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What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 19, 2019 6:25 AM
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What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:25 AM
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For whatever reason, if you had to mow the overgrown grass/weeds at a rental property, what type of mower would you use? Push type, riding mower or Zero Turn type? I am looking at mowers right now and my budget is around $2,000.00.

Also, would this be a business expense or would it have to be depreciated over a period of 10 years? --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:42 AM
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Is this a one time big job? If so I would hire someone with a big mower to get it done. Then, to maintain it, I would buy something I could either store there or get there easily with a small trailer. For myself, when the NJ Democrat governor McGreevy imposed an inheritance tax for children and took 37 K from me and I had to do ALL the yard work for 10 buildings, I bought an electric. I could lift it myself and get it into the van I bought for a handicap van for my mother with a small ramp built into it. I got a 75 foot cord and it was not hard to lay it out and then cut away from it. Again, I would get it in shape using someone else and maintain it then with a smaller piece of equipment. --173.61.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:45 AM
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I've got a guy with a zero turn who will mow any standard size city lot for $50. Dial and done. ;-)

But since you're a DIYer, the best brands of mowers I know of are Snapper, Husqvarna, and John Deer.

Zero Turn mowers start around $2,500 for the el-cheapo brands like Cub Cadet and go up to $4,000 or more for good ones. Might be able to find a used one for $2K. Stay away from Cub Cadet: my MIL had one and it was nothing but repair after repair... I think within the first 4 years of owning it they paid out as much in repairs as the original cost of the mower.

A standard good brand rider should run around $1,000 - $2,000 depending on features.

How often will you be mowing? Once a month just to knock down weeds and keep the city off your case or more often? A push mower would work for weekly/bi-weekly, but anything more than that and a rider is a better choice. --173.20.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:53 AM
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Funny you should bring up mowers, since I just bought a new one this week. I have several push mowers and a riding mower. I do cut the grass at one house that has a heavily treed lot, and also cut at vacancies. Iíve always used a push mower at vacancies, and the rider on the heavily treed lot. Iíve seen those zero turns being used by pros for years so I finally took the plunge. I was wanting a gravely, but found that Ariens is the same mower , just different name. I could get both for $3099 everywhere, but ended up buying at Home Depot when they accepted my Lowes 10 percent coupon. It is a zero turn with a 52 inch cut and 23 hp engine, with a steel welded deck. Since I had never used a ZT getting used to no break and no steering wheel is a challenge, but from talking with other people that have one, once I master the controls I would never want to go back to a regular riding mower. Yes, I will write the whole mower off this year, like I did with all my other toys. ( stump grind, lawn and leaf vac, wood chipper,etc). As always I look for free interest , even though I had the money to pay cash, the Home Depot card offered 24

Month 0 interest. Iíll now be using the ZT at vacancies instead of a push mowe. It is lots of fun to ride. --75.141.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:53 AM
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I do mow 1 large 3 unit rental plus my large yard and my parents large yard.I have an Ariens riding mower I bought at Home Depot about 4 years ago and it is junk,i wouldn't buy another Ariens product ever,i had problems from day one,i think I will get this year out of it then get something better next year.Previously I had a craftsman and got 9 years out of that one doing the same 3 lawns. --72.231.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:09 AM
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Sid,

This post is for DIY types only which I think is the majority here. I do appreciate your mower recommendations though! :)

The problem I have with hiring it out are issues like,...'your rental house yards are small, some are hilly, some have tree roots running across them, some are in bad neighborhoods and they are just an all around PITA ,...blah, blah, blah. Earlier this week, a pro grass cutter told me it was not worth his time to drive an extra 5 miles to cut the grass at a house that was on the north end of town near the county line.

For years I have hired this out but I just getting sick and tired of hearing all of the whiny B.S. these knuckleheads are feeding me. These are the types that normally mow the lawns in Class A and B hoods too.

--68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:11 AM
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It depends on how overgrown you are talking about. If it's 4 feet tall I doubt a lawnmower will do it. I have an old DR Trimmer with a metal blade attachment. It's one of those two wheel machines with the spinning blade at one end and the handle on the opposite end. I cut it loose and usually get a day laborer to pick it up and load it on the trailer.

I've picked up several properties where the back yard hasn't been mowed for at least a full season. The tumbleweed stalks and tree sprouts can be as thick as an inch across and often there is trash, toys, furniture, etc mixed in so I have to be really careful cutting because it's hard to see what is mixed in. I would hate to take a brand new $4K lawnmower in there and destroy it after the first cutting. --50.26.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:11 AM
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If overgrown, be sure to Ďwalk the propertyí first to pick up rocks, cans, bottles, other debris that could foul up any mower.

Most of my little city lots are too small for a rider, and steep front yards might not be safe with a rider. But, for the one large back yard, I wish I had a trailer to haul my husbandís John Deere. Long term plans for that yard is to landscape to reduce some of the mowing ( garden shed, patio, plant beds with mulch. But, thatís a long way off.)

I use a Honda walk- behind gas mower, self -propelled for four yards, weekly. I bought a pay of sturdy ramps to get it up onto the back of my pick-up truck. If I ever turn mowing back over to tenants, I would recommend they buy a cordless electric with two batteries, but, they would just be mowing the one yard each. . I also bought an electric mower and a 100 ft cord, and, I can get my yards done with that, but, I get tired of flinging that cord out of the way.

If I had more properties, like you, I would get a trailer, a rider, and a walk-behind. To get all of that on $2000 means buying used, replacing with better over time. And buy a good sun hat *grins* Providing landscape services has gone over very well with my tenants. Itís frequently mentioned in ads I see for other properties as well. Saves all of the monitoring to see if itís mowed, bad mow jobs, ugly yards, city notices, tenant fines. Tenants arenít very garnishable in my city, or so I have heard. So, for me, itís a good way to keep an eye on the property, keep city and neighbors happy, and more importantly TO ME, have a very nice looking yard.

If your situation is one and done, then just hire it. --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:14 AM
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If you are talking standard grass, I have a $90 wallyworld special that I'm on my 3rd season with (I don't use it a whole lot). When it dies I won't fix it, just go spend another $90. --50.26.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:21 AM
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Roy,

Whatever my mower guy pushes or drives.

Pro landscaper guys? No. I use the little guy, self operator,

pick up with some rust and a trailer, his wife writes out the bills, who wants to run his own business. $20-25 per yard.

If I did my own mowing I'd never have time to post here!

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:24 AM
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Regarding the tree roots and hilly, I DO address those over time, for my OWN ease of mowing. Trees with lots of surface roots, such as maples, can be edged ( I used a half-moon shovel) and mulch spread over the roots. I sometimes use round-up to kill grass first, or, spread thick layers of newspaper, then mulch. But be careful if it will be walked on- mulch over newspapers can be slippery!

When I was having a bad sidewalk taken out and relocated, I had the guy with the skid steer reduce the steep drop off at the front of one yard. It was a little nerve -racking for me to mow that steep drop off. Now, the slope starts much further back, is a more gradual slope, and I am no longer fighting to keep the mower from tipping, or fighting for good footing myself.

So, in the long run, all of those things that turn off the Ďfor-hireí guys, get annoying for us DIYers too. None of us getting any younger! I just donít spend a lot of money, time , in any one year fixing those annoyances. Instead, I work on them slowly, over time. Little by little. --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:26 AM
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I already have a Honda push mower, Echo weed eater, and a Stihl blower, so lets focus this discussion on 'riding mowers'. I am looking at John Deere, Husqvarna, and Craftsman 42 inch riding mowers.

--68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:30 AM
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$20-$25 per yard Brad!?! Holy mackerel! The twelve year old kids with the mower charge $20-$25 just for a front yard only around here. And then, they mow in flip flops ....

If I could get a person with insurance, a sturdy pair of work shoes, other safety equipment, and a lick of common sense for $20-$25 whole yard - yeah, write that check!! --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:31 AM
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We've never been able to keep any small engine running. Can't count the number of mowers we've gone through. Now we hire it out.

I pay anywhere from $25 - $50 a yard. The $50 is because the grass at that one grows so fast and thick that he has to do double passes on it to get it under control. We could have him mow more often but then it would be $40, so no savings there.

We do have a small electric mower for our own place, just for the places our guy's riding mower can't get to. --50.82.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:33 AM
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For rider recommendations, maybe look at what the pros in your area use. --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:39 AM
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I spent my formative years mowing a 5 acre yard on a John Deere. Much as I wanted that thing to die, it never would. It was at least 30 years old when I left home and was still going strong. My brother still has it 20 years later as his backup mower. --50.26.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:45 AM
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Just so you all know Brad isn't making this up...my yard guy charges $20 for a small yard, $25 for a standard yard. This includes mow and trimming. He does it as a side-hustle to his main job for pocket money. I see similar ads on bandit signs all over town (Mow & Trim for $25).

I only use him for my duplexes/4-plex. In SFH tenants mow their own yards, and if they fail to comply I send my guy and bill them for it. By the time I have to send him, though, it's usually up around $75 because they let it get so out of hand he had to weed whack the thicker parts, or he brings a rider. Btw, Roy, he uses John Deere, for whatever that's worth. Swears by it. --173.20.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:48 AM
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Btw, in case anyone is interested on the prices my guy charges...

$20-$25 is for a weekly mow of a small or standard lot.

$50 is if I send him to do a vacancy, which I mow about once every 16-18 days depending on how wet or dry it is. He may or may not take a rider.

$75 is for the tenant who hasn't mowed in 4-5 weeks and we have some serious knock down work to do. Rider required. --173.20.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 7:50 AM
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Are you asking a tax question or mower question?

For as much as I DIY, grass is one thing I sub out. --174.201.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:00 AM
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I am not suggesting mowing the lawns at all of my rental properties,...it is in my lease that mowing is the tenant's responsibility.

I am referring to mowing the lawns when a house comes vacant and as usual, the tenants have not mowed the grass in a month. If I can find a local neighborhood kid with a push mower, I will hire him but if I can't I need to consider my other options. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:03 AM
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NE,

I was asking a mower and a tax question. Taxes I can deal with later on, but I need a riding mower recommendation now. I have a Section 8 tenant moving out on the 30th and the grass is 12 inches high. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:15 AM
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when i need a new mower I buy it for myself and my place. Take the mower that I had been using here and ship to the rental business.

True story: my mechanic friend calls me up and said (while working on my John D) how fast were you going? What-- how fast? Yea he said when you dropped the JD out of your pick up onto the highway -- how fast were you going? It was in rough shape for sure. OK so you had to be there and get it first person. --99.103.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:18 AM
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Lawn mower drag racing, MYOB? Lol!

If only for what -ifs? and rare to occasional, I would RENT the darn thing! Lots of rental places have mowers around my area. Your locale may vary. --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:19 AM
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We bought an Ariens from HD back in 2009? 2010? That thing was always breaking belts. And we couldn't always get it into the back yards of the rentals, because the riding lawnmower was wider than the width of some of our back gates. So we'd still have to end up mowing things with a push-mower.

So I wouldn't recommend an Ariens, but I would recommend getting a tape measure and seeing how wide of a gate you can fit anything you're considering.

If things are severely overgrown, I'd hit it with a weed whacker first, to get some of the height down and make sure there aren't hazards in the tall grass. I remember one vacant house we were considering buying had a bunch of drinking glasses buried in the tall weeds. Was talking to my handyguy who mentioned once upon a time, he had been walking past someone who was mowing their grass-- and their lawnmower caught a screwdriver and pitched it into his arm. Bricks, sticks, branches, sewer clean-outs, and concrete things are more common, but can do damage to a blade and knock it out of alignment. Mowing would come after everything had been weedwhacked and walked, to make sure there were no surprises.

My yard guy generally charges $35 for a small yard, $45 for a large yard. If it's severely overgrown, it might be $100... but it would be easier to deduct it from an SD if I have a third party doing the mowing, rather than myself. Because I don't want someone to challenge it and have the judge agree, "Well, this didn't cost you anything, except for your time, and that's not worth anything." --96.46.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:42 AM
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South Eastern equipment rental Gadsden Alabama has a John Deer zero turn rider for rent.

So, even if, for some reason, you wanted to own a rider for such rare usage, you could try one out first.

$2k , plus storage, maintenance seems like a lot to invest for very little return on time, talent, and treasure. For such occasional use, my Honda self-propelled is easy-peasy. And, you already have one! --70.92.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:45 AM
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Deanna,

Yes, on gate widths! Most of my rental houses have chain link fences and many have gates that are around 45-48 inches wide. For this reason, I am limited to a riding mower with a 42 inch deck and even that can be a tight squeeze.

Some tenants with dogs will sometimes drive a steel spike in the back yard protruding about 4 inches above ground. When the dog and heavy duty chain are gone, the spike remains and hitting it with a mower is another reason pro mowers don't want to cut grass at my rental houses. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 8:49 AM
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I will have to confess here that I am a landscaping/curb appeal fanatic. This is how I get above market rents for all of Class C properties. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 9:40 AM
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100% with you on that Roy! Curb appeal reigns supreme! --172.58.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 10:08 AM
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My sister has a GrassHopper. What does your sister have? --99.203.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 11:37 AM
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I have a Case 48HP tractor with a 60" finish mower and a bush hog attachment for my farm. A 61"Simplicity Citation XT 27HP zero turn mower for my lawn(18acres) which I love to ride and spin on. A 54" Husqvarna zero turn, and a 48" Craftsman riding mower that largely pulls a utility wagon. I have 3 20" and 21" self propelled mowers, all Husqvarna, and a 4 cylinder Husqvarna weed wacker. Keeping all the batteries charged through the winter is a full time job. I have a 2200 sq ft pole barn to store everything in. I also have three different sized tillers, seeders, blades, plows, and herbicide spreaders. --216.23.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 12:46 PM
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Two, soon to be three Lesco 54" hydros - these are the rare wishbone front suspension models. Circa 1989.

One Wright Stander 42"

Husky 48" zero turn

Ferris IS3000 61" zero turn

For back up mowers, 2 48" scags, 1 52 scag, 2 36" scag/toro

I even have some Honda riding mowers. But riding mowers are for looks. Too slow.

(I don't allow teni to cut their lawns). --96.241.xx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 1:07 PM
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If I was in your place I would look at a used JDeere. But ensure get one with a serviceable (not sealed) transmission. --174.225.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 1:10 PM
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Roy,i get my smaller lawns done by an older guy for $25 each,if you want to hire it out you can find someone.Have you tried craigslist or facebook garage sale type sites? I could get someone there today if I needed it --72.231.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 1:35 PM
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Brad, Sid, and others.

Be cautious and do background checks(criminal)on those cheep mowers. Had a neighboring estate executor ask me about mowing her yard and I called a guy from a bandit sign about mowing yard for $20 and accidentally found he just got out of jail for theft. I did not hire him and ended up with the job myself.

myob, that's funny. I am surprised you didn't fix it yourself.

Deanna, good point about the SD and judge and other things.

Busy, I like seeing the supped up mowers at the tractor pull.

Plenty, funny.

Roy, It sounds like you will not be needing this often. You may find it cheaper to rent instead of storing and maintaining. Anything with gas can have problems if sitting to long and other things dry rot. If you still prefer to buy I would recommend a JD. At that price it will be a home owner model not commercial but is still better built then most and parts are fairly easy to find in stock.

--73.120.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by David [NC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 1:45 PM
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I have some steep yards and I was concerned about the stability of ZT mowers on the hills. I ended up getting a Cub Cadet XT2 EFI 46" mower. The EFI is supposed to get 20% better gas mileage and decrease the chances of over winter it won't start itis. Been happy with it.

Mowing could take a significant amount out of the budget so I do the duplex and the unrented SFHs. You need a car or truck that can pull a trailer so there is extra stuff required to "save" money.

--65.188.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 2:14 PM
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If I could get my push type thru that is what I would use,I have a few electrics but they only cut 16-20 inches which is enough for the cord, I have a diesel tractor at the farm with a finish mower and a gas 22inch self propelled for the tall grass, headphones and a talking book.. --76.188.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 2:52 PM
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I am done with hiring the El Cheapo grass cutters. They are here one week and in jail the next. I need someone who I can rely on and those are usually the pro lawn care contractors that charge a min. of $45.00 to mow a lawn,...assuming I can get them to operate in a Class C hood. Plus, pushing a lawn mower is fairly good exercise. Why go to a gym to work out when you can push lawnmower for an hour? --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 2:58 PM
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" but I need a riding mower recommendation now "

I thought you were asking about riding mowers? --73.120.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 3:36 PM
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6x6,

My last reply was just another reason why I think I am done trying to hire out mowing. Most of my rental properties could benefit from both a riding mower (some have big yards) and a push mower for tight spots where the riding mower can't get to. Plus, a weed-eater and blower are needed for a nice well groomed finished.

Today I rented out a house at above market rent. $650.00 for small 2/1 where any other LL on that same block would only get $475 for the same house with no curb appeal. People will pay more for a house that has that 'cute and cozy' look to it. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 3:57 PM
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I agree with curve appeal. I strive for the same. --73.120.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 5:22 PM
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I'm using a 48 inch John Deere, GX355E.

Mixed review: best mower I have ever cut with. Smooth ride, FAST cut, even cut, fairly quiet. Very little string trimming needed afterwards.

I got the 48 because that's the biggest that will fit on my trailer and through my backyard gates.

Cons: It's eaten two belts in two years. Both times a small stick ended up on the deck and got caught in the belt.

Belts are extremely difficult to locate! JD carefully hides the details on their belts to make it hard to get a generic. And they carefully hid the part number for the correct belt. My local Lowes guy assured me "this is the right belt". It was not.

As of a couple months ago, they don't yet make a bagger for this model. I'm hoping that will change soon.

My lawnmower repair guy says the best deal out there is the Bad Boy mowers sold by Tractor Supply. --173.233.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Kurt [MI]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 5:25 PM
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I have a hand-me-down Toro lawnmower. 22" self-propelled I use at my home. Probably 12 years old now. No problems on it yet.

Have el-cheapo Huskee 21" push mower stored at a rental with a tiny yard but any hired person wants too much for a 15-min mow. That mower is now 6 years old and no problems yet. Have already got more than my money out of it. $180 mower paid for itself in a month. No maintenance done on that yet, not even an oil change! But like I said, that property has a very very small yard. --107.5.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 6:57 PM
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12 inch high lawn, rent a high wheel mower to take it down and then start mowing after. When we had to replace our ride on tractor for home last time we went with the bigger mowing deck to shorten the mowing time. Bad choice on our hilly, uneven lawn. Works well in my field but tears the lawn up in certain spots because the wider deck will dig in on one side ripping up grass. --24.61.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 9:26 AM
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I will add for what it is worth.

For 2K you are not going to get anything that is built well and not going to be problems.

Buy a honda push mower for now. Wait until winter time.

Here can always find a good commercial brand or better models of the cheap brands like John Deere or Ariens.

Lot of people selling are the ones that decided to start their own lawn care business and give it up after a season.

Thinking they can make a living and build a business in one season.

Can expect one season use and half price on a mower.

Get something good. Stick with working on rentals. You dont need another career as a lawnmower repair person. --73.152.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 9:57 AM
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I had Toro zero turn that lasted forever. I also had a big Husky riding mower that was awesome, but I love my new Simplicity and time will tell if it outlasts the Toro. --216.23.xxx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 5:38 PM
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Roy, you canít get 1 new for $2000 but a Wright Stander zero turn is a great reliable mower that all ďprofessionalĒ landscapers use, but new they are anywhere from $5K to $10K plus depending on size and model. (On my wish list) You may be able to find a used 1 for $2000. If you must buy it new, at the big box stores you can get a John Deere, I have a 10 year old John Deere that I bought at Home Depot and have only had to put gas in it and changed the oil. Its kept in my garage and I winterize it at the end of every season. I mow the approximate 1 acre of grass at my 2 family weekly. I donít bag my grass clippings, I use the mulching feature, the clippings re-seed and compost the soil. Hope this helps. --174.192.xx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Travis [OK]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 6:37 PM
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I have a hustler FasTrak 36Ē. It goes through very small gates and knocks out small yards fast. I paid about $3500 for it new, but you can probably find a used one for $1200. Parts are readily available at Hustler dealer and online. --68.12.xx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by J [IN]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 8:25 PM
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I like the John Deere riders. I just picked up a 345 for $1500 on Facebook marketplace. The tractors are a little easier to drive and seem to be pretty well made. --174.221.x.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2019 11:37 PM
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For knocking things down I have a DR Pro trimmer walk behind that has speed adjuster. The newer DR models have easy change trimmer lines. I also have the beaver disc which is a chainsaw chain that cuts trees up to 3 inches.

My yards are too small for a riding mower and too small for anyone to really want it as a job, yet grass makes sense.

I got a lowes battery power mower last year and it scks. The battery does not last and if you use the power mode it really quits fast. I screwed up and missed the return window and now I own it. Have 2 corded ones that really jam, but avoiding the cord is frustrating and takes longer.

The corded one will run off my tacoma's power if the cord is not too long.

I too got tired of gas mowers going kaput. Same w/ gas trimmers. LOVE my B&D 36 V trimmer w/ auto feed line.

Still hate mowing LOL. --24.194.xx.xx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 4:32 AM
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I have narrowed my riding mower research down to the John Deere brand. It is now a question of whether I want an E130 which has 22 Hp or the E100 which has 17.5 Hp. Both have 42 inch decks but the price difference is around $400.00. Plus, the E130 has a hydrostatic transmission and the E100 has a CVT trans,...not sure which is better though. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 5:11 AM
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The Deere hydrostatic trans are a weak point. Check if your choices have sealed tranny's which cannot even have fluid topped off. Do more Google search for the better models. --174.225.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 5:32 AM
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Frank,

John Deere is rumored to be the best in the business, even among the low-end consumer lawn tractors. If John Deere makes a hydrostatic sealed trans, I would have to assume they know what they are doing. They are selling a maintenance free transmission which transfers more power to the back tires than a traditional belt driven trany. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 12:15 PM
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Roy,

Tip: Riding mowers need space to turn and are not efficient for smaller yards.

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 22, 2019 12:45 PM
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Brad20K,

There is no perfect mower for every situation. I have rental properties which huge back yards, others properties have hilly, and others are just plain small with obstacles where only a push mower or weed whacker would work. Several of my properties have vacant lots next door and those have to be mowed too. --68.63.xxx.xxx




What mower do you use ? (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Apr 27, 2019 3:52 PM
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i use the Juan Garcia model...it comes with all the other tools he needs AND a truck and a helper. mowing lawns is for workers...not owners --24.25.xxx.xxx



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