Re: Are ZTRs really faster.
I have about an acre and there is about an hour's difference between the JD 717A (zero turn) that I used to have and my old Ariens GT16 that I use now. The major difference is cutting close to all my trees. With the zero turn it was a simple matter of zipping around and keep on going. With the Ariens cutting around a tree is basically a 4 or 5 point turn, re-align with the previous pass then continue. Now if I only had a few trees the time difference would be a lot less; however I have 16 trees on my property, so that time adds up.
Also once you step up to a commercial machine, you get a bit more comfort and much better longevity than with a "home owner" grade machine.
HOWEVER with my tractor, I now have one machine that can cut the grass, vacuum, shred and bag leaves or dead grass, push dirt, gravel or snow (I have the ability to but a blade on each end), plow and till my garden, plus blow snow in relative comfort due to the detachable cab. So to me at least, the time trade off when mowing is well worth the versatility of a garden tractor.
Last edited by Demented; 10-09-2019 at 08:37 PM.