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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4837
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

I've been wrestling with the idea of a compact tractor vs. a commercialmower for a couple of years now. To tell you the truth, I still don't havea clear decision. I have about 4 acres to finish mow (mostly flat) on myproperty, and will have to do my mother's 1 acre lot as well (my father has recently passed). Right now, I have an old 10HP, 36" Wheel Horse that takes about 6 hrs. to do my lot. The tractor is fine but the deck is on its last season. There is a newer 14HP, 48" Simplicity at my mothers that runs fine. As far as attachments, I have a walk-behind snowblower and a blade for both tractors. The only other attachment I think would be useful would be a loader, maybe a backhoe. So my objective is to have something that will reduce my mowing time, yet stillbe versatile, and last me till I'm about 80 (about 45 yrs). I see these Scags flying around with their 61" decks and think that's great, but where does the loader go? Then I see a compact tractor carrying a load of dirt and think, how fast can it mow? Any thoughts?Thanks






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4839
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

I cut almost 4 acres with a compact tractor (5 foot finish mower) in just over two hours. Takes another hour to trim. A grass cutting (only) machine can't move rock, dirt, snow (for some), plow, dig fince post holes,...etc . Get a compact tractor! (My opinion)






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4840
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Reggie,I agree with Kevin. A compact with turf tires, loader, and mower deck or three point tow behind finish mower will do it all for you.






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4842
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

It will mow faster then you'll want to drive it. With a loader and maybe a grading box you'll have more friends then any one needs and you'll be the envy of the neighborhood.






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4851
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

I have a 6', 3pt mower. Mow about 2.5-3 acres in about 1 hour. Could go faster but the deck I have doesn't cut well at higher speeds.






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4868
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

The tractor can mow but the Scag can't move dirt, till, etc. No dilemma in my book.






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 06-08-1999, 00:00 Post: 4870
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

I am going thru the exact same dilemma and here are the facts as I see them:1) A big ztr (Scag,Ferris,Exmark) is a highly specialized machine made for mowing and doing it fast. These machines also greatly reduce the need for string trimming around trees since they can quickly spin around a tree or shrub while really hugging it. Guys that make a living mowing big yards use ztrs not tractors. A ztr is also safer than a pto implement when used by tractor newbies and infrequent users like most of us.2) A compact tractor is infinitely more versatile than a ztr with capabilities for loaders, plows, post hole diggers, tillers, box blades etc and this versatility comes with a hefty price tag especially one with a backhoe capability.I have discussed this issue with numerous neighbors who all seem to be happy but took different approaches. One guy got a ztr because he mows 3-4 times a month but rents a compact tractor to occasionally grade his driveway and move dirt. Another guy got a new JD 1070 with all the toys and is ready for any acreage chore but he doesn't mow as often and it shows.I personally think the best answer is to own both and as soon as Ed McMahon shows up with the check I've got my mower and tractor both picked out!!






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 06-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 4873
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

How about a Steiner turf tractor? 4 wheel drive, takes a big ( up to 72 inch ) front mount mower, takes a loader, snowblower, post hole diggger, etc, and seem to me to be well built. I decided against one because I wanted a rear pto, which the Steiner does not have, but it might be a good compromise because it is a better mower than a compact, yet does more than a ztr. They have a web site but I forgot what it is- anybody know?






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 06-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 4880
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 Dilemma, anyone else go though this?

Reggie, I mow 7 acres. My wife uses the 14 hp simplicity (a good machine), and I usethe real tractor with a 6 foot finish mower. The job gets done, but nothing mows fasterthan a heavy dudy ZTR. When I win the lottery, my first stop will be the Skag dealer.






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 06-09-1999, 00:00 Post: 4890
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The site is www.Steinerturf.com






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