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Old 05-24-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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Do any of you have one? I have about 6 acres, 4 of which I still need to mow. I have a 48 inch John Deere, but it is the old style. I need one to zip around the faster. Too much time in the sun, bugs and crud. Do you like yours? Regrets? Advice? Got a favorite brand?
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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You might want to post on the garden forum instead of the retirement forum.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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You might want to post on the garden forum instead of the retirement forum.
Not really, I like to find out what my retired brothers and sisters think about it.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Would be nice... (since I have LOTS of rural homes (8) and some in WET climates (8" lawn growth / week)

as a 'retiree' my time mowing is very CHEAP, tho I hate to mow (that is what sheep are for, but they are not EZ either!)
but... I cannot 'justify' it. DS says "hey, your $200 mower works fine, get busy, get outta the HOUSE!"

If I get one dropped down the chimney...: I want...
Zero-turn
1) MUST be a diesel (I hate anything GAS (ick) as I have brewed my own diesel for 40+ yrs) Gas mowers are noisy and stink (pollution)
2) must NOT have plastic (plastic breaks in sun exposure, tough to keep a 'plastic' mower running 40+ yrs)
3) Name brand (robust duty cycle)
4) Robust drive and deck system
5) THICK / heavy deck (to last 40 yrs)
6) Capable of being towed (when it breaks down)
7) Capable of towing (I do that a lot with all vehicles)

I like Walker mowers, and older John Deere and Kubota. (1980 vintage)
https://www.walker.com/
available in diesel;
https://www.walker.com/search?cx=003...&sa.x=0&sa.y=0


But... get what suits YOU! (and you can live with)
I am looking for a JD 425 for $200... (have not found one yet, only been looking 10 yrs)

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Old 05-24-2019, 06:18 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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We have cactus. No mowing necessary. 6 acres is a lot.
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I will play! Get yourself a sun hat, a cup holder, and mow in the evenings after supper. Use the headlights on the riding mower at dusk. I prefer a Cub Cadet or a John Deere riding mower. Mowing can be fun if you set yourself up right. I mowed a huge rental property for years and miss it sometimes.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:46 AM
 
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I only have a 10,000 square foot lot. I can mow it in less than an hour with a Briggs & Stratton Brute $120 push mower. If I sharpened the blade, it would take more like 30 minutes. A zero turn radius mower would be ridiculous.

I have a lawn OCD retired neighbor on my little private lane who is out there with his John Deere 3 or 4 days per week. I probably only mow my lawn 15 to 20 times per season.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:52 AM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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Default ...quality...

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Do any of you have one? I have about 6 acres, 4 of which I still need to mow. I have a 48 inch John Deere, but it is the old style. I need one to zip around the faster. Too much time in the sun, bugs and crud. Do you like yours? Regrets? Advice? Got a favorite brand?
I live on one acre. I have a 48-inch Cub Cadet. We bought the place in December of 1997. Many bushes haphazardly planted. And too many trees for me. A few outbuildings.

All but two of the bushes are gone. Only one tree remains, a large Cedar. Only three outbuildings remain. If my property were larger than one acre, I would have to get a zero-turn mower.
Mowing is not fun for me, but once I get going, it is okay. If you enjoy mowing, then spending your time (leisure time) mowing is not so important. Even then, I think you need a zero-turn.

If you elect to get a zero-turn, do not buy a cheap one. It will not last. I think spending the extra money for a commercial use mower would be the ticket.
Follow StealthRabbit's lead on this one. Try not to take ten years.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:20 AM
 
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I have 10 acres.

I have a Ferris. Its my second one. I really use and abuse mine, I probably sit on it 4 times a week. Does a good job, its fast, I have a friend come over the start of the season to put on new blades and change the oil, and thats about all I do to it. Every now and again, Ill have a belt come off, or break. Thats about it.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:20 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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other thoughts...since zero's can be very fast in correct applications...
or...

If your time is really valuable (hobbies / volunteering / responsibilities, fishing...) or your desire to be a 'super-mower' is of top importance... or if you are OCD about your lawn, or your neighbors are OCD on YOUR lawn...(I too have a neighbor who mows 2-3x / week, but I mow 1x max, often miss a week (or two).

get a PT job (or make a big enough 'stock-trading-win') to cover the cost of a Zero-turn.

Do get a commercial quality one, and if justifiable, a diesel (they use ~1/2 the fuel of a gas... lower RPM, more torque, higher energy content per gal)

or... as mentioned, reduce your trees / bushes shrubs... I mow in SHORT in March with NEVER using reverse (broad turning), Everything left standing gets Round-up No hand weed-eating for me during mowing season! (I have a grapple, stumpgrinder, and chipper for my 12,000# tracked Bobcat, so that helps me, but I live on steep acreage, so can only use a 38" deck. = SLOW for big acreage)

or... find a great quality used 60" rider if you have flat and ez mowing. (as mentioned, I prefer a JD 1980's variety (with steel channel frame... NOT a Home Depot version of JD.) I'm using a 318 that a friend thought was worn out 20 yrs ago. It has never been to a 'fix-it' shop and has just received a 'Gift' from Amazon... New commercial quality blades. !

BTW, treat you lawn equip very nice...
  • Synthetic oil (Good for the high heat and dust they eat)
  • non-ethanol fuel (Available at some 'quality / commercial' fuel stations)
  • Marine Grade Stabil
  • Keep under cover
  • Keep filters clean
  • Use the kevlar wrapped V-Belts (https://www.vbeltguys.com/)
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