I am looking to purchase a 48" dual hydro walk behind mower to replace
my aging Byers Gold. I've had the Byers for 8 or so years and was
extremely happy with it's performance and reliability.
As Byers no longer exists I have been scouring the net and making phone
calls for well over a week and have narrowed my selection to one of a
few brands in the $4000.00 range. (I really cannot go higher as even
this figure is stretching my budget by about a grand already)
I know most people will strongly suggest John Deere, Scagg, Exmark and
others but they are simply too expensive for me.
I am considering either a Cub Cadet Commercial or Yazoo Keys 48" fixed
deck, walk behind mower (dual hydro).
I have read a lot of discussion about Yazoos being the same as the
Husqvarna and the Cub Cadet Commercial being built by MTD (maker of
several cheaper line mowers - Toro etc).
I have also read that Cub Cadet may have had a negative review from
Consumer Reports about its reliability. Apparently they rated one of
the Cub Cadet mowers second best after the comparable John Deere but one
of the 10 worst (including Snapper) when it comes to ending up in the
shop for repairs.
I'd like to hear from real users who may have experience with either of
these two mowers:
Cub Cadet H1748
Yazoo Keys 48" Kutter Hydro - KHKW 48171 (or their current model)
If the Yazoo is really the same as the Husqvarna I probably will not be
interested. I prefer 'pistol grip' controls as they seem to offer the
most stability while zero turning on the sulky. Husqvarna's 'Easy Touch
System' looks like the controls on a ten speed bike. The controller's
hands are very close together on top of the steering bar. I'm sure I
would not have the stability of pistol grip in high speed turns or
adequate leverage to wrestle the mower out of any potential 'muddy
The Cub Cadet looks like it has most of the features I want but I am
cautious about talk of it's reliability. I'm not quite sure what the
'electric PTO' feature is all about. It sounds as though it could run
extra implements but perhaps it is simply how the blade belt is powered.
I'd really appreciate info from owners/users of either of these two
thanks so much,