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Zero Turns.

CJD3

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Got a buddy who was in the business for close too 30 years. Told him I need a bullet proof zero turn. He called his former Scag representative and he delivered it on his way too Tennessee… Got it for his cost and tax was somehow omitted….
You don't have to apologize for having good taste and knowing quality J ... Letem eat cake. lol
 

giles

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where did you see it at?

The actual locally owned dealer. I was a little disappointed in myself for finding them after I bought from the box store.
 
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Clay Showalter

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Just a little background; my oldest son who is 27, and his wife sold their house bought a 5th wheel and are eventually gonna buy some land. Well for the time being they are parking it at my mom's house.

I took my new zero turn over today, because I can't mow yet, and he has been working late and hasn't had much time to mow the yard. It is almost 2 acres. I said just get as much as you can before the rain sets in.

He texts me and is like man, this mower is so nice, so fast, so smooth. It is a whole different league than the old one. He said he mowed everything he could and wanted more to mow. Lol I was like yea it is for sure, I said welcome to the world of old married guy.
 

5Cent

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It's not how fast you mow, it's how well you mow fast. No stripper kit and that front is on its 1st years birthday. Good growing season this year for everything.

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5Cent

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What do you think about those rear tires Adam?

I love not having to check pressure in them and have yet to fix a flat lol! That is why I bought them, would say they tear up on turns a little more due to the hard smaller edge on them I would guess, but can't say for sure without having pneumatics on the same machine.
 
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Wildlife

Denny
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They get swapped out twice a year at my place. Once during the winter and sometime shortly before all the autumn leaves start hitting the ground in bulk volume.
Very sandy soil & stone in our creek valley and all throughout our property.
I always have them instock, purchased anytime during Amazon sales throughout the year, usually two sets of three at a time/purchase.

Yesterday, they got swapped out and I'm finishing up the first sweep of leaves for the new season.

Also, all grease certs got hit as well. Very important to keep bearings and gears well lubed in these terrain conditions to get the most of these heavily used mechanical parts.

Currently @700 running hours, and still performs perfectly.

Thought I'd share a little more on my 5'/60" 'BIG DOG'.

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hickslawns

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They get swapped out twice a year at my place. Once during the winter and sometime shortly before all the autumn leaves start hitting the ground in bulk volume.
Very sandy soil & stone in our creek valley and all throughout our property.
I always have them instock, purchased anytime during Amazon sales throughout the year, usually two sets of three at a time/purchase.

Yesterday, they got swapped out and I'm finishing up the first sweep of leaves for the new season.

Also, all grease certs got hit as well. Very important to keep bearings and gears well lubed in these terrain conditions to get the most of these heavily used mechanical parts.

Currently @700 running hours, and still performs perfectly.

Thought I'd share a little more on my 5'/60" 'BIG DOG'.

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If you swap them twice a year and have 2-3 sets purchased annually. . . I'd recommend tossing the blade on the left. You have ground better than 50% of it away. I'm guessing it is just an example though since you were in the lawn business for years.
 

Wildlife

Denny
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If you swap them twice a year and have 2-3 sets purchased annually. . . I'd recommend tossing the blade on the left. You have ground better than 50% of it away. I'm guessing it is just an example though since you were in the lawn business for years.
I hit the salvage junkyard usually once a year to turn in any scrape metals collected around here. Old mower blades previously used on this property don't get fooled with by me. I just swap them out for new ones typically, twice a year or sooner if need be.

Left pic, yesterday's old blades, the other were the previous sets from last season of lawn cutting.

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Wildlife

Denny
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Sandy areas wreak havoc on blades. They don’t usually last a full season….

Yes, you're exactly right about that, "J".

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I got rained out this afternoon, so I'll finish up the much taller front section tomorrow because it's too wet at the moment.

I've been doing all the property management here at our place ever since 2000. Out of all the properties I've ever done throughout my life, both professionally and/or properties I've previously owned, it's this place that is the most difficult and hard on all my lawncare equipment, and even me for that matter. It's tough on me at times and rough on the equipment.

Anyhow, to provide some context of what I'm taking about, I put together a brief video as a short example, and to hopefully show just how dry it really gets this time of year, especially the closer I get to our creeks. I have plenty of dirty trees as well on the property that are a constant battle picking up after, plus another year of their bumper crops, such as walnuts, buckeyes, pine cones & paw-paws.

I only gather just the bigger stuff/debris and either toss them to the side woods or into one of the nearest fire pits. Everything else gets chewed up in the 'BIG DOG' and spitted-out through the deck chute in one direction until I sweep the entire back kept mowed area of the property, to get rid of all the leaves and smaller debris. Oh-how fun it is... not.


CHECK YOUR VOLUME IF YOU CHOOSE TO VIEW VIDEO!


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So, that is why I go through mower deck blades quite regularly here at this place.
 
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Wildlife

Denny
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Is learning how to sharpen your own blades worth it?

No, not here. I have multiple bench grinders with ease of access to them too.

When I had a lawn-care business and six(6) 60" commercial zero-turn mowers operational 7-days a week during the growing seasons, yes. They would get a new edge every morning before any mowing for the day. That saved bundles of money, always being proactive and doing common regular maintenance daily. Those mowers ran 16+ hour days often throughout the growing seasons and long days they were.