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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 09-14-2009, 12:13 AM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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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?

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:49 AM
Location: West Michigan
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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.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:57 AM
Location: Birmingham
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The only experience I have had with riding lawn movers is John Deere, Snapper and Craftsman.

The John Deer just cuts better and is more comfortable. I have 4 places I cut and each has over 3 acres. Comfort becomes an issue in these instances. Also, two of these lots have hills and slopes and the John Deere has more power to scale the hills. The Craftsman seemed to be the least durable.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:19 AM
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I would never buy another Sears Craftsman.
I bought a new one when I moved here ( 31 years ago) due to a huge ad from a Sears dealer in the newspaper.

The one I bought was listed as------" our most popular modek)

The year I bought it, the main belt broke.
The Sears store told me( when buying it) they carry parts

Nope, they didn't carry the belt for their ------" most popular model"--and ordered it.

I waited 2 weeks for the wrong belt to arrive and then another week for the correct belt.

After borrowing my brother-in-law's John Deere 3 times waiting for that belt-------my next purchase was a John Deere and I'm well satisfied !
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:23 AM
Location: Fuquay Varina
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20 Years ago I would have said craftsman, but not now. Sears doesn't have the same quality, nor the same customer service that they used to have.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:41 AM
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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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.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:04 AM
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If you want an old model with reliability, those old IH Cub Cadets seemed to run forever.

( my son still uses one and the last place I worked had one for snow removal)
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:43 PM
Location: CasaMo
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Besides the brand, there are a couple of features to look for when buying. The better mowers have 2 cylinder engines with pressurized oil and filter. They run far smoother and last much longer than their single cylinder counterparts. Another thing to look at is the front end. Cast iron is far superior than the stamped steel in the less expensive models. You may pay much more, but the mower will last 3x as long as cheap "throwaways".
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:31 AM
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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when I was younger I worked for a landscape and lawn maintenance company and I can tell you back then, we rode Gravely's 8-10 hours a day and they held up great. That was in the 70's so I don't know if they are still of the same quality. I currently have 3 acres and own a John Deere. In the past I bought less expensive tractors for my personal use but they never held up. The John Deere has. It is 6 years old and runs like new. But, get the correct size tractor for what you are dealing with. I have rough terrain, a lot of hills, etc and my John Deere is a 230 model. It does the job. I used to think they weren't worth the extra money but when I see my neighbors having constant problems with their Sears models, I'm glad I got the Deere. So, my vote is John Deere and check out Gravely's current reputation--they were reliable and well built 30 years ago!
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:59 PM
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Dixie Chopper.
But, of the brands you've mentioned--a JD, but not one of the models available at one of the big box stores (you can also get those at the dealer, but I'd still avoid them.)
The higher end Husqvarna's are pretty good, too.
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