riding lawnmower

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  1. ce24

    ce24 Poster Extraordinaire

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    OK... I need a riding lawnmower......can't go new....looking on CL. do any of you here recommend a brand...ie: John deere....craftsman....toro....bolens are what im seeing in the ads.....

    thanks

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  2. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    Deere's are good.
     
  3. Elmore

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    I bought a Craftsman last year. My wife talked me into this brand because she liked the young kid sales guy. Well, I have to admit it was a great choice. It was $1800. Get the front bumper installed. It is my third rider, and it is the only one I have had that cuts evenly with the finished look of a push mower.
     
  4. BobbyZ

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    If your just mowing get a mower not a garden tractor. One with the deck out in front and they turn on a dime.
    Don't know what they sell for used though.
     
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    Craftsman for me too.
     
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    my 15 year old snapper is still running strong. They are built to be repairable, with accesable grease fittings and a very simple clutch system that is as smooth as a hydrostatic if adjusted properly. Mine will probably outlive the briggs motor that came on it and still cuts evenly and is pretty much trouble free, 2 blades and 2 clutches and 3 or 4 belts in all that time.
    The bagger system is worth looking for if you are willing to pay a bit more. It works well if I do my part and don't wait till the grass is deep and too wet to mow. My place is very flat and I have tried to eliminate the tight spaces so I would probably be happy with anything that bagged. But any mower that gives me 15 years with a 2 or 3 hour mow every week 8 months out of the year is worth recommending.
     
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    On my second craftsman.Great mowers and easy to work on.
     
  8. ce24

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    I'm mowing an acre plus so that's what im looking at....I'll keep looking for craftsman and deer.
     
  9. String Tree

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    14 hp John Deere.
     
  10. Stubee

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    Used? John Deere LX176, LX178, similar or look newer. My 1992 LX176 has been pretty ridiculously stable during years of heavy use, like bagging mountains of leaves that sat all winter & are mixed with new grass, even gravel (!) by my cottage driveway. I'm talking days of heavy bagging. 14 HP Kaw. $1000 or so for a nice one. I like the tractor vs mower because I haul stuff, do lots more than cutting grass. Overkill maybe if you just want to cut a small lawn.

    If you can swing $2000+ or so do some research & get a GT or X-series, kinda the modern equivalent. The LXs are getting kinda old actually...

    I've got a cheap used 'Scott's by JD' at home and my neighbor has an older Craftsman and while they are OK, IME the parts other than the
    engine are cheap, break, and the whole set-up is crude compared to a better JD.

    On any of these a basic understanding of IC engines & driveline 'I can fix that' is a plus. But that goes for many things in life.
     
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    I have a vintage Gravely two wheeler with the T head engine, a four wheel Gravely and a GE Elek-Trak. I guess I'm just a vintage kind of guy.
     
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    I went back home to Missouri last week and saw 2 people using a riding mower as a primary source of transportation. Seriously.
     
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    I'm running a Simplicity that I got from my dad, that he got from his dad. It's gotta be 25 years old. Still runs great. The cut is one of the best you'll find. Pushes snow in the winter like a champ. Much better build quality than a craftsman or anything on the lower end of the market.
     
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    This is worth seeing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166896/
     
  15. BobbyZ

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    Truth is mowing sucks so get the biggest dammed mower you can. Get a swather. One of my brothers (the wierd one) went to an auction to buy a mower and got a swather instead. Old sucker with a Wisconsin engine for 150 bucks.
    He spent a little time getting it started but his mowing time for a couple of acres was almost nothing. [​IMG]


    This isn't the one you get the idea.
     
  16. trev333

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    My neighbour across the road mows my lawns..he's a mowing contractor... he just picks his time when he's doing his own mowing and comes over and does mine... I hang out on the veranda with a drink, to support...:cool:

    He used to have JD's now he's got a new Kubota.... ;)

    if he breaks anything at work I weld it up.. mod his trailers,etc.... works out fine...

    both my ride ons and a push mower gave up the ghost last year.... I haven't really needed to get another one, atm...:)
     

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    Deere, or Husqvarna, Toro, good stuff.
     
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    This. John Deere.
     
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    +1 there are a few of these around here that must be closing in on 50 years old and are still in regular use, a friend has one that was "retired' from cemetery matinanace, cuts his 2 acres with out breaking a sweat. Plows snow, and tills the garden too!
     
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