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Old 17 August 2007, 18:03   #31
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Old 23 September 2007, 15:56   #32
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Wheel Horse (Now Toro)

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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..
Toro (used to be wheel horse) are the best IMHO, from the USA and the old ones are built to last. I have two. One from new 1995 and NOTHING has gone wrong. My neighbour had his 25 years and it outlasted him (no really!). The other one is the same model and purchased last year second hand.

Both are the same model and use the same desks and accessories (one has a rear collector). Both will cut 18" grass, thistles and even pick up horse crap!. I've had the cheap ones before and they are cr*p.

I even laid a 70 metre roadway (30 tonnes of scalpings) with one of them and a detachable front dozing blade.

BTW both of mine are hydostatic and had no problems with either. I prefer hydrostatic over manual any day.

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Old 24 September 2007, 08:12   #33
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So did you get your neighbour's one when he was finished with it? Do you want to sell your spare one?

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Old 30 September 2007, 13:00   #34
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No, he gave it to a relative when he moved into a flat. I have two on purpose as I have about 2 acres to cut and it gets boring after a while! - One has a grass catcher on the back to do near the house and the other just throws it out the side for the field.

Try a company called D J Scott in warnford (near fareham) they are big Wheelhorse (Toro) dealers and often have 2nd hand stuff.

Wheelhorse/Toro are like the Land Rovers of the lawn tractor world (sorry that should have been Toyotas of the Lawn Tractor world (don't tell codprawn!)

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Old 01 October 2007, 10:30   #35
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Yes, I can recommend Dave Scott. He is a bit of a silver-tongued rascal (in the nicest possible way).
After persuading me to buy one, he then told me he had an additional model that had automatic gears, a mulcher, a hydro-static deck and cruise-control. He said "Brian, how could you possibly go through life WITHOUT having cruise-control on your ride-on mower".
A winner of an argument, so I bought a second.
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