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Swisher ZT2560 Zero Turn Mower


Swisher make the claim that they were the first to introduce the zero turn mower concept and that they did it nearly 50 years ago. If this is true, and who's about to counterclaim it? then one would assume they know what they're talking about when it comes to zero turn mowers.

The ZT2560, with 60" blades, has a larger deck than it's little brother's the ZT2350 and the ZT18542 which carry 50" and 42" blades respectively. It's also powered by a 25hp Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series engine.

If you compared the Swisher ZT2560 against is the comparable Toro 74249 (Z500 Estate Series) you would find it almost impossible to pass by the Swisher. The Toro carries the same deck but in 7 gauge steel while the Swisher has produced theirs in 11 guage. The Toro sports the same sized engine but it's a Kawasaki which really comes down to preference. I've heard good and bad for both engines.

But the big difference is the price. The Toro will cost you almost double the Swisher. Most retailers price the ZT2560 around the US$4k mark while the Toro retails for almost US$8k. Why the big difference? I'd love to know.

While the Swisher ZT2560 has limited attachment options it does carry the basic range. A lawn sweeper, a choice of 40" and 60" Trailmowers and a decent Lawn Vacuum that could easily rival a Cyclone Rake.

For overall quality, price and reliability I would certianly rank the ZT2560 very highly. This is a machine that will outperform many of its competitors and will cost you less as well.


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  • Stuart Robinson
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