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05-07-10, 03:42 AM   #1  
Dilema on which mower to buy...

Hello:

I'm looking for some guidance on which mower to purchase. Here is my situation: I have about .4 of an acre and live in NE Ohio. The yard is flat in the front, but there is a slope in the rear, though it is not dramatic.

I'd really like to purchase a Zero Turn Mower from Lowes - like the Toro 42" Cut. Do I need a mower that size? No, not really. I really enjoy the look of the lawn when a zero turn unit has been used.

Candidly, I'm certain a walk behind 22" mower would be fine. I use to have a personal pace from Toro that I got rid of when I moved.

I guess I am wondering if a ZTR walk-behind unit exists that has a cut of 30-36" that would be easy to manage? Or, do they make a riding ZTR unit that also meets these criteria?

Of course, the riding Toro 42" cut ZTR goes for $2,400 and a 22" cut personal pace Toro goes for $4-500. Clearly there's some spread relative to the price. I wish I could find a ZTR (walk behind, or ride) in the $1,200-$1,500 range.

Possible?

Thanks!
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05-07-10, 06:47 AM   #2  
Here is a 24" walk behind at Lowes:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_77279-56541-WB11524-CA_4294820782_4294937087?productId=1205352&Ns=p_product_price|1&pl=1&currentURL=/pl_Gas%2BWalk-Behind%2BMowers_4294820782_4294937087_?rpp=15$No=15$Ns=p_product_price|

I would also check local dealers.

 
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05-07-10, 10:07 AM   #3  
Cub Cadet sells a 33" wide self propelled mower currently on sale for $1099. It's based on the old Troy-Bilt design from back when Troy-Bilt was a seperate company. What that means is the design has been around for something like 20 years, well built, heavy duty and reliable.

CubCadet - Wide-Area Walk-Behind - Category

But for $1500 you can get into entry level riding mowers which would also do the job and let you sit down. Your size lawn can be easily done by most any of the riding lawn tractors in the $1200-1600 price range.

 
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05-07-10, 10:55 AM   #4  
I actually saw the cub cadebt walk behind today for $1,200. Can you run a sulky behind that and stand/ride? Also, it appears that machine uses gears. I like the hydro mechanism of the sit down ZTR -- I don't want to be shifting gears.

Can you show me examples of the sit down units for $1,600?

Thanks so much!

 
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05-07-10, 01:03 PM   #5  
Posted By: shumax I actually saw the cub cadebt walk behind today for $1,200. Can you run a sulky behind that and stand/ride? Also, it appears that machine uses gears. I like the hydro mechanism of the sit down ZTR -- I don't want to be shifting gears.

Can you show me examples of the sit down units for $1,600?

Thanks so much!
You would use this the same way you use a snowblower. Just put it the gear you want and walk behind it.

 
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