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Old 04-23-2021, 01:19 PM
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Need a new lawn tractor... just under an acre of land all fairly flat.. I'm sure ANY brand will do... After all they're all basically PLASTIC today with a motor on a metal chasis... Hard time being impressed with ANY of them honestly.

But I tend to like the John Deere... Cub Cadet isn't to bad, but wonder how it will hold up. Craftsmen unfortunately is just junk as well today.

Looking to spend around $2-3k tops... any other brands I need to look at.. Husq-vna is also NOT super impressive..

Who like What???
Old 04-23-2021, 01:21 PM
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I have your not super impressive husqi. I like it a lot. just about 1 acre, flat.
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Nothing from a box store. Stick with a John Deere dealership...
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Whatever you do buy it from a dealer, not a big box store. They are not the same.

I also have a not-impressive Husqvarna that I am very impressed with. JD is ok and people sing songs about them and you can wear that sweet green hat. Neighbor has a Cub Cadet it's not bad. Simplicity is also worth looking at although you might have to look at used in your budget.
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Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
I have your not super impressive husqi. I like it a lot. just about 1 acre, flat.
Don't take it personal... I'm just not very impressed with ANY of them... They're all plastic today. I am coming from an 86 Honda tractor that's ALL steel but just a bear to navigate....

Part of me wants to go buy a real nice Kubota and call it a day...lol... But I am leaning towards the green ones.

I do have all Husqvarna equipment though and I love that.
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You're looking at the wrong models or at the wrong place (Lowes/HD/Menards) the Husqvarna TS series, JD X300 series, Cub Cadet XT1, and anything from Simplicity will be steel except for the hoods, seat, and trim and all of them should have a welded deck as an option if not standard.
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Check out Troybilt factory direct (by MTD) usually can swing a good discount, no sale tax, free shipping to you door. I bought the super bronco XP 54” a couple of years ago mow 3 acres, couldn’t be happier.
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Ive had a cub cadet 1046 for 7 years now. No problems, easy to service and runs great.
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I think the price point you outlined and what you want are very far apart.

If you like Green, find an older 100, 200 or 300 series Deere used. Those things go forever, most will have a 42-48" deck and you can will it to your kids. I had an old 318 that my neighbor and I went 50/50 on. Had wheel weights, chains a blower and a 48" deck. Couldn't kill that baby! Also, no plastic anywhere! Older Cubs of the same vintage go forever as well.

FWIW, they don't have any of the *new* safety features....not to be a Karen....

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Most of that size mowers are from one or two manufactures (MTD) and rebadged. Many components work across multiple brand names.
I agree on the dealership purchase. The box stores will replace front wheel bearings with plastic bushings, etc.to sell at the lowest price.
We have a Cub Cadet XT2 mower and I have steep enough terrain I keep tire chains on it year round. A Cub Cadet rototiller too. No complaints.
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Deere and don’t look back. They make their own stuff. Most others come from mtd or husqvarna. X series or above from a dealer. Having visited the husqvarna assembly plant quite a few times, I wouldn’t touch one. Have also literally tossed a “high end” cub (gt2550) I the scrap bin.
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I have a cub cadet with hydro trans. I like it. A lot of plastic. But cuts good. Has 2 cup holders for beer or cocktail
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I am waiting on this, the delivery is up in the air due to you know what lol
I have two dealers with my number that said they will call. They have orders but this pandemic crap is slowing it down.


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Stay as far away from John Deere as you can. I purchased top of the line zero turn. It has less than 100 hours on it and I have more in repairs in it than what I paid for it. Both transmissions failed to the tune of $2100 each to repair. Oh and they will not sell you the parts directly.
I still have the zero turn, but bit the bullet and purchased a Kubota zero turn. 4 year/300 hour warranty from the factory.
If you wanna buy my JD, send me a pm. I cut 4 acres. Mint shape....2 new transmissions.
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We have a Cub Cadet that we've had for over 12 years, had to replace the deck two years ago, we mow over some very sandy soil and the sand is real hard on the moving parts of the deck, bearings etc. Has the Kawasaki motor, I change the oil every couple years, use fuel stabilizers, and sea foam once a year, never a problem, when it gives up the ghost I'll buy another one without hesitation
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Deere usually have stamped decks. The ZT i was looking at had a kawi motor, but when you try to find parts for it they will be under a Deere P/N and cost more. I ended up buying a CC ZT2 a few days ago from a CC dealer (not HD). Has a Kawi Motor, Fab Deck and Hydro Drive 2800's.3 yr unlimited hr warranty. $4k OTD. Im cutting quite a few acres, but its not super difficult. No need to buy any more that this machine. Cuts good and will do about 2 acres/hr.
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When I was "in your shoes" about 3 years ago I learned of a couple 1980's vintage John Deer Models, at least one of which had become so favorited JD still makes most of the OEM parts and with so many of them out there you can easily also find after market parts. I eventually bought a JD 318 from a guy that hunts "barn finds," refurbishes & sells them. Hunt around and you will find a wealth of information on them on a couple tractor message boards. One guy's actually sitting on a BRAND NEW ONE still in the original crate. Claims he will never sell but who knows. Like others have said, never buy the models box stores are selling. Their basically shinny plastic junk.
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I've long since switched to zero turn mowers, and I've found Ariens to be the exact same mower as Gravely at a cheaper price.

I bought a 54" homeowners model with a welded steel deck that's got a 23 hp Kawasaki motor for $2999. Check what Lowes has in stock. Or independent lawn mower shops.
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For less than an acre in that price range I would have a robot electric and never cut grass again. The lawn is always freshly cut. Husqvarna 430.
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My Husqvarna 54" LT series with a reinforced deck and a Kawasaki 23hp motor is bulletproof.

These are NOT sold at Lowes or HD.

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