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Old 04 August 2007, 12:26   #11
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I doubt if you could stand the pace garf!!!!!!!!!

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Manual transmission... less trouble when they get old... Kohler engine..Like Eups... Mine's in a "Wheelhorse" that's 25 years oldish.. and still going strong... 3 blade deck and grass collector.. if yer fussy... I ain't... regular maintenance and they'll outlast you... avoid the "Cheap'n cheerful" types... don't last 5-minutes... second hand is the way to go..
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Manual transmission... less trouble when they get old...
I had guessed as much. Any real benefit for auto?
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Don't suppose you know anyone with a well maintained, lightly used, quality lawn tractor lurking in a shed do you?

Assuming that I'm not going to find anything worth buying for a few hundred quid, and spending faasands is out of the question, what about either of these two:

Craftsman 17.5hp / 42in
Made by American Yard Products and allegedly big in the US. Briggs & Stratton motor. 1,399

Husqvarna 15hp / 38in
Established quality. Kohler motor. Less power, smaller cut, more money. 1,539

Anything better around for no more than 1,500?

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JK,

Craftsman is the own brand for Sears products in North America. They generally have a pretty good reputation. F'r example I have a Craftsman 'driven' walkbehind mower which I've been pretty pleased with over the last year.

From my research into Lawn Tractors (cos now I've got the acre lawned, it's taking far too long to cut) it seemed that auto was preferable to manual as otherwise you spend all your time changing gear. Not sure how much of a problem this really is & would of course bow to Jono's experience. Other plus point for auto is apparently easier use of the snowplow/snowblower attachment but that's not really a concern for you!

I like the look of the John Deere range. My neighbour has one and they seem well put together and do a good job. I can pick one up for you at the local Home Depot for $2400 & tax. That's about GBP1200 plus the shipping etc. Worth a thought!
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I have 2 acres of grass, I also have 2 mowers one manual and one hydrolic drive. my land is on a slope making it hard to cut and heavy going on the machines '3 sit on mowers in 9 years'. also consider what you do with the grass cuttings ! every time I mow I can fill a skip, times that by cutting once a week in the summer season ...you got a f***in lot of compost. you may want to consider a gardener he will charge you about 100
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