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I've been lurking for a while and have been impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge of the regular posters here, so I'd thought I'd jump in too and hang around for the next 20 yrs or so (by which time I may have something of value to add).

Bought a house in Utah with a largish lawn last Winter, so now it's (past) time to start learning about lawn tractors and how to take care of them.

I tried to go cheap and bought a broken down Craftsman for $150 from a guy who was selling his lawn mower repair business. I believe it is an old LT4000, but most of the identifying tags have long since worn off, plus it turned out to be a bit of a Frankenstein - the original 15hp Kohler engine had been replaced by a B&S 14hp, which didn't quite fit. I did what meager maintenance I could, then my nephew (who is studying to become a mechanic) fixed a few other things and jury-rigged a few more and got it to the point where it actually ran from time to time. However, it didn't always run when I wanted it too, and I don't have the skill to keep it running, so I've decided to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Nephew can have Frankenstein and perform experimental surgery on it to his heart's content.

So, I'd like to get some advice from the forum users on what kind of lawn tractor/riding mower to buy. If that's alright, I'll add some details about my yard, budget, needs, and options.

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Welcome to MTF.
I just joined recently, also.
I have two Simplicity's from the 1970's. One is a 7110 6-speed and the other is a 7114shuttle drive (considered a hydrostatic by some). They each have their own 42" decks and each have a snowblower for winter. They will cut my 1-1/2 acre in about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on whether the ditch is full of water or dried out.
I'm hoping to learn how to post pictures soon. Those will be the next ones to try.
 

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:Welcome1: yclops. Sure, give us your land layout and get some feedback. One thing I've learned here is, we love pictures and giving our opinions when asked. Fire away!
 

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Okay, I'll try to post some pics soon of Frankenstein and the other lawn tractors we picked up from the lawnmower repair business that was shutting its doors. They were mostly in pretty bad shape, but there were a couple of Craftsman, two Snapper "Forest Gump" type riders, a Montgomery Ward chain drive, an old blue Ford and one or two others.

Here's my situation:
--About .75 acres of completely flat lawn with very few obstacles. Though we may be extending the lawn into an area with a dozen or so trees.
--Don’t need to use LT for for hauling heavy loads or plowing or clearing snow – already have a good snowblower. Of course, if the LT could plow well enough, then I could sell the snow blower. We typically get quite a bit of snow here in UT, but it’s extremely light and powdery and doesn't take much to clear.
--Need something reliable and trouble free – I am to mechanical skills as a politician is to integrity – I have none.
--Want something that will last for a long time as long as I garage it and give it regular maintenance; don’t wanna have to buy another one in 5-6 years.
--I would prefer a hydrostatic transmission since my wife would like to use it from time to time (i.e., after she asks me for the fifth time that day whether I’m going to mow the lawn, then gives up and does it herself).
--Don’t have a whole lot of money, but I don’t think I really need a very high end LT. I could spend up to $1,500 or a bit more if it’s worth it (quality, durability, etc.). Of course, if I can get something decent for less, I'm okay with that.

Dunno whether to go for a new one or to try to get a higher-quality used one. Any advice would be appreciated.

The new contenders:
--Poulan Pro PB195H42LT w/ cast iron axle on clearance for $1,169 (will be marked down again in two weeks). http://tinyurl.com/264xu9n
--Craftsman YT 3000 (28922) w/ B&S 21hp Platinum for $1,400 http://tinyurl.com/2btzqso
--Craftsman YT 3000 (28934) w/ 22hp Kohler for $1,500 http://tinyurl.com/2ej6uzh
--John Deere LA125 for about $1,700 (I can get a slight price break). http://tinyurl.com/6nmx3n

The used contenders – Deere
--“Restored” John Deere 111 for $1,300 http://tinyurl.com/2dtwc5d
--John Deere 160 for $750 http://tinyurl.com/2dela77
--John Deere GT 275 (w/ plow, chains & weights) for $800 http://tinyurl.com/25hud25
--John Deere L120? or L130? w/ 100 hours For $1,200 http://tinyurl.com/2acrht9
--John Deere L130 w/ 90 hours For $1,099 http://tinyurl.com/2es32g9

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:Welcome: aboard!

On the list you provide I lean toward the GT 275, because is a garden tractor not a riding mower. :)
 
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