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Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 05:12 PM
I need a new riding mower. One I have is twenty years old given to me by a friend. After my horses were moved off my land two years ago, I've been using it.

It is slowly dying--eeps.

Anybody know what I should be looking for? Motor etc... what to steer away from?

Don't want to spend too much money, but do want quality, something maybe in between high-low price ... Don't want a tractor.
Thanks

cray
05-06-2008, 05:13 PM
http://userpages.bright.net/~bpe/exmark/pics/exmark_lazer_z_hp.jpg

Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 05:16 PM
http://userpages.bright.net/~bpe/exmark/pics/exmark_lazer_z_hp.jpg
Looks purtty but what about the power spec,???? ;)

cray
05-06-2008, 05:23 PM
how much land are you mowing there, kiddo?

Brutal Mustang
05-06-2008, 05:27 PM
Yes, I have advice for you ... never run over Great Dane dog poop! It's way overrated!

Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 05:37 PM
how much land are you mowing there, kiddo?

Five ac. Hubby wants to put a couple of cows on it ---but I say NO! He'll just want to eat them later and I'll already have them named. :D

cray
05-06-2008, 05:45 PM
Five ac. Hubby wants to put a couple of cows on it ---but I say NO! He'll just want to eat them later and I'll already have them named. :D


well, the only thing i'll say is that you must skip the mowers you see at home depot, lowes, where ever,..

go to a landscape place and get a commercial mower.
it'll cost you but in the end it'll be worth it.

Seaclusion
05-06-2008, 05:48 PM
Get the cows. They're natural lawnmowers. And they don't taste like chicken.

Richard

chevbrock
05-06-2008, 05:58 PM
I'm with Seaclusion - get the cows!

But onto matters ride-on. We just bought a John Deere. We liked the nice wide cutting arc and the tight turning circle.

An important thing to consider also is the maintenance schedule on your mower. Some of the cheaper ones need a lot more maintenance, and that can be very expensive, especially if you have to cart the mower over to their place to have it done. One of the reasons we bought the JD is that, after the first service, you can buy a kit and do the maintenance at home.

And another thing - when looking at what mower you want, buy more horsepower than you think you will need.

Siddow
05-06-2008, 05:58 PM
We have a John Deere that we love. Okay, I've never even been on the thing, but that was part of the deal; he could spend a few grand on the mower of his dreams, and I was forever out of mowing duties.

On thing to consider, if you've got hills--get one that moves the oil around by pressure, not gravity, or you'll burn the motor up.

And only cut around the house. The back four acres are 'fields', lol.

James81
05-06-2008, 06:00 PM
Go to sears and get a Craftsman.

Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 06:02 PM
John Deere and Craftsman are both reliable names..

Hmm, horsepower etc... is what I'm trying to find out--w/o going and talking to sales people...

lakotagirl
05-06-2008, 06:03 PM
We just got a John Deere also.

I was pushing for a cheapie from Tractor Supply. They cost about 1/2 what the John Deere was, but hubby says that the John Deere is cheaper in the long run.

Get the cows.

James81
05-06-2008, 06:06 PM
From my experience, I've heard that John Deere riding mowers are nothing special (they just have the name) and are about twice as much as anything else. John Deere makes a better tractor than a lawnmower methinks.

If you pull up the hood, you're going to find essentially the same engine (Briggs-Straton) in all of them. So paying the "price" for a John Deere in this case is really just paying for a name.

Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 06:35 PM
We just got a John Deere also.

I was pushing for a cheapie from Tractor Supply. They cost about 1/2 what the John Deere was, but hubby says that the John Deere is cheaper in the long run.

Get the cows.
Lol! No to cows--he'll want to serve on the dinner table. They'll be pets by then. Trying to head off a arguement in long run. ;)

James81
05-06-2008, 06:40 PM
Lol! No to cows--he'll want to serve on the dinner table. They'll be pets by then. Trying to head off a arguement in long run. ;)

Plus, goats are way better than cows anyway.

Bmwhtly
05-06-2008, 07:12 PM
Five ac. Hmmm... well, the mowing'll go quicker if you find a mower with a turbo-charger. :)

If you don't want cows, you could always think about sheeps or goats instead.

writerterri
05-06-2008, 08:08 PM
http://userpages.bright.net/~bpe/exmark/pics/exmark_lazer_z_hp.jpg


That's a people mower. dork.


But for me, I need one that rumbles a lot. And the seat needs to be more like a saddle. :D

CACTUSWENDY
05-06-2008, 09:00 PM
Can not speak for you Kimmi, but if I had to buy one.... it better come with a tall, handsome guy to drive it. (Wink) I mean, geez, what better way to spend the ah...day?

(Just my 2 cents....)

Little Red Barn
05-06-2008, 09:26 PM
Okey-dokey you guys are great! I got:
John Deere
Craftsman
Cows
Goats
Turbo charge thingy

but ..it still seems I don't know too much about riding mowers. :D

Siddow
05-06-2008, 09:48 PM
Just get the one with the most horses and the widest deck and you'll be fine, Farmer Kimmi.

Gravity
05-06-2008, 09:50 PM
Get one with really bright headlights, so you can chase smoochers off your back forty at dusk. Hey, fun's where you find it...