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View Poll Results: Which Brand of a Riding Lawn Mower would you buy?
Sears Craftsman 11 11.22%
Cub Cadet 11 11.22%
Huskee 1 1.02%
Husqvarna 10 10.20%
John Deere Co 41 41.84%
Kubota 10 10.20%
Lawn-Boy 0 0%
Poulan 0 0%
Snapper 4 4.08%
Troy-Bilt 4 4.08%
White 0 0%
Yard-Man 0 0%
Dixon 2 2.04%
Toro 4 4.08%
Simplicity 5 5.10%
EXMARK 3 3.06%
Gravely 6 6.12%
Honda 3 3.06%
Allis Chalmers 3 3.06%
Jacobsen Riding Mower 0 0%
Yazoo Riding Mower 1 1.02%
Bad Boy Riding Mower 2 2.04%
Bolens 1 1.02%
Bob-Cat Riding Mower 1 1.02%
Another brand. 8 8.16%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 98. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-17-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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Cub cadet would be my choice
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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if you are 'riding around' for over 2 hrs / week, consider a diesel. / upsizing to a mini tractor or commercial mower or Zero turn.
Kubota has some Diesel conventional riders with PTO decks. Very robust and economical (decks will Fail first) JD also has a few vintage 455 diesel riders. ~ $3,000 USED

but....even with 120" of drizzle (LOTS of HEAVY mowing) I get really good service from my vintage 185 JD Hydrostrats. (~$350 - $500 used) Use Synthetic oil or additives to keep the valve train lubricated and prevent heat related seizures / galling.

In my TX locations (much lighter mowing), I get by with used Craftsman, Yardman, troybilts, ...(MTD) ($300). Very light weight construction and will not last (especially with renters using them) I spend plenty of time fixing and replacing parts. There is nothing substantial enough to weld. (I use tig on the sheet metal to keep them alive for a few yrs)
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: peace valley
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never a crapsmen. I really like my john deere purchased from a dealer not from a box store. well made and will last a long time.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:08 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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never a crapsmen. I really like my john deere purchased from a dealer not from a box store. well made and will last a long time.
My Craftsman mulcher is a 1989, and is still going strong. In the last year I have had to replace tires and the drive belt, but other than that it runs like new, starting with the first turn of the key every time. They used to make really good products, but I would not buy one now. When this one does die, I'll be considering Husqvarna, Cub, or Deere.
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Whatever is under the guy I hired to cut the grass.
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Old 01-20-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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I just replaced my 20 year old Craftsman 18.5 hp with a new craftsman 204080. Had great service with my old one but felt it was about time to change. Did a lot of heavy work, mowing, plowing discing, cultivating, snow plowing and snow blowing. Some repairs which I did myself. If it had to be sent out for repairs I ordered direct from Sears or other source since they don't carry many parts anymore. No real complaints with it. Bought the new one mainly because I can use all the impliments with it. It's made by Husqvarna so when Sears goes out of business I can still get parts. Looked into Deere and Kubota but cost of replacing everything was outrageous.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:39 AM
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Remember though that a lot of mowers are made by the same parent company and they just change the paint job and other cosmetics for whatever brand it is sold under, or made for. Most are made by MTD, which at best are second rate piles of crap in my experience.
That is my experience also. Get what you pay for.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: USA
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I have a 37 year old Wheel Horse tractor that I use to cut my acre and a half of lawn. It is still going strong, and is made mostly of cast iron with a Kohler engine. Toro bought them some time ago, and I am sure they are now stamped POS's, so I'd go John Deer, and not a Home Depot John Deere, but a Deere dealer tractor.
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:20 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I'm still looking for a riding mower. I'm now looking at John Deere's and Sear's Craftman and Husqvarna. What would you pick for a riding mower?

John

I have another make that came with the house. It's pretty good. If I were to have to go out and get one I'd like to get a John Deere. My brother who is a professional gardener swears by his Husqvarna.
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:32 PM
 
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This is the model we use. In the winter, we take off the mower and install a snow blade, to clear a 500 ft. lane to our driveway, and a 150X30 foot parking area and driveway. Handles mowing our 1 acre landscaped area, and our 4 acres of pasture area very nice.

https://www.deere.com/en/mowers/lawn...rs/100-series/
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