Written by Jonathan Reed, Editor
March 29, 2020
One benefit of having an acreage is being able to gaze over a large, manicured lawn that’s just perfect. It’s a view to admire and one to inspire.
Nothing gets you there as well as a Zero Turn Mower (ZTR). Pros use them, and we should too—they’re much faster, typically wider, and produce a soccer field-like cut in a fraction of the time than heavy, slower machinery. Plus, they are so maneuverable, ZTRs can put a grin on your face the whole time.
We’ve collected a dozen of the most notable ZTRs for your enjoyment, but it might be hard to pick just one.
The Ariens APEX is becoming the choice of homeowners cutting grass on large acreage. Powered by 23 hp Kohler or 24 hp Kawasaki engines, APEX models come have decks with 48-, 52- and 60-inch cutting widths. Foot-operated deck lift system and simple pin selection provide easy adjustment between 15 cutting positions in ¼” increments. Ariens gave APEX models a 4-year / 500-hour limited warranty and a plush, high-back seat with armrests for added comfort.
The flagship Predator-Pro 7000 commercial zero-turn mower from BOB-CAT features transport speeds of up to 19 mph, making it one of the fastest in the industry. It also comes equipped with all-new 26-inch Zero-T drive tires and a powerful Kawasaki FX1000V engine. Controls are angled towards the operator seat for ease of use and to eliminate operator fatigue. The ergonomic, almond-shaped handles, high back seat, and single bolt height adjustment make mowing more comfortable.
Ultima Series ZTX
The Cub Cadet Ultima Series ZTX adds a commercial-grade ruggedness to a commercial product lineup. The Ultima Series ZTX —each trim level includes 48-, 54- and 60-inch deck sizes—focuses on strength, longevity, comfort and versatility. Features include a durable, advanced polymer seat suspension; rubber floor mat to dampen vibrations; overmolded hand grips; removable floor pan for easy deck access, 17 quarter-inch deck height adjustments, including transport mode, and offset front axle gives precise trimming. Power provided commercial-grade Kohler and Kawasaki engines.
The John Deere Z735M Series ZTrak 25-hp zero-turn mower brings commercial-grade construction and comfort to property owners. This model features high-capacity PRO Mower Decks of 48-, 54-, or 60-inch widths with commercial-grade reinforcements. Capable of mowing speeds of up to 9.5 mph with control and comfort. Additionally, the model’s 8-gal. fuel capacity and 22.5-in seat featuring adjustable armrests, springs and exclusive ComfortGlide suspension reduce operator fatigue for extended mowing sessions.
Deere & Co.
Lazer Z X-Series
Going big, Exmark’s new 96-inch Lazer Z X-Series mower makes quick work of large acreages: a featuring a full-floating rear-discharge 48-inch center deck and two articulating 24-inch wing decks. The air-cooled Kohler EFI engine features Exmark’s patented RED Technology platform enabling unprecedented communication among key mower systems. Isolation mounts under the seat base provide three-dimensional vibration reduction, while the full-suspension operator seat provides a smooth ride over uneven terrain.
FrontMount Model 900D
Marching to a different drummer, fuel-efficient, powerful MaxTorque diesel engines on Grasshopper’s 900D 1.3L FrontMount mowers are Tier 4 Final-compliant and burn less fuel per hour than gas or propane mowers. Second-generation G3 hydrostatic pump-and-wheel-motor systems deliver smooth zero-turn maneuverability. Choose 61- or 72-inch PTO-driven, 5.5-inch-deep DuraMax cutting decks, or add PowerVac Collection Systems, turf renovation, and snow removal implements.
The Grasshopper Company
Z line Series
KIOTI’s ZTR mower line includes the ZXR, ZXRSE, ZXC and ZXCSE comprising 12 models. Power comes from from 21- to 27-hp engines from Briggs & Stratton or Kohler engines. Choose from 48-, 54- or 60-inch mower decks, each with a fabricated, reinforced 10-gauge steel deck and standard notch blades that cut through tough turf. Large 7.5-gallon (ZXR and ZXR SE) or 12.5-gallon (ZXC and ZXC SE) fuel capacities require less frequent refueling. Seat and deck lift lever positioning comfortably accommodates users of all builds; optimized control connections give a responsive driving experience.
KIOTI Tractor, Div. Daedong USA
This impressive zero-turn rider is designed with the needs of large estate owners in mind. Delivering commercial-grade results at an incredible value, the Patriot will exceed your expectations. The machine’s 52” or 61” cutter deck leaves behind a beautiful quality-of-cut. Its strong hydro-drive system delivers ground speeds of up to 8.5 mph (52” model) or 10 mph (61” model). To keep the operator comfortable, the Patriot features an ultra-plush, adjustable torsion spring suspension seat. Scag mowers feature a 3-year / 500-hour non-commercial or 2-year commercial mower warranty.
Scag Power Equipment
SNAPPER 360Z Series
When you need to do more than cut grass, select 360Z models include an integrated rear cargo bed with a 50-pound capacity, and its rail system is compatible with numerous third-party UTV/ATV accessories. Commercial-inspired features include: Rugged 11-by 6-inch front caster tires that increase the surface area for less ground pressure and a smoother ride; fully welded steel frame, thick-walled front axle, and easy access maintenance points. Fabricated steel mower deck available in 36-, 42-, 48- or 52-inch sizes or 46-inch stamped mower deck.
Briggs & Stratton Corporation
TORO Z Master 7500-Gas Model
Designed for big jobs with variable terrain, the Toro Z Master 7500-G gas model adapts to changing terrain automatically with Toro’s exclusive Horizon technology, monitoring mowing conditions and engine temperature and pressure. The massive mowing deck can fold its wings up to 75 inches, allowing it to fit on most standard trailers. The wings flex up to 20 degrees and down to 15 degrees, which hug the round while mowing, ensuring a pro-quality cut on uneven terrain.
The Toro Company
DIXIE CHOPPER XCaliber Series
Landscaping pros favor Dixie Chopper’s models for their speed and ruggedness. The XCaliber is Dixie Chopper’s flagship industrial mower for the most demanding customers. Th XCaliber series is packed full of features including the industry’s strongest frame with a lifetime warranty against breakage; big horsepower engines up to 35 hp from Kawasaki; oversized hydraulic drivetrain with a 5-year or 3,000 hour warranty; and a 66” or 74” “Wind Tunnel X2 Deck that gives premier cut quality and discharge performance. Springer forks and suspension seat offer smooth riding operation.
GRAVELY ZT HD
Gravely put strength, power, and performance into their commercial mowers, and this is available for residential use. Gravely builds the ZT HD on a rugged commercially-proven steel tubular frame to handle bumpy and diverse terrain. Choose among a 44-, 48-, 52- or 60-inch welded deck 5.5 inches deep for clean cuts. A constant belt tension system minimizes wear and heat, requiring minimal adjustment. Power comes from dependable Kawasaki or Kohler engines, depending on size.