The Best Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractor Buying Guide 2017 – How To Pick The Best For You!

The Best Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractor Buyer’s Guide 2017 – How To Pick The Best For You!

Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractor Buyer’s Guide Introduction

This guide will help you begin to sort through the differences for the 200 plus Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractors on the market. This guide will help you decide the best brand and model for you.

Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractors are designed to cut grass and pull attachments. In addition some of them are designed to clear snow. So, this guide is going to help you decide on the type of tractor you need based on the size of deck and the attachments you want to use.

Looking for a zero-turn? Check out this guide: The Best Zero Turn Mower Buyer’s Guide 

Note: Lawn & Garden tractors are designed to mow lawns. They are designed to mow weekly or bi-weekly growth. They cut no taller than 4 inches. They are NOT designed to mow pastures, timber, fields and paddocks. They are NOT designed to mow grass/weeds 12 inches to 6 feet tall. Mowing grass over 12 inches will damage deck spindles, belts, tires and bearings on all the models.

Pastures, fields, paddocks and timber require a rotary cutter or rough cut mower. Yes, I know your neighbor uses his but please don’t blame the mower or the brand when your mower requires $500 worth of repairs because you mowed your horse pasture. I highly recommend the AcrEase Rough Cut.

What Size Mower Deck Do You Need?

  1. Use the chart below to give you an idea of what size works well for your lawn. I do suggest going with a smaller deck if you want the best cut possible with your lawn tractor. Bigger is not always better when figuring out what size deck you can use on your yard.  Decks over 48 inches will cut larger areas quicker but they don’t cut as evenly from side to side as a 42 or 46 inch deck.
  2. Go around your yard and measure between landscape features like trees landscape beds and buildings. The smallest deck on a lawn tractor is now 42 inches (48 inches with discharge) so areas narrower than that will have to be mowed with a push mower or string trimmer.
  3. Slopes steeper than 15 degrees will have to be mowed with a walk behind or string trimmer. No, locking differential on your new Garden Tractor will not allow you to mow steeper slopes. It will help with snow plowing a lot though.
  4. If you have plenty of room to mow I now suggest a 46 inch deck for 1 acre yards. Today’s 46 inch decks all cut very well.
  • 1/2 acre or less = 30-42″ Deck
  • Up to 1 Acre = 38-42” Deck
  • 1-2 Acres = 42-48” Deck
  • 2+ Acres = 48-60″ Deck
  • 72 inch?  I don’t really suggest a 72 inch deck unless you have a large relatively flat area or you are mounting the deck under a compact tractor.

Bag, Mulch, or Side Discharge?

All of the current mowers I list are designed to throw the grass out the side (side discharge) and many will also mulch or bag with optional attachments.

Mulching uses special blades that chop up your grass clippings into small particles and a cover that plugs the discharge chute so those clippings are forced back into your turf. Mulching with a lawn tractor is more of an art than a science and not all lawn tractors mulch well. Even if the tractor mulches well weather conditions may make mulching impractical. To mulch well you need to cut at least 3 inches grass height, cut no more than 2 inches off at a time and mow when the grass is dry. Mulching Kits are designed for the specific brand and deck size. They are not interchangeable from one brand to another.

Bagger

2-Bin Bagger

Bagging consists of a tube connected to the side discharge and a set of bags that hang on the back of the tractor. The mower’s blades throw the grass clippings out through the tube and into the bags. Baggers work well for dry grass and leaves. They don’t work well when the grass is wet from rain or dew. Baggers come in either two or three bin styles – depending on the size of the tractor. Baggers are built specifically for a certain brand and can’t be interchanged from one brand to another.

So Which One Is Best For You? I will go through the different quality levels in the next sections. Sizing the deck is at the end of the article.

Lawn Tractors less than $1500 (economy)

Troy-Bilt Pony

Troy-Bilt Pony Lawn Tractor

If you no longer want to use a walk-behind to mow your yard a lawn tractor is a good choice. There are riding lawn mowers that cost less than $1500 and will mow your lawn faster than using a walk behind mower. They will also pull a small yard cart, lawn sweeper, dethatcher or tooth aerator. Most can be equipped with a bagger for collecting leaves and a few also have an available mulch kit. If you’re primarily looking just to cut grass and perform light clean up around the yard, a lawn tractor is a good choice. These mowers typically have low quality tires, large steering radius, and only come in a 42 or 46 inch deck size. The economy engines are typically internal splash lubricated and not designed to mow on slopes.

If an economy lawn tractor is the right choice for you go here: 2017 Lawn Tractors less than $1500

Lawn & Yard Tractors above $1500 (mid-grade)

Craftsman Yard Tractor

Craftsman Yard Tractor

Yard tractors are built to last longer than the under $1500 lawn tractors and have a few more features so you can get you work done faster. They generally have better cutting decks, better tires, better engines, better transmissions and a few steer almost a tightly as a zero turn. The better engines allow you to mow on slopes up to 15 degrees. You can attach a snow blade or snow blower to many of these models. Yard tractors cost between $1500 and $2500 depending on the size of the deck, the engine quality and the extra features. All the brands have models in this price and quality range but not all brands call them Yard Tractors. If properly maintained these tractors will last 10-15 years.

John Deere also makes the dealer only X300 series Lawn Tractors. These are outside the scope of this article and cost from $2999 to over $6000. Consumer Reports has an article that explains the differences here: Nothing runs like a Deere you buy at the dealer

If a lawn & yard tractor is the right choice for you go here: 2017 Lawn Tractors over $1500

Garden Tractors above $2600 (ground-engaging)

Cub Cadet Garden Tractor

Cub Cadet Garden Tractor

If you also want to use your tractor for pulling a self-powered roto-tiller, spike aerator, driveway leveler or cultivator a garden tractor is the right choice. Garden tractors have a heavy-duty transmission that is designed for ground engaging tasks.

Garden tractors also have heavy-duty frames and typically come in a 54 inch deck size (Craftsman and Cub Cadet have a 50 inch model. Husqvarna has a 48 inch model) They generally have a larger snow blade and snow blower attachments available. You can attach a snow blade or snow blower to most of these models. Garden tractors cost between $2700 and $3999 depending on the size of the deck, the engine quality and the extra features like power steering.

John Deere does not make a Garden Tractor but their dealer only X500 series have features and transmissions that are similar.

If a garden tractor is the right choice for you go here: 2017 Lawn & Garden Tractors over $1500

Light Garden Tractors $1900-$2500 (LGT)

Husqvarna LGT2654

Husqvarna LGT2654

There is one type of tractor that I want to caution you about. If you just look at the tractor, it looks like a Garden Tractor. It has large 23-24 inch wheels, a big seat and 22 -25 HP. In reality it is not a true garden tractor. It does not have the heavy duty transmission needed for ground-engaging work. If the price is less than $2500 it is too good to be true. If the price is less than $2500 DO NOT believe the “kid” trying to sell it to you that it’s a Garden Tractor. It is NOT a garden tractor! Craftsman, Husqvarna, John Deere, Columbia, Poulan Pro and Troy-bilt all make a model like this.

Massey Sub-Compact

If you want to use a bucket loader, use a PTO driven attachment in the rear, pull a manure spreader out in the field or use a belly mounted gear driven mower deck lawn & garden tractors will not work. You will need to look at a sub-compact or compact tractor for those chores. Sub-Compacts start around $10,000 and a typical unit with a mowing deck, bucket loader and one or two other attachments will cost you $25,000 or more.

Tractors over $4000

Lawn Tractors over $4000 is beyond the scope of this article.  This includes the John Deere 300, 500, 700 series lawn tractors and the Simplicity Broadmoor, Conquest, and Prestige. Please see your local John Deere or Simplicity dealer for details about these models.

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Paul, we just moved on to 3 acres (and hopefully buying 3 adjoining acres) with only about 1 acre that will be mowed and the remaining 2 that are wooded with 15 – 30 degrees of slope. The kicker is our house is on a ridge, with no meaningful flat area. I am wanting a mower that I can mow with and use to piddle (eg, pull a trailer load of stuff, occasionally level dirt and gravel, drag off brush and small logs, etc). Basically, I dont have enough land for a for a tractor, but I need something more… Read more »
Stephen
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Stephen

I recently bought a Craftsman Pro 27042 and am already running into issues with it. The first time I tried getting it to run it took a while to get going but went okay eventually. Now, a few weeks later, every time I try and start it the starter just turns over and over without the engine even sounding like it’s trying to kick in. The damn thing’s brand new, and I’m already running into problems with it? Any suggestions on what the problem might be?

Brian
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Brian
Hi Paul, How would you categorize the most reliable engines on the market? I have been advised the Kawasaki’s tend to be the most reliable (but also the most expensive to maintain), Kohler Command would be next, then there are several variants of Briggs (Intek and Platinum) and Kohler (7000, 5000 series), and have been told to avoid the Kohler Courage. Is the Command engine in any other models or any brand? I am looking for a good mulching deck, reliable motor, and tight turning radius. What is the general feedback on the tight turning radius system – will it… Read more »
Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt

Paul,
What is the smallest tractor that can handle back hoe and front bucket, plus maybe a mower deck?
Thanks,
Bob

Joel
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Joel

Hi Paul,

I have a chance to buy a used Husqvarna 2346xls that appears to be in good condition. Do you have an opinion on this model?

Thanks,
Joel

Larry Moss
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I live on a golf course. No more than 1/3 acre to mow. The back is sloped and as I have reached the good age of 78 with a knee replacement the idea of cutting the yard with a 21 inch walk behind is no longer a reality. The front has a ditch in between the drive way. With this understanding I have tried 2 riding mowers. 1st the JD 130 with front 2 wheels on the deck It really did a terrible scrapping job on the ditch as well as some on the back yard. The second was the… Read more »
Bill Thoma
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Bill Thoma
I purchased a Cub Cadet XT1 46 June 16, 2017 I have primarily a burmuda lawn relatively flat with some minor dips and undulation. My neighbor purchased the same exact mower in 2016 has 75 hours who loaned me his mower to test it out prior to purchasing. His mower worked great with a very even cut, mine does not. I have taken it back to the dealer 3 times to have the deck adjusted and continue to have problems.I am very frustrated and my yard looks worse after mowing with brown streaks and uneven cutting heights. My experience with… Read more »
Daniel Bentrup
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Daniel Bentrup
I have 4 .5 acers with 3 acer in lawn on very hilly terrain ( one bank is 33 degrees) with trees and garden beds. I have been buying used lawn tractors for years and only getting a couple of years use despite patching them together as needed. I had an old Massey Ferguson that I used to brush-hog the steep bank and till the garden with but it too has broken down (and was a lot of work to set up)This past year and a half I have had major surgery on the low and middle back (4 in… Read more »
Greg Tinkler
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Greg Tinkler
Hi Paul, I got 2.5 acres where everything seems to be on a slope, a hill, or bumpy. Very few flat parts. It burnt out my LGT 2654’s transmission with 60 hours on it (I wrote about this a couple months ago) and while I’m getting around to replacing the trans, I can’t help but look at those great deals on Sears lately. Is the Model #20408 going for $2600 too good to be true? Will the trans hold up to the obstacle course? Really all I want to do is mow, and occasionally pull a cart. The Husky dealer… Read more »
Duramax
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Duramax

I have 1 acre land. Like to know if I should go with craftsman 46″ ,54″, or 54″ pro series, the sales man give me a good price on the pro series almost the price of a 54″ standard at first I was interest in the 46″ but for the price of the 54″ ??

Bryan
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Bryan
I have seen a lot of conflicting reports and am looking for advice about LGT’s, GT’s, and ZTR’s. I have 3 acres of grass with a low grade hill in the back and a very steep incline next to the road out front. I bought an LGT2654 Husqvarna from a big box store, which has been good for 4 years, but the K46 transmission is toast. I have done an oil change on it by removing it and flipping it over, but once it warms up, no hills are an option. I’ve learned my lesson and LGT vs. GT, so… Read more »
Larry Lipscomb
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Larry Lipscomb

Hi Paul,
I live in West Georgia and currently use a push mower to mow my lawn. My yard is sloped in the front and back and 3/4 acre.
I’m having hip surgery soon and afterward will need a riding mower from here on out. Can you help me out in choosing a safe mower for the slope and also provides a good cut? Don’t want anything more than 42″.

Gray
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Gray
Thanks for this great and very informative site. My 8 year old Husqvarna YTH2348 transmission bit the dust and I’m looking for the best options available. The Husq had just over 500 hrs. on it, and it was mowing two lawns, one with a fairly steep, sloped front yard (which I think is what did in the tranny). I would only be cutting one yard now, about 2 acres mostly flat, but uneven in places around ditch banks, one area slightly sloped (estimate 7 degree or less). Pretty much everything I’ve seen has the K46 that the Husq. had. I’m… Read more »
Marc Hemmerick
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Marc Hemmerick
Paul, A few years ago you helped me pick a Garden Tractor (John Deere X500). I still live on the same property, 1.5 acres, with a hill at the back which slopes down to the river. Only things that have changed is I’m no longer mowing my own lawn and I sold my X500 (huge mistake). Now I need a new tractor. I might be mowing 2 or 3 times a year, but what I really want to do is tow my dump cart and lawn sweeper around the property. My dump cart has a capacity of 1500 LBS, but… Read more »
Jim
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Im researching zero turn mowers currently. I want a heavy duty model and between 54″ and 60″ deck as i have roughly 5.5 acres to mow. I’ve read your guides an was pretty set on a Toro timecutter HD until my boss picked up a new Gravely ZT HD 60″ today. I had never heard of the brand before but it looks very solid and it is very similar on pricing. What do you think of the 2017 Gravely HD series mowers? My only problem is the closest gravely dealer is 2.5hrs away and while i hope i don’t have… Read more »
Jay
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I see that the Craftsman Pro Series 46″ has a deck wash port. I was told that commercial decks don’t put wash ports on it. I’m also reading many people advising against washing the the deck.

Is the wash port safe to use? What is the best way to clean/maintain the mower/deck?

I live in the Seattle area so cutting damp/wet grass is likely.

Randy
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Randy

Great site with lots of info. I have read quite a bit. I was considering a zero turn for use on a 2 acre long but narrow lot with a slope of approximately 10 degrees.I see you suggest Craftsmen often. I am considering a Craftsman 48″ 24 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Garden Tractor Hydrostatic w/ TurnTight® Model 20407. What is your opinion of this tractor for my application?

Jay
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I’m looking at both Zero Turn and lawn tractors. For both the zero turn and lawn tractor, based on specs and reviews, Craftsman comes to the top of the list.

For lawn tractors, I have narrowed down to :
Craftsman Pro Series 46″ 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic TurnTight Extreme® Riding Mower w/ Smart Lawn Bluetooth Technology (Model # 27042)

Do you know who makes this particular mower? My concern with the Craftsman products is that with Sears potentially going bankrupt, how can I get parts for it and serviced if needed?

Source:
Sears financial situation:
https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/03/23/heres-why-sears-holdings-finally-admitted-the-end.aspx

Regards,
Jay

Sonja
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Sonja
Hi Paul, I am still going back and forth between the 46″ ZT Cubcadet and the 46″ Craftsman Pro. After reading some more I am wondering if I wouldn’t be better off with a dome deck versus the fabricated for my 1.6 acre fairly flat yard with lots of wet spots though. Right now they have a good deal on the Craftsman, I am not sure if it comes delivered fully assembled though. Sounds like that is one of the biggest complaints about the ZT Cub Cadet, that it takes quite a while to unpack and assemble. Also is it… Read more »
Pete S
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Pete S

Hi Paul, I see on your reviews here you like to recommend the craftsman. I was looking for a new mower, we have about 4 acres and mostly flat, with 1 small hill. and a 180′ driveway, I may plan on a snowblower attachment in the future. Which model would you recommend in this case?

Chris R
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Chris R
Hi Paul. I’m hoping you can provide some quick insight to help push me one direction or the other. We have a .4 acre, mostly flat lawn and smooth with zero obstacles to mow around – with the exception of landscaping near the house. It takes a little bit over an hour to push mow, so we’re looking for some time savings by stepping up to a tractor or entry-level zero turn. I really don’t see using whatever machine we choose for more than mowing the lawn. I’ve definitely been suffering from paralysis by analysis. We likely would have settled… Read more »
Barbie
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Barbie

Hi, Paul. I am new to your forum and really appreciate all your knowledge and experience. I have recently purchased a large farm with a lot of wooded areas, pasture which will be hayed, but around the house driveway and a few paddocks there is grass I will mow. I am considering a larger garden tractor which had enough horsepower to pull a smaller bush hogger or field/brush cutter. Some grass is 8″-10″ with some blackberry bushes and the like. I am considering the Husqvarna GTH52XLS 24-HP V-Twin Hydrostatic 52-in Garden Tractor and wondered what your thoughts are.

Bill Chriswell
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Bill Chriswell

Great article…so much info…but that being said…Just purchased a country home w/ 5 acres….3 of which is a hobby apple orchard….fairly level…all “lawn” not field. Recently retired so my top end budget is around $2800….So far the Cub Cadet GT50/Kohler is looking good. I don’t have a need for attachments other than pulling a 12cuft wagon. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Bill

Zach
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Zach
Hi Paul, Thank you for all the information. I first came across your site because of the article you wrote about Poulan Pro through Amazon being the best deal of 2016. I am interested in the Poulans, but wanted to make sure I am looking at the right models. I want one built to last. I live on 2.5 acres but only mow 1.75 or so. 1 acre is sloped (5-10 degree). This will mow and pull a cart. I won’t use a snow blade on this but would like to have the option (I’m going to keep my current… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew

Thanks for the articles. Wondering what you would suggest for my yard:
About 2 acres
Almost all of the yard is on a slope — averages about 10 degrees, with some steeper parts close to 15 deg.
Few obstacles

Trying to figure out what kind of tractor to get that can handle the constant hill without killing the transmission. Currently looking at 48″ models. Thanks again!

Tim Hildebrandt Campbellsport, Wisc.
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Tim Hildebrandt Campbellsport, Wisc.
Hello Paul- Thank you for the invaluable information! I`m torn between getting a `17 Deere X730 with liquid cooled Kawasaki or a `17 ExMark Radius with Kawasaki ( X series ) air cooled 726cc engine. I will probably stay with a 48″ or 52″ deck. The Deere is attractive to me as I could attach a snow-blower in the future for my 370 foot driveway- but the way winter`s have been lately I probably will put that off. Would you recommend the ExMark over the Deere for grass cutting on my 1-1.5 acres? As for the engines, what is your… Read more »
Brett
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Brett
Hi Paul, First off, thanks for all the information so far provided. Hope you can help me out with my current decision. I just moved to a house on a half acre. Back yard is a minimal 5 degree or so slope overall and the front yard is flat with the exception of one ~12 degree slope at one end. I have a 600′ private drive about 10′ wide with an additional 1500sf driveway and would like to use a snow thrower attachment. Mid atlantic region so snow happens so there are generally 2-3 decent snow falls throughout the year… Read more »
Mike
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Mike
Awesome site, great information. Hoping you can steer me in the right direction. I think I’ve at least landed on the category, wanting a Garden tractor. I have less than 2 acres, mostly flat, quite a few trees, some areas in the back a little rough. I do want to pull accessories from time to time, so I want heavier duty. I know that’s not a lot of info but what would be your recommendation for which brand and product if I want durability and reliability, something that will last, so I’m definitely not interested in the economy versions. Thanks… Read more »
Greg Tinkler
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Greg Tinkler
Hi Paul, Love this site. I have the dreaded Husqvarna LGT2654 and I can’t seem to find the paperwork from my purchase, and given that I’m pushing up against the 3 year warranty deadline I’m likely going to have to address my dying K46 transmission myself. I have the pistol grip accelerator on my model, not sure if that will complicate things at all. I found a brand new K66Y for dirt cheap and wonder if you have any insight into the swap. I expect that the K66Y will, based upon feedback from other places, provide the necessary torque for… Read more »
Sonja
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Sonja
Wow, so much great info. I have a 2000 16hp 42″ deck Scotts (I was told back then was still made by John Deere) with a Kohler Command engine. More and more things are going wrong on it and it is time to look for a new one. I have not quite 2 acres of fairly flat lawn, well actually more weeds with quite a few mole mounds throughout the summer and the back 1/3 tends to be on the wet side in the spring and early summer. The Scotts has treated me well by lasting that long and I… Read more »
Brian
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Brian
Lot of great information on this site, thanks for being such an enthusiast its providing others with plenty to contemplate. I wish I had read a lot of these articles prior to heading to the local box store to pick up another tractor; I would have been informed instead of buying on impulse. I’ve been mowing around 1.75 acres the last 7 years with a box store Husqvarna YTH2348; the land is mostly flat, though there are a couple landscaping berms that have grass on the sides; both 10-12°. I also will pull a sweeper to collect leaves and occasionally… Read more »
andrew chan
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andrew chan
HI Paul , very helpful in every respect ,I had many lawn tractors mostly purchase from big stores like Home Depot and Lowes. I used 2 lawn tractors for different occasions. My everyday use tractor is made by MTD (yard works ) its a 15.5 hp model .I Do cut less than a acre time 2 ( parents property and aunts ) one is flat and smooth and the other property a bit rough and bumpy , but in the last 5 years I broke the frame where the motor mounts twice , once after the warranty expired and after… Read more »
Marc
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Marc
Hi Paul, Per your recommendation late last year i purchased a Cub Cadet XT1 GT50 with a 3 stage snowblower for my 600 ft driveway in MA. First off i wanted to say thank you, i was cringing at spending that kind of money, but after a few major storms this winter i am realizing it was the best investment ive ever made. The only “complaint” i could possibly have with it is the placement of the chute lever for the snow blower, it is right in the way of the gas tank fill so it makes its difficult to… Read more »
Bob
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Paul, This is off topic for this thread, but I don’t know how else to reach you. I purchased a Craftsman T3200 last summer and it has been doing a stellar job on our hilly terrain – if it only had a locking differential it would be perfect. The only problem I’ve found is that it takes a good 5 to 10 seconds of continuous cranking to start after it has been sitting for a few days, presumably because it takes awhile for the pulse fuel pump to get fuel to the carburetor. Contrast this to my gravity fed 16… Read more »
Johnna King
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Johnna King
Hi Paul, For the sake of time I have not been able to read every single article and comment, but was wondering if you could help us. We have 5 acres of land, and will likely be mowing about 3.5. The land is flat, we have a small front yard and plan to put chickens/goats in one area which cuts down the mowing area. My husband would love a Kubota BX Tractor with mower attachment, but at $16000 it seems out of our budget. We could put some down and do monthly payments, but same price overall. Do you have… Read more »
Greg Bardsley
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Greg Bardsley

Hey Paul,

I am trying to decide between the craftsman pro 46″ with the K46 or the 54″ GT with the K58 trans axle. I have a 1 acre fairly level yard. My question is will the GT have a longer life than the LT? I do not plan to use any attachments, bit I like to buy a bit more than I need but the difference is over 1000$.

Thoughts?

Craftsman guy
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Craftsman guy

Hi Paul,

Do you have an email address where i can send you questions?

I have a Craftsman 20442, while changing the oild, i overtorqued the plastic drain hose cap. I can’t seem to find a replacement part for it and the sears parts direct pointed me toward part 5401K, which is not the same part. Could you tell me what the correct replacement part is? Or if there is a 3rd part part with metal caps so i don’t break it again?

Kumar
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Hi Paul, Thanks for your valuable insight, I am totally new to lawn care and planning to buy a mower soon. I have 1/2 acre lot and most of it is flat except a small ditch in the front of the house and no obstacles. I was looking at Craftsman 30 inch rear engine rider and 42 inch lawn tractor. Both look good and price is almost same ($100 difference). I am unable to decide on which one to go with. I am worried about the cut, turning radius and time difference to cut for each of them, Which one… Read more »
Jarrett
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Jarrett
Paul, Thanks for all the helpful information, I’m looking into buying my first lawn tractor and it’s been really helpful. I think I need an economy lawn tractor as all I want to be able to do is mow the grass without using a push mower and to pick up leaves as I have a lot of oak tress and that drop them. Whole lot is about a third of an acre so I’d say the area to be mowed would be about a quarter acre or so. It’s pretty straight forward, not a lot of edges to trim around… Read more »
Martin
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Martin

Paul,
I took your advice on the 27390 but I didn’t want it delivered while there is still snow between my driveway and shed, so I used layaway. Sears’ layaway online site is really screwed up. It wouldn’t allow me to make the required payment (online or in store) until I figured out that the payment amount the site showed was wrong and used the higher figure they’d sent me in an email. So SEARS ONLINE LAYAWAY BUYERS BE AWARE!

Is there any chance you could update your article on sweepers?

Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt

Hi Paul,
Is there such a thing as a heavy duty garden tractor with a deck 42 inch? I am now considering Cub Cadet GT50 but would like a smaller deck. I only need to mow about half an acre.
Thanks,
Bob

Matt
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Matt

Hey Paul,

Appreciate all your work here! I’m comparing the Cub Cadet XT1 and Craftsman Pro 27038. They seem like they are essentially the same exact mower. Is there a crucial difference between the two that makes up for the difference in cost?

Appreciate the help!

Dan
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Hi Paul,
After several coupons, I picked up the YTA24V48 from lowes for $1,650 today. Figures it is surging in idle or times when it’s not required to provide as much power (such as going down a hill). Is this something worth taking it back to them or something I can easily adjust and fix?

Thanks
Dan

Mike Holbrooks
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Mike Holbrooks

Hi Paul, Thanks for your very informative website. I’m looking to upgrade from my old Craftsman rider. I have ~ 1.75 acres of uneven lawn and a fair amount of trimming. No large hills. I was intrigued by your reviews of the Husqvarna R220T Articulating Mowers, but it appears that Husqvarna has discontinued US sales. I guess there wasn’t enough demand. There are some clearance sales of them on the internet. Are you still a fan of them and would you be concerned about parts support from Husqvarna?

Phil Wilson
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Phil Wilson
Hello Paul, Great information on your site! Here in Sacramento, CA and I’m in the market for a new riding mower now that my 21 year old MTD 42″ 17.5 B&S I bought at Montgomery Wards has been worn out by me. Looking through all of the available information and reviews on lawn tractors has given me information overload. What I have is a little under 1 acre of mostly level lawn with a number of obstacles to mow around. 1/3 of the acre is a square, level pasture grass that always gets very high 6+ inches, for the first… Read more »
Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt
Hi Paul, I am trying to narrow down just what I need and can afford. I would be mowing half acre plus, the terrain is level and some uphill kind of rough. I want to pull a heavy duty rake attachment with sturdy tines about 4 foot width. Also a yard cart to haul dirt to different areas. I am considering the XT1 Enduro Series GT 50 25-HP Hydro sold by Home Depot for $2699, also the Sears Craftsman three different models, model #27055 at $3200, model 27047 at $4000, and model # 27048 with locking differential at $3500. I… Read more »
Gary Tillotson
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Gary Tillotson
Hi Paul, I really enjoy your articles on the new mowers but before I buy a new one I have a question on an older one. I have a Craftsman GS 6500 Model number 91727692 that is about 10 years old and in very good condition. It mows good but on hills and wet spots it has very poor traction. In the past I always just got off and pushed when necessary but at 72 that is getting too hard. I was looking at a replacement for it that had a locking diff but all I really need is a… Read more »
Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt

Thanks again for your time.
Is there a garden tractor that has a cast iron transmission and axles?
If there are which ones are available? And are there any for a reasonable price?
I know reasonable depends are your circumstances.
Bob

Youssef
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Youssef
Hi Paul, I am a first time home owner that just bought a house on 9 acres. 3 acres are fences and contain the 1100 sq ft home small detached office, and 20×25 enclosed pole barn. About 1/3 to 1/2 of what is left inside the fence is sand. the rest is grass. I would like to purchase a mower capable of not only mowing, but that is able to mow anything it can push over (IE limb loper sized). I will be hauling firewood (Rarely), pulling an aerator, and maintaining the wooded area for foot paths and managing under… Read more »
Bob Schmidt
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Bob Schmidt

Hi Paul,
From what I have found on line it looks like the model # is 20408 , Craftsman 54 inch 24HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine.
What is your opinion of this tractor?
And how good an engine is the Briggs? Does it compare to the Kohler?
Thanks again for your time.
Bob