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Zero-Turn Mowers in $3,000 range

Posted by nostalgicfarm 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 13, 11 at 14:00

My husband wants to upgrade our Husqvarna riding lawn mower to a zero-turn riding lawn mower. We are on 6 acres with about 2-3 acres needing mowed every week and a half. He currently spends about 5 hours with me helping some to get our lawn mowed. Often, he is using his only days off to mow.
We are looking in about the $3,000 range. He is hoping to maybe get a mower from Lowes/Home Depot with a 10% off coupon. Unfortunately there is such a huge price jump to a commercial mower, which is what we really need.
Our options are as follows:
1)Hold off a few years until we can get a commercial unit.
2) Buy a new unit-he is looking at a Cub Cadet RZT 50 inch deck and a Toro SS5000 50 inch deck. Both are priced at 2999
3) Buy a used higher-end residential from Craigslist and probably upgrade in 1-2 years. Currently there is a Husqvarna RZ2454 that was $4000, but marked down to $3,000 when the current owner bought it.
4)He looked at a BadBoy MZ Mower for $3500, but determined that was a bit much for something not big enough to do the job long term.

I have had a somewhat hard time finding many reviews, but did find this previous link:
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tractor/msg041814338997.html
about a Cub Cadet, with the main dislike being that it is bouncy. DH is 6'1, so I am not sure he would enjoy this. I think the Husqvarna riding mower we have now has a nice ride, but it takes too long to mow this place.

I am hoping that whatever we do, it either: last or we don't loose a bunch of money reselling in 1-2 years.


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RE: Zero-Turn Mowers in $3,000 range

Correction: The used husqvarna model is RZ5424. Price is $2,500


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RE: Zero-Turn Mowers in $3,000 range

Homedepot has the Commercial Z-Beast 54" mower for $3800

It won't come up under a normal search. You have to use Commercial or beast in the search.


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RE: Zero-Turn Mowers in $3,000 range

nostalgicfarm,
I'm curious which mower you ended up getting and are you happy with the purchase?

Thanks


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Used Great Dane Chariot or New Toro SS5000?

I have a new Toro SS5000 residential lawn mower with 15 hours on it. Recently a friend of mine is selling his 2002 Great Dane Chariot 61" deck with 368 hours. Should I sell my TORO and get this Great Dane or just keep what I have? The great Dane was for his fathers home with 5 acres so no comercial use and he was first owner. Definitely not as pretty as my toro but with the 61" deck it makes quick work of my yard as I test cut yesterday. definitely can use a tune up but no major issues. He is asking $3000 which is around what I paid for my toro.


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