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Old 09-01-2001, 01:20 AM
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what brand of riding mower should i buy?

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:
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Old 09-01-2001, 01:45 AM
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What are you cutting?
Homeowner or commercial cutter?
Layout of properties?
$$ willing to spend?
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Old 09-01-2001, 09:46 AM
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the lawns i mow are not that large. i am willing to spend about $1,000.
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Old 09-01-2001, 11:08 AM
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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.
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Old 09-02-2001, 02:53 AM
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With $1000.00 you should be able to get a nice self propelled walkbehind with enough money left over to get a trimmer.
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Old 09-02-2001, 02:55 AM
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what about the landscaper supply company's wb packages?
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Old 09-02-2001, 07:52 AM
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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.
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Old 12-31-2001, 08:03 AM
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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.
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Old 01-02-2002, 05:44 AM
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If you have the moneyto spend on it i have 2 words John Deere
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Old 01-12-2002, 10:29 PM
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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.
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