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#1 OFFLINE   hsracer201

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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 10:11 AM

I'm in need of a residential grade zero turn mower pretty quick. The commercial grades are way beyond what I need, but the smallest residential ones are too small. I'm looking for a 42-50 inch deck, (bigger is not always better) in the $2,700-$3,500 price range.

I've used a Cub Cadet on the farm for 5 years and it's near 300 hours with no problems thus far (RZT50). I always figured when I needed to buy one I would just get one of those and be done with it but I stopped and looked at the Husqvarna RF4222f yesterday and for only $200 more it seems a little better built.

Tractor Supply sells the Bad Boy brand and they have several models that look good but they are kind of high ($4,400 for the "ZT"), and to round it off Toro (model SS4266) has some in my size and budget range.

Reading the reviews online it seems like all of them get pretty good marks.

Anyone have any opinions they would care to share, good or bad, for any brand?

Thanks in advance.


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 10:27 AM

I would buy a Bad Boy if the girls came with it to mow the yard :oh yea:


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 10:32 AM

I have a Deere. I have been happy with it. When I used it at the house before the farm it was great. Cut my mowing time in half. On the farm now I find that it may be a little small. I would like a commercial size, however the little Deere has done everything I wanted it to. I have taken it in places and thru things that really I shouldn't have.

If you are mowing flat ground and just grass, out of the ones you listed I would look at the Cub.


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 01:31 PM

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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 01:36 PM

I wish we had a piece of property large enough that I had to worry about which mower I had to buy :oh yea:


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 01:58 PM

I've always had great luck with Toro mowers. If you can swing it, buy a commercial grade mower though. The parts will be available longer, the mower will last longer with good care, and you'll only cry over buying it once.


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 02:01 PM

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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 02:04 PM

I have a neighbor with two Huskies.....both are ok when they run. He has had problems with both of them. Fuel pumps, safety switches, blade mounting and such. I use an old Cub Cadet from the early 70's and it just keeps going. One of the huskies is zero turn and it is fast for home use.
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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 02:14 PM

IMHO.... http://www.husqvarna...-mowers/rz4623/

I have found the Husqvarna to be very good...easy to maintain....long lasting if taken care of.... :thumb: :wink:


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 02:19 PM

IMHO.... http://www.husqvarna...-mowers/rz4623/

I have found the Husqvarna to be very good...easy to maintain....long lasting if taken care of.... :thumb: :wink:

You must have a big lilly pad to mow!


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 02:35 PM

I have no experience with zero turn mowers but far more mowing experience than I ever wished I had. From hills and flatlands covered in trees and brush to lawn and here is what I WISH I had... I am a huge fan of the self contained pull behind mowers that you use behind an ATV. Something like the DR (they make a finish and brushcut) or at the non-professional end the Swisher. They are extremely versitile.


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 03:25 PM

You must have a big lilly pad to mow!



Used to have five acres....down to two acres now...suggested the 46 incher to Him because it is actually less $$$ than the 42 inch at most stores. Picked mine up at Sears (and took the Maintenance Protection Plan)...the Maintenance Plan is well worth the $$$ considering the Technican comes to Your place...does repair or maintenance...You don't have to hook up the trailer...haul the mower in to a place...where You will most likely pay as many $$$ there as You would for the Sears Maintenace PLan...go figure... :thumb: :)


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 08:35 PM

The Cub is better than the Husqvarna by leaps and bounds. We sold the Husqvarnas for a couple years and I get tired of seeing them come back to get fixed.

Swisher is crap any more. We sold those too. They come back regularly.

Cubs we sell and never hear a bad thing.


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Posted Oct. 04 2011 - 08:44 PM

I'm in need of a residential grade zero turn mower pretty quick. The commercial grades are way beyond what I need, but the smallest residential ones are too small. I'm looking for a 42-50 inch deck, (bigger is not always better) in the $2,700-$3,500 price range.

I've used a Cub Cadet on the farm for 5 years and it's near 300 hours with no problems thus far (RZT50). I always figured when I needed to buy one I would just get one of those and be done with it but I stopped and looked at the Husqvarna RF4222f yesterday and for only $200 more it seems a little better built.

Tractor Supply sells the Bad Boy brand and they have several models that look good but they are kind of high ($4,400 for the "ZT"), and to round it off Toro (model SS4266) has some in my size and budget range.

Reading the reviews online it seems like all of them get pretty good marks.

Anyone have any opinions they would care to share, good or bad, for any brand?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted Oct. 05 2011 - 05:43 AM

We have had a Cub RZT50 for 6 summers. Been nothing but problems. I go through 2+ belts every year, and now I have to put a starter on it.

Bad Boy or Farris if you are going zero turn.

If you have a fairly flat mowing area, get a standard/tractor style rider. This way you can still put attachments on it fairly easily, and you can back it up easily when pulling a trailer. It is also hard to plow snow with a twin lever zero turn.


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Posted Oct. 05 2011 - 08:08 AM

No Dixie Choppers?


There's no where to buy them around here and if I should need service a dealer would be nice to have close by.


I've always had great luck with Toro mowers. If you can swing it, buy a commercial grade mower though. The parts will be available longer, the mower will last longer with good care, and you'll only cry over buying it once.


The commercial Huskies start at or around 6k. I haven't priced the commercial models of most other brands.


The bitterness of poor quality long outlasts the soreness of a high price.


I understand this, but spending more for a mower than I did my car just isn't feasable right now.


I have a neighbor with two Huskies.....both are ok when they run. He has had problems with both of them. Fuel pumps, safety switches, blade mounting and such. I use an old Cub Cadet from the early 70's and it just keeps going. One of the huskies is zero turn and it is fast for home use.
Buy the one that has the best parts service for your area.


All the brands I mentioned have service shops around here.


IMHO.... http://www.husqvarna...-mowers/rz4623/

I have found the Husqvarna to be very good...easy to maintain....long lasting if taken care of.... :thumb: :wink:


Thanks for the link froggy. :thumb:


I have no experience with zero turn mowers but far more mowing experience than I ever wished I had. From hills and flatlands covered in trees and brush to lawn and here is what I WISH I had... I am a huge fan of the self contained pull behind mowers that you use behind an ATV. Something like the DR (they make a finish and brushcut) or at the non-professional end the Swisher. They are extremely versitile.


Those are nice but they won't fit between trees as easily as a zero turn.


The Cub is better than the Husqvarna by leaps and bounds. We sold the Husqvarnas for a couple years and I get tired of seeing them come back to get fixed.

Swisher is crap any more. We sold those too. They come back regularly.

Cubs we sell and never hear a bad thing.


Sounds like another vote for Cub.


We have had a Cub RZT50 for 6 summers. Been nothing but problems. I go through 2+ belts every year, and now I have to put a starter on it.

Bad Boy or Farris if you are going zero turn.

If you have a fairly flat mowing area, get a standard/tractor style rider. This way you can still put attachments on it fairly easily, and you can back it up easily when pulling a trailer. It is also hard to plow snow with a twin lever zero turn.


I don't. I borrowed a garden tractor yesterday with a 60" cut and it is just too big and bulky to do what I need. The turning radius is huge, turning around is a chore on steep ground and the super wide deck leaves high places and scalps other places bald. This is why the 42" decks are more appealing.

There are other options for snow removal close by, so I don't need a snow plow.


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Posted Oct. 05 2011 - 08:21 AM

Check this one out...

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