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I dont know if I posted this question here before but my brothers and sisters want to buy my father a riding mower for his 75th birthday, the only problem is the door to the shed is 38" and 1/4. My father doesnt want to expand the door so I need to find a good, strong tractor that is 38 inch or less. He has to mow about 2 -2.5 acres, so I would need a strong one and the terrain is about 75% flat with the rest being small hills. I was looking at a husqvarna http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=309050-46716-960430058&bc=c and a poulan http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100672022&N=10000003+90065+528353 and a regent simplicity http://www.maxswood.com/equipment/equipment_detail_31.php
Any others i need to consider? I would actually have to cut/shave the doorway to get it to fit.
 

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Remember a deck listed as a 38" "cut" is actually wider overall!--I built a trailer only 48" wide, and then discovered my 46" deck on my MTD was 51" wide overall,and wont FIT on the trailer between the fenders!..

I'd just widen the shed door,then you can buy whatever you like...:D
 

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using a lawn boy walk behind mower (not push, just have to follow it), he has been fighting us for years not to get a riding mower but we were supposed to get one last year but it never happened so im def going to buy one this year.
 

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If you can't convince him to widen the shed door, or even get another shed with a wide enough door for a tractor, I'd probably go with a rear engine rider, I think most of them come with a 28 to 32 inch deck.
 

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That's what I was thinkinging too. My 33" snapper would take 3-4 hours to mow that much if I was mulching and blowing. Have to go slower. It's bullet proof and would last a very long time. If you go with an RER then keep away from the craftsman's. I had one and it was in great shape but mowed aweful! Toro makes really good ones too. A dixon ZTR with a smaller deck would work also.

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doesnt need mulching just to cut, yard so big he doesnt care to pick up clippings, also its just a summer house.
 

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Not sure how narrow it can go but the Husqvarna Panthera Leo sports an adjustable width mower.

First off, that's a concept..... not a production unit. You might see it in about five years time. Also, it's battery powered with a max run time of 2 hours and that's when the battery is NEW. As we all know, run times diminish as batteries age. The triple decks do adjust from 34" to 48" cut width, so that's pretty novel. But this thing uses FIVE electric motors. You can only imagine what an electrical nightmare it will be as it grows older.

I would also expect it to be rather pricey.

But ****.......... that thing would sure stop people in their tracks if you were out cutting the front lawn today. The cool factor is over the top.

And no, I don't think Gator blades are available for it. :sidelaugh
 

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thinking of just getting the husky and expanding the doorway, just dont know if the 13hp engine strong enough. Sometimes when he gets up there the grass is about 1-1.5 feet high.
 

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I don't know how strong and fit your father is but if he can handle it, he can just remove the deck before parking the mower in the shed, and reattach it at next mowing.

It's a hassle, but it does provide a good opportunity to clean the deck underside after each mowing, which means no worry about crud buildup, improper airflow leading to uncut grass strips, and premature rust.

If he's getting on in years (at age 75 I guess he probably is...) I wouldn't recommend this. You don't want him cussing at you under his breath with thanks for the "gift" of a sore back.
 

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Removing the deck on these newer tractors, then getting it correctly leveled is quite a job for an older gentleman Paul. I do it daily for my job as a cub cadet dealer mechanic and would definatly not want to do it every time I mow at home. I am running an older Simplicity 4212 with a twin blade 36" mower deck that is full floating like all Simplicities are, and cuts like a dream. You will have to take a tape measure with you to the stores and see what will fit and what wont. Simplicity used to make a really nice rear engine rider, as did John Deere and Snapper. I prefer the front engine, usualy easier to service and work on. I know the cub cadets we sell wont fit your needs, we only carry down to a 42" mower deck in the new ones. We have a couple of used rear engine riders, 1 toro and 1 snapper for sale however. Mike
 

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Somewhere they were calling it a 2010 model. When do the the 2010 models come on the market?
http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/11/husqvarnas-panthera-leo-is-the-mower-of-the-future-for-your-la/

http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/06/10/the-husqvarna-panthera-leo-concept-mower/

http://www.uncrate.com/men/home/interior-exterior/husqvarna-panthera-leo/

http://gizmodo.com/5285448/husqvarna-panthera-leo-concept-mower-is-electric+powered-and-lcd+equipped

Everyone calls it a "concept" and two of them are saying that Hoosk-varna may have something similar around 5 years from now.

Check out the video in the first link. That doesn't look like an actual prototype to me but more along the lines of a computer generated model.
 

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thinking of just getting the husky and expanding the doorway, just dont know if the 13hp engine strong enough. Sometimes when he gets up there the grass is about 1-1.5 feet high.
Grass that long should be cut with a Bush Hog or Brush Hog mower. Maybe you should be looking at the offerings from DR.

Here's the link.

http://www.drpower.com/twoStepInquiry.aspx?Name=brush-hog-bush-hog&Redirect=true

Lawn tractors are designed to maintain manicured lawns not fields of hay. If you are going to get him a rider, then he needs to cut the grass more often so it doesn't get higher than six inches or so. Sure, you can force any mower to cut grass that high but it's tough work and sometimes dangerous as well.
 
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