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Bought new one at Lowes. Have reasonably good experience with 2 other mowers from the same factory.
The new one is not so good.
Engine is 18.5 Briggs single cylinder. Power is adequate but creates significant vibration when under load-- such as mowing while traveling uphill. No way to test drive before purchase. The V-twins are much smoother, but Lowes did not offer a 42" rider with the V-twin. The 42" fits my needs best. So I will continue to use this while the steering wheel shakes my hands without mercy. Probably the 1-cylinder was lower cost.
 

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Bought new one at Lowes. Have reasonably good experience with 2 other mowers from the same factory.
The new one is not so good.
Engine is 18.5 Briggs single cylinder. Power is adequate but creates significant vibration when under load-- such as mowing while traveling uphill. No way to test drive before purchase. The V-twins are much smoother, but Lowes did not offer a 42" rider with the V-twin. The 42" fits my needs best. So I will continue to use this while the steering wheel shakes my hands without mercy. Probably the 1-cylinder was lower cost.
I have a 2011 version of this. Mine is a 17.5 hp, not 18.5 hp, but I think they were 15 through 19 hp variants.

I would describe the 17.5 hp as aqueduct also.

I have an idea about the vibration. If you said vibration while mowing, I might be thinking of an off balance in your deck. (still could be the case, even in the belt drive).

But under a load while going uphill? I'm thinking just at the top of my head without further info, the drive belt might be loose due to an issue with tension or belt keeper not installed, fell off? (I've had a belt keeper fall off) How new is it? How much have you used it? Is this problem something it started with on the first day, or has it quickly developed?

That 42" deck has been around for years, not the best, but it is a proven deck.

What does Lowes say?

Drive belts have weight on long stretches, and when they vibrate due to being stretched, bad pulley bearings, improper tension, that weight can vibrate.

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Bought new early July this year. Now less than 4 hours of use since new. It has always done it.
Th 1-cylinder fires once per 720 degrees of crankshaft rotation. 525 cc of displacement, 18.5 hp. The 24 hp 2-cylinder on the previous mower is 725 cc of displacement and fires once per every 360 degrees of crankshaft rotation. So the one big cylinder firing makes much more "shaking" than do the 2 smaller cylinders firing essentially twice as often.
Being new, the mowing deck belts are stiffer than belts with more use.
And perhaps my perception of the vibration differs from that of others.
I am trying to repair my older mower as I like it much better.
 

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Bought new early July this year. Now less than 4 hours of use since new. It has always done it.
Th 1-cylinder fires once per 720 degrees of crankshaft rotation. 525 cc of displacement, 18.5 hp. The 24 hp 2-cylinder on the previous mower is 725 cc of displacement and fires once per every 360 degrees of crankshaft rotation. So the one big cylinder firing makes much more "shaking" than do the 2 smaller cylinders firing essentially twice as often.
Being new, the mowing deck belts are stiffer than belts with more use.
And perhaps my perception of the vibration differs from that of others.
I am trying to repair my older mower as I like it much better.
It's true that a single cylinder motor will tend to have more vibration, this is not just small motors but observed in 3 cyl, 5 cyl too. The auto manufacturers tend to add more motor mount absorbing bushings and sub frame to monocoque chassis isolation, to control vibration inherent in these motors, it's not bad just a way of dealing with it (I've built a Volvo "white Block" 5 cyl turbo motor, interesting project).

The small engines will have their idles set higher to counter some of this vibration.

I do think there can be expectation differences too, but if the motor is vibrating seriously, it could be a sign of something internal, and of course new doesn't necessarily rule out a "Friday" late in the shift assembly.:tango_face_smile:

My 17.5 hp motor has servived teenagers and weather, and such with extra yard trailer use, prior to my GT. I'm not going to say it's perfect, but it has been reasonably reliable and sufficient in power. I would encourage you to at least take it back to Lowes and get it checked.

Also, before giving up, I would try and find a Dealer that will let you try one as a comparison, and see if it vibrates too in the same way.

Just a thought.

Respectfully,
 
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