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Zero Turn Mower/Snow Blower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lawnlandscape, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Hey guys.

    Over this winter, I am going to purchase a new zero turn mower. I have never had any attachments for snow removal on any of my other zero turns before.

    I'm tired of having equiptment sitting all winter, and want to start to use my stuff year round. Does anyone else use zero turns for snow removal? Are they even any good at it?

    And the most important question... What make and model zero turn would be overal the best choice for using during winter & summer seasons. Whos got the attachments :)

    thanks xysport
     
  2. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Never have run one in the snow and probably wouldn't waste the money. They slip on wet grass with a slight slope, so how much snow could they really push?
     
  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    I think a hustler super z or atz is the only thing that'll stand up good to all that pushin...(in the zero turn range) Theres a movie on youtube on one pushin snow....
     
  4. deebo1133

    deebo1133 Member
    Messages: 40

    I have an old Dixon that has a plow on it and it is quite fast at plowing as you can imagine. I run chains on the tires and it does pretty good w/the plow in the straigt position. When the plow is in the angled position it is pretty worthless once the snow gets fairly deep or wet. BUT......I do not do any commercial plowing w/it. It does a nice sized driveway and that is it. I could see one being good for sidewalks and such....
     
  5. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I was not talking about pushing with it..... getting a snowblower attachment for it, and blowing off driveways with it.
     
  6. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    No one uses snow blower attachments on zero turns?
     
  7. M.McDaniel

    M.McDaniel Member
    Messages: 49

    We use three Grasshopper zero turns with cab and blower to service 42 miles of 48" wide sidewalk. They are by far the most efficient machine available for sidewalks.
     
  8. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Thats the brand I was looking at buying. I really want a Walker for the bagging system for fall cleanups. But, I don't have $30k to spend right now.

    Grasshopper sounds the way to go for a mower/snow removal machine.

    Any idea what it will cost me for a new grasshopper with a bagging system and a snow blower attachment w/ cab.
     
  9. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    What walker costs 30K? Grasshoppers are some major $$ too!
     
  10. B.Bells

    B.Bells Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    I use all Grasshoppers and 1 walk behind hydo snapper, but I have used the grasshopper before on walks and small drives works ,ok. if not a huge incline, wet, or deep. I'd say if you have a large amount of walks id do it but perfer atv over it, best bang for buck IMO.:bluebounc<payup sometimes! :laughing:
     
  11. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Accually a walker with all the attachments is more then 30k. Walker with the complete bagging system with lift, 2 decks, snow blower attachment, cab w/ heater.
     
  12. B.Bells

    B.Bells Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Nice but I would go Grasshopper personally. I have never had major issues with any of my Grasshoppers. They have good power, smooth hydo's, and long lasting. I'm not a seller just use them personally for my business.:laughing: But that's JMO.
     
  13. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I don't have a ton of walks. I want to use these mainly for driveways at condo associations. The reason why I want to do with something like this is because I hate having my mowers sitting all winter. I would rather be able to use them. Which is the same reason I would not want to buy an ATV. Garage space is filling up :)

    Also, if 2 years down the road, for some odd reason, if I lose all my snow removal accounts, at least I have only an attachment that will be sitting and not a whole fleet of equiptment.
     
  14. B.Bells

    B.Bells Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Nice what part of the Midwest you From? whats average snowfall? I just like having the atv for fun more than work. :)
     
  15. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Thanks bells for your imput... now.. one more question. Desiel engines last longer, but always hear bad storys in winter. currently I have no desiel equiptment.

    But you would go with a desiel engine right?
     
  16. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Mid wisconsin. We seem to average about 45-50". The past few we have been over 70"
     
  17. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I do not know all mower prices...but It seems like you want the top of the line.....so I would bet the top of the line grasshopper is close in price. Either way, I have a 07 walker MB and a 36" blower that I just got. I have not used it so I can not say how good it is gonna be (the blower).....but I did test one a little bit last year and it did do good. Driving the walker will be different than the others, you may not like that anyways.
     
  18. B.Bells

    B.Bells Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    NOPE, reason is this. In California, they are passing a bill on desiel motors, for emissions. I was told by my dealer it was not a good idea for the fact of. you will have to get them tested for emissions every year. AND have a certificate proving it. He said dont wast your money its not worth the money go gas and all is good. I just replaced all my mowers so i went all gas for this reason. went high HP so its about the same in maintenance and gas prices. just my 2 cents tho.
     
  19. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I have tested out a couple of walkers, and love everything about them... just can not justify the cost... at least not right now

    I promise you, I will not be buying a top of the line of anything i buy... lol
     
  20. flatlander42

    flatlander42 Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I was just sayin...cuz I have less than 5.5k in this walker.....including the blower and I plan on making some sort of soft cab for it.......no it does not bag tho...I have an Exmark Navigator that I use to bag.....and I don't have that much in it either. Sooooo....I think that if you shop around that you will be way ahead of buying new!