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Old 04-06-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of buying a new lawn tractor. Our lot is about 2/3 of an acre, flat ground. I normally cut once a week. Thanks.

1) What brands are decent quality?

2) Looking for about 40" to 42" cut

3) Horsepower unknown

4) Budget about $1,500

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I'm thinking of buying a new lawn tractor. Our lot is about 2/3 of an acre, flat ground. I normally cut once a week. Thanks.

1) What brands are decent quality?

2) Looking for about 40" to 42" cut

3) Horsepower unknown

4) Budget about $1,500
None in that price range are anything to write home about but the D105 John Deere is probably as good as any. Ask for at least 10 % discount and that will help if you have sales tax to pay.

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Old 04-06-2015, 04:14 PM   #3
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Thanks. I will look into that one.

I'm wondering if the Ariens tractors sold at Home Depot are any good?

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Thanks. I will look into that one.

I'm wondering if the Ariens tractors sold at Home Depot are any good?
I've never owned an Ariens but all comments I've ever read were positive.
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Getting any lasting riding mower in that price range is going to be a real challange.
Buy it at a box store and where are you going to get it fixed?
Take it to a dealer and your going to be last on the list if you did not buy it there.
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Thanks guys. Our Murray tractor has lasted 21 years so far, and I've never had a problem having it serviced at a couple local places.
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I bought a Huskee 42" with a 17hp (?) Kohler engine from Tractor Supply Co. and it has been a really good mower with no issues, except having to replace the battery. But it has been three years since I bought it so it was about time. I have put it through quite a bit and it is still going. It bogs down a little in high and thick grass, but it gets my 2+ acres taken care of. It was their least expensive and even with the extended warranty, was under $1500.
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Actually,if a dealer puts you last,because you didn't get it from him,it could cost him his dealership!
Usually it's a first come,first serve basis.
Warranty work MUST be done at an authorized dealer,to be valid,and they can't refuse it,if they have an opening.
Box stores DON'T do repairs,or even service,due to overhead costs,and safety requirements. If you buy it at Lowe's /TSC,etc,and take it in for repairs,it will be up to 1 YEAR,before you see it again,because they will ship it(at your expense) to a dealer or service center.
Also, if you buy it from one of these places, MAKE SURE it is set up,properly !
I owned and operated a repair facility for 15+ yrs,and Some of the shoddy set ups were scary,and,at times dangerous.
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Actually,if a dealer puts you last,because you didn't get it from him,it could cost him his dealership!
Usually it's a first come,first serve basis.
Warranty work MUST be done at an authorized dealer,to be valid,and they can't refuse it,if they have an opening.
Box stores DON'T do repairs,or even service,due to overhead costs,and safety requirements. If you buy it at Lowe's /TSC,etc,and take it in for repairs,it will be up to 1 YEAR,before you see it again,because they will ship it(at your expense) to a dealer or service center.
Also, if you buy it from one of these places, MAKE SURE it is set up,properly !
I owned and operated a repair facility for 15+ yrs,and Some of the shoddy set ups were scary,and,at times dangerous.
From my years in the lawn-care business I know that this is what is said, but not what is done. The John Deere dealer will repair JD mowers bought at Home Depot & Lowes, but those mowers go to the back of the line.
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Yes,unfortunately that is true!
My standing rule of thumb,was that it was a "first come first served" basis,EXCEPT for Commercial units(lawncare businesses,etc.),since their units were used to generate their incomes.
I always disliked the customer that would INSIST I do theirs before others.
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Yes,unfortunately that is true!
My standing rule of thumb,was that it was a "first come first served" basis,EXCEPT for Commercial units(lawncare businesses,etc.),since their units were used to generate their incomes.
I always disliked the customer that would INSIST I do theirs before others.
Haha - yeah, there's always that guy who is more important than the rest of the world combined.

I had a good friend who was a salesman at our local JD dealership. Good man who treated me more than fairly. I did all my own repair work unless it was warranty work.


In the end, when somebody is looking for a mower, they need to determine their needs then look at price rather than name brand.

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