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Old 04-09-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: North
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Now we have to maintain a lawn of 1.25 ac. Our previous house was in a .12 ac lot and we used a electric mower which wouldn't be useful here. So we know we need to buy something to mow the lawn, but not sure what would be the best bet.

The lot is level, a few trees (like 3) in the middle, a playground and a small shed. We are in NH so we get snow and this year a record amount. We do have a regular snow blower, but were also wondering about getting something to help with that. The driveway is not long or big, but with the amount of snow we got, the snow blower was almost unable to blow the snow high enough to pass the "walls" of snow around the driveway.

I've been checking, but AFAIK, a regular rider is not able to get attachments (like the snow blower or a plow), is that right?

The tractors I've seen seem like overkill for the use since we would mostly mow with them.

What would work best for us? Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Look into a John Deere tractor. You can get one that has a snowblower attachment. I have a JD 318 that is over 30 years old and still runs like a Deere ! I had a snowblower on it for awhile (but sold it, didn't need it at home) and it could throw snow 30 feet if need be. There are other brands that are good also, but I'll stick with John Deere for reliability. Whatever you decide, don't buy a cheap mower as you'll end up replacing it.
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Now we have to maintain a lawn of 1.25 ac.
That seems like a lot of lawn to mow.

We have a few homeowners in our town that have lawns in the 5 acre to 10 acre size. They mow with old tractors and hay-cutting scythes.

We had a 2 acre clearing on our land, that I planted fruit/nut trees in. But we do not have any lawn.



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... We do have a regular snow blower, but were also wondering about getting something to help with that. The driveway is not long or big, but with the amount of snow we got, the snow blower was almost unable to blow the snow high enough to pass the "walls" of snow around the driveway.
Snow blowers can be: single-stage or two-stage.
Self-propelled or push.
They also come in different Hp ratings.

A single-stage snow blower is trying to chew-up the snow/ice and also to blower it, all with one mechanism. As a result they can not blow very well.

A two-stage snow blower, has one auger that chews-up the snow/ice, then feeds to a separate device that focuses specifically on blowing. Usually for 40+ feet away.

Self-propelled is a big feature. Units with knobby tires that you only steer, are much easier to operate, as compared to something you must push while standing on ice yourself.

If you anticipate getting a lot of snow, then obviously a bigger engine is usually better. You would want enough power to do the work, and you also want easier maintenance and easier starting. [smaller engines are often 2-cycle instead of 4-cycle. Larger engines tend to be battery start]

My snow blower fits on the front of my M/F tractor. It is pto powered, so it relies on my diesel tractor.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: North
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Our snow blower is a two-stage one. But with the winter we just got, we would like to have a backup if possible.

Primary goal of the lawnmower would be to mow, but if it can do something else, it'd be nice.

Any brands to recommend or to avoid? Kohler or B&S?
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:15 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Now we have to maintain a lawn of 1.25 ac.
The lot is level, a few trees (like 3) in the middle, a playground and a small shed.
A small (42") riding lawn tractor or an even smaller (36") RER will do fine.

As to brand... anything other than Craftsman.
Instead of brand focus on the retailer you buy it from.
Use a good one... NOT Sears.

And don't be a fraid of chancing it with a used one.
And be sure it has a "bagger" kit (for fall leaves).
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We are in NH so we get snow and this year a record amount.
We do have a regular snow blower, but were also wondering about getting something to help with that.
That's called "neighbor with a real plow". Find one. Bake them cookies.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:50 AM
 
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We have an acre in S. Ohio. As far as I know, everyone in the neighborhood has riding mowers. 1 house may have a mini-tractor, but that's a more money than sense issue.

We have a 54" cutting deck (less passes) and got the more powerful one - 26HP I believe (we have some slight grade changes and wanted to be able to pull a dump cart). My neighbor has a similar set up, but has a snow blade for the winter and does his (50') driveway and sometimes does ours as well.

Of course snow here (8" at one time would be pretty significant) is a lot less than snow there.

We did the lawn with a manual push-mower (not a self-propelled) when we first moved in before we bought the riding mower. It can certainly be done, just takes a heck of a lot longer.

Enjoy your new yard!!
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