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My rider failed, interested in a zero turn brand new is fine. i mow 2 acres and want something dependable (dont we all) cheapest commercial brand works for me if needed. i understand this probably opens a can of worms but i need a good start so im asking for advise Thanks, 3 to 6 grand price range. Very busy in the summer hauling asphalt not alot of time for mowing.. my property is a total of 5 acres with about 2 that i mow lots of obstacles, trees, trails and such.
 

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I'd look at some Gravely, Skag, Bad Boy, Husqvarna, Toro, Cub Cadet, Grasshopper as a start.

A stamped deck will be cheaper than a fabricated/welded deck. All commercial/pro type mowers have fabricated decks along with heavier spindle assemblies.

Look for grease zerks on the spindle assemblies. If you can't grease the blade spindles(mandrels) --- look at a better upgrade/different model.

Kawasaki motors seem to be in the better models, but I wouldn't turn my nose up if it happened to have a B&S Commercial(PRO) motor.

I saw my first Gravely in action just yesterday mowing a pond bank side, and wow what a mower.

Have seen Grasshopper's at local home/farm store and I really like the fully tilt-back deck to get to blades.

I wouldn't get anything with a deck over 60"(5 foot). This deck size seems to be the best size in giving good to great cuts for what a zero turn can do, and the belts/blades are still reasonably not too expensive, than a deck of 72"(6 foot).

I mow about 5 acres a week with my old '90 Kut Kwick CL20-60 and while this mower isn't a true zero-turn, the 60" deck is perfect size for getting around without scalping our pond bank crowns, uneven yard areas, and fitting in more dense tree areas. Whereas, using a 72" deck would have a tire too far over the bank side and drop the deck down too low due to width, or trying to menuver around all the fruit trees we have.

Also, my mower doesn't have a side discharge. It uses a deck that's built like a small Brush Hog field cutter(drive shaft that goes to a 90* turndown box) that in-turn drives 2 belts for its 3-blades. It also uses rear deck flappers instead of the normal side discharge. It's a beast that weighs somewhere around 1200#s. I have a couple pictures on here around 3-5 pages back in the Front Deck ZTR section.
 

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oh boy,....I went through this last summer. I had my choices down to a Gravely Pro turn or a Ferris IS700Z. I still don't know if I made the right decision but I have the Ferris. I'm on my second one because my first one lasted 20 minutes(yes, literally 20 minutes then..kaboom). My dad did purchase a Gravely and he loves it. He has the "ZT-HD". I do like my Ferris though. My dealer talked me into the Briggs commercial engine but I would go with the Kawi. I can mow my property in 2 hours which took over 4 hours with a lawn tractor.
It depends who your closest dealers are also. I don't have a close dealer for Hustler or Scag but I would check them out if you can. I did borrow a John Deere zero turn from a co-worker to mow with and it was nice. Not sure if the JD is worth the price tag though.
Good luck!
 

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Hustler, Scag or Gravely are good choices in that price range.
Hustler or Gravely have good light commercial units in your price range.

I have a Gravely ZT HD 60 and I love it. Paid a little over $5k for it.

Hustler also makes a really good light commercial unit right around the same price Hustler raptor 60 in.

I mow 3 acres with mine in about an hour and a half and that's going relatively slow. Can do it in an hour and 10min if I want.

check the ground speed on anything you buy don't buy anything that mows less than 7 miles an hour.
 

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I mow at about 5 miles to 6 miles an hour. Unless rain is coming then it's 8 ?
 

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My Ferris will supposedly mow up to 10mph. I laughed and thought I would never do that. I have found after getting used to a zero turn I have those handles all the way forward quite often. It's pretty awesome and saves so much time!
 

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I have two excellent used ztr machines up for sale in SW Florida
Hustler FasTrak super duty 42"cut..... $1200
John Deere F725 54"cut $2200
I can fiqure out how to post pics if interested
 

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oh boy,....I went through this last summer. I had my choices down to a Gravely Pro turn or a Ferris IS700Z. I still don't know if I made the right decision but I have the Ferris. I'm on my second one because my first one lasted 20 minutes(yes, literally 20 minutes then..kaboom). My dad did purchase a Gravely and he loves it. He has the "ZT-HD". I do like my Ferris though. My dealer talked me into the Briggs commercial engine but I would go with the Kawi. I can mow my property in 2 hours which took over 4 hours with a lawn tractor.
It depends who your closest dealers are also. I don't have a close dealer for Hustler or Scag but I would check them out if you can. I did borrow a John Deere zero turn from a co-worker to mow with and it was nice. Not sure if the JD is worth the price tag though.
Good luck!
Maybe a little misleading without the equipment info before and after. Deck width and travel speed both contribute to reducing cut time. For instance, I started helping a widow cut her 3 acre lawn. It took her and her husband 3 hrs, both driving 42” Yardman mowers with a travel speed of 3-4 mph. One tractor 6 hrs. After I used a used Husqvarna GTH27V52LS, 52” deck, travel speed of 8 mph, where I cut most of the time, and cut the same lawn in an hour with small growth or 2 hrs with 1.5-2” growth. It got cut quicker, with a better cut, and with more comfort. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not the speed or comfort of my X738, but at a sixth the cost, it met my cost target. It’s been used 4 years now and still going strong.

I’ve even been considering adding a ZTR to my fleet, but that’s an even bigger discussion.

So make sure you consider all things, mostly how much you can spend and how long you want it to last. Don’t discount used, just see how used.
 
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