ok, have to chip in here, to help the guy with the original question.
You are in central Florida? Bahai and St. Augustine are some of the
toughest grasses in the world to mow. And the fine sand in your soil
has ruined many a good mower.
I was in commercial mowing for several years and still do it part time.
All the people recommending Deere product blows me away, as I don't
know many commercial operators who'd waste their money on it.
Simplicity? Just bought out by Briggs and Stratton. That's not going
to go over well in the long run. Simplicity does own Ferris, however,
which is a much higher grade of mower.
My advice is this: Florida is the biggest market in the world for
commercial mowing equipment. The turnover of commercial mowing
equipment is phenomenal there. You should be able to pick up a good,
used commercial unit for your 1800 bucks, and have the most
comfortable, reliable and finest cutting mower you could ever hope to
Gina Daggett wrote:
Sorry if this is repetitive, but I subscribed to this NG just recently.
I will be moving to NE Connecticut the beginning of next year, and I will
need a good all round lawn tractor.
I'll be on 4.5 acres, a good portion of it cleared (grass). I'd also like
to be able to snow plow, as the driveway is paved and about 200 ft. long.
I'll probably want to have a hitch and trailer as well, as so I can make it
a good all round multi purpose vehicle for hauling things like firewood as
well as other things around the yard.
I'd like to get some practical opinions on some different brands and models.
This is new territory for me (never had to use more then a 5 hp push mover),
though I am mechanically inclined so maintenance doesn't worry me.
Thanks in advance.
First a little about terminology, they differentiate between a *lawn*
tractor and a *garden* tractor - with the GT being a little heavier duty.
At first blus it sounds like you need a GT or something big.
I wouldn't try to *plow* a 200' driveway in NE CT with an LT or a GT. That
sounds like either a snowblower attachment to a GT or a plow on a bigger
With that much lawn you'll need something with a wide mower deck - say 48"
I'm now thinking 3 machines - a new Zero turn mower (they are much faster at
mowing), a medium size walk behind snowblower (new or used), and a used
tractor with cart.
I have been thinking of a plow attachment for a 4 x 4 instead of using a GT.
I have looked at the zero turn mowers and was thinking that I could get a
utility type vehicle along with it if a single vehicle doesn't look like it
would fit the bill.
Thanks for the response.
A plow on an ATV in the northeast might not be what you want. I have had
both a plow and a snowblower mounted on my garden tractors here in NY,
and the blower is much better and faster. In the northeast, it is not
uncommon to have two or three heavy snowfalls in a week (8" to 12"). At
some time, you are going to run out of space to push the snow. When I
had the plow, it seemed my driveway got more narrower with each
snowfall. I like the idea of throwing the snow some 20 or 30 feet onto
the lawn. Heavy snow will be a little problem for the plow, but not the
blower. Another thing is that I can drive right up to the garage doors
and throw the snow out of the way.
youll need to get a real ,small type farm tractor with mowing
,plowing implements, like a pull behind finish mower.. john deere has
some good small farm tractors. youll need at least 5-6 foot cut or youll
be out there a long time mowing, lucas
I went through Greencastle IN and there is a Kabota dealer there. He has
about 20 Tractors setting around equiped all ways. He was cleaning a 9
inch snow off with a Dixie Chopper.
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
For mowing I would select the John Deere Commercial 60 in deck or
equivelent that has good ground speed as a minimum. You don't want to
spend 2 days a week mowing.
A good small 25 hp tractor should handel the other items. Stick with the
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