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What type of mower are you using?

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by joem1cha3l, May 12, 2017.

  1. May 12, 2017 at 3:56 PM
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    joem1cha3l

    joem1cha3l [OP] New Member

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    Last year I bought a John Deere D140 Riding Mower w/ a 48" deck. Its been at the dealer for the last month getting fixed. They dropped it off and 2 days later it wouldn't start for an entirely different reason. The damn thing only has 8 hours on it.

    I have the BIG ITCH for a zero turn. I started a side mowing business for some extra cash. I've looked at some of the entry level Scag mowers and I just dont know that I can justify spending 6-8k on an entry level mower.

    Im also considering looking at Gravely. I wasn't really impressed with the Toro models.

    Educate me fellas! You're all so good at spending my money.
     
  2. May 12, 2017 at 4:12 PM
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    NewImprovedRon

    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    I had an MTD for about 18 years and had to do very little to it during that time. I've had a John Deere LX280 for about 10 years and it has spent an inordinate amount of time in the shop. I tried to sell it a while back and no one was interested. I bought a Cub Cadet riding mower about a year ago as a backup and now the John Deere is doing fine......go figure. I think it is jealous of the Cub and is watching its p's and q's.....

    P.S. My neighbor has an MTD and he is the laziest person I have ever met. Doesn't do anything but put gas in it and it runs very well.
     
  3. May 12, 2017 at 5:15 PM
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    TXRailRoadBandit73

    TXRailRoadBandit73 RUNNIN' WITH THE DEVIL RÖCKIN' N RÖLLIN'

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    John Deere JS30 walk behind..ther are 2 models front wheels that turn and other that dont..i have the one that dont.. also has the fast n slow propel speed selector...was my dads til he bought a John Deere X304 riding mower (rear wheels turn too) ...this walk behind he had for years.. then he gave up on it cuz he couldn't get started..so i took n did some youtube searches bought parts needed from small engine repair shop..now she purring like a kitten one pull cranks right up took bag off also put mulching blade...when my father passed my mother doesn't let my sister's kids use riding mower so its sitting ther collecting dust i might pick up bring back with me even though i have small yard a walk behind can do job...but thats what i have...John Deere JS30
     
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  4. May 12, 2017 at 5:34 PM
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    mdavis

    mdavis I need a beer.

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    Husqvarna 48" rider from lowes. 7 years old and the deck is beginning to separate. Not bad I guess but not good either. Will be looking for a zero turn next but like everything else I want, waiting on funds to replenish since building the house.
     
  5. May 12, 2017 at 5:53 PM
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    Boondoc89

    Boondoc89 Shit happens when you party naked

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    I like a zero turn but also like to drink a beer when I mow. Zero turns make that a little difficult lol. We have an old Ford tractor with a finish deck on the 3 point hitch and i can just cruise right along with a beer and my ipod.
     
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  6. May 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM
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    mgh-pa

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    I have a Gravely Promaster 148z. Bought it used with 300hrs in it. Thing is built like a tank and is full commercial. I mow ~2 acres with it, so it's by no means abused. I've had it for about 5 years now and I've had to replace the original battery this year (from 2005). I had my hydro belt break this year, and I replaced my PTO belt. Other than that, haven't had to touch it.

    If I had to do it over again, I probably wouldn't get another. I would look for something with suspension and a bigger deck (54"+) simply for edging and reaching under trees.
     
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  7. May 12, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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    mdavis

    mdavis I need a beer.

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    Me too.
     
  8. May 12, 2017 at 6:55 PM
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    I have a 1997 bobcat 48"walk behind with a 15hp Koehler. Just like the one in this pic. I bought it in high school to do my parents and 2 neighbors lawns. Then grew a bit to 5-10 lawns, During college I cut about lawns per week with it. Made my own schedule , it was great. Paid my way through college mowing lawns. I had a little trick too...i would fertilize lawns for free, cost me about $50 a year per lawn....but they looked better so I'd get referrals and I'd end up needing to mow more frequently so it paid off for sure. I still use it on my lawn and it runs great. Sharpen the blades often (used to do it weekly in college) change the oil , keep up with greasing it and keep the air filter clean. Best piece of equipment I've ever owned.

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  9. May 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM
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    42" Deere L series. Gets the heavy lifting done. Also have a yardman push mower 22" with a Honda engine. Beat the hell out of that Honda. It's a damn tank. I won't buy any "small engine" (push mower, pressure washer, paint sprayer, generator, etc) that isn't powered by Honda.
     
  10. May 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM
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    If you're looking at one for a business, look at some used Kubota's. unbreakable machines.
    Another Japanese manufacturer getting smart and operating in Texas. Can't go wrong there!
     
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  11. May 12, 2017 at 7:28 PM
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    Randy Morton

    Randy Morton Life takes its toll, please have exact change.

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    Back when I had a lawn mower, it was a Sears riding mower with a a 5hp Tecumseh engine. my Dad bought it in '75 and gave it to me when he upgraded. I gave it to a friend in about 2010 when I no longer had any yard to mow. Regular maintenance works wonders. In case you were wondering, I didn't move. My wife's an avid gardener and has taken over the entire yard.
    Here's part of the front yard.

    Here's part of the back yard.
     
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  12. May 12, 2017 at 7:32 PM
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    COMiamiFan

    COMiamiFan SSEM #3. Don't forget to try the search bar. #PSL

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    For me, this summer will be my 10 YO son Daniel :devil:
     
  13. May 12, 2017 at 10:21 PM
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    Spolar

    Spolar Going broke

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    I wish I needed a mower... really need to move somewhere that I can actually have a yard
     
  14. May 13, 2017 at 1:48 AM
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    joem1cha3l

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    Be careful what you wish for Zac haha
     
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  15. May 13, 2017 at 2:11 AM
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    rons23

    rons23 Get The Led Out!!!

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    Damn that's some green grass. Beautiful lawn Sean.
     
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  16. May 13, 2017 at 2:13 AM
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    What do you think of a walk behind for less than flat terrain? I've been told that they're much better for hilly areas than zero turns. Pretty versatile?
     
  17. May 13, 2017 at 2:14 AM
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    rons23 Get The Led Out!!!

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    42" Toro Zero Time Cutter. Cuts great and quick. As for getting down in a ditch, it sucks. My next mower will be a AWD rider.
     
  18. May 13, 2017 at 2:40 AM
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    Spolar Going broke

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    ha! I did most of the yardwork at my parents house when I was a kid. It's worth it.
     
  19. May 13, 2017 at 4:01 AM
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    54" hustler fast track superduty. When I was looking for a commercial duty zero turn it could not be beat for cost vs features. Suppose to be the original zero turn mower. Fabricated heavy decks hd hydraulics. Kaw engine. 2 years on it. No complaints.
     
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    It's been through hell and still runs/cuts
     
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    Husqvarna Z248F w/ a Kawasaki twin. This new 48" fab deck is a beast. Cuts much better than any of the old fab decks and even better than my previous 46" stamped deck. I might be a little biased since I help design the cutting systems on our rider products, but I'm very happy with it.

    We do have a cup (beer) holder built in, but with a little practice controlling the sticks with one hand and holding your beer in the other becomes second nature (not that I condone mowing while intoxicated). Haha :cheers:CC23E85B-4D91-41F0-9962-C7824F4F1FEA.jpg
     
  22. May 13, 2017 at 4:50 AM
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    Boondoc89

    Boondoc89 Shit happens when you party naked

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    Can't have too much beer when you're mowing. Gotta keep the lines straight! When I was just a young kid I used to have a neighbor who was a hardcore alcoholic. At least twice a year he would crash his mower. I remember watching him hit one of his clothes line poles and damn near fell off the mower lol. Luckily it shut off when his ass left the seat. I don't condone that cuz it's dangerous but when I'm on the tractor that's my relaxation time lol
     
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    Lol. Got one of those too. I'm sure I'll have to cut my grass at least twice this year!
     
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    More than one way to skin a cat here.
    Beer helmet or camelbak.
     
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    Had a beer helmet. They're not as awesome as you'd think. You get mostly foam
     
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    Just gotta drink 'em faster. :muscleflexing:
     
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    JD X320 48" cut and a Honda 22" cut push for the trim for our 3 acres. Most of the JDs at HD and Lowes have the BS engine which I think are junk, we got our's from JD and it comes with the twin V Kawasaki.
     
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    My John Deere has an 18hp Kawasaki V Twin as well and has been problem-free. Great engine!
     
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    I have a John Deere X300 with the 17hp Kawasaki V Twin motor. As previously stated, fantastic engine and problem free mower for the past 10 years. Hoping for another 10-15 years.
     
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    I love my walk behind. It's a zero turn as well, obvious not a sit on zero turn though. It works great on flat as well as pretty steep slopes. I have used several ride in zero turn, mostly scag turf tigers, they don't do nearly as well in hills and slopes. Some side slopes I've cut with my bobcat I wouldn't come with r feet of with a ride on zero turn. If I had a huge 2+ acre flat yard I'd get a ride in zero turn. But even the slopes in my yard are a bit too much. The conpany tgat mows my neighbors lawn bring a rider and a walker to his yard because they can't ride on some of the slopes he has.
     
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