For those who have experience with both, which style finish mower do you prefer - side discharge or rear discharge?
I have a 72" Rhino side discharge mower (2nd Picture). Blades are due to be replaced and one tire was replaced with a cheaper option by the previous owner but other than that, it's in great shape. Picked up this mower this weekend for $250 (1st Picture). Same model but rear discharge. Blades are COMPLETELY worn out, all the wheel bearings are shot, caster spindle bushings are toast, seller said the middle deck spindle is out of it but it feels tight to me and half the driveline is gone, but other than that, the gearbox feels good, the hitch isn't all bent up and the deck shell is straight. I've always been curious about rear discharge mowers but have never been around one. Do I transfer all the good parts off my mower onto the rear discharge deck or just get a couple wheel bearings and put one of the proper wheels on my deck to replace the HF pneumatic tire that is always flat?
Either way, can't go wrong - only gave $380 for my mower, so I have 2/3 the money in both of these mowers than you can find a decent used finish mower for around here. There are currently several of these mowers (same model) listed on Marketplace for $900-1,800 within 100 mi of me. Even used 6' CountyLine finish mowers go for $1000+