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Old 01-04-2010, 10:08 AM
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we just moved and will need to mow grass on a pretty decent area soon.
Definitely not practical with a self propelled lawn mower like I used to do on my old home, so I need a riding lawn mower...

I'm looking to spend between 1000 and 1300, but I do not know which are good.

Lowes and home depot have some nice ones on those prices but I cant remember the brands...they also have john deer, but those are off the chart on price range...

What do you guys think???
what should I be looking for specifically???
any particular capability???
Should I go new with my budget or look for a upper tier brand and go used?

any particular recommendation????
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:15 AM
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Older John Deere. Not sure what year the quality went down.
I understand they aren't built like they used to be. But then again, nothing is.
I have a 160, 17 hp Kawasaki engine. Bought it used for 1000.00. I can't even tell you how long ago, 10 years, I don't know.
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Upper brand and used saves some money but you'll need to be looking at a little more.

How much area are you looking at? I use a commercial walk behind w/o a sulky in Maine. I'm cutting about 2 acres in an hour.
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As a landscaper for 20 years and if I were a home owner in your situation with knowledge I have in the Green Industry.. I would get a 36 or 48 inch belt/gear drivin walk behind mower with mulching blades and or bagger, with a 15 hph or more Kawasaki engine.. it will last you your lifetime if you take care of it as a homeowner..

sit downs suck unless you want to pay 10k for a walker mower..

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I have a robomower for my backyard. Not a bad choice if you don't otherwise want a riding mower or do much work on an ongoing basis.
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Originally Posted by Semper Fi-sh View Post
As a landscaper for 20 years and if I were a home owner in your situation with knowledge I have in the Green Industry.. I would get a 36 or 48 inch belt/gear drivin walk behind mower with mulching blades and or bagger, with a 15 hph or more Kawasaki engine.. it will last you your lifetime if you take care of it as a homeowner..

sit downs suck unless you want to pay 10k for a walker mower..

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How did you know I have a JD belt drive 48" walk behind with a Kawi engine from 1991? E-10 ruined the carb but that was easily repaired.
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I bought a Sears 42" 10 years ago and its still going strong. It cuts about 2 1/2 acres.
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I don't know about your prices where you live, but up here, 1k or 1.3k probably would not even buy a riding mower, but if it did, it would be the junkest of junk there is on the market! If you are set on riding then you should be inquiring at all the riding mower dealers there is in your area for trade ins. That or buy yourself either a John Deere Commerical self propelled walk behind or the commerical unit Honda has. Both units should out last you.
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No Brainer! A snapper. Awesome mowers and they will take a beating, I paid around $1000.00 for mine new but that was about 10 years ago and its the smallest one and a pull start.
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If you want it to last, buy a deere, their drive train is superior to the others. You can get by with a cheap brand if your yard is level, if it is uneven then a cheap one won't hold up.
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I mow 1.5 acres and finally learned my lesson after going through a couple of the Home Depot MTD cheapo's. Like you I did not want to step up to the John Deere. When the new models came out, I bought a Cub Cadet "zero turn" which was on clearance, it fell right in between the John Deere and the cheapo MTD's. I am very happy with it, and well worth the extra money. For some reason the John Deere's were not offered at clearance prices, only the other brands. Right now is a good time to buy since most riding mowers in stock will probably be on clearance at this time of the year. It is my understanding that that MTD owns cub cadet but they are definitely not just the same re-badged mowers.
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I would also recommend a John Deere. I own two of them, best mowers I've ever owned. Whatever you get, be sure to get gear drive or hydrostatic. Mowers advertised as automatic (usually cheaper) are junk and will only last a year or two.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
How did you know I have a JD belt drive 48" walk behind with a Kawi engine from 1991? E-10 ruined the carb but that was easily repaired.
Lucky guess

you got a good mower there.. I have always used Exmark and Lesco's belt drivin walk behinds..the reason i never went hydros was the maintenance involved, upkeep and the hydrolic lines can freeze when doing fall clean ups etc..

I add fuel softner to my fuel since they upped the ethenol to 10%..seems to work good.

its amazing how long these kawasaki engines last when you clean the air-filter regulary and change the oil..
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Older John Deere..
if you can find one.

call your local JD dealer and tell them to keep an eye out for you. some trades come in the spring when they're doing specials on new ones. i traded mine a few years ago and it was a great buy for someone. mine work hard, 4-5 hrs a week - went through a Snapper and a White before going JD and haven't looked back.
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About 7 years ago I bought a riding mower from Lowes for around $2500 and it was JUNK! It was an MTD. As others said you won't get much for $1000 unless you buy used. I mow about 2 1/2 acres so I bit the bullet and spent $5,000 on a Gravely commercial model and I'm sure I'll never have to buy another mower in my life time.
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Stay away from the Cub Cadets with the electric PTO clutches, They are a serious pain in the ass. If they arent kept adjusted the switches burn out or the clutch itself will go out.
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Husqvarna! I have had my 2448 (24 hp briggs & 3 blade 48" cut) for about four years. Came with some cheap pulleys, but the upgraded ones have been great. Find one of these or as many others suggested, a used John Deere. Craigslist down here is full of them at good prices. Most people selling them cause they don't run and just need the carb and tank cleaned...
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I have a toro zero cut that cost $3000k when I bought it. For the record.

Now goto lowes and buy a MTD for $800. I bought one 12 years ago, gave it to my dad 5 years ago when I got the toro. He leaves it outside, still running and cutting great.

If it lasts 10 years and you have to buy another one, you are still way ahead.

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Had 3 great Simplicity mowers in 80's. Gave the last one away still cutting grass after 6,000 hrs, had to work on it but 2 acre per hr x 6,000 is alot of grass. Now I own a 2004 POS Simplicity that I work on all the time. The hour meter quit the first season. Get an entry model JD from a dealer not Lowes/Home Depot. Dealer support after purchase offsets the dif.
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I have 25 acres mowed by an A10 Warthog.

But it's expensive, and I am not the typical user.


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