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Elbow 11-07-2011 06:48 AM

I am leaning toward a riding lawnmower and am just starting my research. We have 3/4 of an acre in the Tampa Bya area and the cost of lawncare is nuts. Plus, I have two boys that can help.

I prefer to buy a new one with a warranty. Budget under $2,000.

Only been to Northern Tractor Supply and Sears so far.

Thought I would resurrect this thread to see if there are any other thoughts/suggestions to share.

Elbow2 02-04-2016 12:52 PM

Resurrecting an old thread as I am on strict orders to buy a riding lawnmower ASAP. Lowes has some on sale and am going to check them out. Yard is still about 7/10 of an acre in FL.

bsmit24 02-04-2016 01:00 PM

Went and looked at the new Cub Cadets XT1 and XT2 and they look good. The XT1 is the base and can be purchased at the box stores and the XT2 is authorized dealers only. The XT2 can be had with a fabricated deck, Kawasaki engine, etc. The XT1 starts off around $1600 and the XT2 a couple hundred more (not with fabricated deck).

Redfish44 02-04-2016 01:32 PM


Originally Posted by Elbow2 (Post 8680936)
Resurrecting an old thread as I am on strict orders to buy a riding lawnmower ASAP. Lowes has some on sale and am going to check them out. Yard is still about 7/10 of an acre in FL.

So you've been pushing for 5 years?

Elbow2 02-04-2016 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by Redfish44 (Post 8681101)
So you've been pushing for 5 years?

Nope, worse. Been paying for 5 years. No mas.

AutoPaint 02-04-2016 01:51 PM

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I picked one of these up last year. I live in a neighborhood in the GA mtns and own 3 - 1.25 acre lots with some slopes that a zero turn mower didn't like so I bought this Deere because you could lock the rear end up in a true posi-trac fashion. It's a bit over priced for what it is (notice it's green and yellow? :grin:) but nothing really competes with it. The power steering and power deck leveling is nice but who knows how that holds up 10 years down the road. I plan on keeping this 5 years then upgrading to a 4wd 700 series. I can cut over an acre in about 30-35 minutes with this Deere.

If anyone needs a commercial grade Zero Turn, I can't say enough good things about my previous SCAG Tiger Cub w Kawi I had for 10 years and 450 hours. I sold it to the guy who bought my previous home. :(

flcatcher1 02-04-2016 01:55 PM

How many acres? Slopes and hills or flat? Lots of trees and shrubbery to run around or open, obstruction free areas? Zero turns are a hoot to operate, and do great when there's a lot of maneuvering to do. They don't fare as well on slopes and hills - hard to keep them on a straight path. Has your budget changed? If trying to do it on a shoestring budget a good used commercial unit may be a better value than a new cheaply made homeowner model. If you go that route, pay a professional to check it out if you don't know how to pick a cherry.


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