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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 01-02-2018, 04:13 PM
 
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Are there any good quality riding lawn mowers that could get through a 36" wide gate?
Most can IF THE DECK IS 36" OR LESS.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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I think the problem is going to be more the width between the wheels, isn't it?
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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I think the problem is going to be more the width between the wheels, isn't it?

Could be sometimes. However, it's usually the mower deck that's wider than the wheels.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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Are there any good quality riding lawn mowers that could get through a 36" wide gate?
YES, wright makes a 32" and 36" stander that would fit. It's a commercial mower that invented the stand on mower that skag, toro, hustler, ferris and many others are copying (trying).
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:28 PM
 
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John,I worked for the largest park system in the state of Maryland for over 30 years, I am a retired equipment operator, we built and maintained parks and our maintenance crews that maintained the grounds around all the different community centers and small parks used Gravely's, they're built like a tank and are very reliable and durable and I like the Briggs & Stratton engines. Now mind you these were run at an average of six hours a day five days a week and had very little downtime, usually the only reason there was any downtime was because they were being serviced or the person operating it had run over something in the grass and broke a blade or something on that order. When I retired and moved up here in the foothills of the Appalachians I bought a place with 5 1/2 acres of land and decided I needed a decent ride mower to cut the grass here, I bought a Gravely and I've had it for four years now and have not been the least bit sorry.
buy once, cry once

those look like nice mowers but i never dared to price one.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Late to this thread but I learned the hard way to spend more upfront to get the mower best suited to your property instead of cheaping out on the price. I bought a Craftsman DY4000 to mow just under two country acres of flat land. The engine blew at 200 hours. The deck had to be completely rebuilt at 325 hours and then again at 450 hours. I think I bought at least 4 belts as well. When I sold it the steering column was going to need replaced. I should have bought a John Deer or similar quality mower from the start and saved myself so many headaches.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:41 PM
 
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Late to this thread but I learned the hard way to spend more upfront to get the mower best suited to your property instead of cheaping out on the price. I bought a Craftsman DY4000 to mow just under two country acres of flat land. The engine blew at 200 hours. The deck had to be completely rebuilt at 325 hours and then again at 450 hours. I think I bought at least 4 belts as well. When I sold it the steering column was going to need replaced. I should have bought a John Deer or similar quality mower from the start and saved myself so many headaches.
If you do buy a JD mower don't buy from a big box store 'cause those JD mowers are all "JD branded" made for JD.

If you want a real JD mower buy only from a real deal JD store that sells New JD farm equipment too.
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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Big box stores only sell "branded" JD products built for JD by the people who build the junk price brands. Not nearly as good a the JD built products. Spend the money and buy a real JD product to save money in the long run.

I do. I buy my mowers and my JD weed wacker (commercial) from the JD dealership. They are very nice folks and helpful, also. It is worth the extra money.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Jamestown
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Default Ryobi

I purchased a Roybi from Home Depot 13 years ago because it had a Kroler engine. The rest was made or assembled by electrolux vacuum cleaner company.

I have used synthetic oil with wix filters and have nothing but good to say. By changing the oil, filter and air, gas filters every season it has worked great.

My mower deck did rust out after 12 years and I replaced it for $130.

My advise is to buy any brand you want just stay up on the service and it will last a long time. Learn your mower inside and out and when something is not quite right you will know.

I do all my own servicing and I know it is done right and often.

If you buy cheap mower like I did be prepared to add a few extras like mower deck weals and fuel filters that are not supplied.
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