I am in need of a new lawn tractor and was wondering if MTD brand is any
good ? I know they actually make alot of the Dept. store lawn mowers. Does
anyone know how many brands thay actually make ?
I have a 1 1/2 acre lawn in rural Iowa and I need something to mow my lawn
and would like to spend under $1500 .
You are so correct about the statement . I was at 2 JD dealers and what I
really want is around 5K , and my budget doesn't like that . My wife and I
also do not know that a JD will last longer than a mower built by MTD .
Obviously I can only go with my experience here, but I found them to
be absolute garbage. The deck spindles usually made it two years max,
there is no provision to grease anything which leads to rapid
deterioration of steering, lift mechanisms, pretty much anything that
moves. Parts are readily available, but not cheap- I found that after
about four years I had to spend enough in repairs to justify a new
tractor (the first was the under 1000 8HPx38" type) So I bought one of
their "better" ones- a two cylinder 17 HP X42", $1795 at Sam's Club.
Same exact tractor except for motor and deck size, same puny deck
spindles, etc. After the second season, it began eating drive belts at
thirty bucks a pop. When I checked into it, I found that the frame had
actually cracked where the drive axle mounted. Why did this happen
after two years? There were four mounting points for the axle, two
forward, to at the axle itself, only the two at the axle had been
installed, so every time the mower was put into motion the axle
twisted and eventually the metal failed. The forward bolts had never
been there, the paint was still unmarked, but MTD said too bad, not
our problem. That worked out to 800 dollars a year, I am pretty sure I
could have hired someone to do the lawn for that. Anyway, I welded up
the frame and properly fastened the axle, after two more years it
(again) needed deck spindles, and now the starter was shot, so I
junked the stupid thing and bought a Deere- haven't had to replace any
parts in four years, and I bought used- the tractor was built in the
I think these go on sale at Home Depot or lowes for $999 several times a
MTD does make different "grades"
Your absolutely correct. Thin material and poor paint on the deck require
that you dismount, clean, and paint the deck with rustoleum frequently. I do
this every couple of years usually in the Fall. It's really routine
I got 12 years out of a Agway badged MTD 12 HP B&S powered Lawn Tractor.
During that time I replaced the front wheels due to weld failures, the
main engine belt pulley due to weld failures, the deck arbors due to
bearing failures, reinforced the frame transaxle mounting points due to
cracks in frame / body. Engine had a bad oil seal around output shaft.
This was a 1989 model bought new. I got my moneys worth but it was a
hassle to keep up with the repairs. Current mower is a husqavanna 42
inch cut model with 2 cylinder Kawasaki 15hp engine. So far nothing
other than routine maintenance over 3 years.
When I bought a new push mower about 6 years ago, I wanted a good, solid, US
of A made machine so I bought a John Deere. The JD said they were one of
the most reliable machines made, that Kawasaki engine is just great!
It has been and starts on the first pull every time.
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