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Alright, my second post here on MTF so once again, I can't garuntee its all going to be right...

First off, I do landscaping on the side in the summer (15 so can't exactly get a job yet) and one of my customers, who isnt exactly great with machinery, ran his mower out of oil--obviously seizing the engine.

He is going to purchase a new one, but is only willing to spend $1,000 which as we all know, won't get him anything of value (he wants a brand new one..nothing used)

As of right now, I believe most of the cheaper companies are all made by MTD and have the same design as the early '00 craftsmans? I need to know if buying one of the MTD's is even worth it...and if they use most of the same parts as the '00 craftsmans (from what I know, MTD used to make craftsman before AYP took over?)

Any comments or ideas would be appreciated
 

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John Deere, MTD and Husqvarna make most all of the consumer grade box store mowers.

MTD made a few models of Craftsman, but there were mostly Electrolux/AYP/Husqvarna. John Deere made its own along with Scotts mowers.

You can go to their websites and see all the various brands.
 

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Do you suppose its even worth buying a mower from MTD?

With a $1,000 budget, he won't get much...but Home Depot sells a few for around there (Poulan, Ariens) and Sears has 1 Craftsman that is on sale a lot around here and always falls under $950.

I was leaning toward the Craftsman but after reading a lot of bad reviews about their services, I started leaning toward something from MTD.

Edit: This is the Poulan from THD
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100660634&N=10000003+90039+528353

I own 6 Craftsman that look identical to this except the old green-ish color. Around 1998-2004? I believe that one in the link is from MTD and it doesn't look *terrible* but it's not something I would consider buying.
 

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First off, I do landscaping on the side in the summer (15 so can't exactly get a job yet)

I own 6 Craftsman that look identical to this except the old green-ish color. Around 1998-2004?
Wait a minute. You're 15, and you already own 6 Craftsman? And the title of your thread is "help me decide". Shouldn't that be "help my customer decide"?
 

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Wait a minute. You're 15, and you already own 6 Craftsman? And the title of your thread is "help me decide". Shouldn't that be "help my customer decide"?
True. Let's put it this way, yes..I do own 14 or so riding mowers/garden tractors/couple push mower (you get it). My customer isn't the greatest with machinery, engines, lawn equipment, or anything in that area. (he has absolutely no knowledge). He told me to decide on what he should buy and he'll pick it up. Personally, I enjoy using/owning Craftsman mowers, but they don't fall under his budget. I was wondering how a Poulan compares to Craftsman.
 

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anybody else?

I'd like some personal opinions:

Poulan vs. Craftsman
$1000 budget
 

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Well, I had a little Weedeater 13.5 HP, 38" deck and a 6 speed. It was made by Electrolux (now Husqvarna) and its part number of HD13538 crosses exactly to a Poulan of the same dimensions.

It was a decent little mower. Did the job of mowing my flat lot well.
 

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In my opinion, I believe the Poulans are a cheaper version of the Craftsman and Husqvarna tractors. They may start with the same chassis, but the Poulans look like they have cheaper parts on them. I don't know this for sure, but that's what they look like.
 

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^ They're basically the same. Husqvarna makes tractors under the Poulan, Ariens, Craftsman names. Sad thing is, Ariens used to mean some serious quality equipment, then they got out of the tractor business and sold rights to Husqvarna to make tractors using their names. My old 1984 Ariens HT 16 GT would put these new HD "Ariens" tractors to complete shame.
 

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This is probably about the best tractor you can get for a grand. Actually 1050.If your local store has one. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...ctors&sName=Lawn+Tractors+(less+than+2+acres)

Forgot to say it is a lt2000
Ths model goes on sale once in a while. You can also join the Craftsman club and get it for 10%off. I think it will be the best mower for the price. You can get a YS4500 manual with a 42 inch deck for $1300 pluss tax. It is a much better mower. I think mine is great an I have 3 JD's to back it up. If the yard is small go with the 1000 series if it is large go with the cheapest 4500 series. Better yet sell him one of yours and make some money. I know he wanted new. I read the post. I never buy new anything. My hat is off to you. You are going to go places in life. Hard work gets you there every time. The best to you in your adventures
 
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