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    riding mowers


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    That's up to you...

    In my opinion though.....hydrostats are more "gentle" on your lawn...you don't get those little burnout marks you'll often get when you plop a manual shift tractor into 3 or 5th or whatever..and take off.

    Hydrostats are also easier for you when you have some mowing that requires a lot of back 'n forth tight maneuvering....you just rock back 'n forth with your ankle...versus doing the clutch/shift/clutch/shift/clutch/shift...(say you're doing some tight 8 point turn circle around trees or something when you mow)

    I'm a stick shift guy when it comes to my cars...but must say...hydrostat on tractors gets my nod.
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    morning 'cat.

    that's about what I thought. Put off buying a riding mower all of last year, think I'll get one soon. About to fence in the rest of my 1.5 acres so there's no way I could keep up with the mower using my push mower. Damn things aren't cheap though. I don't want to go with Craftsman but can't really afford a Husqy or those sweet 0 degree turn mowers.

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    Hi Humboldt


    I bought a Craftsman Model 944.608961 16HP 42" Automatic back in 1998 and have never had an ounce of trouble with it. Does a great job on my admittedly rough so called lawn.

    Other than routine maintenance which i do myself its never seen the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt
    I don't want to go with Craftsman but can't really afford
    To be honest with you...they're not bad. Not everyone can afford a Cub, or Kubota, or Deere....don't laugh at the Craftsman...it's decent.
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    I think it was the Husky that the guy in McKinlyville was saying is not that good for rough lawns.

    I still say stop by there just to see what is on the market, and than go to Sears and look for some of the better features from the other ones

    Not having to turn the mower off to go in reverse is something that I would really try and look for

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    and try and take it for a test drive. If I had known how damn slow my Ryobi is compared to my old Simplicity I would not have bought it

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    If the lawns a little rough, might want one of these



    Tough cutting conditions?
    Bump up the horsepower



    or this 51" cutting baby, will leave you lots of time for Beer instead of cutting


    just don't drink and cut


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    But if you must drink and cut

    Sears does have some nice riders



    Even has a beverage holder
    And its on sale right now
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...=Lawn+Tractors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    But if you must drink and cut

    Sears does have some nice riders



    Even has a beverage holder
    And its on sale right now
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...=Lawn+Tractors

    As I was mowing my lawn I came in and popped a beer open, and then realized I forgot hte most important thing to look for. Sure a big deck is nice, good h.p., fast, and a slew of other things. But, make sure you try and find one with a vibration dampening beer holder. If you don't you'll have to stick with mixed drinks that are not carbonated, or hold on to whatever you are drinking. Serious thing to consider

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    Manual isnt bad, but that turning it off to put it in reverse sounds liek crap that de plano mentioned, that'd be a pain.

    My dad keeps talking about saving up for a new mower since he saw them at a husquivarna place for under 1k where he brought our chainsaw to be fixed.

    Dude needs to learn to take care of the Deere we got, im sure its better than anything hes looked at.

    Craftsman ones look good there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt
    I think your mother has referred to me as a "Riding Lawn Mower" before. In wich case she prefers the stick shift!
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    Quote Originally Posted by triniwasp
    I think your mother has referred to me as a "Riding Lawn Mower" before. In wich case she prefers the stick shift!
    I thought she said you were an auto-tranny?

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    ahh....my baby...

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    I really like my Cub. Kohler motor, push button blade engagement, reverse mowing button, hydrostatic tranny with cruise, power wash deck and of course, drink holder. I can get the front wheels about 12" off the ground too!

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    Hood scoop, exhaust and a flame paint job and bigmo will be ready for nascar! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmo66
    I really like my Cub. Kohler motor, push button blade engagement, reverse mowing button, hydrostatic tranny with cruise, power wash deck and of course, drink holder.
    sweet. i got all of that plus a 12v power plug. for what, i'm not quite sure. cell phone? heh.
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    I have a Craftsman - And a 14 year old son so I can sit and watch with a Beer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    But if you must drink and cut

    Sears does have some nice riders



    Even has a beverage holder
    And its on sale right now
    http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...=Lawn+Tractors
    Air Conditioning?

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    My Craftsman 917.254791 12.5 baby is sick. I put a brand spanking new carb on it and it stll acts like it's not getting enough or getting too much fuel. There is no happy medium. I'm thinking I may have to pull the head. This is a Tecumseh OHV 120 engine.

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