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    Hey guys, need your help

    My 30" JD isn't doing it anymore. It is a manual, IMO as far as i know they last longer? It seems everybodys going to automatic but I know of a few neighbors who after 10 years their automatic hydrostatic transmission goes out. I use this for my mowing business and it will get lots of use. I have a JD dealer within minutes of my house to get parts.

    I'm stuck between the Ariens 22 hp 42" (if i can get one due to availabliity) or 46" and the John Deere D100, 110, or 120. They both have 2 years warranties

    The pros to the ariens is the 22 hp B&S V-twin motor, 4 deck wheels, electric blade engagement, a nice big seat. The cons are only 6 cutting heights, no ariens dealer nearby, and a steel front end. Both ariens I have in mind are hydrostatic.

    The 3 JD's I have in mind have a few differences between them.

    The 100 has a 17.5 hp 5 spd manual transmission. The pros are cast-iron front end, and 12 cutting heights. The cons are 2 deck wheels, manual blade engagement 17.5 hp single cyl. motor, and a small low seat.

    The 110 has a 19.5 hp hydrostatic transmission. The pros are the cast iron front end, and 12 cutting heights. The cons are the small low seat, manual blade engagement and the 2 deck wheels. Compared to the ariens the 19.5 hp single cyl. motor would be a con.

    The 120 has a 21 hp hydrostatic transmission. THe pros are for this are the same as the other 2 JD's other than a high back seat. The cons are it has 2 deck wheels and its not a v-twin, and manual blade engagement.

    To sum it up, my few basic questions are, is steel going to be a problem versus cast? Does the v-twin make much of a difference? Am I going to notice a couple hp? Is hydrostatic really better than manual from a RELIABILITY standpoint? I really like the tall seat, I spend a lot of time mowing lawns all summer lawn. I like the 46" idea of the ariens but it wont fit into my sled shed too easily.

    Thanks for any and all help!

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    none get the loan and buy a quality commercial mower that will last you well past collage and then last the rest of your life at your home or farm.
    I say get a Exmark/scag/Ferris/dixi chopper/Gravely.
    all the decks are 2x as thick as any you are looking in to Hydrostatic is like a toy in comparison as it should in a home mower.
    in 5 yrs or less you will regret not buying the quality mower.when is the last time you saw a pro lawn corp running a Ariens or a deer.just saying
    I know you are young and not flush with cash but no better time to start building credit than now.you will look more like pro than a kid cutting grass and be abel to comand a few more bucks when selling to your accounts neighbors.
    play it right and you could be pulling in close to 50k a yr before you graduate

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    I have had a J.D. L120 for 9 years now, no trouble at all. If you can swing it, get a zero-turn. It will cut your mowing time way down, enabling you to cut more lawns. That means more money for you.

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    Hi Indy,
    My John Deere is 13 years old and is as solid as the day they delivered it. I've had no issues with the manual transmission and about the only thing I recall replacing was the belt for the deck.

    Our dealer for this area is known for great service and parts. We had a recall after the first year to replace the gas tank. The dealer came out to pickup the mower, hauled it in for the work, and returned it washed & dried on the same day.

    If you're going to be doing commercial work, you undoubtedly will be needing parts and local service is a must. Let us know what you decide on.

    Gary
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    Check out the John Deere 304. 42" cut, 4 wheel steer, v-twin 18 hp, hydrostatic transmission, eletronic deck engagement. Nice high back adjustable seat, very comfortable. I have owned both the manual transaxle & the hydro. I personally prefer the hydro, the most recent one was 9 years old (not a Deere), no trans problems. Just bought my first Deere, no comparison to my previous riders, all were crapsman, oops, I mean Craftsman.-Mezz

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezra View Post
    none get the loan and buy a quality commercial mower that will last you well past collage and then last the rest of your life at your home or farm.
    I say get a Exmark/scag/Ferris/dixi chopper/Gravely.
    all the decks are 2x as thick as any you are looking in to Hydrostatic is like a toy in comparison as it should in a home mower.
    in 5 yrs or less you will regret not buying the quality mower.when is the last time you saw a pro lawn corp running a Ariens or a deer.just saying
    I know you are young and not flush with cash but no better time to start building credit than now.you will look more like pro than a kid cutting grass and be abel to comand a few more bucks when selling to your accounts neighbors.
    play it right and you could be pulling in close to 50k a yr before you graduate
    Not sure how much longer I'll be mowing lawns. Anything is a huge upgrade over an early 90s 30" JD GX85.

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    JD L120
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    Deck bearings all 3 replaced, replacemenst have grease serts.
    Steering drive gear(Small pinion) and large steering rake gear replaced, twice pp design under engineered
    Deck front bar or hanger gets bent all the time and replaced 2 times
    Broke front cast axle in two ***
    front wheel bushings replaced, replacements are actual ball bearings not bushings
    2 batteries
    48 inch deck with 3 blades cuts grass like **** but its not the finish mower you will need for your customers because it scalps the grass all the time if deck is not completely level.


    Engine very solid and no problems with hydro but other stuff very annoying and in my opinion built very cheap to compete with the other box stores.


    Hoped this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr37 View Post
    I have had a J.D. L120 for 9 years now
    Is it a hydro? I've read of some guys taking the transmission off drilling and tapping fill and drain plugs to change the fluid. The 46" Ariens feels nice and big, gives you the feeling of a Cadillac when sitting on it.

    Thanks for all your replies guys.

    Mezz, do you own the 304? It sounds nice but probably out of my price range. Looking to keep it around $1500 and I'd really like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mebearman View Post
    JD L120
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    Deck bearings all 3 replaced, replacemenst have grease serts.
    Steering drive gear(Small pinion) and large steering rake gear replaced, twice pp design under engineered
    Deck front bar or hanger gets bent all the time and replaced 2 times
    Broke front cast axle in two ***
    front wheel bushings replaced, replacements are actual ball bearings not bushings
    2 batteries
    48 inch deck with 3 blades cuts grass like **** but its not the finish mower you will need for your customers because it scalps the grass all the time if deck is not completely level.


    Engine very solid and no problems with hydro but other stuff very annoying and in my opinion built very cheap to compete with the other box stores.


    Hoped this helps
    Yikes, can't believe you broke the front axle. Is it possibly because the cast is more brittle? I do mow some ditches but the reason I'm looking into a new one is because I have a full-time mowing job for an owner of a very popular candy company. Her lawn is big but flat.

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    I have a 2001 Simplicity Landlord 23HP Kohler Motor 52 inch deck. Over all has been a nice tractor, but have had some problems with it. Sterring gear went out twice $120 each. Front Axle cracked(the deck and blower) attach to it so it takes a beating. That was $400.

    I would go with a commercial cutter, but not within your budget. Good Luck Indy.

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    I have a 52" Ferris. Not as polular as the ex-mark here in MI , but mine has never let me down. I was paying for a commercial service and after 3 years I eventually broke down and bought the Ferris for 6500 + 2000 for the 10 bushel bagger. I have a leave issue so the extra 2k was worth it for me. One year , leaf pick-up had cost 450 ! ( many years ago ). I knd of like mowing at 10mph, it takes less than 1 hr for my 1.1 acre. The line trimming & edge-ing is where the time is excessive. Hate that part of " doing the lawn ".

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Is it a hydro? I've read of some guys taking the transmission off drilling and tapping fill and drain plugs to change the fluid. The 46" Ariens feels nice and big, gives you the feeling of a Cadillac when sitting on it.

    Thanks for all your replies guys.

    Mezz, do you own the 304? It sounds nice but probably out of my price range. Looking to keep it around $1500 and I'd really like new.
    Mine is a hydro. Not the greatest quality machine, but I like to think that I am pretty easy on things. I don't abuse stuff to easily.

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    Indy, my neighbor and father in law have two of the Deere's your talking about, they are the biggest P O S's I ever seen! You name it, broke or had to be replaced. Front axles, twice on the fatherinlaes, once on the neighbors. Go big or don't bother, you could find a 10 yr old Scag and still have no worries.

    The thing I don't understand, I have a 25 horse kohler Scotts mower with a 52" deck paid a grand for it, and just beat the sh!t out of it, and it starts every time and never a problem, and its 10 years old. I think I've only changed the oil three times. Built by John Deere for Home Depot before Home Depot started carrying the John Deere line.

    Weird how stuff has gotten built cheaper and cheaper over the years...... What a shame

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    Did I read it right and you want to spend $1500 and want new? I,am not sure why were talking quality.I,am not sure you can get it for this amount. If those Deere,s are running 9 years with not much for problems,WOW. Just my 2cents

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    Hmmm decisions decisions... I don't see anything near my price range being built any better than the JD. Even larger used ones that are 15 years old want 2k+. I would love a larger one but not in the price range and I need one now. I'm thinking about getting the JD I may regret it in years to come but it will get the job done for the time being. Reviews are really good, I will baby it never had a new mower before. If I have problems I will let you guys know

    I realize I'm not getting a new quality mower for $1500 but IMO its the most quality I can get for $1500 new. JD dealer is right down the street, prices aren't TOO outragous for parts.
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    Indy. I,am very much pro John Deere. Have a 318 with 1250 hrs and a 724 with 150hrs. Not one problem with either one.Buy the Deere. Just my 2cents.

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    I have the same mower as Mezz, and its been outstanding. It uses less fuel then my old large walk behind.
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    I would go with a older used mower over some PO s home depot D100 I had one 4yrs ago the deck was so thin it warped when I cliped the sidewalk they called that owner abuse when I took it back would not cover.
    I sold it to a bud who did not care about the uneven cut.well he kept it behind his shed now the mower was 2.5 yrs old and the flywheel magnets that were glued on yes surface mounted with some kind of green glue.well a cast iron flywheel rusted behind the glue and when spining around say 80 times per sec when a glued magnetcomes off it takes the whole top end out with it.
    I bought a 20yr old Ariens at a vintage tractor show for a grand it is 3x the tractor than that pos home depot deer.deck is crazy thick has pto for tillers blowers way over built for home mower etc uses my old snomobile trailer tires for fr wheels.
    you could not pay me to buy another POS big box store crap mower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Is it a hydro? I've read of some guys taking the transmission off drilling and tapping fill and drain plugs to change the fluid. The 46" Ariens feels nice and big, gives you the feeling of a Cadillac when sitting on it.

    Thanks for all your replies guys.

    Mezz, do you own the 304? It sounds nice but probably out of my price range. Looking to keep it around $1500 and I'd really like new.
    Yes I do, just picked it up last week. Like I said, no comparison to the others that I have owned. This one may be a tad out of your price range, just thought I would throw the idea out there. My opinion is just that, but, I think you would do yourself a great service by investing in the lighter model JD. If you take care of it, it will last. Perhaps a few years down the road when you may want to upgrade, you would still get a decent trade. My Dad has owned a JD for several years & he has been happy with it & it has not caused any problems. I was in your position, young, not a lot of $ to spare, so I went the less expensive route with the Craftsman (3 in 20 yrs). When the last one began to show signs of issues, I decided to go for some quality. Had I been able to afford a good one 20 yrs ago, I might still be running that one today, hind sight is alway's 20/20. No regrets on the new one though, it's like driving a Caddy vs. a Cavalier, better yet, it's like trying to compare a Cat to a Poo, can't be done cause the Cat is #1! LOL!!! had to throw that out to ya! If you do go with the Deere, at least you'll be riding something green! All jokes aside, good luck in your search.-Mezz

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    Indy - I have a Cub Cadet LTX45. It had a 20hp Kohler motor and a 46" deck. Hydrostatic drive. I bought it from a local dealer, not Home Depot (there is a difference). I love mine. No trouble going into my fourth year now. Cuts great, sips gas and turns very sharp, 18" turn radius. My dad bought a new JD and is not rel happy with it. Says it will stop going up hills, unless wide open throttle. Dealer told him thats how it's designed.

    I let my neighbor use mine last year and now he's getting rid of his Huskvarna to get the Cadet.

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    If your mowing grass for money don't buy a lawn mower like cub cadet john deere or any lawn mower that you can get from home depot or sears or a place likethat they won't last.Yes there fine mowers for the home owner but not for mowing everyday they won't last trust me on this.One big reason there mowing decks are stamped out one good hit and your cutting uneven.Spend the money on a good mower like scag, exmart,bobcat and my favorite is Wright Standard.Trust me on this I owned a landscaping business with over 50 accounts. And one more thing don't go over a 48 inch cut if your going to have only one mower anything over that likes to scalp the yard. 48 inch is a good size. small enough to still get into places but big enough to still do some decent size lots.As for hydro yes that's the way to go but be prepared to dish out some money if it goes down.What a would do if I was you if you don't have any huge yard to mow is go buy a used walk behind like a bobcat without hydros with the 5 speed trans they cut great and there cheap and easy to fix.I've bought them for 400-500 used them 40 hours a week by now their 10 years old and slill run great .just gotta remember to grease them and change the oil and take the cooling shroud of and blow the grass out of there to keep it cooling good.I changed mine every 2 weeks but my mowers were worked like dogs
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    A JD 335 or 325 can be had for $2500 used and is a solid and roomy ride.

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    Indy, I know I don't have to tell you this. But, if you maintain it good, it will last. After ever mowing I run it up on ramps and clean out the deck, blow it all off and check it over good. If you just put gas in and expect it to go every time, sooner or later there will be problems.

    I know you are smart enough and will do enough research to make the best choice for youself.

    Mezz, I like your way of thinking.

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    sadly if using it commercially it wont last! if it has a HR meter and you bring it back for work they wont do it if used commercially so un plug the meter after your first 10 hrs or so.I stoped and looked at the new JD when at home depot today what piles of crap they have goten cheeper than the pos I wrecked 4yrs ago.
    it is sad when a old quality name sells out for the short term$$$

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    I've got a 42" 18HP, Kohler, Full hydrostatic, 6 cut heights, full floating deck that's a snap to remove, Cub Cadet and have had no issues with it. I just couldn't justify buying the name "John Deere" or "Simplicity"

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    I'm not knocking store bought mowers but if you use them commercially they won't last I don't care how good you take care of them.To give an example on an average, people mow there grass 25 times a year.And it takes you 2 hours to mow every week you only use in it 50 hours a year.And that's mowing your yard you know where all the hazards are so you don't tear up your deck.Now a commerercial mowers I ran mine a full 40 hours a week 25 weeks a year for a total 1000 hours a year and that with employees running into things and just not caring about the equipment and they last roughly 8 years.Like I said I'm not knocking everybodies home mowers but there ain't noway they'll hold up to that kind off work load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reiley99 View Post
    I'm not knocking store bought mowers but if you use them commercially they won't last I don't care how good you take care of them.To give an example on an average, people mow there grass 25 times a year.And it takes you 2 hours to mow every week you only use in it 50 hours a year.And that's mowing your yard you know where all the hazards are so you don't tear up your deck.Now a commerercial mowers I ran mine a full 40 hours a week 25 weeks a year for a total 1000 hours a year and that with employees running the running into things and just not caring about the equipment and they last roughly 8 years.Like I said I'm not knocking everybodies home mowers but there ain't noway they'll hold up to that kind off work load.
    Any store bought mower will last if youtakecareof them **** my dad has a walmart brand mower hes had for 10 years and the thing looks and runs like new still but the thing wouldn't last weekmowing grass commercially.I'm sure some people will beg to differ on my thought seems like the in things lately but i've been doing landscaping and lawn care for about 17 years now so Ido know a think or 2 about this subject
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    And one more little thing the 2 hours it takes you to just to cut your grass on a store bought mower it would take you 45 minutes on a commercial mower and probably have it weed wacked too.Like a said i'm not knocking anybody on this forum or there mowers.But in 17 years in the business the hasn't been tomany things i've haven't done or used.I'm just telling Indy what Iknow so he don't make the same mistakes I have.

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    reily, you may be correct, from the commercial heavy use stand point. I don't think Indy is into it that heavily. He is the only one using the equipment & knows the hazards of the lawns he is cutting. At 17, I think he is savy enough to do as he has been doing with a newer piece of equipment that won't break his piggy bank. I am certain that he will take care of whatever he decides & keep it running strong till he can upgrade it for what he will need later. He seems to be a good common sense kid, crap does &/or can happen, if it breaks, you fix it. I don't think he is looking to make a career out of it, he is just busy making extra $ to run his truck & to support his addiction-SNOWMOBILING.-Mezz
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    he'll probably put hand guards, mirrors, and a thousand stickers on it.



    Quote Originally Posted by mezz View Post
    reily, you may be correct, from the commercial heavy use stand point. I don't think Indy is into it that heavily. He is the only one using the equipment & knows the hazards of the lawns he is cutting. At 17, I think he is savy enough to do as he has been doing with a newer piece of equipment that won't break his piggy bank. I am certain that he will take care of whatever he decides & keep it running strong till he can upgrade it for what he will need later. He seems to be a good common sense kid, crap does &/or can happen, if it breaks, you fix it. I don't think he isn't looking to make a career out of it, he is just busy making extra $ to run his truck & to support his addiction-SNOWMOBILING.-Mezz

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    Quote Originally Posted by timo View Post
    he'll probably put hand guards, mirrors, and a thousand stickers on it.
    LOL. I'm thinking he'd like a stand up mower instead of one he has to sit down on.

    Indy - have you checked the used market? Seems like there are always many of these kinds of mowers on craiglist. Maybe you're asking for problems going that route.

    I used to cut grass in high school and college. I found a good way to get equipment is to get to know someone at a dealer, and then we get a decent trade-in, they can let you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezz View Post
    reily, you may be correct, from the commercial heavy use stand point. I don't think Indy is into it that heavily. He is the only one using the equipment & knows the hazards of the lawns he is cutting. At 17, I think he is savy enough to do as he has been doing with a newer piece of equipment that won't break his piggy bank. I am certain that he will take care of whatever he decides & keep it running strong till he can upgrade it for what he will need later. He seems to be a good common sense kid, crap does &/or can happen, if it breaks, you fix it. I don't think he isn't looking to make a career out of it, he is just busy making extra $ to run his truck & to support his addiction-SNOWMOBILING.-Mezz
    Very well put Mezz, not looking for a career here, just mow 2-5 lawns per week on average plus my own and 3 small lawns in a neighboring town (which I wont be using this for). All of the lawns in my neighborhood if the grass isn't overly tall take about an hour and 15 minutes with only 45 minutes on the riding mower. Most are between 1/2 and 1 acre.

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    here is my opinion. I agree with Ezra on this, buy an older commercial unit that is well built. Here is an example:


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/130673224930

    When I lived in Illinois my yard was 5.5 acres and I mower weekly. I searched and bought a Jacobsen Turf cat with a 23 hr diesel and 72" front deck. I ran that thing for 7 years and negotiated it into the price of the house when I sold the place. I paid $2600 for the machine and it has 1900 hrs, it ran as good as when I bought. By the way it was 10 years old when I got it

    This was the model machine I bought:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jacobsen-Tur...item3f1577f394


    I have a friend in Illinois that has 2 smaller Grasshoppers. I could see if he may be willing to sell one. He also has 4 older JD but probably like what you got now.


    If you take care of a unit like this it will a very long time.
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    Go with a zero turn, preferably commercial and used. 9 years ago I picked up a 25 +/- year old Ransome 3wheeler, 18hp Kohler w/ 61" WELDED deck. Things built like a tank. Not used to the wide deck, I clipped a tree at full speed. Impact ejected me side ways my from the seat, but not before shearing the bolts from the seat. No damage to the deck or mower, 8" of bark removed from the tree and I limped for 2 days.
    Use to take me up to 3 hours with a 20hp 46" box store mower (POS) that replaced belts every 2 years and 1 motor (briggs) at 6 years. The antique does it in 45 minutes and doesn't care if it's wet. I put Halogen lights on it and mow at night I put new belts on 9 years ago and last fall they still looked great. Big cast iron pulleys on 25mm spindles with 6305 brgs w/ grease purge. Oh and HD Eaton hydro w/ separate reservoir.
    Current Riders in fleet:
    Above mention POS 11 yr 20hp (2nd motor) 46" (shift on the go) demoted to fertilizing and rolling yard (WI)
    The Ransome 34+/-yr 18HP Kohler 61" tank used on 1 acre (WI)
    HD garden tractor 19yr 19.5hp Kohler 48" hydro demoted to plowing snow & fertilizing (hydro slipping when warm) (IL)
    Zero turn 1 yr 25hp 54" twin hydro mows 3/4 acre with LOTS of obstacles (IL)

    Only negative I find with a Zero turn is side hilling can be challenging, unless it is a 3wheeler, then no problem

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    ok go to this fourm and ask your question http://www.lawnsite.com/
    they could use a good chuckel
    check the used mowers may be a good used turf tracer stand up in your range

    this http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=374851 littel 36 in MN looks like clean a quality mower in your range lots of mowers over there

    in fact the more I look at that 36 the more I think the wife could do a great job mowing the lawn with that one
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    Don't forget the all-important cup holder!

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    I have nowhere to store a mower any larger than 42", I can MAYBE get by with a 48". Anything larger is out of the question due to transportation and storage. Not sure if I mentioned that earlier but that is my biggest problem. I've been looking on Craigslist for the past month and haven't found a thing local. Any older quality/commercial mower is $2500+. My limit is $1500 and thats pushing it...

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    I think this 36 http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=374851 from above.
    looks like a great mower has skully and bagger.if 1500 is your max offer 1250 spend 100 in fuel done deal prob last mower you will buy in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlumaDoo View Post
    I've got a 42" 18HP, Kohler, Full hydrostatic, 6 cut heights, full floating deck that's a snap to remove, Cub Cadet and have had no issues with it. I just couldn't justify buying the name "John Deere" or "Simplicity"
    they are all made by mtd anyway

    limited budget? go with a walk-behind or a hydro walk-behind
    if you have a bit more to spend, look at a stand-on unit. Wright Stander was the original, but most commercial manf. make one now.


    come to think of it, I have a 48" Encore WB that is ready to mow for $1000, sulky and catcher included. It would fit a small op perfectly!
    Last edited by HardwaterHoosier; 03-30-2012 at 09:37 PM.

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    Picked up an almost brand new D140 22 hp V twin hydro 48" high seat 4 deck wheels, etc. for $1500 with 19 hrs. on it. It now has a scuff on the hood from our enclosed trailer (insert mad face)

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    Default Nothing Runs like a Deere

    Ya get what your pay for! As a spouse of a JD retired JD worker, we have always had Deere's, new and used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Picked up an almost brand new D140 22 hp V twin hydro 48" high seat 4 deck wheels, etc. for $1500 with 19 hrs. on it. It now has a scuff on the hood from our enclosed trailer (insert mad face)
    Congrats on the find. You'll be happy with that. Sorry to hear about the scuff, time for some elbow grease & polish, or you could slap a sticker over it, LOL, just kidding.-Mezz

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezz View Post
    Congrats on the find. You'll be happy with that. Sorry to hear about the scuff, time for some elbow grease & polish, or you could slap a sticker over it, LOL, just kidding.-Mezz
    I seriously thought about putting a sticker over it! Thankfully it didn't scratch down to the plastic, just scuffed the green paint a little. The locking tab on the inside of the doors to tie down your sled also hit the headlight and snapped one of the plastic tabs. To tell you the truth, it's just as strong without the little tab, it was a poor design. So far I've mowed 1 lawn with it, cut my time spent on the riding mower in half. It cuts really nice, runs and drives smooth, and is very comfortable. I got a new China Special trailer yesterday from Northern Tool also LOL $530 5x8 since it wouldn't fit on our 4x8. It has a wire mesh deck and big ramp on the back. It seems decent, and since its all steel if anything breaks I can just weld it back up.

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    time to start welding trimmer/blower/edger/ holders on to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezra View Post
    time to start welding trimmer/blower/edger/ holders on to it
    Me was thinking the exact same thing

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    Wow indy, you really slipping!! You've had the mower and trailer for how many days? And yet no pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle1 View Post
    Wow indy, you really slipping!! You've had the mower and trailer for how many days? And yet no pics?
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Picked up an almost brand new D140 22 hp V twin hydro 48" high seat 4 deck wheels, etc. for $1500 with 19 hrs. on it. It now has a scuff on the hood from our enclosed trailer (insert mad face)
    Too bad, I thought I found one for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle1 View Post
    Wow indy, you really slipping!! You've had the mower and trailer for how many days? And yet no pics?
    Thought about taking one. I'm on spring break but it's not much of a break. I thankfully wasn't scheduled to work Tues-Fri but so far have been working on lawn mowers and finishing my sled every minute of the day i got. Still haven't found time to work on my truck like i wanted to. Next week wont find time either work tues/weds/fri and gotta find time to mow a few lawns AND have a parent meeting at a machine shop on thursday. Grr grr grr. Then my parents come home and say they have no time to do anything and ask why i havent washed the dishes! I mowed a "clients" lawn today, mowed my own lawn, cleaned all my equipment, put new deck belt and sharpened the blade on my old riding mower, put new deck belt, blades, and battery, and the complete tune up on a neighbor riding mower, put new blade on an extra mower i had, installed my new tool box on my truck, got the snowblower summerized and loaded, riding mower, push mower, dethatcher, and sled dolly loaded to take to my grandmas tomorrow, finally fogged my sled, and since I've eaten supper I got a buddys truck towed home and have been tearing it apart "attempting" to replace the fuel pump. Have the new pump in the tank, now to just get the tank back onto the nice rusty straps...

    ok rant over
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    Default haven't seen any thing yet

    wait till a skirt fits into this mess then the beer , then the fun begins, till then you have a lot of time

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    Quote Originally Posted by rp7x View Post
    wait till a skirt fits into this mess then the beer , then the fun begins, till then you have a lot of time
    Now that's funny! Live and learn.

    Indy,

    Keep up the good work! Like I've said before, we need more teenagers like you. Keep saving some for snowmobile gas for next year!

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    but it can be fun to mow her lawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezra View Post
    but it can be fun to mow her lawn
    , I was going to add something, but, I just couldn't. You've got some sense of humor though.-Mezz
    Last edited by mezz; 04-05-2012 at 03:59 PM. Reason: spelling,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezz View Post
    , I was going to add something, but, I just couldn't. You've got some sence of humor though.-Mezz
    I thought the same thing, I just couldn't go there.

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