Re: Looking for a new mower
Your post starts out looking for a mower and you are considering a lawn tractor. I'd implore you to consider a garden tractor for your mowing needs. They are so much better built! With a lawn tractor, at some point, you'll find yourself doing something that strains it and transmissions are so much weaker on these units. Even lawns have inclines that strain the LT's. It's always better to have more than you need rather than not quite enough. If your rear wheels don't bolt on, you don't have a garden tractor. Today's LT's have horse power ratings in the 20's. You don't need that much HP. We had a horsepower race the last 20 years. Forty years ago, my dad had craftsman mowers with as little as six or 8 hp and they mowed well. I remember one of them had three blades! He died in '92 and the mower he was using at that time had 12 hp.
Look at the frame, quality of the deck (thickness), zirk fittings for the spindles and quality of the engine. Kohler is a great company, but don't get a Kohler Courage!!!!
Buying used, keep in mind that if something breaks, it can be fixed. Test it well......not just a two minute drive! Take a knowledgeable friend with you.
You may spend more than you've planned on, but after six months of happiness, you'll forget about the dollars!
In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year
Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!