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  1. #11

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    Jun 2018
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    North Carolina
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    Looking to Buy :)

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkFanatic74 View Post
    Sounds like you've run into some craptastic sales people. I've got a Deere dealership 6 miles away and they wouldn't push me away from a $4000 mower anytime/anywhere and the same dealership sells $450,000 combines. Did they have the 535 on hand? You can always order via the website but there seems to be a value to the Kubota, even if more expensive. The few gifted sales people that can keep up with the times are the ones that last. Not too many of them in the power equipment world if we're being honest here.
    They didn't. They were well stocked on the 9 series but that wasn't going to happen.

    I ended up going another 15 minutes farther and found a great Ferris/Hustler dealer. I have decided to purchase from them as soon as I choose between the Ferris 700z and the Hustler Fastrak. Its going to be a two hour round trip if I need work done but I feel it will be worth it.

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  3. #12

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    Oct 2014
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    Arkansas
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    Hustler Raptor SD 60"

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    For the ride, Ferris. For the extra wide tires, go Hustler.

    I have a Raptor SD60 and all my neighbors have Hustlers although they all have the higher priced models. The Raptor does have 2800s which the only difference in a 2800 and the 3100, 3200 and 3400 is 2800 doesn't have but one shock valve, has sintered main gears where all the others have cut steel gears.

    Fastrak will have the cut steel gears and now has the extra wide tires and a bit taller rear tire. I do like the deck height ease of the Fastrak over the Raptor SD. However, for the difference in price, not worth the money. You are only cutting grass and weeds after all. I have one of the best looking lawns in the neighborhood and by far the largest. I was chastised for not purchasing a Super Z or an XOne. However, since I've installed the flex forks and seat suspension kit. I would not put the money into the higher priced models.

    You'll do well with either the Ferris or the Hustler.

    Enjoy the new mower,

    Max

  4. #13

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    Minnesota and Iowa
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    Honda, John Deere & Simplicity

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    Sounds like you've got it figured out. At least you're down to 5+ acres and won't need to spend $$$ for something much bigger.

  5. #14

    Join Date
    May 2018
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    Location
    Puget Sound, WA
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    Kubota

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    I am not sure about your land layout, but if it has slope on it, you will need to pay attention using the Ferris. I bought a Ferris 400S, thier lowest level one for sure, but I found and have heard form others that the Ferris can be prone to scalping. I am having that issue with off camber mowing the low side of the machine tends to scalp. I see it anytime I am turning with the unit, so I am hoping some adjusting of the springs will help.
    Just something to think about, and that said I LOVE the ride from my Ferris, my land is so rough that I will just keep working on tweaking my mower pattern and the suspension to counter the issue rather than consider going back to the dealer for another brand.

  6. #15

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    Arkansas
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    Hustler Raptor SD 60"

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    lamrith,

    Since you have the Rolls-Royce of rides, I'd suggest a higher tire pressure front and rear to see if that stops the scalping on the low side of the slope before you add spring energy or condense the travel length of your springs. Usually when someone asks me to take a look at their mowers on this situation, I find they've lowered the air pressures to soften the ride.

    I've even done it to try that out and found on Zero Turns especially the extra few hundred pounds gives the one ply tires such a high load they flex much more than they are designed to stand up to with the lower pressures.

    After you've tried going higher on those narrow tires (remember, narrow tires requires higher pressures than wider profile tires) if that doesn't completely resolve the crop circles, give the springs another 25 pounds of energy per corner or less and that should do it.

    Good luck,

    Max

  7. #16

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    Looking to Buy :)

    Re: Farm downsize - Thoughts on this narrowed down ZT list?

    Okay another twist...

    I went to look at the kubota again and talked to the owner who sais they’re starting to carry bobcat next month.

    Bobcat XRZ 61” $5596 plus tax and $125 doc fee
    Hustler Fastrak $6499 plus tax and $240 doc fee.

    What would y’all choose? Is the Fastrak worth the 1k more? I like both dealers.

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