What Lawn Equipment are you planning to buy this year?

I’m just getting started with the new reviews for 2017 so I thought I’d ask you what’s highest on your priority list for lawn equipment this year.

Yes, this site has focused on Lawn Tractors and Zero-turns in the past but I’m open to helping you decide on any type of equipment.

Everyone is welcome to let me know in the comment section below. I’ll leave the comments open until April 1st.

I’ll list a few items below to help jog your memory. It’s not required, but your city/state, lawn size, lawn type – rough, hilly, old, new. If you are looking at specific brand. That is always helpful to help you find just the right product.

Just some ideas:

Lawn Tractors – Riding mowers under $1500

Zero-Turns under $3000

Yard/Lawn Tractors $1500 to $2500

Garden Tractors

Repair parts and maintenance

Cub Cadet verses Troy-Bilt or Craftsman or Husqvarna

Attachments like carts, dethatchers, lawn sweepers, baggers.

Compact and Sub-Compact Tractors

Push/self propelled gas mowers

Cordless electric mowers for trimming or mowing your entire yard.

Robotic Mowers

Cordless Hand-held  – Trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, pruners, etc.

Zero-turn mowers for 3-5 acres. $300o-$5000

Yard tools – spades, shovels, rakes, pruners.

Gardening tools,

Heavy-duty zero-turn mowers. $4000-$8000.

Field mowers for pastures or nature areas.

Brush mowers.

Mowers for large area mowing – 5-10 acres of lawn.

Cordless electric riding mowers.

Rototillers.

How to maintain my lawn tractor, lawn mower…..

Yes, You need a new Gas Can!

With today’s fuels you need a gas can that seals tight. It helps the fuel last longer and the escaping vapors won’t wreck the environment. But the biggest problem is find one that works. The cheap ones ($20 or more now) don’t have vents so it takes forever to fill the tank on your lawn tractor. The cheap ones are also flimsy and the spouts break after the first year.

Well, I’ve found one brand that works great! It’s vented inside the spout so it pours fuel quickly yet seals tightly when not in use.  I’ll give you links at Amazon for two sizes. I suggest buying the size so that you don’t keep more than a month of fuel around the house.

No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can. A good size for snow blowers and push mowers. 

No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant) This one has a second handle in the back so it is very easy to use and hang onto when pouring into your fuel tank. A good size for lawn tractors and zero-turns.

If you have a problem holding a gas can the SureCan is a great can. It’s very comfortable to use to use and built well.

SureCan – Gas Can with Rotating Spout. 

Fuel Stabilizer: When I go to the gas station and buy fuel I always put fuel stabilizer in the storage tank. It helps keep the fuel fresh and some also clean your carb and fuel system without messing it up. There a man good brands but I’ve used

SeaFoam for years and it’s always worked well. I use 2 tablespoons per gallon of fuel.

Seafoam 

Other fuels stabilizers to check out: Fuel Stabilizers

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Hi again Paul, With the advice your site provides, the search for a mid-level Craftsman rider started and I’m the guy who picked up a T3300 (917. 273900) for $1000 with only 50 minutes on it. Previous owner ate a chainlink fence so it needed a spindle and I hammered a small tear in the cutting deck closed and it’s good to go. I’m loving how much time I save now that I’ve developed efficient patterns for cutting the property. I’m soon to be in need of a Leaf Bagger. There are some good used ones for sale within 200… Read more »
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Fidel

Paul, I have a sears 20442 mower, can I pull a 48″ plug aerator with it? What fertilizer spreader will you recommend for a mostly flat 1/2 acre lot? I have been using my push spreader but I think it is time to upgrade to a pull behind one. Thank you.

Susie
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Susie
Hi Paul, I am looking for a dethacher/scarifier that could possibly do double duty as a power broom to clean up the edges of the gravel driveway after winter plowing. Is there such a machine? Or reasonably priced separate machines? These jobs are just once a year each, but really need doing. I have looked at the small electric dethachers but they really do seem too small—or have I just gotten so used to a rider that walking a lawn seems daunting? A reasonable size for handling is a concern as well. (So many string trimmers and blowers are just… Read more »
Jeremy K
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Jeremy K
Trying to decide between a Cub Cadet RZT S 46” with fab deck or the 48” Z force S 48”. We have about an acre with lots of hills fence lines and other obstacles. We would also like to try a mulcher kit. In your opinion is the Z force worth the extra $$? Does the Z force allow for faster cutting speeds? We would like to keep the equipment for a long time, our current lawn tractor is still running, over the years I’ve had to replace the whole front axle and a magneto, but it’s 18 years old… Read more »
Dan W.
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Dan W.

Hi Paul-I mow 22 lawns/week-1/2 acre and 1 2acre lawn-that do you think of the Husqvarna W436 and W448 commercial walkbehinds-Thanks

Scott J
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Scott J
Hi Paul, I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the right place/section. Next Monday, I will be the proud owner of a Cub Cadet XT2 LX42 lawn tractor. I bought it from a local dealer and I am happy with my interaction/purchase with them so far. I am interested in a double bagging system and am somewhat overwhelmed by the many different types. Some of the Troy Built baggers seem to reference fitting my tractor. I also saw a new clear tube model bagger with quick disconnect. But it didn’t get great reviews. Do you have any buying advice… Read more »
michael
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michael
I am looking for a 42″ or 46″ riding mower and am wondering if the new cub cadet EFI engine is worth the extra money and is it too new to gamble on. I have a small 1 acre or so yard. Not being an engine expert i am having a hard time deciding between the options like EFi and even the single versus twin cylinder difference. What should the average consumer purchase to have the mower last 10+ years? Should i make sure i get a certain HP or above for my 1 acre yard? Any help would be… Read more »
Mark
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Mark
Paul, I have a Toro Super Recycler self-propelled push mower. I bought it in 2009. It has around 250 hours on it. I have a 1/2 acre yard which takes an hour to mow. It is starting to feel less solid, handle is wobbly, etc.. Also I’m having the problem where if I stop the engine for 2 or 3 minutes, then I have to wait 30 minutes for it to start again. I do put sta-bil in my gas can when I purchase gas and I also run Sea Foam through it at least 3 times a season. Debating… Read more »
Ben
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Paul, Thank you for the detailed response! My main concern with the Spartan is that they wouldn’t be around in a few years for warranty or parts. My plan is to buy this mower and run it until it doesn’t make sense to repair it anymore. I’m not one to trade machines in every few years for a shinier model. If the dealer with what I think to be the better service level sold the Gravely’s, I think it would be a much easier decision for me. On the Gravely HD – what is different on the new model? I… Read more »
Ben
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I purchased a 6 acre property after mowing season was already over last year. This is my first large property and I am in the market for a ZTR. There is a dealer within three miles of me that offers some great at home maintenance services that sells both Spartan and Hustler mowers. The dealer is really pushing the Spartan brand for my application. They seem to have a lot of heavy duty features found in much more expensive setups. I saw in one of your past responses that you cannot recommend a mower from and “unknown” manufacturer but I… Read more »
Rick Hantz
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Rick Hantz
I have a 1/2 acre on the crest of a hill. I have tress and landscaping, and paths that are 48″ wide. I also haul compost, gravel, rocks up the hill to my garden, which varies 10-25% grade. My new Craftsman yard tractor doesn’t quite cut it. I had to fill the tires and put rubber chains on it. The belts have had to be replaced twice on the CVT transmission. And my lawn gets torn up by the chains. The tractor is really overpowered; I run at 1/2 to 3/4 power most of the time. The 42″ deck is… Read more »