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Old 09-17-2018, 05:27 PM
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Cub Cadet Zero Turn mowers? experience please?

I've been looking at the Cub cadet this whole summer. I prefer at least the Z force level, but just missed a 2014 SZ 48 inch commerical for dirt cheap, $2500. There's another 1, 2015 SZ with 54 inch commercial for $3,775, but it's 15 hours away at EIS in Two Rivers, WI.
So my option is new middle of the road or used upper class?
They appear to have 4 levels; RZT, Z force S & SX levels then Pro.
Anyone with one or had one, please advice. There's a store in Forrest City, AR that has Z Force 48 inch for $3600 which beats HD's price by $600 an I'm still negotiating with them since I'd go pick it up.
Any thoughts or wisdom would be appreciated. the wife thinks I'm crazy, but she's getting Hunter Douglas blinds for over $7K and it's only 2 rooms.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:47 PM
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Stick with the s or sx levels , I have a customer that is a dealer and says lower lines are junk for any real use. I looked at the Pro Z 700 and what a machine it is. Upfront cost is high but it will last a lifetime with single yard residential use. Also, they say Kawasaki is a better motor, however , I have a 27hp koler on mine and really like it. Just my .02.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:56 PM
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10k up front is more then just your .02 !!

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Old 09-17-2018, 08:41 PM
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I have a Cub Cadet zero turn that I bought at Tractor about 8 years ago. I've had no problems with it and I mow close to 2 acres around the house, drive and barns. I don't know which model it is but I think I paid around $2,900 for it. I don't think I would have bought that model if I was a lawn company or had others using it but since I run it I take care of it. Like most anything, if you take care of it, it'll take care of you.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:32 AM
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Not to knock the Cub Cadet mowers, my father in law has one and likes it a lot, but consider taking a look at the Xmark mowers. I've been running a 72" 27hp Xmark for 10 years now to mow 5 acres and it has worked flawlessly. Also the quality of the cut is unbeatable. Just a thought.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:59 AM
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Sounds crazy, but I purchased a used 1995 Grasshopper commercial mower, 60"with bagger/blower system for 2100 in 2004 and traded it off for 600 in 2014. That little thing ran trouble free for all the years i had it. Whatever you choose, research the origin of the "commercial" Cubs and who the manufacturer really is. A bigger deck is always better, if you have the room for it. If you are getting a bagger system and plan to vacuum leaves, stay far away from residential Toro. Their blower unit does not have a large opening to move heavy grass or leaves through it. It is terrible, plugs all the time. Good luck in your search.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:07 PM
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+1 on the Exmark. Mowing 4 acres with a 60" Laser E series. Way fast and even more dependable... less time working more time skiing.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:41 PM
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I pay a guy $50 a week to mow, just sayin'
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Maristar210 View Post
I pay a guy $50 a week to mow, just sayin'
I regret that I no longer do this.

Anybody want to buy a John Deere zero turn?
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ktmrider6 View Post
+1 on the Exmark. Mowing 4 acres with a 60" Laser E series. Way fast and even more dependable... less time working more time skiing.
Exmark. Fantastic Mowers. Not sure what all this talk is about Club Cadets.

I've owned 3 Exmark commercial mowers that I used for residential. Might seem like overkill but once you cut with one you won't go back to resi grade.
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