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Worldlawn Cobra WYZ5227KWH
I have been a Kubota guy for a long time and I love my Kubota ZG-23. It is rugged, dependable, has no issues with 3' tall Bahia grass and has been known to cut 1/2" rebar in half and mulch bricks. But when it breaks you typically got to dig deep to pay for the fix and the parts take so long to come in I swear they are shipped from Mars.
Last week I am mowing and suddenly my ZG-23 starts screaming. I head straight for the trailer. About the time I get on the asphalt it stops screaming and moving. I look down and see I am stopped in a pool of hydraulic fluid larger than my 54Ē deck. So I drop it at the mower shop and pick up the ZD-18.
I mow two yards and the same thing happens with it. I go to get the Snapper 36Ē walk behind to finish out the day. One of the bolts for one of the drive pulleys is broken so it is dead too.
Now I am freaking out. Between me and my dad we have 4 commercial mowers and 3 of them are down hard.
After a great wailing and gnashing of teeth I have come to the realization I must borrow my Dadís mower. He has no problem with this and says it will be ready when I get to his house. For me this is a problem. It is an old 52Ē belt drive Lazer-Z. But if I set in on the showroom floor you would not be able to tell it was not brand new. Less than 500 hours. Garage kept. Scratches are touched up and it is kept spotless. He even removed all the heat shields, sand blasted them and painted them with black high temp grill paint. Dad mows his yard and his church with it. Hell the oil is so clean I canít read the dipstick. Needless to say this is the last machine I want to mow P&P yards with. It is going to get dirty. It is going to get scratched. I will never hear the end of it.
As if to add insult to injury the grease cap on top of the front right caster fell off of Dadís mower on the first property I mowed. I never did find it. I was irritable and inconsolable for the rest of the day. My son told my wife he was worried about me muttering to myself and my daughter called my mom and told her she thought I was having a breakdown. Of course Dad found all of this to be hilarious because it was not happening to him.
I have been looking for a new mower for a while and the cost for the new Kubota's and Ex-Mark's require a mortgage, not a simple equipment loan. I mean, I can buy a brand new base model F-150 for less than one of them.
The shop I deal with started carrying Worldlawn equipment a few months ago. Lots of positive feedback from the guys who have bought them.
I was really impressed with the 3 year commercial warranty and the way it is put together. No proprietary parts. Off the shelf components are the same ones used by Ex-Mark. What I really liked was the $6,200 price tag. Thatís a little over half the cost of a new Kubota or Ex-mark.
After the fiasco that was last week for me I bought one. I told my wife that if I ever get Dadís mower clean enough to return it to him I was never going to be in a situation where I had to borrow it again.
Turns out the bolt on the Snapper was only bent and some fine tuning with a 3í long pipe straightened it out and both Kubotaís blew the same hydraulic hose. Only costs about $200 each to fix, parts and labor. But since the hose has to be shipped from Mars I am still waiting on both mowers to come out of the shop.
I start using the Cobra tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes.