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Best used mower for an average acre lot terrain and some gardening?

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What is the best riding mower for an acre lot and slopes over flat terrain? My new neighbors (I just moved here a few months back.) seem to ALL have either John Deere or Cub Cadet mowers. I was eyeing a Husqvarna a few weeks back but after some much needed research and friendly asked opinions; I think I’ve found one I can live with for the $1000 max I want to spend. It’s a John Deere LX 277 for a grand with all new fluids, filters, and freshly serviced PTO and blades. Excited for this but the big deal is the 17hp Kawasaki air-cooled engine and Tuff Torq 60 hydro transmission that it has. Any advice would be appreciated as I go to see it tomorrow. Thanks!
 

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I assume you already made your choice. 17HP is plenty for a 42" deck. Most lawnmowers have more issues with transaxles. The engine HP is rarely a problem. Bigger engines are cheap so they tend to be bigger than necessary. Makes it easier to sell them as being better.

The K60 is a fine transaxle as long as you don't need difflock, which you don't for relatively flat terrain.

You probably would have gotten a lot more feedback in the Deere sub-forum.
 

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Welcome to the Forum!

It depends upon where you are in the world and whether you are in an urban area or a rural one. When buying used, it is extremely beneficial that you have some mechanical and electrical knowledge and/or a nice dealer nearby to take care of problems. The title mentions a difficulty, but is not further explained. That's what Introductions are for, to tell us others more about you so that we can give better advice.
Where I am, you have either the big box stores or almost nothing used in the L & G area. That is, nothing used that isn't beat to death.
 
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