I am trying to decide between two riding mowers, contestants are as follows:
1) Ariens A20BH42
2) Crafstman YT3000
The lawn is half an acre, but I don't have a lot of free time to mow with a walk-behind mower and I have a bad back. Their are 6-7 large trees on the lot, with some roots at ground level. There are some uneven and sloppy areas, but for the most part its pretty level.
I intend to also use it to deal with the carpet of leaves, pine needles, and pine cones that blanket my lot every year. If anyone knows if a lawn sweeper will pick pine cones up that would help.
At some point I may get a snow plow for it.
I am certainly leaning towards one of these mowers but I don't want to color anyones opinion. The main difference between the two in terms of specs is the ariens is a vtwin with a 42" deck, and the craftsman is single cylinder with a 46" deck. The price is the same for both.
Which would you buy in my situation and why?