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 06-01-2004, 14:18 Post: 87443
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It is taking me a long time to buy that first tractor as each decision seems to create another. As I ponder what to purchase (either a 7800 or 7510) it has become clear that a number of people are not using their tractor to mow. Instead, people are buying equipment specifically to mow with. After thinking about my needs, this is the route that I am planning on taking. Also, it seems like for the price of a 3PH or MMM deck I can by a pretty nice piece of equipment.

I just advertised my John Deere LT155 with 38" deck for sale. Now, I am deciding what to buy for a mower. I have looked at new husqvarna 32" ($2000) and 48" ($2700) walk behinds and recenty left a message for someone selling a 2002 Snaper Pro Express, 35" deck, for $950. I don't mind the walking (it's the only exercise I get!) but also like the thought of being able to add a sulky if I feel like riding.

My question is what kinds of mowers are people happy with? Any thoughts of brands to stay away from, or brands and models people like will be greatly appreciated!






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 06-01-2004, 16:49 Post: 87446
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Two years ago I bought a TC33D and did not want to mow my lawn with it so I was faced with the same question. What to buy to mow with? There are many great mowers that are good and fast especially the zero turns, but that is all they do cut grass. I opted for another tractor a JD G100 25HP with a 54" deck, not only does it cut grass but I can use it for many other uses like pull the manure spreader or a wagon that I am loading or empting with the bigger tractor. I can leave on implement on the 33 while pulling something else with the other. Just my solution good luck.






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 06-02-2004, 18:49 Post: 87562
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What is your price range? Kubota makes a nice diesel TG series lawn mower. I think it is about $4,000. Art would be able to tell you more. They also make excellent zero turns. The most popular with us is the zd21 with a 60" deck. What size deck are you looking for. How much grass do you have to mow. The ZD mowers are pretty expensive.






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 06-02-2004, 22:36 Post: 87587
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I cut grass for a living. Check out a eXmark metro. They are great machines. 48" belt drives go for $2600. I have a 32" model. Never had a problem with it. It get 1 to 5 hours a week worth of used, 35 weeks a year for 6 years now. I wouldn't get the snapper or husqvarna mowers. Just not the same quality of a eXmark, scag, bobcat,etc.






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 06-03-2004, 06:58 Post: 87600
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I'm looking to spend somewherein the $2000 - $2500 range. In terms of size, between 36" and 42" seems like it would be a good balance between size and manuvereability. It will be used exclusively for residential work -- maybe mow my parents or in-laws on occasion but I don't have the time or inclination to do more than that.






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 06-03-2004, 07:09 Post: 87603
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I just did an Intenet search for Exmark -- the nearest dealer is about 40 minutes away. As a firm believer in dealer support, I would lean toward buying a different brand from a dealer that is closer by. Anyone else have thoughts on the Husqvarnas? Other local dealers carry Scag, Toro, Simplicity, Troy Built, Snapper, John Deere -- I'm sure there are others but I haven't looked to extensively yet. Thanks!






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Ask your Kubota dealer to show you there lawn and garden line. Also Cub cadet makes a fairly decent mower, I just bought a used 1862 with a 42" deck hyd. power steering, hyd. deck lift etc. Included wheel weights chains and a blade (which will just collect dust) for $2,200. There are allot of used mowers coming in every where that are in very good condition that are being traded for compacts.






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 06-03-2004, 18:51 Post: 87668
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You may want to consider these guys. Not many have heard of them but they invented the ZTR. I believe their prices are in the $3000 range give or take.






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 06-03-2004, 22:36 Post: 87689
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I'd recommend a used garden tractor for what it sounds like you want to do. Many people have moved up to the sub-compacts in the last four years after being introduced by Kubota. That has left a huge glut in dealers lots of clean late model garden tractors that should be selling for a lot more money then they are currently bringing often competing with the new low priced lawn tractor prices.






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 06-04-2004, 07:01 Post: 87694
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I am looking for a front mower rather than a MMM. I find that with my lawn tractor I cannot get under and around trees as well as I would like. My thought is that with a walk behind mower I will be able to cut down on the amount of trimming I need to do. Also, am I correct in thinking that a commercial walk behind will allow me to mow at a faster speed than a lawn tractor? It seems like the guys I see using scag-type mowers have a much higher ground speed than I would ever use with my current lawn tractor. Thanks for the input thus far!






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