I have about 1/2 acre to mow with several obstacles, but mostly flat.
I am looking to purchase a lawn tractor.
I have looked at MTD, Craftsman, John Deere and Kubota - all of which I can
get parts and service easily (no other brands in my area like Cub Cadet)
I've narrowed it down to three:
John Deere L110
John Deere LT150 or LT160
There's about a $1000CDN difference between the L110 and the others. I've
seen some negatives about the L series JD's, and some rave reviews.
Does anyone have any experience with any of my contenders?? Parts/service
are important to me. Is the L series really that bad.
Jack in Canada
I purchased the John Deere L110 to replace my JD LX176 this spring. It has
done a great job on the lawn plus I use it to push gravel on the drive way.
I have not had it during the winter but if it is able to push gravel I can
only have faith it will push snow. I have close to one acre with a few
obstacles and it is able to get very close to all of them. I only have to
edge if I let the grass get too tall. I have zero complaints and my local
Deere service dept is very responsive to my needs.
Check Consumer Reports, A co-worker and I were talking about JD just
this morning. He said that CU gave the John Deere sold at Home Depot
their best rating. I'm not sure which ones they have.
Whatever one you get, get a trailer. I've done more work around the yard
since I got mine.
I have the L120, so far its been great but only have 20 hours on it, I
mow 2 acres. I got the grass catcher with it as an option and really
like it. If you decide on the JD, the price is the same no matter
where you get it, Home Depot or John Deere.
My advice: be sure you really want a lawn tractor. Although I have used my
Sears for 16 years, it is not as maneuverable as one of the wide,
zero-radius mowers made by Honda and Torro. The tracter would be OK for big
fields but I waste a lot of time turning at the ends of runs and going
around flower beds and trees.
FWIW, I went from a small ride-on tractor to a commercial Bob-Cat push
mower years ago and I remember that it actually took me less time with
the push mower than with the tractor! Like a dummy, I eventually ran
out of time to mow and sold the Bob-Cat to a landscaper. Now I have
the time and I'm seriously thinking about buying another mower... and
I definitely don't want a tractor. One big reason is that the
tractor's weight and wide tires can sometimes rip up the lawn. Plus
they are clumkers to store. I have a half acre with a 3000 sq ft
colonial and attached garage. The better half has used her green
thumb to make the shrub beds look better and better each year, and her
bed designs have helped reduce the amount of lawn to be cut, but the
scalloping means lots of twists and turns.
I'm going to start searching for an old BobCat or Sensation mower,
maybe one that's been reconditioned. They are light, have aluminum
decks, rear mesh bags, and they can cut moist grass if necessary
On Sat, 12 Jul 2003 13:12:59 GMT, "William Plummer"
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