View Full Version : what brand of riding mower should i buy?

Robert Doubrava
09-01-2001, 02:20 AM
i will need a new riding mower soon, and i need some suggestions on what brands to buy. feel free to give any suggestions!:blob3:

09-01-2001, 02:45 AM
What are you cutting?
Homeowner or commercial cutter?
Layout of properties?
$$ willing to spend?

Robert Doubrava
09-01-2001, 10:46 AM
the lawns i mow are not that large. i am willing to spend about $1,000.

Eric ELM
09-01-2001, 12:08 PM
For $1,000 about all you will find worth buying is a used commercial walk behind. You can cut 2 to 3 times as much grass with a 48" w/b than you could with a 48" tractor. Any new rider for less than $1,000 isn't worth bringing home in my opinion.

Actually a $3,000 rider isn't worth bringing home. I'd still spend it on a used commercial unit first.

Richard Martin
09-02-2001, 03:53 AM
With $1000.00 you should be able to get a nice self propelled walkbehind with enough money left over to get a trimmer.

09-02-2001, 03:55 AM
what about the landscaper supply company's wb packages?

John DiMartino
09-02-2001, 08:52 AM
You definietely dont want a new 1000 dollar rider,I wouldnt buy a rider below 5500,they are just not up to commercial use,like the more expensive ones.I agree with the others,get a used 48-52"W/b,they are tanks,and will hold up to just about anything.Add a sulky or seat when $ allows,and you have durable,efficient,great cutting unit that will last for years.Even if your going used riders,the cheapest ones around here,that are commercial,and at least 52"-60".go for 2000-3000,for an older 3 wheel rider,or a really abused ZTR that needs TLC.A clean ZTR with at least 22hp,and a 52" will bring no less than 3500 if it is in good condition,even if its 5-6 yrs old.

12-31-2001, 09:03 AM
in my opinion the murray w briggs and hydrostat is your way to go. i used one commercialy for several yrs. it still runs fine,although
i now use a lazer,which is true commercial.
i used to laugh when folks said they had murrays.
then i realised most were from 5 to 20 yrs old.
not bad for the money.
easy deck level helps keep your cut smooth even
if the tires are not right. jmho. later now
ps maintenance is the key.

01-02-2002, 06:44 AM
If you have the moneyto spend on it i have 2 words John Deere

01-12-2002, 11:29 PM
We have used a John Deere 240 Garden tractor for almost 10 years now, in some of the roughest places you can imagine. Has ALWAYS performed like a champ, definately worth the $5000 we paid for it. Easy to maintain too. Dont bother with any other brand.

Robert Doubrava
01-13-2002, 02:29 PM
Yep. I was thinking John Deere is the way to go. After all, Nothing Runs Like a Deere!!:cool:

01-13-2002, 03:34 PM
I can think of a good brand to buy C:\My Documents\Lawn Stuff\big jim3.jpg

John DiMartino
01-13-2002, 06:09 PM
Robert,you were thinking John Deere,but you have 1000 bucks,You cant afford a new rider if its going to be a JD,No matter how good the 5K JD is,I'd walk right past it for an entry level 60"ZTR for 6-7000.No way the JD can keep up with the ZTR,

Robert Doubrava
01-13-2002, 09:00 PM
Yeah. I know that. If, somehow, I get more money, I'll buy one. Not sure, though.

01-15-2002, 07:45 PM
Robert, If most of your accounts are small .. I think a 52 or 60" Ztr is a little too big for you ?? Look into Walkers.. Plenty of used ones around here in the 3 to 5K range for the larger commercial ones with 42 or 48" decks... can get them without the GHS system for alot less money.. Basically that will make it like a ZTR that the others are talking about but with more menuverability and the ability to get through 48" gates...

01-15-2002, 10:38 PM
i payed $200 for my tractor (can be seen at www.stslawncare.com under lawnsite pictures) and its the best investment i ever made, its 20+ years old but runs like new.

01-16-2002, 04:19 AM
scottie, what is that in picture#6 on your equipment list?