what brand of riding mower should i buy?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Robert Doubrava, Sep 1, 2001.

  1. Robert Doubrava

    Robert Doubrava LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    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:
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    What are you cutting?
    Homeowner or commercial cutter?
    Layout of properties?
    $$ willing to spend?
  3. Robert Doubrava

    Robert Doubrava LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    the lawns i mow are not that large. i am willing to spend about $1,000.
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    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.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    With $1000.00 you should be able to get a nice self propelled walkbehind with enough money left over to get a trimmer.
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    what about the landscaper supply company's wb packages?
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    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.
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    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.
  9. lawncare

    lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    If you have the moneyto spend on it i have 2 words John Deere
  10. CPLLTT

    CPLLTT LawnSite Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 17

    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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