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#5882530 - 04/20/17 09:22 PM lawnmowers
houndone Offline

Registered: 03/30/13
Posts: 129
Loc: IL
I have a cub cadet gt 2554 garden tractor looking to upgrade. takes about 2 hours to mow,rough terrain. whats a good mower for to replace it with. 54inch to 60 inch deck.

#5882534 - 04/20/17 09:24 PM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
AntiGov Offline

Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 4446
Loc: Central Oregon
H.Fitzgerald has one he'll prolly sell cheap
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#5882573 - 04/20/17 10:04 PM Re: lawnmowers [Re: AntiGov]
robert.d12 Online   content

Registered: 10/13/15
Posts: 1342
Loc: Fingerlakes New York
Originally Posted By: AntiGov
H.Fitzgerald has one he'll prolly sell cheap

I have always liked John Deeres
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#5882650 - 04/21/17 12:48 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
Drifter Offline

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7751
Loc: Oakland, MS
I have a John Deere 425 with a 60" deck. It does well. It runs a Kawasaki water cooled motor. I would stay away from the big box store as they are not able to do any repairs you might need.
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#5882746 - 04/21/17 07:00 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
330-Trapper Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 18748
Loc: Minnesota
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#5882767 - 04/21/17 07:15 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
Larry Baer Offline

Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 637
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
I live on a farm and have a big yard. I have two Cub Cadets. One is a 10 year old LT1045 and the other was one of the new and improved Kawasaki motor riders from last summer. The next one I get will be a John Deere. Neither one of the Cubs held up. The new one only has two blades and they are thin. If you hit a gopher mound or mole hill the blades bend back under the deck. I have had to straighten and pound them out three times now...

#5882779 - 04/21/17 07:23 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
DGorman Offline

Registered: 11/30/16
Posts: 64
Loc: Iowa
I bought a John Deere 2305 a couple years ago and it's been awesome. It has a 62" deck as well as a quick connect loader and I can run a 48" tiller behind it. It was perfect for my last acreage (5 acres) but might be a little small for my new place (16 acres), although I'm not sure you'd want a mower to be much bigger.

#5882784 - 04/21/17 07:29 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
pcr2 Online   content

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 10222
Loc: potter co. p.a.
we are goin with a Husqvarna 60 inch zero turn from a local dealer.have 2 48 inch jd's for backup.if i didn't plant so many things to mow around it wouldn't be so bad.we mow 8 acres and brush hog another 8 regularly.

#5882805 - 04/21/17 07:55 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
T-Rex Offline

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 4759
Loc: MN >>>
Some things to consider:
  • Any steep hills rule out a zero turn
  • A lot of obstacles might warrant a tighter turning radius or even all wheel steering
  • Ground speed could make a huge difference if the terrain isn't quite a rough as you imply.
  • Anything over the 54 inch cut that you now have is going to speed things up
Because that all spells out big bucks; buy the best quality for longevity. John Deere comes to mind.
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#5882807 - 04/21/17 07:57 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 10167
Loc: Eastern Shore of Maryland
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#5882947 - 04/21/17 11:06 AM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
jeepsyco Offline

Registered: 04/07/12
Posts: 408
Loc: Northern VA
If your yard allows for it, get a zero turn. It'll save you hours over a season. I try to stay away from models sold at HD/Lowes or other big box places because theyre usually made cheaper and sometimes made specifically for that store. If money is no object, go SCAG or ExMark.

#5883011 - 04/21/17 12:28 PM Re: lawnmowers [Re: houndone]
AirportTrapper Offline

Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 413
Loc: Louisiana
Love my bad boy. Went from 9 hour mowing time to 1 hour 15 minutes.
If it makes a track on this earth , I can catch it.