Cheap lawn tractors

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 2 Black Thumbs, Jul 14, 2002.

  1. 2 Black Thumbs

    2 Black Thumbs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    :) Thanks for all the great information you people supply to our inquisitive minds. I was wondering, though, about the ability of commercial machines ability to cut so much better than a bottom feeder machine(Murray, in my case) In my case, this Murray even hit a big rock( about the size of My head) and other than breaking the belt, kept going. It's only a 11hp motor but as hard as I tried(3-4' lawn) and I stopped it in 6" of water,only once, or so, it seems to want to keep going::eek: It seems to cut pretty decient, but maybe I'm not pushing it as hard as you pro's. Any imput from you people is always greatly appreciated. Thanks. TBT:)
  2. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Any machine with sharp blades, well aligned, spinning with enough rpm will cut grass pretty decently; but you'll find that most "pros" simply do not use lawn tractors. Its not a question of quality, rather, they just are not productive. ZTR riders, or even a good hydro walk-behind (especially with sulky) with their speed and maneuverability will get a lawn done much faster.
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I dont agree with Wayne. Not all mowers will cut well! A craftsman tractor throws clippings 2 ft where as my dixie chopper preads them across 3 mowing widths making them almost disapear! Commercial mowers also not only stripe better, but cut more smoothly. How about the fact that home owner equipment isnt even built or meant to work full time? A year of using a residential tractor and you will start experiencing cracking decks, worn spindles etc. There is areason a sear tractor is 1500 dollars and my Dixie Chopper cost 8600 dollars. Built with with parts that are just a tad more heavy duty ;)
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    u would be surprized but in my opinion th murray with briggs an hydrostat is
    a good machine. its my pick for several reasons . mainly no dn timei n 3 yrs use.
    now she was pretty well used up then but still gave a good cut. 30 -40 accts a week.murray is an independent company as far as i know . they have some good ideas. the hydros tuff, quick manuverer and
    the 1 min leveling insures a l good cut.
    if u go this rt,maintenance is critical.
    shes homeowner but everything will hold up or did for me.i owned a lot o tractors an this was the best. and yes i owened the high end. use to laugh at murrays.
    then i realized id been laughing at the same mowers for yrs . made me look at them its not a pro mower but in my opinion u talkin a lot more money
    and this can get u there. course u could take advantage of the financing deals on exmarks ,that ive heard of..
    get a lazer ror other good z. u just wont believe the difference.
    i did say briggs and have noticed murray using another motor i would not care to own lately.
  5. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I wouldn't use a Murray.

    I think it was Bladerunners that LOOKED cheap. Don't hold me to that, but runs in the back of my mind that was the name.
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    same here:dizzy:
  7. redtailhawk

    redtailhawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    for what it is worth,I bought a Murray 11/36 back in 1985,yes 1985.I've used it every year since,I only cut 4 or 5 yards a week,but most are large yards.I change oil about every 3 weeks.I have never had a problem of any kind other than changing blades and belts. runs good cuts good even if it is just a MURRAY
  8. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    I use a murray for long industrial ditch, if that tells you anything...
  9. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

  10. dukester

    dukester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    We have one Murry a 20 hp 46" cut. It's the second one in 3 months. The first one died ele. problems. I'm using another one now mainly for clearing lots. We have a tractor bush hog it first them go back over it with the Murray a couple of times. I won't use it to do a good yard. We use a Exmark Metro 36 and a Toro 33" for them. These two mowers give a lot better cut. I almost think of the Murray as a cheap fill in. So I don't have to use my good mowers on ruff work. I say use it till you get enough money to get a real mower. Built to last and hold it's resale value. Have you priced a used Murray lately. You can't get anything for them. Just my 2 cents.

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