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    Thinking real serious about a new zero

    My 07 Toro 60” has served me well but it’s time to upgrade, this thing can’t run forever & the rough ride is killing me. Looking for another 60” commercial & I’m kind of partial to Deere. Definitely want the nice seat & the tweels, & as much gas motor as possible. Open to any & all advice. EFI vs carb, front suspension, etc... I mow about 20 acres but have to stick w/60” for pond levees, ditches, trails, etc.. Tell me the must haves & don’t do’s. Just mowing, no mulching or striping. Thanks
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    Deere makes a sweet Z.... but I donít own one anymore. I wish they didnít beat a fella up when mowing.
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    Mowing 20 acres... you need a z997r if you stick with a zero turn. fuel consumption will pay for itself over the years.

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    It will really come down to budget. I have a Z950R but it is thirsty. You mentioned as much HP possible on a 60" deck. The only reason I went with the 27.5HP Kawasaki with my 60" was because I run the collection system in the fall and spring. That saps about 2HP. If I was just mowing I would go down a size. The Z950M/R will run the 60 or 72" deck. Unless you have lots of hills or are mowing 6" deep grass to 2" more HP really won't matter that much. If you are, go diesel.

    EFI will most likely help out on fuel consumption.

    As for tweels. Those that have them love them but I am on the fence. I can't run them as they are not recommended for people like me running the MCS. They have a max load of 750# if I recall and with the collection system full I would blow past that. I have also seen a couple posts of people with broken spokes. Not widespread but something to keep an eye on. If you break a wheel they are expensive. My thought is there is a time and place for Tweels. That would be someone mowing commercially in areas where there may be stuff that would puncture a tire. A flat tire for a commercial mowing company is costing them money. If you are mowing residential, unless you had lots of thorns or something popping tires, I don't think they offer enough benefit to warrant the cost. That is my opinion though.

    I don't have front suspension so I can't speak to that much.
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    For 20 acres I would want a good size cab tractor with as big a finish mower as I could get. I can't imagine doing that much grass with a 60" deck.

    I used a Craftsman zero turn for a couple of years and it beat me to death and threw dirt all over me. I also didn't like having both hands required to maneuver the thing. Never tried a high dollar Deere with suspension.

    I do most of my mowing with a 31HP tractor and a 72" finish mower now. I have a F725 with a 54" deck I mounted a suspension seat on and it's okay but not near as comfortable as the tractor. I can get almost everywhere with the tractor that I can with the mower but it requires a little more care in the tight spots. I do like my canopy and power steering.
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    A high dollar Deere with suspension doesnít exist. Deere quite simply doesnít make a Z with FULL suspension. They only offer a suspension seat and flex front forks.
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    I have a 3038E w/a 72‚ÄĚ finish mower but much prefer mowing w/a zero. 15 of the acres I mow is my own & is uneven terrain that limits me to 60‚ÄĚ, the other 5 is paying jobs that also limit me to 60‚ÄĚ. The 2 paying jobs easily justify me having a nice mower & the note that comes w/such. I‚Äôm leaning towards the 960M. Any thoughts on it?

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    La77chevy, Can you get a demo unit for a day or so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by La77chevy View Post
    My 07 Toro 60Ē has served me well but itís time to upgrade, this thing canít run forever & the rough ride is killing me. Looking for another 60Ē commercial & Iím kind of partial to Deere. Definitely want the nice seat & the tweels, & as much gas motor as possible. Open to any & all advice. EFI vs carb, front suspension, etc... I mow about 20 acres but have to stick w/60Ē for pond levees, ditches, trails, etc.. Tell me the must haves & donít doís. Just mowing, no mulching or striping. Thanks
    If you think a new zero turn is going to ride better....I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    If you think a new zero turn is going to ride better....I doubt it.
    Depends on what he buys....
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    , Ken's weld-on hooks, Fit Rite Hydraulics Top and Tilt kit, Artillian forks.
    1954 60 - getting full restoration, 1964
    110 round fender in the shop for crustoration
    Ferris IS3200Zzero turn mower

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