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#3152184 - 02/04/13 09:59 PM Riding Mower Advice Needed!!
tnfirefighter
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Guys I am in dire need of a riding mower, Ive got 2 1/2 acres to mow, normal stuff no hills. I have went thru 2 mowers in 15 years here, craftsman and a huskavarna the husky was a complete piece of crap I went thru $60 in belts a year with it and the tranny fell out of it lol So any advice?
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#3152188 - 02/04/13 10:03 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: tnfirefighter]
TAFKAP
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Papa TAFKAP just got a Deere zero-turn, and loves it. He can do his 1.25 acres in about 3 hours.....it used to take all day. He got it from a Deere distributor, rather than the painted-green Made In China specials from Lowes.
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#3152191 - 02/04/13 10:04 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: tnfirefighter]
Carlos Viagra
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I'd recommend a zero turn. I have a JD and it's been awesome, no trouble for 7 years...
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#3152192 - 02/04/13 10:05 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: Carlos Viagra]
Carlos Viagra
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Mine is also from the JD dealer, not Lowes...
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#3152208 - 02/04/13 10:15 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: Carlos Viagra]
TN RDG RNR
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check out the Bad Boyz zero turn mowers at Tractor Supply. I mow about 5 acres. had mine for 6 years it is built like a tank only thing I have done to mine is shapen the blades change the oil and a new battery. Its a real value.
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#3152216 - 02/04/13 10:21 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: TN RDG RNR]
tnfirefighter
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So the JD mowers at lowes and home depot are not the same as the mowers at a dealership? I had heard that but wasnt sure
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#3152220 - 02/04/13 10:27 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: tnfirefighter]
Rob R.
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 Originally Posted By: tnfirefighter
So the JD mowers at lowes and home depot are not the same as the mowers at a dealership? I had heard that but wasnt sure


Oh yeah!! They are definantly different. The mowers at the dealerships are much better and heavier and stronger built. But they do cost more.
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#3152221 - 02/04/13 10:28 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: tnfirefighter]
TAFKAP
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That's what I have been told......
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#3152263 - 02/04/13 10:53 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: TAFKAP]
deerhunter10
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zero turn you could get buy with a home owners edition, I would recommend scag hustler or john deere but I would buy from an actual dealer in those mowers.
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#3152272 - 02/04/13 11:04 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: deerhunter10]
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I prefer the Dixie Chopper to the other models above for strength and speed of cutting. I could cut an acre in about 15 minutes if it was just flat out cutting. The more you have to cut around the longer it takes.

If I had a hill to cut that was anywhere near steep I would go with the Cub Zero that you can turn your front wheels. I don't know the model number but you can actually change direction instead of just hoping that you turn with the swinging front end on most zero turn mowers. I test drove one of them in the spring and it was amazing. Heading towards a highway or ditch on a true zero turn going downhill that you can't control your direction on will get you killed if the grass is wet or your tires start spinning.
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#3152280 - 02/04/13 11:16 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: SilverFox]
deerhunter10
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id have to disagree with that, don't get me wrong Dixie chopper makes a great mower, but they don't cut near as good as any ive stated above especially scag with the new velocity deck, jonh deere and exmark both make awesome cutting machines also. and the new scag cheetah is the fastest mower on market as of now. and the cub cadet will brake in a couple years... im not recommending a commercial mower for him but all I stated above make home owners additons that a good price and well built. they all make them off their commercial mowers just a little different materials. to my knowledge Dixie chopper doesn't make one of those... and the price range of a commercial mower compared to a home owners is about 3- 4 grand depending what you go with. if you really wanna spend the money and not worry for a mower in a long long time then I would highly recommend a scag turf tiger also great mowers are the new exmark x series or the john deere 900 series or the hustler super z and if you really wanna spend money the Kubota zd series. but I think you'll be just fine with a home owners edition and itll last for a good while.
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#3152284 - 02/04/13 11:17 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: deerhunter10]
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right now I have a hustler and I can mow 6 acres in 3 and a half hours and that weed eating edging and blowing everything off the road and side walk and drive way.. but I am about to up grade to a scag turf tiger.
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#3152290 - 02/04/13 11:31 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: deerhunter10]
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I use to own a commercial lawn care business. I lined several mowers up side by side and tried them out. A Dixie Chopper cut the best of all I tried in pure grass cutting. I did not try a Scag. In the line up were Exmark, JD, Grasshopper, Snapper, Kubota, and Hustler... also the yellow mower that JD makes by another name but I can't think of it right now. I think they may be out of business.

Cutting power they all were behind the Dixie. A finishing cut the Exmark was first. It handled uneven ground better than the Dixie did and got a slight edge in looks due to that... but nothing could handle the thicker grass any better.

All these were commercial mowers... not a home owner version. If you cut your grass every week and want one that will last then I wouldn't go with anything less. Sure you're going to pay more but in the long wrong it's gonna save you TIME and MONEY!

Now take into consideration that this was about 6 years ago. Things may have changed... but at that time no one could cut grass as good as Dixie.


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#3152298 - 02/04/13 11:44 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: SilverFox]
deerhunter10
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Ill agree with that but i cut commercially now amd it seems like the dixies are falling behind. But still great mowers. Scag is out front by a long shot imo. With kubota sd and exmark behind them. But mowers are like cars and guns not to many people agree on which is better and which is worse its all about that persons opinion.And ill agree i think anyone that cuts 2 plus acres should get a commercial but the home owners edition aren't bad and will save him money. I was just trying to save him a buck. But i think in the long run a commercial will save him money its an investment imo
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#3152312 - 02/05/13 01:05 AM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: deerhunter10]
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Many mowers have a engine that is undersized for the deck. A 50" mower with a 24HP motor will cut better and last longer than a 60" mower with the same 24HP motor.
I cut 2 acres with my 50" Dixie Chopper in a little over a hour.A commercial mower has a heavier framed and welded deck. A cheaper residential mower uses a lower gauge steel and a stamped deck.
Dixie Chopper,Bad Boyz,Kubota,and exmark all make good commercial mowers. Like cars look for a good deal on last years models.
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#3152819 - 02/05/13 01:05 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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I bought a new Scag last summer and it is awesome!
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#3152827 - 02/05/13 01:14 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: striker12]
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Do NOT buy a "Residential" mower. They are quite literally designed to last about 2 seasons.

Even a used commercial mower will be a better option. For a homeowner who keeps it clean and maintained, a commercial mower will last them practically forever.

And do not be fooled into thinking all zero turn mowers are commercial grade - they are not. The residential zero turns get smaller motors, stamped steel decks, and weaker/slower hydro drive pumps.

Yes, you will pay more for a commercial mower, but you won't be buying another one in 2 summers like you will with most residential mowers.

Go commercial - you will be happier.
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#3153015 - 02/05/13 04:25 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: tnfirefighter]
Allen Sullivan
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Get a JD, they just seem to last for years for us.
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#3153031 - 02/05/13 04:42 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: Allen Sullivan]
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I'd go with Scag or Kubota. I've run a Kubota ZD for about 5 years with no issues.
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#3153060 - 02/05/13 05:14 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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 Originally Posted By: TN RDG RNR
check out the Bad Boyz zero turn mowers at Tractor Supply. I mow about 5 acres. had mine for 6 years it is built like a tank only thing I have done to mine is shapen the blades change the oil and a new battery. Its a real value.


X2 have the same mower. Cut 7.5 acres and this thing Flat out gets it.

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#3153061 - 02/05/13 05:14 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: bowhunterfanatic]
KillMode
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Exmark laser z hands down. All the big lawn compies use them also
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#3153182 - 02/05/13 06:49 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: Rob R.]
shopson
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 Originally Posted By: Rob R.
 Originally Posted By: tnfirefighter
So the JD mowers at lowes and home depot are not the same as the mowers at a dealership? I had heard that but wasnt sure


Oh yeah!! They are definantly different. The mowers at the dealerships are much better and heavier and stronger built. But they do cost more.

If you buy a D 100 series tractor at Lowes it is the exactly same D 100 series mower sold at Deere dealerships. Designed by Deere engineers, built in a Deere factory by Deere associates. I ought to kinow. I have been employed there for over 20 years. They are built and stored and when an order comes in they are picked from the same stock, no matter whether its going to Lowes, Home Depot, or a John Deere dealership. Anybody who says different does not know what they are talking about.

Yep, there are better built, more expensive Deeres built than the D 100 series. They are the premiums. But I guarantee you the D100s are very good mowers for the homeowner and there is no difference between the D 100s that go to dealerships than to Lowes.

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#3153190 - 02/05/13 06:57 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: shopson]
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 Originally Posted By: shopson
 Originally Posted By: Rob R.
 Originally Posted By: tnfirefighter
So the JD mowers at lowes and home depot are not the same as the mowers at a dealership? I had heard that but wasnt sure


Oh yeah!! They are definantly different. The mowers at the dealerships are much better and heavier and stronger built. But they do cost more.

If you buy a D 100 series tractor at Lowes it is the exactly same D 100 series mower sold at Deere dealerships. Designed by Deere engineers, built in a Deere factory by Deere associates. I ought to kinow. I have been employed there for over 20 years. They are built and stored and when an order comes in they are picked from the same stock, no matter whether its going to Lowes, Home Depot, or a John Deere dealership. Anybody who says different does not know what they are talking about.


You are right but the x series at the Deere dealer are not the same and you can't buy them at lowes D series is junk just like alot of the other brands they are disposable
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#3153580 - 02/06/13 08:39 AM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: big 8's in Weakley county]
Allen Sullivan
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We have been buying JD mowers from JD dealers for the past 30 years or longer. I don't know about the body but the decks that with the mowers from the dealers are much heaver and made a lot better than you get from Lowes and HD.
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#3153782 - 02/06/13 11:52 AM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
Do NOT buy a "Residential" mower. They are quite literally designed to last about 2 seasons.

Even a used commercial mower will be a better option. For a homeowner who keeps it clean and maintained, a commercial mower will last them practically forever.

And do not be fooled into thinking all zero turn mowers are commercial grade - they are not. The residential zero turns get smaller motors, stamped steel decks, and weaker/slower hydro drive pumps.

Yes, you will pay more for a commercial mower, but you won't be buying another one in 2 summers like you will with most residential mowers.

Go commercial - you will be happier.


The Hustler Sport is aimed at homeowners but I had one in for a tuneup last summer and it was a really well built mower. Where most brand's homeowner mowers seem cheaper built or lesser made than their commercial line it was solid from the deck to the frame. I really couln't find where they cut corners to make it a "residential" mower like you can easily find on other brands i've seen. I'd take a look at them if I was in the lesser priced zero turn market. If I wasn't in the zero turn market I'd buy a John Deere from the dealer. To me they're better than anything else. Haven't been impressed by Kubota and Cub Cadets are pieces of chit. For what you're describing you do with it.

Buying commercial is definitely not a bad idea. But justifying the cost may be. Personally if I was in your place I'd really think about like a 54" commercial hydro walk behind. I've probably mowed more in a week on one than most non scum sucking lawn boys will mow in a lifetime and they're versatile and quick. My main reason to go that route though is they're cheaper than sit down ZTR's and will still cut your mowing time in half compared to a tractor type mower. But some may not be as comfortable on them and would prefer sitting down than standing/balancing on a velke behind one.

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#3154037 - 02/06/13 04:11 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: redlegs07]
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Another vote for the Kubota. Scags and Exmarks are really good mowers also.
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#3154071 - 02/06/13 04:51 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: darn2ten]
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I have a husqvarna tractor and it blows. My neighbor has a lowes john deere zero turn and i use it when mine breaks down. It is the best mower i have ever used. This will be the 4th season for it and she hasnt turned a bolt on it.
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#3154096 - 02/06/13 05:13 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: SilverFox]
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I have a heavy duty MTD Tractor style mower (18hp - 48" deck)that just finished it's 20th year last Fall mowing my 3.25 acres. Of course I HAVE changed a few parts in the mean time. And this discussion reminds me that I better get the engine off and grind the valves because it was definitely showing signs of "burned" exhaust valves at the end of last Summer.
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#3154238 - 02/06/13 07:03 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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[quote=TN RDG RNR]check out the Bad Boyz zero turn mowers at Tractor Supply. I mow about 5 acres. had mine for 6 years it is built like a tank only thing I have done to mine is shapen the blades change the oil and a new battery. Its a real value. [/quote

I have a Bad Boy also. They are built like a tank. I have the CZT model, it weights 825lbs. Very thick steel and very well built. Have not had a bit of problems with it. I got mine @ a Bad Boy dealer in Murfreesboro,Tn.

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#3154312 - 02/06/13 07:39 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: Allen Sullivan]
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 Originally Posted By: Allen Sullivan
We have been buying JD mowers from JD dealers for the past 30 years or longer. I don't know about the body but the decks that with the mowers from the dealers are much heaver and made a lot better than you get from Lowes and HD.


If you buy the exact same mower at a dealer that Lowes has which is the D series, not the X series which is a premium mower, they have exactly the same deck along with every other component.

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#3154407 - 02/06/13 08:32 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: shopson]
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jd makes a decent mower not near as good as they used to be the only series to stay away from is the 800 series I know a lot of people that have trouble out of them and I mowed on one for a few weeks all kinds of problems. like I said earier you cant go wrong with scag, Kubota, exmark, and hustler. also Dixie chopper makes a good one and jd. the new velocity deck on the scag is the best on the market you can even look it up. they are on top with exmark 2nd and the rest behind them. but I would for sure get a commercial even a used one is your best bet.
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