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Looking at my first riding mower. #4691628
03/11/18 02:26 PM
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montero1 Offline OP
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Need help selecting a new riding lawn mower. I only have about 1/2 an acre but me and my wife are getting up there in age, and it would be nice to not have to walk behind even a self propelled... would like to keep it around $1500, and it would be nice if I could have a model that I could put a blade on the front to push snow for the driveway in Winter.

Last edited by montero1; 03/11/18 02:26 PM.

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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691640
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Thats going to be impossible for $1500 new. To move snow, you will need a 4wd mower, without turfsaver tires. The blade alone would be $500 up for the most basic blade.


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691651
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montero1 Offline OP
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I realize the blade will be more, I meant $1500 for the mower.


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691663
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Originally Posted By: montero1
Need help selecting a new riding lawn mower. I only have about 1/2 an acre but me and my wife are getting up there in age, and it would be nice to not have to walk behind even a self propelled... would like to keep it around $1500, and it would be nice if I could have a model that I could put a blade on the front to push snow for the driveway in Winter.
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It might be doable for a few hundred more. Brinly back blade, sleeve hitch, and a set of tire chains. I have used this setup and it seems easier for my light tractor to pull a blade rather than push.

Last edited by gman2304; 03/11/18 03:08 PM.
Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691677
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There are BIG differences between "lawn tractor" and "Garden tractor"

The stamped-sheetmetal-everything lawn tractors are built to be disposable

If you are pushing a snow blade you will NEED a larger, heavier garden tractor.

Why new?
I sold my Kubota B7100 4WD (this is not a toy, it is a REAL tractor) for $2250 (it was VERY nice) and you can get something similar for similar price.


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691688
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Get a Chevy Spark or Cruze and add a blade!


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691716
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My neighbor has a ztr mower they are fast!


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: CT8] #4691730
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Originally Posted By: CT8
My neighbor has a ztr mower they are fast!


Does he have a snow blade on it? LOL

I have a toro SS5000 and it is much faster than a tractor type mower, its not a yard with a lot of incline. I never thought i would own one, but after using one, it has cut my mowing time down almost in half. Thats also less fuel used.

With a 1/2 acre, the op might want to consider a good self propelled mower and a snow thrower to accomplish both tasks for the money.

Last edited by spasm3; 03/11/18 04:33 PM.

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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691824
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For $1500 you aren’t going to find anything that meets your specs. A lawn tractor doesn’t have the power or build for pushing snow. You would have to move up to a garden tractor that is built for added implements. A Husqvarna that meets those specs will easily cost $3300. A 30” rear engine rider would work well for mowing your 1/2 acre lot. Troybilt, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Snapper and Poulan Pro all have 30” rear engine riders. Then get you a separate snow thrower of hire someone to do it.

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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: spasm3] #4691829
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
Originally Posted By: CT8
My neighbor has a ztr mower they are fast!


Does he have a snow blade on it? LOL


I've seen blades for zero turns. puke


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691833
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$1500 new won't buy much.

My advice is to look out for an older (late 60's-70's) Wheel Horse. $500-$800ish depending on the condition all day long around here. Step it up a bit for a used G series diesel Kubota. Maybe around $2000-$2500?

Blades and blowers can be found for both, but from what I understand, you are better off trying to find one that comes with what you are wanting so you know you have everything and aren't missing some rare $200 bracket.


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4691899
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$1500 will get you a riding mower, but not one that will be durable enough to push a plow.
The transaxles and frames on any of the $1500 mowers are not up to the task of pushing a blow. For plowing you would be in the $3000 and up range.


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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4692009
03/11/18 10:17 PM
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Check e-bay and Craig's list for your area.
I've seen lots of garden tractors in my area
and some of them are nice.
Next Sunday, drive around several dealers and look
at used garden tractors. Usually over priced at a
dealer but you'll get some ideas.

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Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: dwendt44] #4692033
03/11/18 11:49 PM
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Sell one of your 8 cars/toys and buy a real mower.

Re: Looking at my first riding mower. [Re: montero1] #4692039
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Only 1/2-acre? I'd get one of those little rear-engined Snappers. That's what I want to get for my 1/3-acre lawn. I can't help with the snow plowing. I'd go with an old fashioned self-propelled snow blower, unless the driveway was really long.


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