03-26-2016, 04:50 PM
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Need advice on 42-46" Ridding Lawnmower with a metal transmission and Briggs and Stratton engine.

I know of one guy who has a Troy Built Pony, he is pushing 300lbs & runs it wide open when he mows.

I'm not ruling out a zero-turn, but I'm only going to splurge around $1200 or so.

What I miss is the old snappers that could be flipped on its rear-end - Those were the good old days...

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 03-26-2016, 04:58 PM
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I splurged and bought the redesigned Cub Cadet 
XT-2, a twin piston 42". Zero regrets- turns tight, metal Torq Tuff tranny case, cruise control, and pedal control forward and reverse. Has manual blade engage at that price range, but you'll not find an electric pto in your price range. The XT-1's can be had at Home Depot with all the same stuff but single piston engine. This year they actually came out with the first EFI- 25% less fuel consumption, no ethanol worries(no carb!), and same price as last years carb model! If you really do your research and look at engines and trannies, the new Cub came out on top when compared to all the usual suspects. All negative reviews were from the older Cub designs. Worth checking out!
By the way, go physically sit on one of these- way more comfortable than a Deere or Husq or a Craftsman to me. By the way, the Craftsman Pro black and yellow mowers are rebadged Cubs...

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 03-26-2016, 05:15 PM
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I avoid kohler engines.  They were great when they were USA Made.

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 03-26-2016, 08:32 PM
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My Kohler 7000 was made in Hattiesburg, MS.... where they also make the Courage and Confidant engine models.

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 03-26-2016, 08:46 PM
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New or Old Kohlers?  Are the parts made in china & assembled here?

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 03-26-2016, 08:53 PM
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New Kohlers- those 3 specific engines are MS. Apparently Command Pro stuff is made in Kohler, WI. As far as parts, I'm sure any lawn equipment manufacturer will have some globally sourced parts, cranks, valves, bearings, etc....
Here's where I got my info:
http://www.assemblymag.com/articles/9219...as-engines

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 03-26-2016, 09:09 PM
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Thanks for the info  8)

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 03-26-2016, 09:18 PM
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Just to see what I could find out of sheer curiosity, I looked up Briggs stuff. The have the standard "made in the USA of US and global parts" blanket statement... Anyway, best of luck, I hope you find what you seek!

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 03-26-2016, 09:38 PM
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I made my choice based on parts availability.  The Fraser Valley of British Columbia is farming community and as such has a large John Deere dealership.  I've owned two of their small lawn "tractors".  An STX38 and an L100.  The thickness of the deck steel was heavier than MTD machines which keeps them from being bent in against the blades if you happen to hit a root or get too close to a tree trunk.  The main thing was being able to drive directly to the dealer and get any belt blade or part that I might need as they always had it in stock or at the latest by the next day.  Some other brands had you ordering parts and waiting over ten days.  I don't like how much lawn growth and work there can be after ten days / two weeks.  Many of Deere's tractors are still available with Briggs motors.

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 03-27-2016, 05:02 PM
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Manual transmission vs Hydrostatic transmission which one is more reliable on cheap lawn tractors?

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 03-27-2016, 05:41 PM
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You can always check used as well.  I was able to pick up a low hour Simplicity Regent with a 46" deck and a 24 hp Briggs twin from the Farm Coop last year.  I spent a grand delivered with warranty for a $2800 tractor. 

http://www.simplicitymfg.com/us/en/tractors/regent

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 03-27-2016, 06:31 PM
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Thanks for the tip.  There is a dealer around 45+ miles from me.

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 03-27-2016, 06:45 PM
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The Disadvantages of Hydrostatic Transmission on eHow & Gog

In Short - Hydrostatic Transmission are 
  • Higher Maintenance Costs
  • Shorter Lifespan
  • Not as powerful as standard shift drives
  • Requires a more powerful engine
  • On steep slopes HD's are a disadvantage

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 03-28-2016, 11:37 AM
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I had a mower I bought from Tractor supply company.  Was inexpensive ran great for a decade.  So I decided to upgrade to a Deere.  Spent more time in the shop then mowing so out came the old TSC mower and ran perfectly.  Not pretty not impressive but worth every penny I spent.  I think it was a Murray brand.  Now retired so moved from the farm.  Good luck.

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 03-28-2016, 12:39 PM
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(03-28-2016, 11:37 AM)Jovan Wrote: I had a mower I bought from Tractor supply company.  Was inexpensive ran great for a decade.  So I decided to upgrade to a Deere.  Spent more time in the shop then mowing so out came the old TSC mower and ran perfectly.  Not pretty not impressive but worth every penny I spent.  I think it was a Murray brand.  Now retired so moved from the farm.  Good luck.

Not Funny; I had a 46" Stanley made by Murray that I sold like an idiot!  It was perfectly fine... Newer is not always better!

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 04-01-2016, 09:31 AM
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I went with a JD 21HP Briggs single cylinder, 46"(I think). Lightly used with 50 hours on it about 3 years old. $1,100 with bagger and cart. Here's what I figured, my lawn has some crazy hilly terrain, and a landscaper quoted me $65 per mow. I mow April - October, at least, let's say 20 times a year minimum. That's $1,300 worth of mows to me. If I get 4 seasons out of it I consider myself ahead. Hopefully it will last for 10+ years, but if not I feel I'm still ahead.

So maybe a nice clean used one?

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 04-04-2016, 10:37 AM
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Just noticed this today:  https://www.yahoo.com/autos/best-lawn-tr...41190.html

As a side note, i have a JD X300, 42" deck.  Great little mower, easy to take attachments on/off etc., but probably over priced for what it is.  I'm not sure I would buy a JD again, I would definitely do my research.

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