Commercial Riding Mowers Comparison: The Best ZTR’s.

Commercial Riding Mowers Comparison

The following chart shows a comparison of the most popular commercial riding mowers. These Zero Turn Riders (ZTRs) were graded in 5 categories:

  1. Cut
  2. Durability
  3. Handling and Balance
  4. Available Accessories
  5. Maintenance and Ingenuity

The Best ZTR

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A 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
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Dixie Chopper Mower Review

Dixie Chopper Mower Review

The Dixie Chopper mower (XCaliber model) was compared to the other top zero turn riders in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A 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
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Dixie Chopper Mower

Cut: Rating A-

The Dixie Chopper gives a great cut on all of their models. They have a high blade tip speed (highest legally allowed). The deck is well thought out and durable. Overall a good cutting machine.

Durability: Rating B+

A basic tough machine. Available with an oil cooler. Very heavy duty machine–built to last.

Handling and Balance: Rating B

On flat ground, this mower really rocks. However, its weakness lies in hills. This machine is really built for flat areas, so don’t buy it if your turf is hilly.

Available Accessories: Rating A

The company is very innovative. They have everything available from double blade kits to mulching kits to propane powered mowers. They are kind of the Orange County Choppers of the lawn industry.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating B

They would have received a higher grade than a B if there was better hillside stability. I don’t understand why they don’t address this issue unless their biggest audience just mows flat terrain.

Dixie Chopper Mowers on Ebay

Here are the Dixie Chopper mowers that are currently listed for sale on Ebay. I’ve found some great deals there. And I’ve sold a ton of old equipment through it.

Dixie Chopper Mowers on Ebay

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Ferris Zero Turn Mower Review

Ferris Zero Turn Mower Review

The Ferris zero turn mower was compared to other riders in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
      & Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A 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
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Although Ferris offers several ZTRs, I will give an overview of their ZTRs. Keep in mind, that some of their ZTRs do differ quite a bit.

Ferris ZTR Mowers on Ebay

 

Cut: Rating A-

This A- rating is based on their new ICD deck, which is a huge improvement over their old deck. This new deck is very similar to Scag’s Velocity deck. I would only recommend getting a Ferris with their new ICD deck.

Durability: Rating B+

This is a tough, well built ZTR. However, with the suspension, there are more moving parts. That could mean more to replace and maintain.

Handling and Balance: Rating A-

Ferris ZTRs handle very well. I give them a lot of credit for using suspension. Through the years, the suspension has gotten better and better.

Available Accessories: Rating B+

Ferris has a good selection of accessories. I would like to see them improve their mulch system just a bit.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating A

Ferris is a very progressive company. They get an A because they are the only company that offers a full blown suspension system.

Ferris ZTR Mowers on Ebay

Here are the Ferris zero turn mowers that are currently listed for sale on Ebay. I’ve found some great deals there. And I’ve sold a ton of old equipment through it.

Ferris Zero Turn Mower Review

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