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Old 01-10-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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Tempted to buy a good lawn tractor for my 3/4 acre lot, but have enjoyed NOT having to cut the grass in the rental home I just moved from.

Mowers I am considering are at the $2k range. Then add a trimmer. Then add a blower. Etc... Factor in gas, oil, service, etc...

---OR---

Pay estimated $140/mo for someone else to do it.


What do you recommend? Any good lawn garden shops in S Char?
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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Tempted to buy a good lawn tractor for my 3/4 acre lot, but have enjoyed NOT having to cut the grass in the rental home I just moved from.

Mowers I am considering are at the $2k range. Then add a trimmer. Then add a blower. Etc... Factor in gas, oil, service, etc...

---OR---

Pay estimated $140/mo for someone else to do it.


What do you recommend? Any good lawn garden shops in S Char?
It's imply a matter of how much your free time and trouble are worth. Based on your numbers you'd recoup the purchase price in a couple years. But don't forget storage of all the tools and their various fluids. My yard needs are much simpler and less expensive, but I stopped doing them several years ago. It's worth what it costs me to not have to worry about it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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Tempted to buy a good lawn tractor for my 3/4 acre lot...
Then add a trimmer. Then add a blower.

What do you recommend?
I recommend that you eliminate the areas that require trimming work
so that the mowing can all be done with just the lawn tractor.
(Expanding the flower beds and spreading mulch does that well)

Then buy a tractor from the cheapo end of the spectrum with a good leaf bagger and mulching kit.
Or maybe even a used one.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:11 PM
 
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I would recommend buying a used commercial walk behind mower. You can pick them up on craigslist for 1000 bucks or so. Very easy to work on, and reasonable to fix. I own 2. Plus you get exercise. If your lazy you can get one with a sulkie and let it pull you around. It will last you the rest of your life. Meanwhile the junk tractor you buy at home depot will be dead in 5 or 6 years. Look for exmark or toro. Best brands out there.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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Get the mower, plant a warm season grass, and landscape as to not need trimming. Once you have it all established, it's not much work at all to maintain.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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I would recommend buying a used commercial walk behind mower. You can pick them up on craigslist for 1000 bucks or so. Very easy to work on, and reasonable to fix. I own 2. Plus you get exercise. If your lazy you can get one with a sulkie and let it pull you around. It will last you the rest of your life. Meanwhile the junk tractor you buy at home depot will be dead in 5 or 6 years. Look for exmark or toro. Best brands out there.
I gave this serious thought but realized I have extensive mulch and thought a riding mower with cart/wagon may be best to transport mulch.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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I gave this serious thought but realized I have extensive mulch and thought a riding mower with cart/wagon may be best to transport mulch.

Thanks for the feedback!
A riding mower can be used for many other chores. A walk behind or ride behind is a single purpose implement, and takes up more space.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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A riding mower can be used for many other chores. A walk behind or ride behind is a single purpose implement, and takes up more space.

What about a zero turn? Can't they pull attachments?
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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What about a zero turn? Can't they pull attachments?
Those are riding mowers.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:20 PM
 
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Friend, buy what you like . But if this is the first time you have had to buy this stuff dont forget you can easily pay much more that you need to to get the job done.Unless you plan on keeping it inside of your house dont forget to have it locked up tight at night....
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