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Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn

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10-12-2006 10:17:44

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I have a one acre lawn to maintain and I need to know what is the best riding mower for the job. I need something that will spend more time in the field than in the shop! Something with good parts availability. The lawn has a moderate slope to it. Thanks, AWB

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10-20-2006 05:04:49

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to AWB, 10-12-2006 10:17:44  
I agree with Boyd - young goat, steer, young alpaca - all would actually MAKE you money instead of costing you to mow it.

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Jerry Eime

10-15-2006 14:15:18

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to AWB, 10-12-2006 10:17:44  
I would have to say buy a zero turn built by either Ex-mark or Bob-Cat by Jacbosen. You can find a small model that is still as dependable as the bigger models and that will save you time and money in the long run. This mowers are expected to withstand many years (10-20) of professional landscapers duties. Parts are easy to come by and Ex-Mark offer next day delivery. These would be you best choices. Not a MTD, or Home Depo John Deere (which is john deere lower model and not built my MTD) or Lowes Cub-Cadet(which is MTD) Thanks.

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10-13-2006 12:16:28

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to AWB, 10-12-2006 10:17:44  
With only one acre of lawn I'd say you could easily get by with a Wally World special. Namely one of the larger Yard Machines with a pressurized oil system engine. People really bag on the cheaper machines but with a little care they'll easily last over 20 years as long as you don't abuse them. If you are truly mowing lawn that isn't infested with sticks, rocks and small trees a lighter machine will easily handle it.

My MTD is a 18 HP model sold by Wards in the mid/late 1980s. The previous owner kept great records and mowed over half a block with it every summer until a I bought it. The oil was changed 2 or 3 the times a year and every two years it got new blades. Over twenty years its gone through three deck bearings total. Never spent a night outside according to the owner's widow. Is it as good as an old Cub, Wheelhorse or Deere, hardly, but then it doesn't need to be.

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El Toro

10-14-2006 07:25:46

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to dhermesc, 10-13-2006 12:16:28  
I would have to agree with you, they never made anything you couldn't tear up. Periodic maintenance is the life of a machine. Did you get hit with that heavy snow? Hal

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Boyd in Mn

10-12-2006 22:45:16

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to AWB, 10-12-2006 10:17:44  
Well if it is fenced a goat would never need to be sent in for repairs unless you leave out the previous mowers owners manual.
So that leaves out the discount store junk. The smaller riders Toro sells now is MTD cheapy stuff. The cheaper JD stuff if made by either Murry or MTD. If your checking account has enough money try and get a rider with a cast iron rear axle and not an aluminum one like on most riders.

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10-14-2006 16:54:20

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 Re: Best Lawn Mower for 1 Acre Lawn in reply to Boyd in Mn, 10-12-2006 22:45:16  

Snapper with a 30 inch cut. Simple to maintain, good resale value.


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