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    I am looking to buy a Riding Lawn Mower and Leaf Remover. Any Thoughts?

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    I thinking about cleaning out the spare bed room to make room for a vintage 2 channel rig. I am also thinking about taking a shower some time in the next hour or two..................... Wait a minute. Did you meen thoughts about lawn mowers?:D

    How big is your yard?

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    love my craftsman mower, but there's lots of good brands out there. lot of bang for buck with my craftsman, but the lawn isnt huge, its just too big for a push mower
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    Briggs and Straton makes the best mower engines, hands down.

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    I am more of a Kohler Engine guy.

    I am a big fan of Cub Cadet. Not the Lowe's Home Depot ones. The ones you get from a lawn center. Much better quality then the chain store models.
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    As a guy who worked on most of the riding mower engines, Kawasaki engines are the best hands down. Honda is second and not far behind, followed by Kohler. Briggs is next, and Techumseh is last. Briggs don't hold up well under heavy use, but the parts are cheaper than any of the others. If you do your own work, they may be the way to go for that reason.
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    Depends on how big of a yard we are talking about. I have a Craftsman that I love (only about a half acre and heavily wooded so I use it to mulch and bag the leaves). Of course, John Deere is reliable and well built - I just couldn't afford one!!!!!

    Cub Cadet used to be good but dollar to performance just isn't where it used to be. If you have a larger yard and don't mind spending a little extra, check out Kubota.

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    Lawnmowers that engines with actual oil pumps instead of slinger rings (like Honda) are better, aren't they ?
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    Yeah,for steep grades,that others can't handle.

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    We've been using the same Kubota lawn trator for 20 years and have had no problems with it. We cut the grass and push snow with it. Just do the regular maintenance and your good to go. Gotta love that diesel engine.
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    I bought a Cub Cadet 1042 (18 HP/42" cut/hydrostatic tranny) and it's been fine for regular residential mowing. I mowed about 3/4 acre with it last year & put about 50 hours on w/o any problems. We have moved and I'll be mowing about 1.5 acres probably now (the rest of our 5 acres is woods thank goodness!). We will see if it's up to this much mowing...The biggest problem with this mower for was hauling 200+lbs in a wagon up hill. The drive belt will begin to slip and it just won't make it up the hill. I ended up buying a hitch for my ATV to pull the heavier loads of yard work around. I'll think you'll have this problem with about any $1500-$2000 lawn mower. You'll need to step up to a sturdier machine if you need much more from it than normal mowing & light hauling IMO.

    Whatever you decide, I highly recommend buying a mower with the hydrostatic tranny. You can change speeds or back up much faster with this. It's a huge time saver.
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    The biggest problem with this mower for was hauling 200+lbs in a wagon up hill. The drive belt will begin to slip and it just won't make it up the hill.
    Hydrostatic trannies are not meant to pull loads anyhow. You did your lawnmower a favor by making your ATV do the hauling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nms View Post
    Hydrostatic trannies are not meant to pull loads anyhow. You did your lawnmower a favor by making your ATV do the hauling!
    Hydrostatic transmissions can handle the load, but it would be shaft driven instead of belt driven like the lighter duty mowers have. Those mowers have no problem with loads when I've used them in the past. I know for a fact genuine John Deere's are made like this (not the ones at Lowes, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattN03 View Post
    Hydrostatic transmissions can handle the load, but it would be shaft driven instead of belt driven like the lighter duty mowers have. Those mowers have no problem with loads when I've used them in the past. I know for a fact genuine John Deere's are made like this (not the ones at Lowes, etc).
    Ok, I should have qualified my statement: light duty hydrostatic transmissions like those found in your typical Lowe's and HD variety lawnmowers are not designed to regularly pull large loads. :)

    You're right in that properly designed hydro transmissions can do it no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nms View Post
    Ok, I should have qualified my statement: light duty hydrostatic transmissions like those found in your typical Lowe's and HD variety lawnmowers are not designed to regularly pull large loads. :)

    You're right in that properly designed hydro transmissions can do it no problem.
    Exactly. Now if they didn't cost so much $$$ :(
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    Go Grasshopper, grasshopper.

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    Find a used cub cadet about 15 years old. It'll run another 20 years. As for engines keep them clean, feed them clean gas, clean the air filter, and they ALL run forever. I have never had a mower engine die that wasn't the result of poor maintenance.

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    You forgot change the oil - the most important thing you can do for your engine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    Briggs and Straton makes the best mower engines, hands down.
    Ummm...no. Not even close. Kohler engines are FAR better. My father has 2 Gravely tractors from the 60s and one from the 80s that all have functioning Kohler engines. Feed them gas, change the oil once a year, and they'll love you for life!

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    My yard is about 1/2 Acre.

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