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Old 04-16-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Zero Turn mower- Help me Pick (Exmark Quest S or Hustler Sport)

These are the two models I have narrowed it down to, based on price, and local dealer/support.

Exmark Quest S-Series 50"

http://www.exmark.com/Products/Defau...wer&Type=Specs


Hustler Sport 54"

http://www.hustlerturf.com/products/sport.html


They are both about $4,300, locally. The hustler is winning so far, based on the deck width. For my needs, both would work.

Anyone have any personal experience with any of these?
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Zero Turn mower- Help me Pick (Exmark Quest S or Hustler Sport)

No help at all, but I love my Toro 50"/24HP and I will NEVER use a regular riding mower again as long as I have the choice, LOL.

Side note, I see more Exmark commercial users here in my area than the Hustler. Not saying they're better, just letting you know what I see.

This place knows everything about everything, im sure you'll get some responses soon. If not, bump it up tonight when most people are off of work.

Good luck on your purchase
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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I have a '04 Hustler FasTrak 42" w/Honda GXV530 engine. It pre-dates the Sport that you're looking at. It has 220hrs on it (I can't believe the hourmeter to be accurate). Warranty has taken care of one deck spindle (I hit a property stake) and the drive belt (it simply came apart at the seam). I've had to replace one idler pulley on my own (my frequent washing probably contributed to the bearing failure). I have zero complaints and wouldn't buy anything but a Hustler. They were the first zero turn mower (1964?). They've been at it a long time. I've used mine in, both, residential and municipal settings and am trying for an annual contract. If I get it, I'll be upgrading to an X-One or Super-Z w/60" deck.

The smaller, 18" tires of the Sport have a tendency to spin easier versus the larger mowers, because of less traction. The narrower track of the drive tires exerts less leverage on the length of the mower, which means it'll spin the tires easier than the larger mowers, when turning. It's nothing major. But, if you plan to sidehill the mower, you'll want a wider chassis with larger diameter tires. The smaller diameter tires ride rougher, too. I run mine at 7psi and have a lot of Slime in them.

When I bought mine, I primarily compared to eXmark. The biggest difference was that the Hustler was more finished and, at that time, the eXmark was built on a much larger chassis with the smallest deck being a 54". The Hustler dealer is blocks away and the eXmark dealer is 50min away. At that time, eXmark built Toro's chassis and Toro made their own deck, which was stamped. Never buy a stamped deck as the material is much thinner at every contour and will bend/fatigue much easier. The above mentioned Bobcat has a bolt together chassis. Never buy a bolted chassis, as it doesn't have near the strength of a welded chassis.

The eXmark Quest looks to be closer to the Hustler Raptor, based on engines versus deck size.

If I were looking at all three mowers, I'd go with the Sport and 54" deck. The 54" deck will give you 6" of trim width on the left side. That's a huge deal. I wouldn't want all the plastic body crap of the Raptor or Quest. If you search the lawncare forums, you'll see that Hustler gets the highest marks for quality of cut. My neighbors can vouch for that as my lawn never has windrows of cut grass, no matter how tall it is when I mow it. The municipal property I mow is routinely 1' high and my mower goes right through it, at 5-1/2" deck height. I keep an extra set of belts and blades, just in case something happens over a weekend or when I'm in the middle of nowhere mowing.

Lastly, I wouldn't consider any other brands than what you're looking at. I think you'll be happy with either mower. Dealer satisfaction should be just as big of factor as the mowers.
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I work on the hustlers and they're really a good mower for the money. Nice simple set up with a fabbed deck. Just worked on an old sport with a briggs, been through hell and back. Still worked well and cut flat. I was hopin hed trade it in. Id love to own one.
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Hustler all of the way, I done some consulting for them a few years back and their shop isn't really that big, but they turn out some of the best mowers around.
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I'm not a big fan of residential Zs, but of the two options I would go with the Hustler. The Hustler has the better ZT-2800 Hydro-Gear transmission.
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I just bought a Hustler Fastrak 48". There was a $750 rebate putting it at $4999.
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what about the 60in bad boy any of yall know anything about the mower 60in is 4900 dols is it good or bad mower ,thanks
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The same parent company of Hustler owns Bad Boy. I have never owned one, but when I was doing research on mine the bad boy seemed like a lower cost unit.
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I have a 48" Huster Sport with a Honda. Love it. No regrets at all.
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i bought the hustler fasttrack 54" last year and love it only complaint i have is i wish it had the easy clean deck system like the john deer
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Thanks guys. Looks like it will be the Hustler. We have about 2 acres to mow and it is more like a pasture than a yard. We have a gravel road that runs through part of the yard, so the mowing transitions from grass to grass/gravel mix and old, cheap mowers that we always used just would not hold up over time. There are no inclines to worry about, but it does get a little rough in some areas.
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