As you likely know, researching equipment purchasing decisions makes up a decent part of the non-billable hours you put in as a landscape contractor—an abyss of wasted time when it comes to the bottom line. If you’re in the market for a new zero-turn mower, for example, prepare to spend time poring over websites and catalogs, discussing endless options, comparing customer reviews and determining what specifications may meet your equipment needs.
It takes time to research manufacturers, models, cutting heights and widths, mowing speeds, machine configurations, dimensions and weights, fueling, engines, construction and tires. Then there’s prices to compare and maintenance costs to consider. It can become a headache and a half when you know there are lawns to trim, and customers to serve and impress.
In that vein, Green Industry Pros is proud to present our inaugural 2019 Zero-Turn Mower Spec Guide, which begins on Page 14 of the March issue, providing landscape contractors with the information they need to help alleviate the burden of purchasing a high-dollar piece of equipment. The guide includes critical specifications for a wide variety of zero-turn mowers in a convenient side-by-side format for easy comparison and analysis.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more interactive experience, please visit www.greenindustrypros.com/specguide, which includes a more comprehensive listing of the following manufacturers—BigDog Mower Company, BOB-CAT, Country Clipper, Cub Cadet, Exmark Manufacturing, Ferris, The Grasshopper Company, Gravely, Husqvarna, Hustler Turf Equipment, John Deere, Kubota Tractor Corporation, Mean Green Mowers, Scag Power Equipment, Snapper Pro, The Toro Company, Walker Manufacturing and Wright Manufacturing.
Online you can find all of the information you need on one webpage, without having to toggle between 18 different manufacturers’ websites, but with the added benefit of being able to search, sort and filter the zero-turn specifications that are most important to you. Searching for a wide deck to cover the most ground in one pass, for example? The sorting functionality of the online 2019 Zero-Turn Mower Spec Guide allows you to quickly filter out narrower models. In the market for a faster zero-turn to complete more jobs in less time? Sort the zero-turns by mowing speed, so you can make your purchase and get on your way.
After determining which specifications are most essential for your needs, then you can scope out what each manufacturer offers in that spec category while comparing other useful information. Say you find the large deck you’re looking for, but you want to fit through a gate to access the postage-stamp backyards of some of your customers—first sort by cutting width, then note what overall dimensions the zero-turn mowers come in to land on the ideal choice.
We hope this resource is helpful to you. Green Industry Pros is always happy to help you find the right equipment to help make you and your crew more productive. Happy hunting!