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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Hi Paul, I know the larger mowers/tractors are outside the scope of your articles but wondering if you would share your thoughts on the current Simplicity Broadmoor and Conquest models. In the past they were known for well built quality mowers with excellent cut. In your opinion is that still true? I’m trying to decide between a JD X300 series, probably the x394 and a Simplicity Conquest 25/50. Always wanted a Simplicity but their dealer is 2 hours from me and if it doesn’t live up to the hype then it is problematic. Any comments appreciated.

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Shaheen Eydgahi

Two questions for you: 1) Trying to open the link for the 2017 Lawn & Garden Tractor over $1500 link – takes me to a page without any list. Can you help me out? 2) Also, I’m in the market for a new mower. Have about 3-4 acres to mow, mostly flat, but I do have one substantial hill that my current mower (Yard-Man 42″, 17HP Briggs&Stratton) has trouble with unless I’m going full speed. It’s a long (50-60′) steep hill that’s gotta be around a 25 degree incline, maybe even more. Been looking at everything from an old Farmall/Allis… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron

Like everyone else, I want your opinion (maybe your reassurance). Every good machine (mower, snowblower, tractor) I have ever has had a B&S motor. I need a new lawn tractor. There are a ton of “20~25% off” sales right now and I am deciding between the most affordable, Husqvarna, John Deere, Cub Cadet all are in the $1800-$2300 range (Canada) and $1500-$1800 sale prices. Should I be as terrified as I am to buy a machine without a Briggs motor? I can’t make sense of the “internet horror stories” of Powermore, Kohler, some about B&S too. I do and can… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Great site, Paul! It looks like your post on “The Best Lawn Tractors, Garden Tractors and Riding Mowers for 2017 over $1500” is missing a lot of the content. Are you updating the list for 2018? I just bought a home with a pretty descent sloping grade (I’d estimate 10-15 degrees of slope). Parts of the slope then drops off to a much steeper bank that uses large rock to retain the feature. For these reasons, I’m steering away from the ZTR. Since I’m now trying to compare Yard and Garden Tractor models, I’d like to ask that your re-post… Read more »

Steve Bernhardt
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Steve Bernhardt

Hi Paul,
I have 1 acre to mow and also about 150 yards of packed gravel driveway to either use a snowblower or tractor with snowblower or blade attachment (live in Iowa). Brand new lawn (just seeded). I gather from your comments that you would recommend something in the 46″ deck range. Reliability is a big deal to me. What would you think of for a solution ? And should I just buy a walk behind snow blower or get an attachment for the tractor ?

Miller
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Miller

Hello,

I’m in need of a garden tractor and after researching several models I’m not sure which way to go. I have 1.2 acres of land to mow and a 150 foot driveway that I would love to use a snow blower attachment on. Any recommendations?

I’ve seen the cub cadet XT3 as well as the husqvarna ts348 and the shaft driven XT3 does appeal to me but for 5k I think it’s a bit steep. The XT3 also has tons of electronics that I think will break.

I would like snow blower attachment as well as bagger

susan
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susan

Hey Paul I live on 3 acres that is flat with 1 berm , a few trees in Wyoming. It has about a acre of blue kentucky grass that is mowed weekly and the rest of the acreage is fescue that needs mowing only a few times a summer as it is fescue. My dh has been mowing the kentucky grass with a push mower and this is exhausting. I want to buy a riding mower with steering (possibly ZT) that will do the job with less effort, less time.Is there one that will work for kentucky as well as… Read more »

Jay D
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Jay D

Hey Paul, i just bought a house about 1.5 acres of rolling front yard and a mild slope in the back yard looking for a tractor that will last – i’ve always liked the husquarvana’s but my dad wants me to look at the cub cadet ‘ im overwhelmed and need help ‘ i expect minor trailor use with fall cleanup looking to spend $27000???

Adam
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Adam

Hey Paul, Lots of great information here and appreciate the great reference you provide. Wondering if you can provide some feedback on the Cub Cadet XT! LT42 EFI vs the Craftsman Pro 27042, I have just over an acre, more rolling levels than flat, with some slopping, landscaping and some large trees. Being that its not flat with landscaping and trees, I figured the smaller 42 deck could be better and I like the fact its EFI but heard that the Cub Cadet was also a stiffer frame/ ride. The Craftsman Pro has tight turn ability, which would be better… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

Hi Paul, Thanks for all of your reviews. So I am ready to replace my 46 in Ariens. I bought it I think 6 years ago, blew a head gasket 2 years ago, broke what I think I remember was a compression valve or something that prevented cycling the piston last year, and the engine just hung a rod two weeks ago. Pretty disappointed, as I really like that tractor, and from what I was told, that BS 20hp single cylinder Intek was supposed to be a pretty decent engine. Another thing I liked about it was the hydrostatic throttle… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

Hey Paul,
I got a good question for you. I considering a Cub Cadet 42′” XT 1 Enduro series for a riding mower. Do you have any opinion about EFI versus carburetors on the Cub Cadets?
Is this feature worth the extra expense?
Ken

Dan
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Dan

Paul, My yard is heavily slopped, so a posi or locking differential is a must. There seems to be a few types and I wonder if you could lend some advice? These are the units in question: – Auto-lock, K-58 in the Craftsman Pro 27048 50. – Manual lock by electric switch, K-66 ELD (with cooling fan) in the Husqvarna TS 348D. – Manual lock via foot pedal, K-62 in the Cub Cadet XT2 GX54 D. I’m assuming that the auto-locks are like a pick-up truck, more limited-slip than locked. That said are the manual versions a true locked differential?… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

Any opinion on the Husqvarna YTA24V48? One of the local stores just pulled out their Summer inventory and this is a left over from last year they marked down. How does it compare in cut quality, bagging and mulching to the Craftsman ProSeries 46″ 27042 or the John Deer 100 series? Mowing a 1 acre lawn, mostly flat, somewhat bumpy.

Antonio
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Antonio

Hello Paul. I need some advise on a riding mower. I recently moved into a house that is mainly a hill in the front and rear. I have about an acre of land and the hills are slopped about 15-25 degrees. What would you say would be the best riding mower for a yard like this? What kind of horsepower should I be concentrating on (more than 20hp)? Or is horsepower on a mower over rated? Thanks in advance!

Alan
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Alan

I looked at a Craftsman ProSeries 27042 yesterday in a store. Is the Turn Tight Extreme a gimmick or does it really work? With how far the front wheels turn, it seems the mower will either push (car racing term) or bind up in the turning. If it works so well, I have to wonder why other mower manufactures have not done the same?

Chan
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Chan

Hi Paul, I am replacing a Wheel Horse 416 with a 48″ mower deck which I’ve owned since new for 26 or 27 years. I mow a between 1.5 and 2 acres in eastern Pa. Mower deck is finally on its last legs. Still leaning towards a garden tractor style and looking at JD 500 series, Cub Cadet and Simplicity. Open to suggestions

Jason
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Jason

Paul, I am overwhelmed by all of your knowledge and the time you take to share it with everyone, Thank you. I am buying a .75 acre lot and plan to build a home soon but will need to maintain the lot before construction can begin. It has a nice ditch in the front but is mainly flat maybe a slight mound like you would see on a football field. I have seen you recommend the Craftsman ProSeries 27042 as a go to mower. I plan on aerating, and spreading fertilizer wth the mower. Will this suffice for what I… Read more »

Jeff thraen
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Hey Paul. You say you hate cub cadet 42, troy built, etc because of the tires being wider than the deck. Are there any 42 with a deck the same width.

Jeff
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Jeff

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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Jim

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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Jay

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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Jay

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 »

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