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Old 04-02-2013, 04:26 PM
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I am looking at 3 brands of mowers wondering what everyones preference is Toro, Dixie Chopper, and Gravely. Any input would help.
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I like Ransomes Bobcat mowers myself but have operated many...Dixie choppers are fast if you got the ground to cover...Walker mowers with there out front deck hold the contour great & they've made them quicker than in the past & have a great vac system too...Scag, Dixie's,Bobcats, Xmarks are all good mowers just personal preference I think at that point...I never ran a Gravely but looks like a fine machine to me......depends on what size lawns you have I guess would be a factor too...I have a lot of bigger lawns so I have a couple of 60" ztr's & also a 48" ransomes bobcat WB for smaller one's....hope this helps!
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I like Ransomes Bobcat mowers myself but have operated many...Dixie choppers are fast if you got the ground to cover...Walker mowers with there out front deck hold the contour great & they've made them quicker than in the past & have a great vac system too...Scag, Dixie's,Bobcats, Xmarks are all good mowers just personal preference I think at that point...I never ran a Gravely but looks like a fine machine to me......depends on what size lawns you have I guess would be a factor too...I have a lot of bigger lawns so I have a couple of 60" ztr's & also a 48" ransomes bobcat WB for smaller one's....hope this helps!
Act Dixie Chopper mowers are not any faster then the other brands anymore, in fact in most cases they are among the slowest production mowers. They do however produce a few modified ones for shows that do run faster then the other brands such as the jet powered mower.
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I am looking at 3 brands of mowers wondering what everyones preference is Toro, Dixie Chopper, and Gravely. Any input would help.
You are a fool if you pick a brand of mower because other people like that brand. Dealer setup and support are more important to mower life then who made it. Guess what most of the parts of the mowers are made by other companies. Such as a Kawasaki Engine is a made by Kawasaki(GASP...) Hydro-Gear Pumps and Weelmotors are made by you guessed it Hydro-gear. Look for a mower with great dealer support and the best price for the features you want.
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You are a fool if you pick a brand of mower because other people like that brand. Dealer setup and support are more important to mower life then who made it. Guess what most of the parts of the mowers are made by other companies. Such as a Kawasaki Engine is a made by Kawasaki(GASP...) Hydro-Gear Pumps and Weelmotors are made by you guessed it Hydro-gear. Look for a mower with great dealer support and the best price for the features you want.
Yea I know ,just personal preference at that point...what kind do you use? I acually am thinking of going with a Kubota this year, maybe, but I still like ransomes best they're a good quality mower...
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Yea I know ,just personal preference at that point...what kind do you use? I acually am thinking of going with a Kubota this year, maybe, but I still like ransomes best they're a good quality mower...
I remember when I was little and my father used to ask me if my friends all jumped off a cliff would I do it.. That is what I think of when people ask what everyone else buys or uses.

I own a dealership that sells Hustler and Bobcat. Personally I like Hustler but it is the little things that I like. One of the main one is Warranty to price ratio.

As for Kubota the 3 things to remember are.

1 Diesel cost more then gas and in my experience the same is true for repairs of diesel mowers vs gas.

2. Kubota is an imported machine, not only is it most likely more expensive the the Bobcat(At least in my area they no longer label them Ransomes) the parts are also more expensive.

3. Kubota likes integrated drive, in my experience integrated drive units do not last as long as pumps and wheel motors. I have yet to find a brand of unit that this does not apply to.
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I have a kubota tractor and the parts are top dollar. Its not cheap to fix at all other then that its a great machine. I almost bought a zd221 but it was just to expensive for a mower. I read a lot of reviews about gearbox failures.
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Good stuf to know on the drive systems,,I didnt know that...I have got some broshures on the Hustlers too & also look good..I service the guys lawn that is a Kubota dealer & has some good deals coming up soon..0% for 4 or 5 years + 2000 off the top..of course its a 16000$ machine so 14000$ is still a lot of cash! What kind of prices do you have on the Bobcats & Hustlers, I was quoted by a Bobcat dealer around 11000$ (early Jan or so)for a 72" w/I think a 37hp kaw engine.. I feel like I'm getting a good deal ,but what do you think?

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Dealer setup and support are more important to mower life then who made it.
So you're saying it's ok to buy a mower of lower quality, just so long as there is a friendly dealership there to take your money to fix it?

I don't agree with your statement. Quality is quality. How nice Jimmy (the kid who answers the phone at the dealership) is, has zero impact on the quality of my mower.

Is it ok to buy a crappy house, just so long as Home Depot is happy to sell you some new lumber?

The dealerships still play a role in the selection of a mower and service, but I wouldn't put that above the quality of the product at hand. There's a reason they are called stealerships. Buy quality, that's all there is to it. You want your customers to hire you based on quality, so you should do the same when shopping, especially for equipment.
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So you're saying it's ok to buy a mower of lower quality, just so long as there is a friendly dealership there to take your money to fix it?

I don't agree with your statement. Quality is quality. How nice Jimmy (the kid who answers the phone at the dealership) is, has zero impact on the quality of my mower.

Is it ok to buy a crappy house, just so long as Home Depot is happy to sell you some new lumber?

The dealerships still play a role in the selection of a mower and service, but I wouldn't put that above the quality of the product at hand. There's a reason they are called stealerships. Buy quality, that's all there is to it. You want your customers to hire you based on quality, so you should do the same when shopping, especially for equipment.
Ok, then what is the difference in the 3 brands named above?
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