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    Dealer Availability vs. Better Components

    I am trying to decide between getting a 48" Hustler Raptor SD from my local dealer, or ordering a Bradley 48" stand-on; they are priced the same.

    Hustler Pros:
    -Multiple dealers close by
    -More popular (better parts availability?)
    -More reviews, so more confidence it will be a good mower
    -Lighter weight (easier on yard)

    Bradley Pros:
    -Stronger zt3400 hydros (vs. hustler zt2800)
    -Vanguard motor (vs hustler's Kohler pro... maybe a wash; not sure which is better)
    -Takes up less room in garage (9" shorter than the Hustler I believe)
    -Larger rear tires
    -Faster ground speed
    -Easier to get on/off for debris in yard

    Perhaps I am looking too much into this, but GVW of the Hustler comes closer to the weight rating on its hydros that on the Bradley, so technically the hydro system on the Hustler will be more stressed than the Bradley.

    This is just for my personal 3/4 acre yard, not commercial use. My hope is to get 15 years out of this purchase; so I suppose I have more confidence that Hustler will be around 15 years from now, but who knows. Does dealer support trump trump the benefits of the Bradley? What would you do?

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    Re: Dealer Availability vs. Better Components

    Being a service tech, I always recommend dealer support trumps everything. If something goes wrong you have a place to go. You might be able to take the other unit to the same dealer, but he will probably change a high labor rate, take longer to repair because he will be searching for repair parts, service his customers first, you’ll be on the back burner, etc. Question, if something goes wrong, what are you going to do?
    This is only my opinion, and many will say it ain't worth a darn, as I'm only a retired grease monkey instructor and not a professional mechanic. Use what I post at your own risk as you know teachers only know book knowledge.

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    Re: Dealer Availability vs. Better Components

    Quote Originally Posted by Rivets View Post
    Being a service tech, I always recommend dealer support trumps everything. If something goes wrong you have a place to go. You might be able to take the other unit to the same dealer, but he will probably change a high labor rate, take longer to repair because he will be searching for repair parts, service his customers first, you’ll be on the back burner, etc. Question, if something goes wrong, what are you going to do?
    Thanks for your input. Service is certainly a consideration, however since this is simply for residential use and not my livelihood, as long as I can order parts I would tend to fix it myself even if the machine is down for a couple weeks. I could always use my 28” mower to take care of the lawn.

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    Re: Dealer Availability vs. Better Components

    Quote Originally Posted by stevet47 View Post


    This is just for my personal 3/4 acre yard, not commercial use. My hope is to get 15 years out of this purchase; so I suppose I have more confidence that Hustler will be around 15 years from now, but who knows. Does dealer support trump trump the benefits of the Bradley? What would you do?
    That shouldn't be too hard to do; I got 14 years out of a 8 hp Tecumseh Swisher 3-wheel rider mowing 3/4 of an acre.

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