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riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:56:16 PM »
I'm cancelling my lawn service and getting a mower, but which one? talk to me, goose.

Have about .75 acre of lawn I'd guess. It's a 1.5 acre lot but I mostly grow crabgrass, burrs and dandelions.
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 08:00:51 PM »
Dandelions make great honey and wine....we do that with the ones here on the ranch which is covered with em...

The new electrics are pretty good, they have some impressive amp output, just not sure how that will do on 3/4 acre.

Would look at gas, they seem to last longer and dont have the expense of battery replacement.

You could come borrow mine if you like, it should take about 15 minutes to get it done.

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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 08:20:19 PM »
I didnt know there were electric riders?

I just bought a gas push, gave up the self propelled
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 07:36:20 AM »
'Name Brand' ones like you see at the big box stores are made by lowest bidders and painted proper colors. Look at front suspension and chassis for a good indication of quality. If your lawn isn't consistent, I would go hydrostatic drive, for sure.
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 07:51:55 AM »
'Name Brand' ones like you see at the big box stores are made by lowest bidders and painted proper colors. Look at front suspension and chassis for a good indication of quality. If your lawn isn't consistent, I would go hydrostatic drive, for sure.

Exactly. a lot of the box stores don't have proper after sale service and you might be without for FAR longer than you want to. hence, you might not find out your deck is not aligned right and will cut all kind of funky. Do you have a lot of hills? or is flat? if it's flat you can go with a lower grade mower (trans will last longer since it isn't being pushed too hard).

me, after many months of research, I settled on a JD X380 (bought last year). wish I could have went bigger to have hydraulics for accessories, but I'll get by. There used to be only 2 or 3 main companies that made all the brands. Then it was more of a matter of looking for specific items ya want...  chassis steel thickness, trans version (I'm not a fan of manual setups), and front suspension. everything else is personal pref.

if you don't mind wrenching, get something much older cause they are tough sumabitches. just in the last decade, what you think you get for your money and what you actually get is worlds of diff. I've been looking for an Ariens GT 20 but people know what they are worth and it's PITA to find a decent one. or heck...  a John Deere 318 - Gold Standard

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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 08:07:25 AM »
I wouldn't go electric for the simple fact that a mower isn't used enough to keep the batteries healthy, but that's just my opinion.  as far as name brands, etc all I can tell you is my experience. I'm still using a late 80's MTD ;)

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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 08:15:43 AM »
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 11:18:41 AM »
I also had no idea there were electric riding mowers.  Gas is my experience. 

I'm 6 years in with a John Deere D110 from Home Depot, mowing 0.5-0.7 acre, and plowing snow in the winter.  I think it was $1500 when purchased new.  My experience with it has been good so far, no leaks, repairs or broken bits.  I do agree, as others have already stated, that the quality is poor compared to other JD machines (non-box store models).  However, kudos to JD for seeing the market and putting their brand into the big stores--they are probably selling scads of them because of brand recognition and laughing all the way to the bank.  I also live in an area where dealer service is good, so I wouldn't expect a problem if I needed a part or for it to get fixed.

For my application, it was the best solution.  My dad mows 2 acres and snow blows with a JD325 (early 2000s?).  His works well for his application.  I would not want to mow that much with my little rider.  His is definitely better built though.  And, my brother is still running the JD 110 that my dad bough new in 1970.  The Farmall Super A from 1950 (in the background of lower picture) still runs like a top.  Older things were built to last.  And as someone else already mentioned, I'd definitely recommend getting one with a hydrostatic drive.  Smooth as butter and no time wasted shifting.

Just my experience--take it with a grain of salt. 

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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 12:01:55 PM »
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 01:15:10 PM »
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 10:31:07 PM »
I've got a JD 425 all wheel steer with a 60" deck, snowblower, and blade.  Built well, but with it's age and hours I have done a couple repairs on it- but it gets pushed hard.  That's all I have.
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2017, 09:33:35 AM »
Cub Cadet with hydrostatic.
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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2017, 09:30:48 AM »
I guess I didnt clarify my machine, its a Bad Boy Pup with a 27 horse Kaw and a 60 inch cut. I am cutting 9 acres here, takes me about 4 - 5 hours.

Have not seen an electric riding mower either, also wouldnt recommend one.

Hope that clears up my lack of clarity. 8)

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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2017, 11:06:21 AM »
I've got a JD 425 all wheel steer with a 60" deck, snowblower, and blade.


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Re: riding lawn mowers: gas or electric?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2017, 02:02:01 PM »
I friend picked up a 3 or 4 year old Craftsman (48-52"  18-20hp??) from the local repair place for $200 put another $100 in it and it runs great!  If he'll sell it to me for $500 I'm buying it!