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Old 31 October 2010, 15:11   #1
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Ride on lawn mowers

I am looking into a ride on tractor mower for the new gaff. We will have about 1/2 to 3/4 of an acre of lawn to mow.

I hav looked on ebay for under 500 there seem to be a few available although I realise and am prepared for a bit of a "project"

Any advice on what makes are shite and which ones are worth looking at. I should imagine that something that has good parts availability will be essential.

Now I wonder if I could fit an etec powerhead onto a mower
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Old 31 October 2010, 15:26   #2
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Hello, I've got a husqvarna pro ride, front mounted mulching deck.

Its fantastic and you don't have to collect or dump the grass.

Much better than the bolams ride on I had before.

Husqvarna gets my vote.
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Old 31 October 2010, 15:27   #3
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I am looking into a ride on tractor mower for the new gaff. We will have about 1/2 to 3/4 of an acre of lawn to mow.

I hav looked on ebay for under 500 there seem to be a few available although I realise and am prepared for a bit of a "project"

Any advice on what makes are shite and which ones are worth looking at. I should imagine that something that has good parts availability will be essential.

Now I wonder if I could fit an etec powerhead onto a mower
Now you're in my area.
Honda, John Deere, Husqy and Stiga. The rest are shite.
I have a part-share in a horticultural machinery business.

I have a Husqy LT151 (15hp Kohler) here which has been F-in-Laws since new. You can have that for 600 (1400 new)

We use diesels, but you need fair acres to justify the additional cost. I have a Kubota TG1860 (24hp Yanmar), F-in-Law runs a JD X495 (27hp Yanmar). The JD is an awesome thing.
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The LT151 sounds interesting. can you collect the grass with it or does it have a mulcher?
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The LT151 sounds interesting. can you collect the grass with it or does it have a mulcher?
Collector bins.
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My old man runs a Husky LT100, which he had new 15 years ago. It's given no problems at all and he's well chuffed with it. It lives indoors, which obviously helps.
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My old man runs a Husky LT100, which he had new 15 years ago. It's given no problems at all and he's well chuffed with it. It lives indoors, which obviously helps.
Indoors is good, but a garage would do.

Changing gear whilst on the move knacks 'em.
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If you're buying 2nd hand, then watch out for rusted cutting decks. They rarely get cleaned properly and corrode through easily. (This comment is more for buying off ebay and shouldn't apply to anything Mollers is flogging)
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Indoors is good, but a garage would do.
In the happy daze before Mrs willk, my 40" mower lived in my hallway as the garage was only a few lines on drawing paper. I wouldn't recommend it for a normal household (although it was a big hit with visiting nephews )
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Changing gear whilst on the move knacks 'em.
IIRC, the manual said to select the appropriate gear for the terrain before setting off.
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