Re: Best tractor for less than $4000
Well I bought a mower tonight and will pick it up Saturday morning. I concluded that since I only use the machine for mowing a zero turn will be best for me.
I bought a Ferris IS1500Z 48 inch deck and 21 HP Kawasaki engine. It was used with only 20 hours on it but super clean and looked new. I bought it from a Ferris dealer and he gave me a full year warranty. New machines come with two year warranties but Ferris does not allow them to be transfered. The machine is one year old. I paid $5000 which is the new price of the smaller IS500Z, but $1000 more than I set out to pay for a new mower. What sold me on the IS1500Z was the 48" deck which juts out a few inches from even with the wheels unlike the 44" which is even with the wheels. Also the IS500Z has a B&S Professional engine and I preferred the Kawasaki. The 1500 has Hydro fans and the 500 does not even though Ferris' website says they do. Incidentally Ferris is owned by Briggs & Stratton.
I haven't used a zero turn yet but to me it makes sense if all one does is use the machine for mowing. One can buy very decent ones from Simplicity, Cub, Husqvarna, Snapper, or Toro for about $4000 and entry level commercial ones like Ferris for $5000. The better zero turns, including those from Simplicity have extremely heavy duty fabricated decks.
A most interesting one is a $4000 machine from Cub. It is a true zero turn but has a steering wheel with linkage to synchronize the turn with the back hydro powered wheel. My local dealer, a True Value store, said he sells more of these than the traditional 2500 series. I didn't want another Cub at this time. Interesting also is the Cub 2500 series, traditional tractor. It has an automotive type hood that hinges at the back. It makes any engine maintenance very difficult.