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    ZTR Recommendation/Advice (Any Manufacturer)

    Good evening folks.

    My wife and I are looking to purchase a ZTR, with so many options, it's hard to focus our target.

    5 acre property, grass/weeds on Sandy loam. No hills, slight embankment and ditch line. Some areas can be soft and wet during spring/fall and we avoid. Lots of perimeter trees but mostly wide open, garden/ducks/chickens fencing.

    We currently mow with an '06 Cub Cadet LT1045 46" cut and it takes around 5.5 hours.

    I do not have a brand loyalty at this point, grew up with Farmalls, lived in JD country and now I'm living in Orange country.

    I live 5 miles from a very large Kubota/New Holland dealer, 10 miles from a Ferris/Shindaiwa dealer service center and 67 miles from the nearest Deere dealer. Not to say that we have no budget, but I would like to make a sound decision and only purchase once.

    Any and all opinions with reasoning welcome.

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    I have only limited ztr experience gained from repairing the Scag we have at work. It is a solid machine and used to be a very popular choice of commercial dudes here in northern Ohio.
    But, I'll tell you what, at least 80% of what I see out there now is Exmark. I don't know how they stack up to Ferris whom are known to be a quality unit but their popularity must mean there is something about them.
    My local Stihl dealer sells Exmark and I am stunned at the price of the commercial lawn equipment now.
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    I don't have any personal experience beyond my own mower which was made by a company that isn't around anymore.

    I've heard lots of good things about Ferris mowers, their suspension system is supposed to be top of the line.
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    You don't mention your fuel preference. Since I always have diesel fuel available without having to haul it, I lean toward diesel with everything. With that said if I were to buy a new zero turn right now it would be a kubota 60" diesel.

    My nearest Deere dealer is a 5 hour round trip. Kubota is 2:45. That alone makes a huge difference for me - to have an accessible dealer.

    I've heard good things about Ferris - we used to have a regular (NEWT) here who had a mowing business and was really up on a lot of the zero turns. What is appealing to me with Ferris is their model with suspension. Almost all these zero turns ride rough unless you have a manicured lawn.

    I had a Deere commercial 757 that was bullet proof. But now with the lack of a dealer I won't take the chance unless buying used.
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    I forgot about Kubota! I work next to a self storage place that was put up by a family that already had a condo community. They have had a Kubota diesel mower that they cut all there holdings with, significant lawn areas, I think it must be at least 20 years old and still looks and sounds great.
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    Artillian 36" forks
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    I don't have any personal experience beyond my own mower which was made by a company that isn't around anymore.

    I've heard lots of good things about Ferris mowers, their suspension system is supposed to be top of the line.
    Yazoo?

    No fuel preference.

    I see a lot of lawn companies using exmark and bad boy? Big boy?

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    I see a lot of lawn companies using Deere and Ferris, and lots of cities using Deere. If you get a commercial Deere, upgrade the seat. I have a Z920M and love it, but the Z925M is EFI, and sips fuel compared to the 920. All I can say is that the Deere commercial mowers really handle well, and have the best decks in the business. They handle hills well too. Ferris are suppose to be awesome too. I'd go with the best/nearest dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voxombmx1 View Post
    Yazoo?

    No fuel preference.

    I see a lot of lawn companies using exmark and bad boy? Big boy?
    Bunton/ Bobcat (not the skid steer company). One of them bought the other one, now both are gone I believe. They built a great mower though!
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    I bought a Kubota ZD25 pro when we built our house over 10 years ago and I can honestly say that it has been a great mower. I have kept it serviced and other than changing the blades and a belt it has never let me down. It still has the tires that came on it when I bought it new.
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    I'm a Deere guy through and through but I think the kubota diesel mowers are pretty slick. There's a good chance that's the direction I'd go if I was shopping.

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