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Old 05-02-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Suggestions please. There are so many out there it is confusing which ones are best. I bought a used Snapper and do not like it. Hate to make a second mistake. Need a rider- bad knees, like doing the lawn and do not trust most services.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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I just bought a Craftsman from Sears. The model I got [YT4000] is made by Husqvarna with a Craftsman label. I like it a lot so far. It has a hydrostatic transmission so there is no gear shifting at all. It literally drives like a car. You press the gas to go faster or release the gas pedal to stop. It has an "easy oil change" tube on the side of the engine that you just pop it off to drain the oil...don't have to get underneath it or anything. I also did their 18 month no interest financing so that helps quite a bit.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:25 AM
 
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No opinions on riders sorry. Bad knees suck. But for the sake of lawnmower discussion we just bought the new self propelled Honda at Lowes. The $500 one. A little longer then our old troy bolt so its more awkward for maneuvering under bushes etc but boy is that thing fast! Its got four wheel drive. Cut our mowing time of 1.25 acres down by at least a third.

We used to have a Murray rider but the engine froze. There's always more Honda's troy bolts. Deeres etc. Guess it depends on what you're mowing and how much you want to spend.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach
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We are currently using a John Deere, which despite it being a "big name" in the tractor world, has been a lot of trouble. The front wheels go flat a LOT (mind you, we live in the country, so it may encounter rougher terrain than a suburban lawn). We will have a lawn service in Florida. Have you checked into the cost of that in your area? Unless you have a big lawn, it should cost under $100 a month.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Sid before I moved to Florida I bought a Cub Cadet Model # LTX1040 currently 1399.99 at HDepot .. I had it a few years before I moved and liked it very much, easy change oil , had a removable oil filter( longer engine life) , cleanuoy port that you hook a hose to to clean under deck and it has a Kohler engine not Briggs and Stratton ... And it cut nice as well ...
If I were to need a rider , I would by one again ....
Get your screens installed yet ??
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Yeah the one from Sears is a great deal. They go on sale at Christmas time so you can save about $200 if you can wait. I have had mine for almost 4 years and it works great. I have the YT4000 as well
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I just gotta say, I think it's hilariously stupid to buy a lawn tractor for the 1/4 acre lawns in FL. Nobody needs one for that small of a yard. I just laugh watching these people pay over $1k to drive 10ft, reverse, go 10ft, etc. Either buy a self propelled or have it mowed for you.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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I just gotta say, I think it's hilariously stupid to buy a lawn tractor for the 1/4 acre lawns in FL. Nobody needs one for that small of a yard. I just laugh watching these people pay over $1k to drive 10ft, reverse, go 10ft, etc. Either buy a self propelled or have it mowed for you.
We have 1.25 acres.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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In defense my front yard is 125 feet long and 50 feet wide and has a steep incline and a swale at the bottom with more grass between the swale and the street. I live on the corner and the side yard outside my fence is 125 feet long and 25 feet wide. I agree. If I were healthier and had good knees and did not have St. Augustine grass that is cut long- at the highest setting of my Snapper mower then maybe a walk behind would work. I am not lazy, but 69 years young. I have a 28 inch Snapper rider that is very tippy when cutting the swale and it takes me 1 1/2 hours to cut my small lawn, hills and palm trees slow me down. If I had a flat lawn like the Sandpiper area for instance then maybe but my lot is raised.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Not finger pointing- just stating what I see in my area. Please don't take offense!
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