I refurb mowers and I'm asked for zeros a lot.They do seem to be faster and certainly the turning radius is a huge point but....they (in general) appear to be much higher priced so there is still a good market for "old style"Besides us that love the old style mowers are the majority of people buying zero turn mowers ? Seems like alot of these style mowers on the marker very reasonable...Or do they just not know quality ?
Lew - my son with the ZT lives in the Seattle area and no he doesn't own a Cub Cadet BUT there is one in his garage (at least it better be there). It hardly ever snows in the Seattle area so he doesn't have snow removal equipment EXCEPT THIS YEAR they did have a terrible storm and got about 14". It really didn't matter tho since the town doesn't plow the roads either. He does have a 4WD pick-up so he still gets around.Can't plow snow with a zt mower. But Harry does your son own a real cub cadet?
As we all know a lot of life in a machine is maintainance.I had a drive wheel apart to replace a seal on a cub zt.IT had 800 hrs on it,not bad for a seal(not great either).I was impressed at the quality of components and the wear factors that showed.The great thing about hydraulics is they don't rust or corrode inside. The frame on the zt was very rugged as well...With good care I do believe some of zts will doing 30 yrs... Average 40 hrs a yr for 30 is 1200 hrs...just an opinion.....ok, but will the ZTR'S Still be reliable in 30 years ?
Depending on the machine, but yes, I think it's possible that they could be. Depends on use and maintenance. My ULTIMA is built well. The frame is welded "box" steel and powder coated. The fabbed deck is fairly thick and heavy also. Mine has a twin Kohler with an oil filter, so pressure lubrication... Mine should see 15-20 hours of use a year, spo to get to 1000 hours that would be 50 years.... (I'd be 97)..... But, take this same machine, and use it commercially, where it might see 8 hours a DAY of use,. then no I don't think it would be around in 30 years. But take an old CC and run it 8+ hours a day and see how long it lasts... I can assure you there were IH CC's that were used for a commetcial application, and they were "used up" long a go too...ok, but will the ZTR'S Still be reliable in 30 years ?