Which of these mowers?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jad12, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. jad12

    jad12 LawnSite Member
    from Nz
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  2. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
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    If the 2038 isnt causing you financial worries I would get it. It has a wider cut section (quicker mowing), the transmission is a tuff torque which I believe is the same manu as Honda uses for its mowers with Hydro trannys and finally the dual blades mean you have two smaller blades as apposed to one larger blade. I would think that would give you a better cut. Also it is a bit wider but they seem to have the same turning radius, making them similar to maneuver I would think.

    I have no first hand exp with either of these or really any riding mowers but these are just my observations.
     
  3. dbear

    dbear LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Seems like allot of money to spend with a Briggs only option. Are you set on a garden tractor or are you open to other machines or other brands of garden tractors?
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
  5. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    X2. I would take that same money and buy a quality used commercial ZTR. You'll be so happy you did.
     
  6. jad12

    jad12 LawnSite Member
    from Nz
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    Thank you for the responses. I decided on the 2038 without catcher (I'm a mulcher). It's a case of what I can get locally and cost. The dealer brought it to my house for a test drive and we definitely needed the bigger wheels. The lawn is way more uneven than what it seems from a push mower. It gets around the trees better than I thought.

    It mowed through my knee high, lush kikuya/rye grass (don't normally let it get like that).

    We saw a 2038 catcher model in the shop that had been used commercially for five hundred hours in less than twelve months and the guy had blown the gasket then the engine which had been replaced. Aside from the engine it was in pretty good shape.

    If this thing lasts us six years I'll consider it good value. We mow in all seasons. I've been using a push mower. Can't believe how much faster the lawn tractor is, lol.

    Thanks again for the responses.
     
  7. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
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    Nice work!
     
  8. jad12

    jad12 LawnSite Member
    from Nz
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    Thank you, it does a nice job on the lawn. There is one spot at the edge of my garden where one of my wheels spins and I have to lean weight onto that side without the safety switch disengaging under the seat so if someone had those kinds of situations a locking diff would be better but Iam quite happy with our choice.

    We are taking it in next week for it's free 5-10 hour tune up and are having the mulching blades put on at that time. The husband is equally happy with it so far, it just fits around most of the back yard that he is responsible for.

    The huskys seem like good value for the money. The newer models have half the turning radius which would be nice.
     
  9. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Posts: 183

    Are you finding that the blades it came with arent efficient enough at cutting the clippings so small that they cannot be seen and thats why you are having the mulching blades installed?

    Did it come with the extra mulching blades (so when you bought it it came with 2 sets of blades) or are you paying for them?
     

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