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Best selling rider of all time?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm just wondering if this isn't the best selling mower (riding) mower of all time. They ran ok, parts were cheap, I know it wasn't commercial but they sure did sell a lot of these. I guess Walmart gave them the boot and put them out of business. Back before I mowed commercially I ran some of these cheap mowers for years on my own property, treated them rough, and though they were basically a piece of junk they just seemed to keep ticking (like a timex). Just wondering how many of these were sold before they disappeared.

  2. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,186

    I see those in (rundown) trailer parks all the time, usually with flat tire..
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    Yea, I ran one for about 12 years one time and I was very hard on it. I think a battery and spindle were about the only thing I worked on. They were junk but it's amazing how many units were sold. Of course I was just mowing my 3 acres.
  4. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    my grandad swore by them. he went through three of them in about 15 years. Then I bought a Cub Cadet and then Cub Cadet was the best thing since sliced bread as far as he was concerned. He's gone now but I still have that little Cub out here in the garage. Grandpa was hard on that mower. It looks like crap. The deck is shot. I just use it as a little tractor around the yard with the trailer picking up sticks and putting out mulch and things. Being a hydrostat withe the pedals, its easy for the wife to use when she's planting flowers in the spring. I will agree though, in the South, that was the mower of choice. I'd say Huskees at TSC have taken their place.
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    I still have a Murray 18 HP - 46" cut garden tractor. Mine has been a good one . Batteries, spindle bearings and a drag link are the things which have been replaced. Bought it new back in 1995.

    It is just a back up unit now for around the yard (1-1/4 acres).

  6. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    There are a good number of them around here. See them in the shop all the time. Red, black, green, and grey versions.
  7. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    In my tri state area it seems like I've seen more sears craftsman mowers around than anything.....Heck my parents bought one when I was 12 and I finally killed it last summer. I was 27....so that thing took 15 years of abuse.
  8. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 699

    there was alot of the little red snapper rear engine riders sold 20-30 years ago.
  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,378

    When I was in high school I worked for Wal mart. I bet i sold 5 of those on a weekend. Man did those things sell like hot cakes. LOL Wal Mart would store use one of those every couple years to mow their property. 4 acres with a 38" deck, it would take a licken and keep on tickin. We would move pallets of river rock with it. Run a pallet jack under the pallet and hook a chain to the jack and to the Murray. It would pull it but 2 guys had to sit on the hood of the tractor to keep the front end down. I know very stupid idea but I was only 16.:rolleyes:
  10. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,812

    For a home owner not commercial.:waving:

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