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#3153061 - 02/05/13 05:14 PM Re: Riding Mower Advice Needed!! [Re: bowhunterfanatic]
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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]
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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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