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I'm looking for a used lawn tractor in the $500-$1500 range. It for homeowner use, mowing only, about 3/4 of an acre once a week for about 4 months a year. I was considering the Kawasaki V-Twin powered tractors. I like some of the Husqvarna models but was told to stay away from the K46. The husq fabricated decks looked cool too.

I see some of the Cub Cadets have Kawi power but K46 transaxle too.

My question is, what models shout I be looking at that have the Kawi V-Twin AND the durable transaxle.

I see mention of guys swapping k46 out for k71

Thanks in advance. I tried another forum and got little to no help there.
 

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Well with the price range I'm going to assume that you are open to used machines which may give you more bang for the buck. Are you set on only Kawasaki engines or are you open to different engines say, Kohler, Onan, etc....?
 

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Yes I did say used.

I was fond of the Vtwin Kawi idea unless directed otherwise for valid reason.
 

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Id be more wary of kawasaki VTwins than the K46. While they do make good stuff still, their lower tier lines are not great..ongoing valve failures.
 

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For 3/4 acre I think you want to step up to Garden Tractor range ..and you can do it in your budget....but I would be looking at a Deere, Cub, Simplicity or even an older Bolens..and you would get attachments in most cases...if it is flat land and all you are doing is mowing, a zero turn could be a better choice...good luck with your decision
 

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I dont want a zero turn, i see how expensive repairs are on the used exmark lazer z we have at work.....not interested!!!!!!!!

My property is around the house, around flower beds, around septic covers, around trees.
 

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Which make and models are v-twin with heavy duty transaxle?

Theres a thread just 2 down from this one of someone stating they have a low hour k46 slipping......I don't want that risk.
 

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Theres a thread just 2 down from this one of someone stating they have a low hour k46 slipping......I don't want that risk.
If you read his post you'll see that his wasn't having any problems but he wanted to be proactive and change the fluid, so he took it apart to be able to turn the trans upside down to drain it and when he put it all back together was when t started slipping. He also mentioned later in the thread that the belt seems loose.

What kind of hills do yo have on your property? If all you want to do is mow and your land is fairly flat then I wouldn't shy away from the K46 just because of its reputation. I used a 2002 Scotts L2548 (equivalent of a JD LT170 of the same time period) with a K46 for over 7 years on 2 acres of very hilly property, and the k46 did just fine. It was the splash lubed B&S Intek V-twin that threw both rods after 7+ years and 350 hours. My neighbor put a new engine in it and the tactor ran for at least another 4 to 5 years and over 200 more hours and the transmission was still strong. I lost track of the guy he sold it to after a couple of years so it may still be going.
 

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I dont want a zero turn, i see how expensive repairs are on the used exmark lazer z we have at work.....not interested!!!!!!!!

My property is around the house, around flower beds, around septic covers, around trees.
I would say that's not really a rational reason for rejecting zero turns in general as:
-engine will cost the same, for a similar engine with a similar failure, regardless of the unit it's in
-deck, same
-hydro's vs transmission/differential unit, also not likely to be a huge difference between the two, if they fail.

With a used zero turn, it's typically hours that kill the hydro's, while with a used tractor, it can be hours or abuse from using the tractor inappropriately.
 

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I'd stay away from Husqvarna, they apparently have numerous problems with their frame/chassis integrity regardless of model. Neighbor had to weld his back together and I'm pretty sure all he does is cut grass with it.

Cub Cadet is made by MTD, my LTX1045 had all the usual MTD problems so I can't recommend their stuff either.

I don't know enough about Simplicity or Bolens to say either way.

If you can stretch your budget then get a used diesel tractor. All of the diesels at least as far as Deere goes have good transmissions and the engine can run thousands of hours as long as you keep clean fuel in it and do your regular maintenance.
 

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I'm looking for a used lawn tractor in the $500-$1500 range. It for homeowner use, mowing only, about 3/4 of an acre once a week for about 4 months a year. I was considering the Kawasaki V-Twin powered tractors. I like some of the Husqvarna models but was told to stay away from the K46. The husq fabricated decks looked cool too.

I see some of the Cub Cadets have Kawi power but K46 transaxle too.

My question is, what models shout I be looking at that have the Kawi V-Twin AND the durable transaxle.

I see mention of guys swapping k46 out for k71

Thanks in advance. I tried another forum and got little to no help there.
You might find a JD GT235 circa 2003 or so for $1500. It will have a Kawasaki twin and a K71 transaxle and a stout frame. It will also have 600+ hours.
 

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I can't believe there are no go-to proven models to seek!!!
To be fair, your parameters are kind of limiting. One specific engine manufacturer, and there is only one model of heavy duty hydro transaxle that has been installed in GTs during the time frame that the specified engine manufacturer has been supplying engines for GTs.

That doesn't leave much room for options, and those options are big, heavy, and expensive, and their potential is rather wasted when the sole task is only mowing an acre of grass every week.
 

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I can't believe there are no go-to proven models to seek!!!
Even in the used market, most that fit your engne and transaxle criteria do not fit your budget. Even in used equipment you usually get what you pay for.
 

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To be fair, your parameters are kind of limiting. One specific engine manufacturer, and there is only one model of heavy duty hydro transaxle that has been installed in GTs during the time frame that the specified engine manufacturer has been supplying engines for GTs.

That doesn't leave much room for options, and those options are big, heavy, and expensive, and their potential is rather wasted when the sole task is only mowing an acre of grass every week.
What is the one model heavy duty hydro you refer to? K71???
 

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You might find a JD GT235 circa 2003 or so for $1500. It will have a Kawasaki twin and a K71 transaxle and a stout frame. It will also have 600+ hours.
GT235, cool! Any other models from this series? Reason I ask, I see some manufacturers run same drive train but multiple deck sizes classified as several different models.
 
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