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Old 11-17-2015, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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I will be needing to cut about 2.5 acres which is pretty flat. My budget for purchase is small. Around $1k. I was looking at the Murray mowers at Walmart and wonder if anyone has any experience with them?

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Old 11-17-2015, 04:55 PM
 
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A used John Deere would be better than a new Murray. My JD is 38 years old and still used every week in the summer. Worth spending a little more for quality.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:00 PM
 
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you get what you pay for........
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:10 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would consider 2.5 acres too big to entrust a Murray, they are light duty and fine for a small, maybe 1/2 acre lawn. My old 1980s Sears mulcher is going great after many years but it was a step above and my lawn is not that big.

Both Deere and Husqvarna Have a model at $1,699 that would be better, or Troy-Bilt at $1,599.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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I guess I'll need to be on lookout for a used mower. I know people have told me the new Sears mowers aren't the same quality as the ones.
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:21 PM
 
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i got a home depot murry, its about ten years old, been left outside 100% of the time, except for the cutting deck rusting out, my fault I never clean the grass off it, and it stay wet. It been a good mower, it still run perfect
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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I went the Murray route a few years back for a few acres of cutting. Think it lasted about 3 years before it was beyond repair. Switched to a "real" John Deere and much happier. I'd would purchase a used John Deere before I ever bought another Murray.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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What about using a golf cart to pull reel gang mower??
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Maybe a few sheep?
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I will be needing to cut about 2.5 acres which is pretty flat. My budget for purchase is small. Around $1k. I was looking at the Murray mowers at Walmart and wonder if anyone has any experience with them?

Do you have any obstacles; like rocks or roots? If you do take a good look at the maximum cutting height. I made the mistake of buying a Husqvarna that had a three and a half inch maximum blade height - the first trip around my property cost me a new spinel and blade.


I think that I have seen Troy-Bilt at Lowes that had a five inch blade height adjustment. Some of the Deeres only have the three and a half inch height. The Troy-Bilt is closer to your budget.


I also don't like white metal blade spindles. However; I don't think that you are going to get away from them in budget. I would chose steel spindles over the white metal and choose cast iron over the steel - but I think you are talking $5K or more today.


Just a few other factors in your choice should be if you have any other use for this riding tractor? Snow removal, leaf pickup, cart, or garden work?
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