Great Dane Lawn Mower: Review of the Zero Turn Rider

The Great Dane lawn mower was compared to other zero turn riders in the following categories...

Rider Mower

Cut

Durability

Handling

Available

Maintenance

 

 

 

& Balance

Accessories

& Ingenuity

Bobcat Predator Pro

B+

B+

B+

B

A

Dixie Chopper

A-

B+

B

A

B

Everride Warrior

B+

B+

B+

B

B

Exmark Lazer Z

B+

B+

A-

A

B+

Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A- B+ A
Great Dane Brutus

B+

B+

A-

C+

B

Hustler Super Z

B

B+

A

B+

A

John Deere ZTR

A

B+

A-

A

A-

Lesco/Cub Cadet

B

B+

B-

B-

B

Scag Turf Tiger

A

A

B

A

B+

Scag Wildcat

A

A

B

A

B+

Walker ZTR A B B+ A B



Cut: Rating B+

Great Dane continues to use its Generation II cutting deck. This deck gives a good cut in almost all conditions. Very similar to the Bobcat Predator Pro deck.

Durability: Rating B+

A solid, heavy duty machine. Similar to the Scag Turf Tiger in design. Built well, but not overkill.

Handling and Balance: Rating A-

A smooth, well-designed machine. At 78 inches long, it is very maneuverable. There is the option of a standard ZTR control stick or a between the leg control (like the Walker mower).

Great Dane has also upgraded their hydro pumps to 12cc. This has greatly improved ground speed and torque.

Available Accessories: Rating B-

Not much to discuss here. Great Dane does not offer a vacuum, mulch kit, etc. It’s a shame because they have a good mower.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating B

The Great Dane lawn mower is a very basic, solid machine. A major shortcoming is the small fuel capacity--only 8 gallons. Hopefully its new owner, Ariens, will address this issue and the lack of available accessories.

Note: After being bought out by Auburn Consolidated, Great Dane has since been sold to the Ariens company. Maybe, this mower will find a stable home with Ariens. It's a great machine, which at times, has lacked company support. This has been a problem in the past, when needing parts.



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