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#4469769 - 07/25/17 08:46 AM Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations?
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 5118
Loc: In the Garage...
Hey all,

Well it happened my beloved 1998 Craftsman LT1000 finally died and at this point it is not worth putting money into.

I am scared off all the new ones. My old mower has a traditional gearbox and I am not sure how I feel about Hydrostatic drive.

So my question to you mower folks at BITOG. What would you buy if you had to mow 2 acres?

I am looking at the John Deere D140 and D160, but I am open to other ones.

My old one was just like this.
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#4469779 - 07/25/17 08:52 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
What is your max budget?

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#4469784 - 07/25/17 08:56 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
drtyler Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 405
Loc: GA
Several relatives have the low end John Deere mowers (available at Lowes or HD). I have nothing good to say about the mowers. They do not hold up well, and everything is cheap.

That may also describe any new mower below $2000, but I have no experience with other mowers.

If you have the yard and extra $$, Hustler zero turn for around $2800 are very good.

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#4469787 - 07/25/17 08:57 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: AirgunSavant]
The_Eric Offline


Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 5354
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
What is your max budget?


What he said.




Also, don't fear the hydro. After using one for so many years now, I find myself highly annoyed when I work on and test out older mowers that have the manual. Spending a little more money can be good, as it can get you away from the Tuff Torque K46 (which isn't terrible, just not as tough or long lived) and into a much nicer hydro.

For reference, the Tuff Torque K46 in my Deere L110 has 560 hours on it with one fluid change at around 500 hours. It still works fine.
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#4469790 - 07/25/17 08:59 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
Rat407 Offline


Registered: 12/13/02
Posts: 1428
Loc: North Carolina
Once you go zero turn you will never look back. Well worth the money if you have a lot of grass to mow. So much easier and faster than a traditional tractor mower.

Exmark is another good brand.

Exmark Zero turn


Edited by Rat407 (07/25/17 09:02 AM)
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#4469807 - 07/25/17 09:12 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: Rat407]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
I'm with Rat on these. If you have hills- try a Quest Front Steer or Toro clone
The 708 is a nice engine in this range

Originally Posted By: Rat407
Once you go zero turn you will never look back. Well worth the money if you have a lot of grass to mow. So much easier and faster than a traditional tractor mower.

Exmark is another good brand.

Exmark Zero turn

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#4469810 - 07/25/17 09:14 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
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I am looking at spending $2500 max.

I have looked at some zero turns, not really want I want.
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#4469811 - 07/25/17 09:14 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
jhs914 Offline


Registered: 06/04/05
Posts: 169
Loc: Milton, FL
If you can afford it get a zero turn. I just replaced my Deere riding mower with a Scag Liberty Z (consumer model Scag). I reduced my cut time from 2 hours to 45 minutes with a better cut. I have patches of Pensacola Bahia which is like cutting wire. With the Deere I would have to gear down to the slowest speed to cut the Bahia grass. With the Scag I just blast through it.

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#4469825 - 07/25/17 09:24 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: drtyler]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
The consumer grade JD's are junk and I have seen first hand the same as you recite.
At first the owners think they are getting the good stuff.......

Originally Posted By: drtyler
Several relatives have the low end John Deere mowers (available at Lowes or HD). I have nothing good to say about the mowers. They do not hold up well, and everything is cheap.

That may also describe any new mower below $2000, but I have no experience with other mowers.

If you have the yard and extra $$, Hustler zero turn for around $2800 are very good.

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#4469836 - 07/25/17 09:31 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: ls1mike
I am looking at spending $2500 max.

I have looked at some zero turns, not really want I want.


I had a Deere when I lived in VA, oil changes only for three years. Moved and left it with a neighbor, still in use today so 8 years now....and afaik no other maintenance except for the drive belts.
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#4469837 - 07/25/17 09:32 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
oldoak2000 Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 119
Loc: North TEXAS
Whatever you get, make SURE it's a 2-cylinder! The 2-cylinders last FOREVER

I have a craftsman hydrostatic 2-cyl briggs intek I bought new in 1999; it still runs like new! (replaced belts + spindles multiple times).

I also bought a used 2-cyl craftsman hydrostatic in 2010 for $100; it was a 1997 model; had chewed wiring and bad deck spindles; fixed wiring and spindles, and have been 'abusing' this one to clear/mow fields / ditches, etc (to keep my 'nice' one nice). I cant 'kill' it; it just keeps running and running and running . . . .

my buddy, on the otherhand, acquired a 1-cyl JD with the purchase of his home in 2012; 2 years later it threw a ROD.
He then bought a brand new one, ignoring my advise to get a 2-cyl, he went with 1-cyl kohler engine. he was very happy with it; for 2 years he rubbed it in that he got a good deal and didn't need my advise. guess what - year 2.5 it THREW A ROD !!! all warranties expired.

so now, he's out shopping for his 3-rd rider (other two are scrapped!);
Funny thing - I've lent him my $100 2-cyl beater (till he buys another) - he says, "[censored], this thing has power & smooth & quiet " - heh heh heh...

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#4469859 - 07/25/17 09:52 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
Tdbo Offline


Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 3225
Loc: Ohio
If you are looking at a Deere, true quality starts with the X Series.
The X350 is around 3K new.
If that is out of budget or you need a larger machine,shop for older X series or an older Deere.
The plus with Deere is good dealer network and parts availability.
The negative is that JD green isn't cheap.
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#4469871 - 07/25/17 10:03 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4851
Loc: Houston, Texas
You can finance mowers, usually no interest, although they do charge a $150 finance fee which imo is interest, but whatever. They let you finance it for like 5 years, so you can buy an $8000 mower and only pay like $175/month
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#4469882 - 07/25/17 10:11 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Canadastang Offline


Registered: 12/08/15
Posts: 261
Loc: Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
You can finance mowers, usually no interest, although they do charge a $150 finance fee which imo is interest, but whatever. They let you finance it for like 5 years, so you can buy an $8000 mower and only pay like $175/month


$8000 for a mower holy moly! With that kinda coin might as well start looking at a Kubota BX series, which is waay more tractor than any lawnmower will ever be.

IMO check out a simplicity with hydrostatic. My grandfather's got one with a 24hp Briggs twin, 50" mower deck and it's been a great tractor - no scalp mowing deck, comfy seat, plenty of power etc.

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#4469907 - 07/25/17 10:32 AM Re: Need a new riding lawn mower. Recommendations? [Re: ls1mike]
Bud_One Offline


Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 1832
Loc: Spring,Texas
I purchased a Husqvarna YTH18542 18.5 HP Hydro Transmission - new back in 2005 .
I used it for 4 years on my acre lot.
Sold it back in 2009 and it never had any issues.
Only routine maintenance performed.
It's changed hands at least 3 times since is sold it, but it's still going strong .
Currently cutting two acres at least once a month.
No issues with the Hydro Trans ever.
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