I normally mow the 7 acres of my property that need mowing with a JD x758 garden tractor with 60" deck. It does an OK job but I've never been impressed with the cut (both general cut and unevenness). My dealer is letting me try their shop zero turn this weekend because I'm considering trading the tractor for one. I bought the tractor mainly for mowing and also snow blowing duty, but 1) we haven't had a lot of snow in MN for quite a few winters; and 2) I got a 2520 MCUT after the x758 so I can just use the 54" blower over on that instead. My goal with the switch to a zero turn is to speed up the mowing, get a better cut, and hopefully to reduce my investment a little. The x758 is a 2016 with 205 hours on it and is in very nice condition yet.
The zero turn I'm using is a Deere Z930M. It has the 60" 7-iron deck, mulch control and bagging system. I'll mostly mow without the bagger but in fall I need a bagger for lots of leaves. I can mow my 7 acres in about 4.5 hours with the tractor. Since this is my first time running a zero turn I'm sure I won't be able to mow as fast as it is really capable of, but hopefully I can tell whether it will be faster than the tractor. I have a lot of trees and other obstacles in the lawn so I'm thinking the zero turn will help.
Anything I should know about running the zero turn before I head out? My dealer showed me all the controls, I'm talking more about technique or general mowing differences.
Has anyone else made this type of switch? Was it worth it?
Here's the zero turn I'm using:
Also, they are asking just under $11K for this unit with 270 hours on it as it sits, bagger included. Decent price?