I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: beemerboy On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:57 pm

The machine I have is a 28 year old John deere 160 with a 15 year old Honda motor. I'm sick of working on it to keep it running. So I finally, I began the search.

So far, I've looked at (all the same basic specs 22 hp v-twin 46" deck):

Ariens - Briggs - Home Depot
John Deere - Home Depot
Husqvarna - Lowes
Husqvarna - Dealer
Ariens - Kohler - Dealer
Toro - Dealer
Cub Cadet - Tractor supply

I'm soo confused.

So far I pretty much have it narrowed down to an Ariens from Home Depot for $1400. I know, I've heard the cautions about buying from the"big box store", but the reviews make it sound pretty darn good.
beemerboy
 
Stove/Furnace Make: SAEY
Stove/Furnace Model: Hannover 1

Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:26 pm

I don't know, I bought a Toro from HD two years ago because my old Scag gave up & I have had good service so far. I talked to a dealer that didn't have any zero turns left & he told me that they were the same as his, I was under the gun as there weren't many to be had at the end of season so I bought what I could afford price wise as well, there were a lot of larger more expensive machines still around but they wanted like darn near used car prices. I still have a JD 160 that the wife uses, all original & I hope to keep that going for her if she quits running over things it may last a while longer. :roll:
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:29 pm

dont screw around get a kubota bx series i have a 1500 and a 2300 little salty but u get what u pay for...
buffalo bob
 
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: Dennis On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:33 pm

unless your going to use it for commerical work,the big box stores are fine.I had a 18 hp husky tractor for 24 yrs,beat the crap out of it and when it took longer to start then to cut the grass,I got a new toro z-5000 at home depot in 2008 and have not had any problems yet.
Dennis
 
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: beemerboy On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:47 pm

I have about an acre and a half to mow and a limited income.

At 58 (will be 59 in August) waiting for a new heart, I figure that if I can probably get 15 years out of no matter what I buy, this will be the last machine I'll need to buy, Also, no matter what condition I'm in at 75 years old, I cant see myself mowing the lawn.
beemerboy
 
Stove/Furnace Make: SAEY
Stove/Furnace Model: Hannover 1

Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:43 pm

Ever think of a good used mower, more a commercial ? Cast iron front end, hydraulic drive (no drive belt) grease zerks. Take a look at an Ingersoll, they are built fairy well, and could find a good used one for the price of the big box store models. Of coarse their is nothing that is indestructable. I know of one that had the pressed steel front axle, and the turn spindle rubbed the hole into an oblong shape with it's brass bushing (no grease zerk)
AA130FIREMAN
 
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:31 pm

I agree with Fireman - I wouldn't buy any new item from any of those places. Buy an old (over 15 years) used unit for a tenth the cost and ZERO sales tax, and it will last you forever.
SMITTY
 
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:14 pm

Find yourself a good used zero turn. The box stores are selling junk. It doesn't matter what brand it is, they cheat on them.
coaledsweat
 
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Re: I'm looking for a new lawn tractor.

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:24 pm

I agree on the zero turn for the least effort in running it.

New is nice for about 2500. Much heavier built than my old Dixon which lasted over ten years and I bought it well used.
franco b
 
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