.

The bearings from a bearing supply house could probably be had for $5-$7 a piece, more than likely the bottom one will go before the top, still $50 doesn't seem like alot for the complete set up. I still have more satisfaction if I can do the fix and save $$$ in the process.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:35 pm

Wow .... just did a search on eBay for a used zero turn. Lets just say they hold their value. :shock: :(

Guess my G110 will have to suffice.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:44 pm

SMITTY wrote:Wow .... just did a search on eBay for a used zero turn. Lets just say they hold their value. :shock: :(

yes, the good ones do hold their value. Their so friggen easy to rebuild, if need be. :up:
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: Horace On: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:30 pm

I've had an MTD commercial grade 60" mower since 1999. I do all the maintenance myself; it's never had to go into the shop. The thing is a beast. I'll give a thumbs-up for MTD based on this, but I'm guessing the commercial mowers are very different from the residential mowers.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:50 pm

I can't wait till it's time to mow the lawn :D Just picked up a 2008 grasshopper 22 diesel with a 61" cut with 560 hours. Looking for a bagger with the metal hopper, and I may have a deal on a used one. The leaves will disappear into thin air :lol:
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Own a scag 60" tiger cat very happy with the cut. Would not go on these steep hills with any junk mower.

Scag, Bad Boy, Hustler, Walker, Grass Hopper, Toro, Exmark, Gravely and Dixon, and a few others other with decent mowers.

Min 12cc pumps, 16 even better, 52+ deck, Greaseable spindles+++, 27Hp+ EFI engine++++. Auto deck, suspension++

Cant compare brandx low end with brandy high end have to look at features. Kawi and Kohler Engines will command higher prices.

If i had the extra $$$$ i would get the ventrac turbo diesel 8 wheel with articulating mowers and other attachments.
Rated for continous slope operation of up to 35 deg.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:27 pm

I have a Z950 John Deere with a 72" deck and 27hp Kawi. It is an absolute beast.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:33 pm

Rob R. wrote:I have a Z950 John Deere with a 72" deck and 27hp Kawi. It is an absolute beast.



Yep those too. Mulch on demand? 7 iron deck?
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: ValterBorges On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:38 pm

If money is no object and you have 100 acres heres the wam for you.

http://www.toro.com/en-us/sports-fields ... -5900-5910
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:40 pm

Yes on the 7 iron, no on the mulch. It disperses the clippings so well I have no use for the mulch kit.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:46 pm

Did ventrac buy the steiner tractor company ? I myself used a grasshopper zero turn back in the 80's for a landscaper, before every one knew what a zero turn was. I really liked the grasshopper back then and knew that was what I was looking for. Guess it's a brand loyalty, but their are mostly all built alike.
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Re: Best zero turn mower?

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:58 pm

If money is no object and you have 100 acres heres the wam for you.


http://www.toro.com/en-us/sports-fields
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
... -5900-5910


Or if you are a poor horse farmer and you have 35 acres of pasture to maintain you use a 1943 Farmall M with superpac bought at an auction 15 years ago for $900 with a 6' Bush Hog (a real one) thrown in for free that was at least 25 years old then and had not a scrap of paint on it then but no rust. No live PTO so it is tough to get going. Rarely serviced and zero what was that you have ???? No power steering so hold on over the bumps. Little areas a pre Torocrap WH Raider 10 - ahhh, love that old stuff. Let's compare mowing costs over a ten year period. All you spoiled young brats - hah.
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