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Lawn Tractor Opinions?


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Initial post: Apr 30, 2011 4:42:13 PM PDT
Jessica says:
I have 2 acres of land with some variations in land height-hills. I would love any and all opinions on lawn tractors. I would also like to purchace one that can have a sweeper and snow blade attachments. I already have one to use (I'll have to double check the model) but it does take a very long time to mow the property. Do to this, I believe it was meant for a much smaller property. So with that said, I would like any opinions.
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Posted on May 1, 2011 7:21:31 AM PDT
Teresa says:
I'm interested in purchasing one this year too. I addition to mowing and a snow blade, I was hoping to find one that would haul a yard card behind it.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 10:32:40 AM PDT
jray says:
I would advise you to go to a Simplicity or John Deere Dealer. Home depot generally sells lesser quality stuff so i would avoid them. A good tractor will last decades if you take care of it. I have a Simplicity 7117 with blade, 48 inch deck and 38 rear mount roto-tiller. Its a 1988 model but looks almost like new. Hydrostatic drive and hydraulic lift for the deck and rear mounted attachments. Its rock solid and could easily pull a car with no problem yet it is not huge is physical size.

I paid $1500 for it used and the tractor with the attachments costs $8500 when it was new. Even to this day you can still get every part for this machine. I could have bought a new Home Depot rider for the same price but that is more of a toy compared to the Simplicity. My advise would be to look for something used in good shape that comes with the attachments. You will save a lot of money and can get a machine that can give you service for years to come as long as you take care of it.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 11:58:30 AM PDT
Firefly says:
John Deere are excellent tractors!! Owned them for 30 years have mowed from 3-15 acres, depending on where i,ve lived. from lawns to hay fields, nothing stops em!!

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 7:04:17 PM PDT
bktom2 says:
I also have a Simplicity Lawn tractor. They make an awesome product. I've owned it for 5 years, and have had zero problems. The mower deck is easily removed in less than 5 minutes with just a pair of pliers. The belts are long lasting, yet can be replaced in no time. The cut is amazing. Pattern mowing is a breeze with this mower. You will NOT be dissapointed if you buy one of these magnificent machines.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 9:56:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2011 1:33:47 PM PDT
J D Gann says:
Look at Consumer Reposts May 2011 issue. In it they test and rate mowers and tractors. Very enlightening.

You can also go to consumerreports.org for the same information.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 7:24:37 PM PDT
J. Swan says:
it depends what you want to spend. i've tried both jd's and simplicity and i would lean towards simplicity. if your looking under 2500 try craftsman, cub cadet, or husqvarna. don't listen to cosumer report pick the tractor that suits your need there are only three companies that make those tractors. hop ( craftsman, husqvarna, poulan, ariens), mtd( cub cadet, troy buit, jd's only in lowes and home depot, bolens, husky), briggs(snapper, and simplicity)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 8:09:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2011 8:12:06 AM PDT
MJ28 says:
if you need it for more than mowing grass look for a riding mower with V-Twin Engine like the Deere D130 and up Lawn Tractor,or deere X304 with a Kawasaki engine( $3,599.00 lol),or any Craftsman with V-Twin Kohler Engain

whats your budget by the way?

I bought a craftsman since my budget did't allowed me to buy a high end model a YT3000 made by husqvarna for $1299. it's been working great for the last 2 years with no issues.just change the oil,filter,air filter every 100 hours (not sure )

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 9:57:52 PM PDT
Nancy W says:
You can also check out www.consumersearch.com for reports on different equipment. John Deere is the best though, I totally agree with the above posts on that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 5:35:26 PM PDT
You will also need tire chains for that snow plow but both really work great.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 12:09:20 PM PDT
Steve Adams says:
I "loaned" my walk-behind Gravely lawn tractor to one of my sons. (I.e., it becomes his upon the occasion of my demise.) It has an optional riding Jitney, pulled by its trailer hitch.

He already owned a large John Deere riding lawn tractor. He wanted to remove a small tree from the yard by simply pulling it out, roots and all. His John Deere wouldn't budge the tree, under several different types of attempts. He was readying himself to cut the tree down, when he thought of trying the Gravely, just for fun. The Gravely pulled the tree out of the ground as if it was mowing the yard without encountering any additional stress.

I mow an unknown area - living on almost a hundred acres but finish mowing around the house, garden, etc. - and switched to a Kubota BX 2230 lawn tractor. [I think the engine is 22 HP. The combined weight - Tractor and Fuel, additional Suitcase Weights, and Rear Mower - is 2,234.5 pounds. It is relatively small in size but not in ability.]

I already owned a Kubota farm tractor which had demonstrated its amazing properties.

Go to a Kubota dealer. If you become interested, shop around since prices can vary dependent upon several variables.

I have no financial interest with Kubota.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 4:46:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2012 4:47:18 PM PDT
Robert Hills says:
The Kubota's are in a whole different class from Deere's etc. Built like tanks, last for decades, very good resale value. Cost a ton too but zero financing from Kubota may help. And if you have slopes the four wheel drive is wonderful. The diesel is a very worthwhile option.
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