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#3152184 - 02/04/13 09:59 PM Riding Mower Advice Needed!!
tnfirefighter
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Registered: 10/11/04
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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]
SilverFox
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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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