Bobcat CRZ vs Raptor SD vs Ariens Ikon

Str8up50

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So I'm looking for my first ZRT. Full acre, some rough spots here and there. Been YouTube'n for a month. Research Research Research. I was set on a Raptor SD 48 w/ Kaw engine. Then I got intrigued by the Bobcat CRZ, then the Ariens Ikon.
Looked at the SD liked it, Bobcat as well (real nice openings/layout for maintenance). Going tomorrow to look at Ariens. But the SD keeps callin me, but I'm concerned. Too many reviews about bolts breaking. Has Hustler addressed this issue. Is this normal for any ZRT residential?
I guess I need some direction and thoughts. For those that have the SD, if you could go back in time would you drop $$$ and buy it again.
Thanks all
 

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Bob-Cat is a good company and has an excellent warranty duration of 5 years/500 hours on the CRZ (Hustler claims to be best in class with a 3 year/300 hour warranty on the SD :laughing:) and will sometimes warranty items that are technically exempted from the warranty. A friend of mine had a flat-free front tire fail on his 4 year old Predator Pro and they replaced both of his front tires free of charge.

The CRZ is a solid mower...I've checked them out at my dealer showroom. My Fast-Cat Pro has been trouble free for 2 seasons and 280 hours other than dropping the deck belt several times until I realized I needed to engage it with more throttle.
 

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So I'm looking for my first ZRT. Full acre, some rough spots here and there. Been YouTube'n for a month. Research Research Research. I was set on a Raptor SD 48 w/ Kaw engine. Then I got intrigued by the Bobcat CRZ, then the Ariens Ikon.
Looked at the SD liked it, Bobcat as well (real nice openings/layout for maintenance). Going tomorrow to look at Ariens. But the SD keeps callin me, but I'm concerned. Too many reviews about bolts breaking. Has Hustler addressed this issue. Is this normal for any ZRT residential?
I guess I need some direction and thoughts. For those that have the SD, if you could go back in time would you drop $$$ and buy it again.
Thanks all
I asked for help on this forum while researching my first ZRT and like you had the Hustler Raptor SD on my short list. A regular poster here advised me against buying that one because of the frame structure, which he said was made with c-channel steel (versus tubular steel), which in turn was the cause of dropped and broken bolts. I found a used older model Toro with all the goodies that everyone here said I should look for. The newer Toro models use their own signature model engines that I don't have any knowledge about. Make sure you get serviceable hydro trannys, I like Kawa power, heavy fabricated deck, and a tubular frame. The Bobcat model has all the features I was looking for and at a comparable price to other not as good manufactures. Good luck.
 

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Thanks. I've narrowed it down I believe to a Bobcat CRZ or Snapper 460Z. Snapper is def catching my eye but not a whole lot out there on it. Looks like a friggin TANK
Big Dog looks promising as well Alpha MP. Dealer said the issues with bolts have been somewhat addresses. But for the extra money I'd be willing to get CRZ or 460Z
I really wanted to check out a Ariens but all the Ariens dealers around here only sell Gracely
 
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