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Old 05-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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I would say around $800-900, my yard is not big enough for them but I sill keep looking and it seems you need to atleast spend that kind of money to get a decent one...

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Define "decent"? How big a yard and what do you need to do with it? Pretty much anything under $2500 is going to be some variant of MTD built which isn't terrible...but they aren't a 20 year tractor like was made...well...20 years ago. Decks will eventually rust out, hydrostats are so-so built, and the leveling systems tend to get sloppy.

One that isn't made by MTD is the Husqvarna's at Lowes. They seem like decent built products for the money.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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I'm not that lazy of a guy, but it takes me like 2.5-3 hours to mow our lawn and it's kinda hazardous and I have to mow it like 3x+ every 2 weeks.

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How big of an area do you have to mow?

The better riding mowers will be pretty spendy, (over $2,000) especially if you have to mow large acreage.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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I would say a 3 hours mow is worth a riding mower.

My mow is 1.5 hours; it's manageable. If it was 2+ I might consider a riding mower.
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I haven't looked lately but I'd imagine that good, quality mowers for a large yard are probably 5 grand plus. I think the last one my parents got was actually about 7 grand in 2001 (Cub Cadet 3208). Of course with a much smaller yard you can go significantly cheaper.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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Wow, 5+ grand is not gonna happen right now. I don't even think our yard is that large...it just takes for freakin ever for some reason. We have a lot of trees, but they shouldn't be a problem since they're reasonably spaced out.
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Plant more trees to block the sun. The grass will quit growing. That's free ;^)
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Look at something like this:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_297832-63311...Info=Husqvarna
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:16 PM   #11
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That doesn't look too bad at all. Still more than I want to pay, but unless my parents pay (which they won't even though it's their house lol) I guess I could finance it heh.
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Go big or stay on the porch...
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You can buy used also. As always, caveat emptor, but you can find good machines at a good price if you know what you're looking at.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:21 PM   #14
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I've had both a John Deere and Craftsmen at about $2K each. John Deere kept breaking down on me in the 6 years I owned it. Craftsmen has been rock solid going on 3 years now.
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I've had both a John Deere and Craftsmen at about $2K each. John Deere kept breaking down on me in the 6 years I owned it. Craftsmen has been rock solid going on 3 years now.
I currently have a Deere, and I hate it. I got it used at a decent price, but I would never buy one new. I liked the Craftsman I had. It worked great until it threw a rod.
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I bought the $1000 Troy-bilt at Lowes. Its pretty solid. I mow an acre every week and a half with it. The salesman told me that they sell more of those $1000 Troy-bilt's than every other riding mower they sell combined.
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I have a Toro that was purchased the 80's, and it still works perfectly, minus a bend in the support for the bags (sometimes bumps against wheels).

I don't know if you can find anything made these days that will last 30 years, and riding lawnmowers are ridiculously expensive now... your best bet would be to call around to places that fix mowers, and ask if they have any old refurb models. As long as you do regular preventative maintenace, they should last a long time.
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Go big or stay on the porch...
Definitely this.

Zero turn or bust...

Exmark, Scag, Kubota, Wright, Gravely, Big Boy (diesel) are decent ones for heavy daily use.

Mowers and "home tractors" sold in the big home improvement stores are made for wimps.

Hit up your local CL posts at the end of winter and get a used one for $4k (50-60") and it will last a lifetime if you keep it well lubed. (crankcase oil and hydro maint)
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I've had both a John Deere and Craftsmen at about $2K each. John Deere kept breaking down on me in the 6 years I owned it. Craftsmen has been rock solid going on 3 years now.
the cheaper john deere are not real john deer' (same with craftsmen). they are rebadged err. i can't remember but they suck.


I had got a used 3 yr old toro for $600 about 5 years ago. i gave it to the kid next door since it needed like $200 worht of work. wich he did himself but i didn't want to mess with.

I also got a damn good deal on a cheap bolens from Lowe's for $500 and a free trailor. Its going on 2 years and runs great. A guy down the street has the same model going on 8 years.

Maybe next summer i will splurge and get a nicer Zero turn or a big tractor. the john deer dealership has a ncie one i want for $6k

my yard is roughly 3 acres.
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Definitely this.

Zero turn or bust...

Exmark, Scag, Kubota, Wright, Gravely, Big Boy (diesel) are decent ones for heavy daily use.

Mowers and "home tractors" sold in the big home improvement stores are made for wimps.

Hit up your local CL posts at the end of winter and get a used one for $4k (50-60") and it will last a lifetime if you keep it well lubed. (crankcase oil and hydro maint)
A $5k 60" zero turn for something he push mows in a couple hours? Sounds like extreme overkill.
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I'm assuming zero turn is a feature on really high end mowers?
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I'm assuming zero turn is a feature on really high end mowers?
not really. i have seen $1200 Zero turns.
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Check Home Depot for returns and refurbs too. I got my mower from there four years ago. It was a Cub Cadet rider that looked like a normal mower but it really was zero turn. It retailed for almost $3,000 but it was refurbed with 12 hours on the clock. I got it for $1600.
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A $5k 60" zero turn for something he push mows in a couple hours? Sounds like extreme overkill.
If it takes a couple of hours for a walk behind then it's not overkill. That reduces the cutting time to 1/2 hour or less. Time is money to a lot of people!


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not really. i have seen $1200 Zero turns.
Perhaps one that you walk behind.
Prosumer models have 10 gauge decks, commercial 7 gauge and super duty commercial may have 1/4" decks and suspensions. That costs big money. Some people like to cut grass and overkill just as many of the users here post with uber machines that they could be using netbooks or tablets to post with!
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If it takes a couple of hours for a walk behind then it's not overkill. That reduces the cutting time to 1/2 hour or less. Time is money to a lot of people!




Perhaps one that you walk behind.
Prosumer models have 10 gauge decks, commercial 7 gauge and super duty commercial may have 1/4" decks and suspensions. That costs big money. Some people like to cut grass and overkill just as many of the users here post with uber machines that they could be using netbooks or tablets to post with!
this guy does not need ANYTHING near that. you keep talking about daily use and professional models. he needs a good consumer model.

again a $1200 riding zero turn will fit his needs. Hell a $600 cheapo one will last him years if he takes care of it.

It's not like he is going to be mowing 20 acres a week.

i swear some people are fucking insane.
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