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Me likey.....
#1360995 Tue May 19 2020 08:05 PM
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Tiny Offline OP
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....my Hustler Raptor 52" ZTR mower. I've had it two and a half years now and I like it more the more I use it. We're on an acre and with the house, garage and out buildings I mow 3/4-7/8 of that. I had a Crapsman 46" tractor and it would take me about an hour & a half to mow and use a bit over a gallon of gas. It had a 21HP single cylinder engine. My Raptor has a twin cylinder Kohler 23HP engine and uses less than a gallon to mow in less than an hour. I get 6 gas tank top-offs after mowing out of a five gallon gas can. With the rain we've had followed by a couple of sunny days "watching the grass grow" is a spectator sport. It's been earning it's keep so far this year.


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361002 Tue May 19 2020 08:42 PM
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My big commercial John Deere ZTR has the same engine. I’ve had it 5-6 years now and no issues. I mow about 1/2 acre and it takes about 30 minutes. This is my first ZTR, the previous mower was a JD front deck mower that was almost zero turn. Wore it out and still sold it for what I paid for it. That usually doesn’t happen.


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361006 Tue May 19 2020 09:14 PM
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We mow about 3 1/2 or a little more acres with lots of trees and bushes, and it takes quite awhile using two Cub Cadet 42" riders. I'm lucky that Theresa likes to mow. Between the two of us it's not too punishing. A couple zero turns are on the buy list, but unfortunately not very close to the top. Hustler is the brand I am considering when the time comes. But for now we just need to tough it out.

John


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361017 Tue May 19 2020 10:35 PM
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I have always had sears mowers. My latest I call a doodlebug because of the rear engine. I have less than half-acre because of the size of the house and 25x26 shop. I use to mow in 1 hour with a small walk behind. It stills takes me an hour and use 3/4 of a gallon. Most mowers are made by MTD or a branch of the same.


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361064 Wed May 20 2020 03:47 AM
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A couple years ago I bought a used Cub Cadet 60" zero turn--the kind with a steering wheel instead of the levers. I was always told how much time it would save over the old mower, and they were right!


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361084 Wed May 20 2020 12:04 PM
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John -- Peggy is like Theresa! When we got the JD ZTR, it quickly became Peggy's. Only John Deere offered a ZTR with no foot controls (everything controlled either on the steering arms or the control panel) but we had to special order it to get the rear discharge (for mowing the christmas tree rows), but once she got used to it, she took over mowing at the farm. Along about dark, I would have to go out and find her and ask her to quit for the day ... wink Her dog, Bear, usually was only a row or two away keeping an eye on her.

Still have the mower. The one farm implement we brought to the new place. 9 years old now, but still pretty much looks and runs like new (those Yanmars will run forever if you take care of them). Seems a little overkill to use it for 2.5 acres ... but why get another one when this one works so well and will probably outlive the both of us?


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361107 Wed May 20 2020 02:30 PM
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I came off a bunch of overtime about ten years ago and started looking at ZTR mowers. Had a JD 38" for over 25 years and it was showing it's age.
I wanted one to last the rest of my life, so an industrial mower was the goal.
Ended up with an industrial Dixie Chopper, Eagle, 60" cut and it is heavy duty.
The owner of the shop asked me how many acres I mowed? I said maybe three.
He then asked why do you want a mower like this?
I replied, if it is as good as it is supposed to be, it will be the last mower I'll ever buy.
Oh and John M, I got the power deck lift option on it also. The response is slow and I would have been better off with a manual pedal control.

BTW, Vicki hates to mow!
Don


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361119 Wed May 20 2020 03:20 PM
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My wife mowed once when I was away at a 3-week training school and I never heard the end of it well I guess I have since she is gone.One of my during the divorce songs. [youtube.com]


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Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361289 Thu May 21 2020 03:03 PM
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Mow, mow, mow your Moat.....at least that's the song I sing around Shangri La.
Rain rain and more rain. Haven't been able to get down in the pasture for near
on two weeks now and that makes it three since it was last mowed.
So.....when we moved to the new place in '12 I went from a 1/2 acre lot at the
airport which I mowed with a Craftsman 48" lawn tractor with a Kohler 26hp.
The new place is 6.55 acres about 4.5 is in grass that needs mowing. The previous
owner threw in the JD855 compact tractor with it's 72" deck, which he bought new
a couple decades before. The engine was shot, no compression on a diesel means
it won't diesel. So I figured it was worth rebuilding the 3cyl Yanmar and now....7 years
later it has paid for itself. But.....as us old timers and most machines, lots of little things
are beginning to fail and it's nickle-diming us to death. The Craftsman is way to small,
for this size property and it's going on 25 years old itself.
Come the stimulus, required minimum distribution and what ever I can find hidden under
the mattress and.....future sale of the JD.....figured it was time to take the plunge for
a Zig Zag machine.
I bought a mid-size Kubota 4-wd tractor with a bucket when we moved here to move
snow, dirt, trees and what all and I've been real happy with it. So when time came
to buy a Zero turn, I turned to the local Kubota dealer. I didn't want a home-owner
special, nor did I need a top of the line commercial mower. The top of the line
mowers had a diesel which added more than $5k to the price and that buys
a lot of gas. I settled on a Commercial grade Z781i 30hp fuel injected Kowasaki
with a 60" deck.
And as expected....mowing at 11mph without hesitation gets the 4.5 acre job
done in a couple of hours. Now since I'm not mowing a golf course, I've got my
share of lumps-bumps and gopher holes, so sometimes I gotta slow down to
7 or 8mph.
Looked at a comparable line at John Deere and the frame is much heavier built
on this Kubota. Should I have bought Made in the USA????? Might have if they
could build them for half what they cost now, but like most things built in the
US today, we've priced ourselves out of the world market because of high wages
and greed on the part of the owners.
Denny G
Sandwich, IL

Re: Me likey.....
Tiny #1361348 Thu May 21 2020 08:09 PM
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Kubota diesel zero turn is what I'd love to have, but the cost is way more than what makes sense for me. The South Dakota state parks crews runs them and they're awesome. Like I mentioned, when the time comes I'll most likely get a Hustler or maybe even an Exmark.

John


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