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post #1 of 52 Old 05-16-2017, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Have no clue what one to get?

Hey everyone, so I am fairly new here. I had a 33 inch Troy Bilt push mower that was awesome at my last house and I could whip through the yard, but my new house is a bit larger yard...although very flat, open, and few obstacles. I used the push mower on this one and it took me about an hour and a half. Needless to say I sold the mower a day or two later fairly quick and decided a ride on was the way to go.

I've been looking at reviews, consumer reports, and asking friends and family and I have no clue what way to go, where is the best place to buy them, or how much/big of a machine I need for my yard.

I am torn between a few that stick out to me...

Craftsman Pro Model # 27042
Cub Cadet XT1 or XT2
Deere - Not sure on model

I probably honestly don't need a 46 inch...42 would be more than enough. Don't need any crazy features because the yard isn't even an acre I don't think and right now it's a lot of weeds and not much grass at all in some areas, but my goal is to get it back up to it's beauty all over.

Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated for a newbie over here.
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I am torn between a few that stick out to me...

Craftsman Pro Model # 27042
Cub Cadet XT1 or XT2
Deere - Not sure on model
Of these three I believe only the Craftsman does NOT have the K46 transmission.
Confirm this and if so... that's the one to get.

Otherwise I wouldn't get any of them.
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If you don't have any hills and don't really plan on doing any heavy work like garden work any of the models you're looking at would suit you fine.

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Of these three I believe only the Craftsman does NOT have the K46 transmission.
Confirm this and if so... that's the one to get.

Otherwise I wouldn't get any of them.
Is it bad if you have a K46 transmission? Sorry, if I don't know.
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If you don't have any hills and don't really plan on doing any heavy work like garden work any of the models you're looking at would suit you fine.
Honestly, just looking to cut my grass once a week. Will probably let it fly, but may be interested in a bagger. I have a few tree branches that came down in the winter that I just picked up and got rid of, but it's pretty open see the picture attached.

The front part of the house is super small (also see attached).

My goal is to get the grass overtime to come in nicely, but this lawn has been neglected for 50 years. Going to take some time.

Appreciate all the help....if there is other models that you would recommend for a beginner please point me in that direction.
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I'd recommend either the Cub Cadet XT2 46" or the John Deere s240 they are a bit of a step up from the bottom of the barrel but they aren't overkill for your yard. I'm not sure about the Craftsman since Sears sold off the Craftsman brand to Stanley tools. Some of the Husqvarna lawn tractors would be fine as well like this one. Husqvarna Riding Lawn Mowers YTA24V48

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I'd recommend either the Cub Cadet XT2 46" or the John Deere s240 they are a bit of a step up from the bottom of the barrel but they aren't overkill for your yard. I'm not sure about the Craftsman since Sears sold off the Craftsman brand to Stanley tools. Some of the Husqvarna lawn tractors would be fine as well like this one. Husqvarna Riding Lawn Mowers YTA24V48
Thanks for this. So, I probably should've mentioned that I am not looking to spend a ton of money either...Probably would like to stay in the $1400-$1800 range...give or take a little. Also, do you think 42 vs 46 really makes a difference? I mean if I can do my yard with a 33 in 1.5 hours....a 42 will probably whip through that in like 35-45 mins. Just throwing it out there though.
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Thanks for this. So, I probably should've mentioned that I am not looking to spend a ton of money either...Probably would like to stay in the $1400-$1800 range...give or take a little. Also, do you think 42 vs 46 really makes a difference? I mean if I can do my yard with a 33 in 1.5 hours....a 42 will probably whip through that in like 35-45 mins. Just throwing it out there though.
A D110 John Deere might do okay on your yard and its within your budget unless you buy used. You may or may not notice a difference in cut speed I'm used to larger decks so I couldn't say for sure. One thing though is the riding mower can probably mow at a higher mph than you could push mow.

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IMHO, tractor maneuverability is often overlooked when the whole deck size discussion comes up. After having been through a few tractors, I think the ability to do tight turns can negate much of the advantage of a larger deck on a less maneuverable tractor. That's especially true when you are mowing around obstacles like most homes have - less true if your lawn looks like a wide open football field. I don't know which of the three you mentioned has the best turning radius, but that's one consideration. The other is how quickly you can go from forward to reverse and back.

I'll leave the tractor recommendations to others that are more experienced, but I wanted to throw out that opinion regarding the "right" deck size.
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Craftsman PRO SERIES 46" deck 5" turning radius

Cub Cadet Xt2 42" deck 12" turning radius

John Deere D110 42" deck 18" turning radius

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Craftsman PRO SERIES 46" deck 5" turning radius

Cub Cadet Xt2 42" deck 12" turning radius

John Deere D110 42" deck 18" turning radius
Yeah, I saw the Craftsman Pro had the 5" turning radius which from what I have read online and in consumer reports is the closest to a zero turn radius out there. It's got really great reviews and right now is at $1849 from Sears with free delivery.

I would like this to last and I understand the part of taking care of it, which is why I was open to buying from a dealer rather than big box store because I would probably get it serviced every year or every other year a once over. That's what I did on my old one and I bought that from Lowe's, used it for 3 years and didn't have a problem...this year just had to replace the battery, which I got from Lowe's for $35.
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Yeah, I saw the Craftsman Pro had the 5" turning radius which from what I have read online and in consumer reports is the closest to a zero turn radius out there. It's got really great reviews and right now is at $1849 from Sears with free delivery.

I would like this to last and I understand the part of taking care of it, which is why I was open to buying from a dealer rather than big box store because I would probably get it serviced every year or every other year a once over. That's what I did on my old one and I bought that from Lowe's, used it for 3 years and didn't have a problem...this year just had to replace the battery, which I got from Lowe's for $35.
The John Deere you'll have no problem getting parts for for many years to come I can still get most of everything I need for minor and major work on my 30 year old machines. Cub Cadet/MTD is not as good when it as Deere when it comes to parts availability. And Like I said earlier Craftsman got sold to Stanley tools and I'm not sure what they would do about warranty stuff.

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would like to stay in the $1400-$1800 range..
You can't expect to spend less than $1400 on any LT.
And 42" is all you need.
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But if you're going to spend it, plus the $400 the bagger will cost, plus the $75 the mulching kit costs... you should be able to spend that money with some confidence that you won't have to spend it all again in a few years because it died on you.

If anyone could guarantee that a K46 equipped mower would last for X years then your site conditions (area/grades/etc) and needs (mow & bag) should probably be met adequately enough by using an RER or even a walk behind.

But to go up in grade high enough to avoid the K46 problems... you'll need to buy way more machine than is needed to simply mow a smaller suburban lawn and doubling your budget in the bargain (so to speak). If you have the extra $$ and believe you need a riding mower then you should spend it with reasonable assurance that you'll only be doing that once and that cannot happen with any of the low end LT mowers (they call them tractors).

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Pretty flat lawn- If it was me- I'd be looking at John Deere D130- and Cub XT1- go to Cub Dealer and John Deere dealer- test drive them both- see what tractor and dealer you feel more comfortable with- you cant go wrong either way

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You can't expect to spend less than $1400 on any LT.
And 42" is all you need.
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But if you're going to spend it, plus the $400 the bagger will cost, plus the $75 the mulching kit costs... you should be able to spend that money with some confidence that you won't have to spend it all again in a few years because it died on you.

If anyone could guarantee that a K46 equipped mower would last for X years then your site conditions (area/grades/etc) and needs (mow & bag) should probably be met adequately enough by using an RER or even a walk behind.

But to go up in grade high enough to avoid the K46 problems... you'll need to buy way more machine than is needed to simply mow a smaller suburban lawn and doubling your budget in the bargain (so to speak). If you have the extra $$ and believe you need a riding mower then you should spend it with reasonable assurance that you'll only be doing that once and that cannot happen with any of the low end LT mowers (they call them tractors).
I appreciate this a lot. So, do you have any recommendations? I just had a local dealer call me that was recommended by another person and they only sell Troy Bilt and Toro and he said he could get me in a 42 inch Troy Bilt with a bagger, all the service ready to go and delivered for $1995. Don't know if that's a good deal or even the model number I am not sure of he said I should come in and take a look.

I want to get something that I won't have to replace for years....I am talking 10+ years would be nice if it's well kept after!
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