WHY NOT A LAWN TRACTOR ?


Elderly gent in our neighborhood will have to get an electric "golf cart" to get around our village.
I never realized, those things cost like platinum !
It occurred to me that one could buy a good lawn-tractor remove the blades, and have pretty good urban transportation.
I see a SEARS ad offering a "six-speed" unit for less than a thou.
Beyond fighting the folks at city hall, any other probs ? How's top speed ? Reliability ?
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Advise your friend to never; ever, get a DUI on a tractor. Speeding can bring another fine. -- Oren
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RJ,
Head to the library and read Consumer Reports, Craftsman is not a great brand. There may be a noise issue. Golf carts have bench seats and carry more than one person. Your friend may have difficulty getting on and off a tractor. Tractors are not very stable. I have a 7 speed lawn tractor. Top speed is faster than jogging but slower than running.
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I would have to differ from the last, I have had a Craftsman tractor for 25 years now, (OK, maybe they were better made then) but it is a 6 speed and pretty quick. This thing has gone through the trails and in the woods, pulled out many a deer. Yes it is hard to get on and off (if you were elderly and had joint issues). I'm not sure just how loud it is but I don't think is all that loud.
But, I do beleive that a golf cart would be MUCH better for him. I have seen them on Craigs for 1200. Sounded like a good deal, same type elderly man owned it, came with battery charges hard roof with rain enclosure.
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A fight you'd not when, either, btw...
A BAD idea. They're not suited for the purpose. Look into finding used carts.
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Noise.
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Aasuming you're are serious,
Tractors run on gas. Can't use indoors.
Tractors would be hard to move around in tight spots (bathrooms, stores)
Tractors tend to be big. Moving on a crowded sidewalk could be challenging.

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lot of the elder-housing communities, and even some subdivisions.
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On 27 Apr 2007 17:29:46 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Costly also, DUI, speeding and driving on a sidewalk.....via tractor!
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<RJ> wrote:

Speed, noise capacity and reliability.

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Don't forget the safety aspect.
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<RJ> wrote:

Look around for a golf cart dealer in your area. Some may have used ones for sale. When my girls were young, I bought a used electric golf cart from a a local dealer. I paid $300 for it and it came with the 6 - 6v deep cell batteries (36v motor) which were worth more than the $300 I paid for the whole thing. It wasn't in the best looking condition but it ran. In hind site, I should have bought the gas engine one because the kids got downhearted when it had to be recharged.
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There are several companies that sell battery operated "carts" that are designed for people that can't get around easily. Some are covered by Medicare or other insurance.
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wrote:

You don't have to buy new. My friend runs a mini-storage and though she walks once or twice around each day for exercise and somtimes to pick up litter, she uses the golf cart a lot. Her boss, her uncle, runs another ministorage and doesn't buy new for himself either. I think the same place that repairs them sells them used.
She actually uses a gas powered one. It's not as loud as a tractor but louder than electric. The engine starts when she presses the accelerator, which I think is cool. There is a hand lever for reverse. But it breaks once in a while.

Without the blades, you couldn't chop off anyone's toes.

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And electric won't break anywhere near as often as a gas one, which has most of the parts of a car.
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On 4/27/2007 6:17 PM, <RJ> wrote:

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Noise. much louder than a golf cart. Find a used cart for a grand or less.

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