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HELP! - Riding Mower...

Hi Guys,

I want to buy DH a Riding Mower (he's been asking for ever). We only have 0.25 acres, mostly grass, no slope. I am not sure about the Horse Powers. Dh will be using it mostly to cut grass and carry wood around from one side of the yard to the other (fire wood) as well as heavy bags of Pellets (from front to back of house).

So my questions are:

1. How many HP should I be looking for?
2. What brands do you suggest?
3. Any specific think I should look for in a mower?
4. Size of Blades?

Thanks.

Oh, and his Bday is Wednesday so I want to buy by tomorrow...No pressure...

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We have a John Deere and love it!



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When we had a lawn tractor with a mower deck (is that what you are thinking of?) we had a John Deere and liked it very much. When we upgraded to a farm tractor, we switched to Kubota, and found that it is at least as reliable, and we got more tractor for the money. So take a look at Kubota, also.

You should also know that the John Deere brand tractor mowers sold by the "big box" home stores are NOT the same quality as those sold by John Deere dealers, so buyer beware.


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We just bought a Husqvarna this past week.. It got delivered today, DH was so excited to get out there and try it out, but it started to rain on him so now he's sad sitting in the house and his new "toy" is in the garage. Ours is 21 hp 46 inch deck, and we have about 2 acres of sloped ground. We kept putting off the purchase cause we weren't really sure what to go with. I know you may want to surprise your husband, but if at all possible, I would take him with you and let him pick it out. I wouldn't have know what to get at all if my DH wasn't there with me. Good Luck!

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I have had a Dixon zero turn mower for maybe 15 years. We are on our second one. If the lawn is small, you need to get the smallest one they make. That was my first one. It would go through my gate and you don't ever need a weed eater again once you get the hang of driving it. Then we expanded our fences and put in a wide gate and got the biggest one. If you have a lot of little trees, flower beds etc they are the best. We bought another one a couple of yers ago from Lowes--not a Dixon--and cost about half. But we hated it and neither one of us would use it. It wouldn't get close enough to the trees, etc. So I made my son a present of it last year. I really wish that I still had one of the little Dixon's for doing the front yard and in the woods, but can't afford another one.

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I'm on my second Sears lawn tractor. The first lasted 15 years and I gave it to someone rather than repair it. I wanted the reliability of a new one. The Craftsman tractors are reasonably priced and you can get many accessories for them. Cub Cadet and Toro also make good machines but you will pay a premium price for them. The zero turn radius machines are the most expensive and probably the best design. If your yard is small you could consider a rear engine model. These have smaller motors than tractors and cost a little less. Rear engine models have 10 or 11 HP motors while tractors have 15 to 18 HP.
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I used to own the smallest john deer they sold. I had two acres and it worked great. I bought a grass catcher that was always clogging up so I ended up just mulching the cut grass. I also bought a wagon for haling dirt and stuff but was hard to back up so I had to always make sure I could get out by going forward. After owning that for a bit I had wished I had gotten a larger one with a rototiller attachment. I call those my farming years.

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