Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-19-2011, 02:32 PM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Springfield OH
Posts: 768
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Why does it have to be a rider? What about a larger walk-behind? I thought torro or snapper made some nice 32/36/42 walk-behinds that should easily handle an acre or two. Plus, they are easy to get into a truck.

Also, time it takes to cut is more than width...it is power and speed.

oberkc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2011, 03:07 PM   #17
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,198
Rewards Points: 1,076
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
Originally Posted by oberkc View Post
Why does it have to be a rider? What about a larger walk-behind? I thought torro or snapper made some nice 32/36/42 walk-behinds that should easily handle an acre or two. Plus, they are easy to get into a truck.

Also, time it takes to cut is more than width...it is power and speed.
That's a very good point. The problem - at least that I have found - is that all the larger walk-behind mowers run in the commercial grade, and are pretty darned expensive. Even used, on Craigslist, they tend to run $1500-$3000.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2011, 07:33 PM   #18
Don't know it all, yet!
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Metro Atlanta, GA
Posts: 910
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


I pay that much, I'm sitting down!
__________________
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. If you wouldn't put your name on it, it ain't done right!
downunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2011, 09:38 PM   #19
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Springfield OH
Posts: 768
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
The problem - at least that I have found - is that all the larger walk-behind mowers run in the commercial grade, and are pretty darned expensive.
Unfortunately, I cannot find any evidence to dispute this. I regularly walk through a couple of shops and look around and recall seeing a snapper 36" in the price range you like, I see nothing on the snapper web page that confirms this.

A while back, snapper made an interesting little 32" mower. While looking at this, I saw a BillyGoat 33" for about the same price. The current version is now 34" and is about $1600. They are build like tanks:

http://www.billygoat.com/site/intro.aspx?pid=86

Check it out.
oberkc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 09:03 PM   #20
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: anoka county mn
Posts: 315
Rewards Points: 252
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


i looked on this site and read about different jd models , how do you identify the lower end models from the good ones ? im thinking the ones with prefix LA are the lower end ones ?

http://www.tractordata.com/lawn-trac...-tractors.html
oldrivers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #21
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: anoka county mn
Posts: 315
Rewards Points: 252
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


when i first moved in i couldnt really afford to buy a good tractor 22% down payment , anyway i found a used murray 97 with a 46 inch cut with twin bagger, 18 horse briggs twin , if i had a smaller yard id be content with it but its a little slow and small for my yard time is money . maybe something like that would work for you, ive seen alot of parts on craigslist to . i think i paid 450.00 and its worked real good ill probably keep it for the rough areas ditches etc. ive seen everything from engines for 150 - 200 to free mower decks etc.
oldrivers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 10:01 PM   #22
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,198
Rewards Points: 1,076
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
Originally Posted by oldrivers View Post
i looked on this site and read about different jd models , how do you identify the lower end models from the good ones ? im thinking the ones with prefix LA are the lower end ones ?

http://www.tractordata.com/lawn-trac...-tractors.html
Over the years, there have been TONS of John Deere mower models. I'm not sure why they've changed them around so much. Maybe it's to make it look like they're introducing new & improved models every year. But the rule of thumb is pretty simple: You get what you pay for.

Look on the Home Depot, or Lowes websites. I'm not sure what all the model numbers are, but you can tell, simply by the prices, which John Deere mowers are the lower-end ones.

I've got an L120 that is about 8 years old. 48" cut, 3 blades, 20 hp V-Twin engine. It was about $2300 new. It has been a good mower for me. I'm sure you can find the "new" equivalent of it.


Good luck!
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 10:24 PM   #23
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,198
Rewards Points: 1,076
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
Originally Posted by oldrivers View Post
when i first moved in i couldnt really afford to buy a good tractor 22% down payment , anyway i found a used murray 97 with a 46 inch cut with twin bagger, 18 horse briggs twin , if i had a smaller yard id be content with it but its a little slow and small for my yard time is money . maybe something like that would work for you, ive seen alot of parts on craigslist to . i think i paid 450.00 and its worked real good ill probably keep it for the rough areas ditches etc. ive seen everything from engines for 150 - 200 to free mower decks etc.
That's a good point. Craigslist is a great place for finding used stuff.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 08:45 AM   #24
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: WV
Posts: 294
Rewards Points: 258
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


I've been having zero luck with craigslist. One option I hadn't thought about but is available in my town is Toro. My local Toro dealer has a LX427 with 20HP Kohler engine and 42" hydrostatic cut for $1699. Is this any better than the JD D110? I've read a few online reviews that are generally positive. I believe Toro makes all their own products to so I don't believe it's a rebadge like Craftsman, Troy Built, or Cub Cadet.
speedster1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 10:08 AM   #25
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,198
Rewards Points: 1,076
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
Originally Posted by speedster1 View Post
I've been having zero luck with craigslist. One option I hadn't thought about but is available in my town is Toro. My local Toro dealer has a LX427 with 20HP Kohler engine and 42" hydrostatic cut for $1699. Is this any better than the JD D110? I've read a few online reviews that are generally positive. I believe Toro makes all their own products to so I don't believe it's a rebadge like Craftsman, Troy Built, or Cub Cadet.
The LX427 sounds like a good rig. Hydrostat is good. Kohler engine should be good.

Check it to see how tightly it turns. Also, does it have an electric deck clutch, or mechanical (though that doesn't make a lot of difference). Also, check warranty. I believe that JD residential mowers come with a 2-year warranty.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 02:20 PM   #26
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Not a Crapsman...


I looked a couple of years ago like you are now. I read all the reviews and made what I thought was the decision i could from my research. I also thought about the $1600.00 JD mower form my local Lowes, but I read a few reviews on it where the front spindles were breaking off. I read this in more than one place so decided against it. I ended up buying the Craftsman’s (I spelled it right the first time) professional series 42" cut with the 24 hp Briggs motor. This cost me around $1900.00 so it wasn’t that much more to get what I thought was better.

29 hours on it and had to replace the drive belt. 100 hours on it now and replacing the 5th drive belt tonight. Also reverse on hydrostatic tranny is about gone.

One last thing that may help you. I logged onto the Sears site when i first got it and posted a review. That's the only one they will let you post. So all the people that have troubles with them after their initial post, cannot post.. Not sure if their all like that but just beware. Also double check the warranty. Sears would be happy to come out (two to three weeks later) to fix your mower, but there is a $100.00 service trip fee. So make sure about warranty before you get one.

My next one will be an Exmark..
Mikeydidit is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mikeydidit For This Useful Post:
oldrivers (06-01-2011)
Old 06-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #27
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: anoka county mn
Posts: 315
Rewards Points: 252
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeydidit View Post
Not a Crapsman...


I looked a couple of years ago like you are now. I read all the reviews and made what I thought was the decision i could from my research. I also thought about the $1600.00 JD mower form my local Lowes, but I read a few reviews on it where the front spindles were breaking off. I read this in more than one place so decided against it. I ended up buying the Craftsman’s (I spelled it right the first time) professional series 42" cut with the 24 hp Briggs motor. This cost me around $1900.00 so it wasn’t that much more to get what I thought was better.

29 hours on it and had to replace the drive belt. 100 hours on it now and replacing the 5th drive belt tonight. Also reverse on hydrostatic tranny is about gone.

One last thing that may help you. I logged onto the Sears site when i first got it and posted a review. That's the only one they will let you post. So all the people that have troubles with them after their initial post, cannot post.. Not sure if their all like that but just beware. Also double check the warranty. Sears would be happy to come out (two to three weeks later) to fix your mower, but there is a $100.00 service trip fee. So make sure about warranty before you get one.

My next one will be an Exmark..

one of my buddies lowes brand JD did the same thing and he replaced it but cant get it to ride right, i was thinking about craftsmen but heard to many bad things wich is a shame cause they seem nice but the accesories are spendy anyways. i think im pretty much settled on a 10 + year old JD .

After hearing all the complaints on differnet models i now have a much better respect for the old murrays mines old, beat , worn , lose , but it has never let me down in the 2.5 years ive owned it and im pretty rough on things . only thing is getting over the fact your paying for something older versus having that brand new expieriance . o well dont have to cry about the first dent .
oldrivers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2011, 08:41 AM   #28
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 331
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


You might also want to look for an older Scotts mower. I have one I bought new in 1998 and it runs beautifully. The first ones were made by JD, later ones by Murray.

Mine is a S2046 model (46" 20hp BS motor) and I can get every part I need for it from the local JD shop. They sell at a fraction of the JD used mowers. I have seen them with low hours, light use here for sale for $500 -$700. Not bad for a JD mower.

I have put my mower through hell too. I have 4 acres, 1.5 that is grass and 1/2 acre that is a combination of grass and tree areas that gets a lot of junk falling from the trees. I cleared that area with my mower by using it like a bush hog. The deck never bent even though I took out 1" diameter trees with it.
Marty1Mc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2011, 11:15 AM   #29
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 100
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


I've had craftsman, toro, poulon, and John Deere. I've tested simplicity and cub cadets, etc. I did a ton of research on these over the years.

Go with a John Deere, but only if you can get it from a dealer or private party and not if its a make/model that you can get at a big box store.

If you can afford it, step up to a JD garden tractor as you'll be able to use attachments with it. Id even suggest that instead of going brand new, look at used JD garden tractors. They might be older, but theyll last longer then the big box store items if they were well maintained. Try to find one with a spin on oil filter, and a model where you can change out the hydro fluid as well.
Wiscbldr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2011, 04:15 PM   #30
Don't know it all, yet!
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Metro Atlanta, GA
Posts: 910
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Stepping up to a rider. Which one?


Speedster,
Going back to your original question, I think the Deere or the Troy would be your best choice. A hydro will save you lots of time, and many folks would suggest that the Kohler is the better engine.

__________________
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. If you wouldn't put your name on it, it ain't done right!
downunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
rider mower starter noquacks General DIY Discussions 20 06-04-2011 03:16 PM
rider mower boman47k Automotive Repairs 4 08-22-2010 09:06 PM
Stepping stones on an incline SteveBman Landscaping & Lawn Care 3 08-15-2010 10:31 PM
Laying stepping stones kirridam Landscaping & Lawn Care 6 09-26-2009 11:13 AM
Murray rider issues BigJoe Landscaping & Lawn Care 1 07-12-2007 07:26 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.