Ok see now Iím learning! This is exactly the type of info Iím looking for. The diesel was a cub Cadet tank s diesel not sure on model year. My concern of a diesel mower would be weight. With this input from you Iím starting to consider buying a cheaper (box store) zero turn, using it for a few months and then purchasing a big boy like a scag turf tiger or an outlaw bad boy. That way I have backup. I mean letís be honest wouldnít it be nice to just go get something like a Ventrac with a rough cut and a finish cut deck right at the start.
Iíve also been considering Husqvarna zero turns as well as the awd 322. I like the 322 because itís awd and has the ability to quick change between flail and finish mowing but Iíve been told that due to how they articulate they are easy turned over on slopes.
Name me a few good models at various price points. If you donít mind that is. Thanks
Charge back is right, don't be afraid a a decent used machine over a new box store mower.
Don't know much about pricing....not in the mood for a new one so I don't even look.
but here's my opinion of some good machines.
Finest finish cut, durability and highest price, you can't beat a Scag Turf Tiger. Expensive!, but very nice. Also has fine mulching ability with under deck add ons for leaves in the fall. See, if it's going to mulch good, you give up a little fine finish cut. If you're going for perfect cut, you give up some mulching ability. You can't have both at the same time. It has to do with suction and how it processes the clipping for discharge.
Next I would look at Hustler Super Z. Really fast and a great cut.
Don't overlook Exmark. Another fine machine.
Bad Boy and Dixie Choppers are just good rugged machines that are easy to repair and get the job done.
However, if I had to choose one machine brand new for right now, I'd have to have a new full suspension Ferris 60" deck with dual 15cc Hydro gear pumps powered by a 30 HP Kaw. I'm adding some years to my age group and the bumps are starting to hurt! These full suspension Ferris mowers can cruise 15 mph and its just like riding a 4 wheeler. I don't know long term durability yet but a friend of mine got one a couple years ago and he'll never own anything different. I have to think the suspension system would have to help ease some of the stress on the machine. My Bad Boy is built like the proverbial brick #[email protected]
*house, but it's almost too rigid with no give. Some welds have broken and had to be repaired. Then again, it is a 2008 with 23,000 yards cut. The hour meter quit working 3 years ago with 3800 hours on it.
If you're going to buy a "cheap" back up mower, I might look at Big Dog. Very solid mower, but they have cut the quality at the hydro. As stated before I don't like transaxles, but at least they use a good HydroGear transaxle. A little slow at 7.5mph forward and 4mph reverse. Might not be a bad "starter mower". Bad Boy also make some decent entry level Z turns that you can buy at some local farm and fleet stores. Huskavarna might be OK for 10,000 sq ft or less, then you better cool it down. I wouldn't buy it, but I'm not the one spending your money either.
Oh, and I just looked up the Awdawful 322. At $5300 if you buy that POS I'll never talk to you again. Ever!