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    riding mowers

    Who's got one?

    Just rented a brush hog to clear the back 1/2 acre of my property and damn if I don't need a riding mower now.

    No way to mow 1 1/2 acres by hand

    Looking at Craftsmans of course, and Husqies.

    Worth buying new or should I look for a used one? The biggest price jump seems to be from the 18 hp models to the 24 hp.

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    Got an OLD John Deere, great mower, 30-40 years old now, takes a beating from mother nature adn my dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spammy
    Not sure I will ask my pool boy
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    Snapper rider. It's around 17 years old now.

    Still running like a champ.




    (Replaced an 8 hp motor with a 12 2 years ago.)


    These mowers are simple to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
    Steal one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bastid
    naahhh, we dont steal...we "tactically aquire"
    borrow permanantly
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    I have a Cub Cadet and love the hydrostaic tranny and electric PTO. Don't get to wrapped up over HP. A good deck design and blades make the difference. Mine has a 19hp Kohler, but it's probably overkill. I can attach many toys to it though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat
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    I have a John Deere. Five years and going strong. I'd also suggest Snapper.

    I had a Yard Machine about 6 years ago. It lasted me 1 year and 2 months! The cam went flat and the repair bill was going to be darn near what it was worth. (They have a one year warrenty and Yard Machine wouldn't budge on it at all).

    Moral of the story - Buy something with quality! Go green or yellow (Deere or Snapper)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmo66
    I have a Cub Cadet and love the hydrostaic tranny and electric PTO. Don't get to wrapped up over HP. A good deck design and blades make the difference. Mine has a 19hp Kohler, but it's probably overkill. I can attach many toys to it though!
    Cub Cadet good too
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmo66
    I have a Cub Cadet and love the hydrostaic tranny and electric PTO. Don't get to wrapped up over HP. A good deck design and blades make the difference. Mine has a 19hp Kohler, but it's probably overkill. I can attach many toys to it though!
    I hear you, but my *yard* is more of a field than anything else. Far cry from a tiny suburban lot of 2" Bermuda blue grass

    Not that that's what you're dealing with, just that I need something that can handle some big stuff when it needs to. This last time around the "grass" was over 6' tall in places Needed the brush hog to deal with that and want to keep it nice and short.

    The only problem is the ground is basically flat but with a lot of hillocks and dips from all the marsh grasses and subterrainian water movement. Looks flat as could be till you walk it, then you see all the ankle-breakers and whumps. Looking for something with a heavy enough axle to deal with it.

    I need to go out and level it a bit. Should hire someone to drag it but will probably end up out there with a wheelbarrow and shovel and 6 pack doing it by hand.

    Thanks for the tips guys

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    Hi Humboldt


    I have a 7yr old Sears Craftsman, Model 944.608961

    Its 16HP with a 42" Mower and no problems at all. I have quite a slope on one side that i have to mow and it puts a pretty fair load on it, but seems to handle it with aplomb. My so called lawn is fairly uneven as well.

    Easy to do maintenance on as well.

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    We have had many through out the years, Sears, John Deere and Snapper... I had a friend that loved Toros... We used to have races years ago and I believe the Snapper was the fastest, although the Sears popped the best wheelies...

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    Humbolt,
    One other thing I remember that made a big difference to me was going with a V-twin motor. The V-twins are much more quiet than the single shaft engines. Also, for mowing as much as you have, you really should go with a V-twin.
    My yard is 3/4 of an acre and I'm usually on the mower for an hour, and then 1/2 hour doing trimming with the push mower.
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    Thanks guys
    Will keep on looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill

    These mowers are simple to work on.
    We're talking about Humboldt here!

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    Don't forget to look at the accesories that are available. With the yard you got your gonna need some toys.
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    Cub, Deere, Kubota, Simplicity, Honda, Gravely

    Think about your mowing needs and style, side discharge versus rear discharge (often the rear ones work better for mowing large outer areas when you mow less often and let it get taller)

    No need to get caught up in the big horsepower race, 20 years ago the average lawn tractor was a single cyl 8hp or so spinning a dual blade deck and they did just fine. If you run equip from a PTO, yeah, bump up to HP in the teens, but if just cutting, you don't HAVE to get HP in the teens.

    If you have a relatively flat area, with lots of trees and obstacles to deal with, consider the zero turn styles.
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