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Bewildering zero turn choices

I know this is a snowblower forum...
But I'm posting here instead of MTF because I know you guys better.
I am considering a small (no bigger than 42" max) zero turn mower for personal use on our small yard and possibly a couple of elderly neighbor's yards. I do not need anything bigger. My question is which one to buy? I have been surfing searchtempest for used and naturally I am leaning towards a Toro timecutter. However, Ariens, Kubota, Simplicity, Snapper and a host of others pop up. Probably the better question would be which ones to avoid at all costs. My only zero turn experience has been mowing the church with our Exmark Lazer Z 60" and that thing is awsome. Two friends have Timecutters and like them.
Thoughts? Which ones do I stay away from?

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I use to cut lawns. At that time there were only two zero turn riding mowers, first and only, Toro Groundskeeper, then Hustler to challenge, both were only for large commercial grounds or golf courses. At the time everyone was using walk behind zero turn mowers, 32", 36", 48", & 61". First there was only one, Bunton, then two, Bobcat, then Giant Vac, then Exmark. Since you have a small lawn, I suggest one of these. Easier to repair, less parts, less problems, cheaper to repair and buy, smaller, fast, easy to maneuver, very plentiful used on Craigslist. And if something breaks, you can push it! to get it to where it needs to be. To sharpen the blades, lean back on the handles or flip it on it's side. I'm in Trenton and have several for sale, 32", 3 - 48", 61". PM me with your number if interested. I will call you with the condition of each.

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Look at your wallet and then decide which one you want. If all your going to do is mowing and as much as I Hate THEM a big box JDLA model would do for you.
you can buy a JD service kit in a box for it every year in the spring.

what every you buy your going to require a trickle charger to keep the battery up when you do not use it for long periods during the summer and fall and you need to bring the battery indoors and leave it hooked up to the trickle charger as it will maintain the battery and not overcharge it.


The current cub cadets have a mess of a drive system with one very long V belt for the three spindles/arbors/drive, driven and snubber pulleys plus the drive belt.


Set a firm figure on how much you want to spend and whether you want a gas or a diesel power plant for it and then look at a simple box box lawn mower.

Go shopping, leave your wallet with the credit cards at home and then think about it some more.

You may or not get 30 hours a year of mowing in so consider that as well when figuring costs per year.
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I use to cut lawns. At that time there were only two zero turn riding mowers, first and only, Toro Groundskeeper, then Hustler to challenge, both were only for large commercial grounds or golf courses. At the time everyone was using walk behind zero turn mowers, 32", 36", 48", & 61". First there was only one, Bunton, then two, Bobcat, then Giant Vac, then Exmark. Since you have a small lawn, I suggest one of these. Easier to repair, less parts, less problems, cheaper to repair and buy, smaller, fast, easy to maneuver, very plentiful used on Craigslist. And if something breaks, you can push it! to get it to where it needs to be. To sharpen the blades, lean back on the handles or flip it on it's side. I'm in Trenton and have several for sale, 32", 3 - 48", 61". PM me with your number if interested. I will call you with the condition of each.
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You're 200 miles from me. Not too bad.

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I know this is a snowblower forum...
But I'm posting here instead of MTF because I know you guys better.
I am considering a small (no bigger than 42" max) zero turn mower for personal use on our small yard and possibly a couple of elderly neighbor's yards. I do not need anything bigger. My question is which one to buy? I have been surfing searchtempest for used and naturally I am leaning towards a Toro timecutter. However, Ariens, Kubota, Simplicity, Snapper and a host of others pop up. Probably the better question would be which ones to avoid at all costs. My only zero turn experience has been mowing the church with our Exmark Lazer Z 60" and that thing is awsome. Two friends have Timecutters and like them.
Thoughts? Which ones do I stay away from?
Bet you are kicking yourself 4 ever selling that super/commando 8 you had some years back.

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If you are a Toro guy: the MX4250. I bought an MX5025 this year and it has been good.

If not brand loyal: the SCAG Liberty Z 36".

If you don't mind walking: a Bobcat classic 36"

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Bet you are kicking yourself 4 ever selling that super/commando 8 you had some years back.
Oh, it was really a wonderful old tractor but I don't miss it. I do miss the quality build that it was but at the end of the day it had lots of limitations.

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I think I found my machine. Toro 42" with a kawasaki engine. 7 yrs old. Has smart speed and auto park brake. Got it from a good friend and he let me have it for a couple weeks to try it out. No hour meter but he bought it from his old neighbor who used it twice. My friend has owned it since.
I already brought it home and mowed with it. Seems to cut really nice.

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Can't beat a Kawasaki engine, even Honda doesn't beat it!

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
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Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
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Yep. This mower is definitely a keeper. Works just fine and cuts mowing time by 2/3. I'm very happy with it.

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