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post #1 of 29 Old July 30th, 2016, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Welp, I've spent three years in a townhome and had the pleasure of not having to do yard work in that time. We're going to settlement in two weeks both selling our current place and buying a single family home on about a 3/4 acre lot. There are only two smaller trees, and the land is generally pretty flat. Basically, I'm not going to be asking much of whatever I get. All I know is I want a riding mower. Pushing is for the birds and a zero turn really just isn't necessary for this yard.

Any recommendations? My local hardware store sells Husqvarna mowers, but I'm willing to shop around.

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I have had experience with home Depot version of lawn boy self propelled and cub cadet rider. Both I have given gas and it went just fine. the cub cadet can be temperamental when mowing in reverse. the set you go in afa setting key blade off put key to reverse mow then engage blage and put in reverse. If it starts to cut out stop what you are doing mqke sure you are in neutral hit gas to verify and yaddah yaddah yaddah why cant we play with yard darts yet?

the only reason I went with cub cadet was it was the only one to fit in between a fence when I pull the guard up.

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I didn't have chains but I did have a blade. look at the path I forced from the back yard where the shit was stored to the street


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I had a brand new Craftsman, which in everything but color appeared to be identical to the Husqvarna sitting next to it. Had a 20hp briggs, 42" cut, and a snowthrower attachment. Ran great, let me clear the alley behind my old house, and worked great till my ex wife burned my garage down.

Then I bought a used John Deere LX-176 that was built in 1992. It still runs, has a snow thrower, mows in reverse (the craftsman didn't), and has a 14hp yamaha motor.

If you can find one, John Deere really do last forever if you take care of them.

Otherwise, nothing wrong with the Husq that I know of. Don't know how much snow you get, how long your driveway is, etc, but having a big snowblower attachment is a godsend when you get heavy snow. Get wheel weights, snow chains, rear weights to offset the snowthrower weight to get traction, and you can have your driveway/sidewalk done in minutes. My old house was at the end of a dead end alley, and I'd always get plowed in (IF the city plowed it) and I'd clear the whole alley in about 20 minutes.

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I had a brand new Craftsman, which in everything but color appeared to be identical to the Husqvarna sitting next to it. Had a 20hp briggs, 42" cut, and a snowthrower attachment. Ran great, let me clear the alley behind my old house, and worked great till my ex wife burned my garage down.

Then I bought a used John Deere LX-176 that was built in 1992. It still runs, has a snow thrower, mows in reverse (the craftsman didn't), and has a 14hp yamaha motor.

If you can find one, John Deere really do last forever if you take care of them.

Otherwise, nothing wrong with the Husq that I know of. Don't know how much snow you get, how long your driveway is, etc, but having a big snowblower attachment is a godsend when you get heavy snow. Get wheel weights, snow chains, rear weights to offset the snowthrower weight to get traction, and you can have your driveway/sidewalk done in minutes. My old house was at the end of a dead end alley, and I'd always get plowed in (IF the city plowed it) and I'd clear the whole alley in about 20 minutes.
That's because they're both made by MTD. MTD makes all the box store mowers, except John Deere, who still makes their box store mowers, only with cheaper parts than the ones you get from the John Deere store.

Honestly, all the MTD mowers are the same junk, but it sounds like for what you're doing, it would be fine. When we bought that last place we had in Oklahoma, I bought a brand new Crapsman (MTD), hydrostatic drive, biggest baddest mower they made, and it was a pile of shit from day 1. After waiting on parts for a week, just to have it break again, I went and bought a real mower. The Crapsman took a little over 4 hours to mow ~ 4 acres. When I brought the Hustler Fastrak home, it took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Money well spent, and the Hustler hasn't broken one single time. I only put about 70 hours on the Crapsman and it broke at least 10-12 times. I just couldn't take it anymore.



Whatever you get, make sure it's hydrostatic drive. IMO it's worth the little extra to have it over the clutch.

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I had a brand new Craftsman, which in everything but color appeared to be identical to the Husqvarna sitting next to it. Had a 20hp briggs, 42" cut, and a snowthrower attachment. Ran great, let me clear the alley behind my old house, and worked great till my ex wife burned my garage down.

Then I bought a used John Deere LX-176 that was built in 1992. It still runs, has a snow thrower, mows in reverse (the craftsman didn't), and has a 14hp yamaha motor.

If you can find one, John Deere really do last forever if you take care of them.

Otherwise, nothing wrong with the Husq that I know of. Don't know how much snow you get, how long your driveway is, etc, but having a big snowblower attachment is a godsend when you get heavy snow. Get wheel weights, snow chains, rear weights to offset the snowthrower weight to get traction, and you can have your driveway/sidewalk done in minutes. My old house was at the end of a dead end alley, and I'd always get plowed in (IF the city plowed it) and I'd clear the whole alley in about 20 minutes.
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It's been awhile since I've bought a mower (currently have 2,200 hours on my Exmark) but from glancing at trips to the hardware store aren't lawn tractors and zero turns pretty much the same price? After having a zero turn after a lawn tractor, I would never go back to a tractor even for 3/4 acre. The time savings between the two is night and day and I don't think the price is much more.

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It's been awhile since I've bought a mower (currently have 2,200 hours on my Exmark) but from glancing at trips to the hardware store aren't lawn tractors and zero turns pretty much the same price? After having a zero turn after a lawn tractor, I would never go back to a tractor even for 3/4 acre. The time savings between the two is night and day and I don't think the price is much more.

For me, needing to have a heavy duty snowblower, the zero turn just doesn't cut it. I can't afford the space in my garage for both a zero turn and a big snowblower, so having both in one is ideal.

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Can't beat Craftsman quality. We've had the same 38" rider for 25+ years now. Currently has a carb issue but it still runs.



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Can't beat Craftsman quality. We've had the same 38" rider for 25+ years now. Currently has a carb issue but it still runs.



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Yeah, unfortunately, the Craftsman you have from 25 years ago is nowhere near the shit MTD builds for Crapsman now. You're not even in the same ballpark with those machines. Go buy a Crapsman now, and it's complete junk. So yes, you can beat Crapsman quality with just about anything.

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Yeah, unfortunately, the Craftsman you have from 25 years ago is nowhere near the shit MTD builds for Crapsman now. You're not even in the same ballpark with those machines. Go buy a Crapsman now, and it's complete junk. So yes, you can beat Crapsman quality with just about anything.
Agreeed... My parents have a Craftsman that is probably around 10 years old and it's broken more than any other mower. Mandrel just had to be replaced on it.
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That's because they're both made by MTD. MTD makes all the box store mowers, except John Deere, who still makes their box store mowers, only with cheaper parts than the ones you get from the John Deere store.

Honestly, all the MTD mowers are the same junk, but it sounds like for what you're doing, it would be fine. When we bought that last place we had in Oklahoma, I bought a brand new Crapsman (MTD), hydrostatic drive, biggest baddest mower they made, and it was a pile of shit from day 1. After waiting on parts for a week, just to have it break again, I went and bought a real mower. The Crapsman took a little over 4 hours to mow ~ 4 acres. When I brought the Hustler Fastrak home, it took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Money well spent, and the Hustler hasn't broken one single time. I only put about 70 hours on the Crapsman and it broke at least 10-12 times. I just couldn't take it anymore.



Whatever you get, make sure it's hydrostatic drive. IMO it's worth the little extra to have it over the clutch.
I've started to notice this. They all use the same "maintenance free" transaxles. I'm skeptical to say the least. It seems like only the garden tractors have the beefier and servicable transaxles.

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I've started to notice this. They all use the same "maintenance free" transaxles. I'm skeptical to say the least. It seems like only the garden tractors have the beefier and servicable transaxles.
And they all use that Briggs Intex engine and it's junk. Lots of valve problems, and a terrible air filtration system. Like I said earlier, for what you're doing, it'll probably be okay, but you need to maintain it well. KEEP A FRESH AIR FILTER IN A INTEX ENGINE. But they really are junk, and they're all made by MTD, so it doesn't matter what brand you buy, unless you want to step it up and spend more coin.

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And they all use that Briggs Intex engine and it's junk. Lots of valve problems, and a terrible air filtration system. Like I said earlier, for what you're doing, it'll probably be okay, but you need to maintain it well. KEEP A FRESH AIR FILTER IN A INTEX ENGINE. But they really are junk, and they're all made by MTD, so it doesn't matter what brand you buy, unless you want to step it up and spend more coin.
Any insight on the Kohler 7000 series engines?

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Sounds like the best option here is a goat.. otherwise my dad and neighbor have had good luck with airens mowers

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Any insight on the Kohler 7000 series engines?
I don't know what series it is but the Craftsman I referenced earlier has a Kohler 21 hp motor in it. Pretty sure the motor has never had any failure or issue. It's always been the transmission, electrical, decking, etc that broke.
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46" Craftsman I bought in 2008. Been good to me. The only thing I wish I had purchased was the three bag bagger instead of the two.
Mulching kit for the win.

I hate bagging, always get a mulching mower.

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My dad seems like he's always having issues with his newer craftsman. I have a little rear engine John deere that I paid less than 100 bucks for thats been a great mower. I also had a bigger cub cadet before the deere that I sold because it was too big for my yard. It was a really nice mower though. In hindsight I should've kept it. It was shaft drive and had a 48" deck. It ran really quiet.

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