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Old 04-26-2009, 07:31 PM
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what brand, how long have ya had it, how do ya like it, and for the long timers have ya ever put another motor on/in it?
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:58 PM
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~'98 or so John Deere 345. 20 hp Kawasaki V-twin. Liquid cooled, hydrostatic drive, hydraulic deck / implement lift, power steering, tilt wheel, cruise control, 48" deck. I've had it for about two years now. It has about 830 hours on it, and I love it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:11 PM
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new holland 56" hydrostatic
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:53 PM
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Old *** John Deere 314, been busted sence I got 2 years ago. Hopefully I'll get time to rebuild it in the next few weeks.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:16 PM
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new holland 56" hydrostatic
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:21 PM
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For a typical lawn mower you will not go wrong with a john deere for ease of parts if you ever need to get them, and long term durability. There's a slug of them around from decades ago still mowing strong. I just have a small LX176 model with the mulcher kit on the deck and it's awesome, definately opt for the hydrostat, nothing else compares.

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cub cadet, years ago i had an ole boy i used to tinker around doing side work with donate one to me, it was far to large for my yard back then so i asked if he wanted it back, and he just told me to sell it and keep the money. I literally had a bidding war going between two guys that came over to look at it, and a butt load of calls before it sold and after it sold since the ad was still listed. I ended up getting $400 more than i listed it for with these hard core cub fans going back and forth while i stood in the garage sipping my beer and smiling just telling them to carry on

but personally, since my town has a big JD plant, i'm biased, this whole area/state is actually since it's a farming state...JD and nothing else.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:46 PM
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iv got an 4' deck murray and iv heard lots good about them, pop-in-law gave it to us and its been pretty relyable motorwise but we got stuck replacing the wear items as it all went when we got it, you know, belts tires, batt.

iv had it about 3 summers and this year the carb decided to act up and i think it caused everything to go south so were lookin at a new motor.
IMO if the frame is solid and its got a Briggs motor ya cant go wrong.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:15 AM
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I bought this mower from Home Depot last April, 50" cut and a 22 horse Kawasaki engine. Makes mowing my 1 1/2 acres a 50 minute job and it has a lot of power. Its not "industrial" grade, but is an excellent zero-turn for typical homeowner for a reasonable price.

Edit: Only thing that sucks about it is that you can't drink a beer while mowing

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:08 AM
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I have a 2004 Craftsman DGT6000...

27hp Kohler V-Twin, hydrostatic automatic tranny, 54" deck, 24" rear wheels, 5 gallon tank, a great seat, tach, ammeter, and hours meter... etc etc...

I has 157 hours on it right now in 4 seasons of mowing 2 acres...

Does a great job, have had zero problems with it so far.

It listed for $3300... I got it at the end of the season in 2004 for $2200!

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my dad has had his Series 2000 cub cadet since 1995 and havn't had any real problems to speak of it has a 16HP Vangaurd briggs engine and has about 950 hours on it

on another note we have an early to mid 70's craftsman that has been used at our cabin since brand new and we cant kill that dang thing, it has a 15HP single cylinder briggs engine (what a torque monster) over the years all that has really been done to it is a couple starter/generator rebuilds, carb rebuild, and a couple sets of points and condenser
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We used to have a 1972 allis chalmers that ran like a top. However when I was in JR high school I liked to ride wheelies and blew the rear end gears out. Now I have Grandpas old 1968 craftsman. My dad rebuilt the carb and because he couldn't find any parts he had to make his own. Now she fires up on the first crank and runs great.
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Originally Posted by mdacton View Post
Least you armor alled the seat you goofy focker

You need to ditch the handle bars and put some ape hangers on it...seen a dude in a small town roll'n his rear engine snapper like that...fugly, but good for a laugh
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Least you armor alled the seat you goofy focker

You need to ditch the handle bars and put some ape hangers on it...seen a dude in a small town roll'n his rear engine snapper like that...fugly, but good for a laugh
I want to get one....... probly overheat and blow up though..... I cut about 5 acres a week
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