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Old 10-08-2007, 11:25 AM
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My new house has about 2/3 of an acre (that will eventually become closer to a full acre) of , flat cleared land that I need to keep groomed, and my wife would prefer me to get a riding mower so it doesn't take me so long to cut it....can't argue with that.

The only riding mowers I know anything about are from John Deere. I have been looking at the LA120 and the X300 as they seem to fit my needs and have a good reputation. The X300 is the "select" model and is about $1000 more than the LA, but you get a better overall package. I'm not sure it's worth the added cost though.

Anyway, I was wondering if there are any other manufacturers and models of riding mowers you all would recommend that would suit my needs?

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:29 AM
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Get a wheel horse! I cut my lawn in under 3 minutes and Its about the same size!

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:34 AM
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Seriosly though, I know a lot of people will argue, but buying the most expensive tractor out there will only get you that - the most expensive tractor.

when you go to the home depot take a look at all the tractors - look closely, lift up the hoods...

almost all the components are the exact same and just about every one, no matter what the brand, will either have a Briggs and stratton or a Honda engine inside.

2/3 and acre is not a lot. You dont need a 18hp engine or a 4 foot cuttting surface. Get something comfortable with a good cupholder and a place for the iPod and your all set.

too many peple get caught up with name brand when it come to these and end up overpaying.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:43 PM
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It's funny that you mention Wheel Horse. We actually have one of those in the family.
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Check out a Kubota. Coil over rear suspension, cup holder, hydrostatic trans. and V-twin engine. Sounds more like a bike than a mower.
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I had to make the same purchase several months ago. I have a little over an acre to mow with a tractor (I bought two acres, but the rest is either covered with driveway, house, wooded, or bank). The area I mow with a tractor only has two trees on it and is pretty flat. I didn't have enough time to seriously shop, so I called a local reputable lawn mower repair shop / dealer and asked him to keep an eye out for me for something that could cut my lot fairly quickly. He sold me an MTD with a 17.5 hp briggs and straton, twin cylinder, cast iron sleeved motor, and decent size deck (I forgot the exact width of the deck). He put a new battery in it, sharpened the blades, replaced the air filter, rebuilt the carb, and changed the oil. He only charged me a several hundred bucks for it and while it ain't pretty, it runs like a champ. I can cut my grass in 6th speed.

Gets me by for now, at least until I have the chance to spend more time investigating / shopping for a lawn tractors.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:53 PM
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Home Depot tractors are not your typical john deere or cub cadet....in fact i think up until a year ago john deere and Cub never even listed their level 100 tractors as their own....
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:38 PM
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I have about an acre and bought a John Deere 11 years ago, the model is STX46 (46" Cut). They don't make the model anymore but I have never had a problem with, change the oil every now and then. I can cut the grass in about an hour.

John Deere won't sell to small dealers anymore per my dealer, that's why they are in Home Depot, etc.. Don't know about quality on them.
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This is the one I have... http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...Tractor+Series

For the size of deck, 54", and Kohler 26 hp motor, I still don't think I could have found a better deal. I bought mine about a year and a half ago and I believe the price was the same. Under $2K. And yes, I definetely believe you need as much hp as you can get, unless you cut your grass ALL the time so it never gets even the least bit tall.

And like was said before, the John Deere and Husquevarna (sp) tractors at Lowes and Home Depot are pretty much if not exactly identical to the Craftsmans at Sears. Just go with the best price for what you get. Unless, of course, you're loaded, then get one of these... http://www.badboymowers.com/products=lightning.htm
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:20 PM
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I had a Snapper for years..a couple decades actually. And, I bought it used. Very simple, very durable. Shoulda bought another instead of the big box thing I have now.
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Buy yourself a "real" John Deere and you won't have to worry about a lawn tractor for a long time to come. I've got an LX series with the 15HP Kawasaki engine, 38" cut, and hydrostatic tranmission and used to mow right at 2 acres with it at home and right at 1/2 an acre at work. You won't find those at the mass merchant dealers.

Never a minute's problem with 13 years of service so far. Bite the bullet and do it right the first time. Hydrostatics are the only way to go, especially if you have an irregular sized lot or lots of trees to go around.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:37 PM
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Just make sure you get the automatic transmission, whatever make you buy.
Sears Craftsman 22 hp with 42" deck was a real good buy for us last year.
Speaking of name brands, imagine how successful a Harley-Davidson lawn tractor would be. I can see it now... wife says theres your Harley now get on it.
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We have a LA120 at work and we beat the hell out of it and even move small boats around with it. Haven't had a lick of trouble.
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Oh Lord, can you imagine the accessory section for Harley LawnChoppers?
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wmalloy382 - 10/8/2007 11:34 AM

Seriosly though, I know a lot of people will argue, but buying the most expensive tractor out there will only get you that - the most expensive tractor.

when you go to the home depot take a look at all the tractors - look closely, lift up the hoods...

almost all the components are the exact same and just about every one, no matter what the brand, will either have a Briggs and stratton or a Honda engine inside.

2/3 and acre is not a lot. You dont need a 18hp engine or a 4 foot cuttting surface. Get something comfortable with a good cupholder and a place for the iPod and your all set.

too many peple get caught up with name brand when it come to these and end up overpaying.


All the tractors at lowes and HD are the same regurgitated garbage painted different colors even the John Deere (made by MTD) if you want a real tractor you go to a John Deere or Kubota or New Holland or Case dealer.

But if you can live with a stamped sheet metal tractor to cut a small yard, the stuff at the two afformentioned stores will "work" and will be a LOT cheaper than what you are likely to spend at the big tractor shops. I'm proud to say my JD cost more than my car! (more than the truck for that matter) I guess ya got to have priorities!

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Scag........it'll git-r-done
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hard to beat the lawn boy zero radius deck mowers
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:07 PM
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You owe it to yourself to look at a zero radius turn mower with a 38-44" deck. Try one out on your yard and you will see how much better they are.
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My father used a John Deere for 10-15 years and never complained. I got an old 2nd hand Sears and used it for 6 years until it wore out.

Maintenance and storage will have a lot to do with longevity. My highschool and the one next town over got the same unit at the same time about 1970. (I was told this story by the groundskeeper in 1979, his son coached football at the other school.) We were still using ours when I started working there and the other school had to replace theirs every year or two. Ours was stored in a garage even over-night in the summer, the other place put a tarp over it every fall. Ours got an oil change every so many hours and the other one got the oil topped off everyday, maybe.

My dad's machine was pamperred and mine was a poor step-child even after I got it. We had similiar results to the two machines described above.

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Old 10-09-2007, 07:14 AM
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Now is a good time to buy! I like Deere's, but i'm biased. I still don't like any Briggs motors and Deere is starting to use them more and more each year (i've got a Kohler in my current tractor). I think its worth the extra money to get a good quality machine if you're going to really use it. Better quality ends up paying for itself in the long run - usually. Regardless of the machine you choose, the others who posted about the importance of maintenance are 110% right. Its the Golden Rule of all engines - treat them right and they'll treat you right.

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