New guy in need of advice
Well, in about 6 weeks I will be moving from a 50X150 city lot to 6 acres, 4 acres of which the current owner mows. I am pretty sure my 20" lawn boy isn't going to be big enough so I am in the market for the proper machine to do the job. Having never had anything but a push mower before I have a couple questions.
1- What are the pros and cons of diesel and gas
2- What are the pros and cons of getting higher hours but a higher grade mower.
I want a rear steer front mower for the speed and the ability to mount a snow blower. Currently I am looking at the John Deere F900 series or an F1145. The current owner has an F932 with a 72" deck, so I assume I wouldn't have an issue with the same size deck. I have found a couple F935s in my price range with 1500-3000 hrs on them and recently found an F1145 with 3400 hours on it. I would prefer diesel, but if I go the gas route, that opens up a ton more options. I consider myself a decent mechanic, so I could fix most normal stuff short of an engine/hydro rebuild on my own. Is it worth getting an F935 with lower hours over the F1145, or is there some other mower out there that I haven't even considered. Right now the F1145 is looking pretty good, especially considering it is much newer than the 935s I have been seeing. BTW, I would like to keep it at $5K or less. Thanks.