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Re: Zero Turn Rider Opinions

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06-28-2013 07:30:15

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Hustler made the first zero turn mower in 1961. They are at the top of the heap. They use slipper piston pumps. The same ones used in skid steers. Their pump to motor lines are steel (less heat retention) which is the killer of oil. All their decks are welded not stamped. They have removable dampners under the deck to adjust the suction. Next is Skag then Ferris and the rest fall under these. I just finished researching all of them. Two of them have suspension on the wheels and some have good suspension seats. Some have better seats than others. This is critical if you are going to stay on one longer than thirty minutes. Make sure whatever you buy has a pull from the top fuel tank with filter and an oil cooler. The more expensive ones have a fan cooled oil cooler which will double the life of the hydraulic components. For the money, the Bad Boy is probably the best buy for the cut, speed and strength of build. Some of them have a spoiler on the back which makes it look cool although it's worthless for helping cut the grass. Make sure that you actually go and try them before you buy. One other thing; the reason most use Kawasaki is there horse power rating. The Government has mandated a 10% tolerance on ratings but Kawasaki does not take advantage of this. If they say 30 HP then it's less than 5% rather than the 10% that is allocated as a tolerance. Most of them also offer diesel power but you can pay $12,000 for a 61" cut with that kind of power. Happy hunting!

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Kent Petersen

06-28-2013 10:12:03

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 Re: Zero Turn Rider Opinions in reply to crwilson, 06-28-2013 07:30:15  
They are very good mower but way to high priced

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06-28-2013 12:12:39

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 Re: Zero Turn Rider Opinions in reply to Kent Petersen, 06-28-2013 10:12:03  
You get what you pay for in that case. They only use the best there is. Farming all my life; I can appreciate that. I can't tell you how many times we took a brand new piece of equipment into the shop and beefed it up before we ever took it to the field because we knew it wouldn't hold up the way it was built originally. I never understood why people don't have enough time to do it right the first time but they always have time to do it again after it breaks.

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