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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tracto Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Possibly needing to replace my lawn tractor this spring. I'm looking for a GOOD and reasonably priced lawn or garden tractor. I don't need or want a large deck as I have a lot of trees on my property to trim around. Would estimate I'd be cutting less than an acre, also the soil is very sandy and living in the country I don't have to cut that often. Being retired and living on my and my wive's social security not looking to spend a fortune. Have even considered at looking at used tractors, but would be worried about condition. I tend to take good care of my stuff, but after so many years the maintenance cost indicate it's time to replace some items.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bill, I appreciate you wanting to be conservative buying a lawn tractor and not going overboard. A used machine is going to be a turkey shoot. It is a gamble that you do not need. Yes, a new machine will be a bite in your budget. But, it will not have any hidden problems and it will have a warranty.
With lots of trees a zero turn front mount deck mower is, in my opinion, your best bet.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We bought a JD zero turn a few years ago, seems to be a good machine, <$2,500. I wouldn't buy the 42 again though, we think a 48 would mow around trees better. Zero turns don't do as nice a job on rough lawns though, the deck doesn't float as freely. We have a Husqvarna 15-42 lawn tractor that does a better job, but it went to the cabin, it's been a good machine for 18 years.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you are truly mechanically inclined then you can get away with a good used machine from a repair center. If you are holding cash in your hand it gets their attention really quick. NOW... if they don't want to take the time to go over the machine with you and show you everything they did, them walk away. I have Two Husqvarna machines and just LOVE them. They are not built by mtd. Both of mine were built buy AYP. American yard products. Much tougher machines. You don't want any Kohler engines. They just aren't what they used to be. Briggs or Kawasaki. Both my babys have the V twin Briggs engines. They are mowing fools. One more, you mentioned sand. Sand is DEATH for mower decks. It grinds them up by sandblasting them to death. You want a set of SAND or zero lift blades they are almost perfectly flat. Will give your deck years of extra life.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just bought a '70s AC 712 for $150 very simple & reliable.Cost for new equivalent-$4000+
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello I bought a used JD LX178 ten years ago for 800.00
Only problem I had was replaced one drive belt and idler pulley
belt broke because idler pulley seized. Carburetors are a bit troublesome
mine was, but also my own fault. Got into a lot of dust and compomized the fuel
system. I cleaned the carb but did not get the inlet tube cleaned properly my bad
once I got it cleaned the machine runs like, well, a deer. I do about five large lawns a week with it
Love the Kawasaki water cooed engine. Mine is a 38 inch deck very manouverable.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No arguement that there are some sweathearts out there. How many is one person likely to find, if any? I grew up in the old "sawdust the the rear end" age in cars. Buyer beware to me is unacceptable at my age.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I grew up with Ford products and I worked at Ford 8 years. I had great service from my Fords but also ran into an occassional "not so good". I retired from GM after 30 years. I have had great service from my GM vehicles and an occassional "not so good".
In 1971, while still at Ford, I bought a Ford 10hp Kohler with a 42" mower deck. A week after I bought it I found out that it was built by Jacobsen. Great service and I raised 3 kids on it. I used it here on 3 acres until I bought a Woods mower for my 8N. It then went to my older son's new house on 2 acres 9 years ago for 3 years. Never overhauled. It now resides in my barn again. It has been waiting to be cleaned up and take a turn to the tractor show circuit with a number of it's bretheren and cousins. I have 5 Fords, 4 Jacobsens, a White and a Minneapolis Moline. All with Kohler engines. No complaints.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Most I've ever given for a garden tractor is $700. Was in the want adds, guy moving and couldn't take. 1988 518 Wheel Horse, bought it about 18 years ago, mows 1 3/4 acres a week, has about 1860 hours on it with just maintenance and still going strong.
Bought another 520 Wheel Horse out of the want adds about eight years ago, was rough looking and the guy said the rods were knocking, had new tires and a new $160. seat and a nice 48 inch mower deck that I mainly wanted. Paid the guy the $495 he was asking, loaded it up the next day and he says do you want this other stuff. He had a nice snow blower and blade I didn't know I bought. Engine just needed head gaskets, has 1200 hours, runs good, just blew snow this morning.







 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Awesome looking fleet!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kinda hung up on Wheel Horses.









 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:18 am    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My oldest mower is not a lawn tractor but a ZT. For what you are doing I would recommend a ZT. You can get used to using them, I did...first time I got on the one I am fixing to describe, a gotta have per my wife's request...for her....to mow my lawn....where my neighbors could see.....just because she wanted to mow....not because I wasn't...It was a new driving experience for me.

Hustler Fastrak 44", with a Honda 18 hp V twin, cost $4500 back in 2005, the year I retired, sold by my Ford Tractor dealer. Still using it. I still run the original belts and all. Over the years change the oil once per year, blades, tires and batteries when needed..... Easy to get on and off, easy on gas and does a number on your lawn and mowing around trees and flower beds and all that stuff that you would otherwise have to have a hydrostatic, conventional rider. Don't be surprised if your wife wants to do your chores for you. Grin
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You have some nice horses. I always like your HERD of horses all bunched together. Cute.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

And one is green with envy. LOL
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Recommendation for a reasonable priced lawn or garden tr Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm shocked nobody has mentioned a good old IH built Cub Cadet! The garden tractor pullers haven't grabbed them all up yet. I refurbished my Dad's old 1965 model 70 and put a rebuilt 10 hp engine in it. It's the tightest tractor I have and wore out three Kohler K161 or K181 engines. Not sure where or what the 4th engine was, but the 10 hp will run for many more years. My first CC of my own is a model 72, I've mowed, moldboard plowed, blown snow, made a belly mount grader blade and graded tons and tons of fill dirt with it, pulled my home-made lawn vac for ten years, most with the 10 hp engine and a couple with a built up 14 hp Kohler, loaded the trailer, tractor, and load of leaves or clippings weighs close to 3000#, vacuum runs with the rebuilt cast iron 8 hp Kohler that was in the 72 for 2 years when I bought it. My BIG tractor is a 1980 Cub Cadet 982 with all the options, 3-pt hitch, aux hyd remotes, steering brakes, and rear pto. Mowed for years with it, but recurring problems with the Onan made me retire it from weekly mowing duty. My 2015 Cub Cadet TANK zero turn, 27 hp Kawasaki and 54 in deck mows the lawn in half the time, yard looks nicer too, uses less gas.

I'd look for a well cared for early Cub Cadet. Still easy to find parts for even when 50+ years old. I had a Cub Cadet 129 that was a basket case for 15 years. Unbelievable what the prior owner did to it, he ran a lawn mowing company with it, it had covered an unbelievable amount of ground before I got it. Was my favorite mowing tractor until I got the Tank.

When you start shopping for a lawn tractor or garden tractor, compare the weight of the tractor. Heavy weight equals well built!
 
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