To do: 2 acres of grass, and towing a 5x9 trailer on the property for
Location: Ontario, Canada
Went through the same phases pretty everyone who does a serious
research goes through:
1- Listen to uncle and granpa who only recommended John Deere. Then,
to friends who recommended Cub Cadet.
2- Read a lot of reviews and Googled a lot to come to the conclusion
that today there are 2 manufacturers of lawn/garden tractors in my
price range: MTD and AYP. They make virtually everything under $2500,
that includes Husqvarna, JD and Cub. That explains why we hear as many
good and as many bad things about the "reputable" brands as about
The large quantity of complaints I read were mainly about
transmissions and engines:
Hydrostatics: Most owners manuals mention that the transmission is
sealed at the factory and unserviceable. It is also sensitive to
things like purging, feature a (plastic) fan for cooling (when those
do not clog with grass and overheat, they dry out and break). And
from what I read, it breaks a lot more than the manuals. And I plan to
drag a fair size trailer with it. I'm screwed. Oh wait! Look, Sears
has a 26hp/54in with a manual!
Engines: I read of a lot less problems with the engines than with
transmissions, but everytime I read the word Kohler, is it is said to
be superior and more durable to whatever else it was compared with.
Hey Look, Sears has a 26hp/54in with a manual And a Kohler!
So the criteria of "reputation" and "superior build quality" being out
the window, I started looking for ease of maintenance and availability
of parts, and price/features. Sears happen to have a great sale right
now with a wide variety of 54in tractors.
Last but not least: I live in Canada 1 hour from the border. Sears
Canada want $3999 for this tractor with a hydro. The one with the
manual in the US (unavailable in Canada) is currently $2199, and they
will accept my 15% rebate coupon on top of that. The warranty will not
be valid in Canada, but buying their most robust tractor, I'm not too
worried. And if I keep as long as I wish, the tractor would be covered
for 20% of its life anyways. And if the engine explodes within 2
years, I can still hook the good ol' trailer and take it the to US.
Wal-Mart US sells a Reese trailer hitch locking pin for $1.78 and Wal-
Mart Canada sells the same pin for $7.87. Wal Mart US sells a FL820S
Motorcraft engine oil filter for $2.92, and the Ford dealers in Canada
sell them $8.60. And THEY PAY them $6.50 from Ford Canada. Why would
Sears Canada not join the gang rape gang??? Hey, they all get away
with it! Let's sell that 26hp/54in hydrostatic to Canadians for $3999.
Yeah, take this Canada!
My tractor will be a Craftman model number 28745:
Thanks all for reading!