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I'm plenty experienced in lawn and garden tractors, and anyone who knows anything about them will say "cast iron" in a heartbeat. The steel ones are flimsy, the cast iron ones are made so thick that they cannot crack even under a heavy load. Often on todays lawn tractors they put a cast iron axle on a thin tin frame just to claim the cast axle, don't go for a lawn tractor unless you are just mowing level smooth ground and occasionally pulling a cart. If you want heavy duty, get a garden tractor rated one, these are built tough all over, not just the front axle. Or you can get a "Lawn and Garden tractor" or "Yard tractor" these are a in-between model.

Cast iron axle on any type tractor though.
 

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Originally posted by GLAN
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Well think of the two different metals.

Cast Iron has no give to it. So it would crack and break

Steel will have the ability to bend
BEND is correct, BREAK is wrong. The problem with pressed steel front axles they bend & they allow the tie rods to get very, very sloppy. That is why only lower end units use them (yardman, ayp, etc)
 
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