: What sort of lawn tractor/mower do you have?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-30-10, 10:42 PM
I went to the MN State Fair yesterday, and at the fair, there's a dedicated area devoted to machinery of all sorts....lawn equipment, farm equipment, cars & trucks, etc etc. So I got to look at all sorts of lawn & garden stuff and got kinda interested. I like Simplicity's equipment, they make a lot of high quality, long lasting equipment that's only sold at specialty shops, and not at any of the home improvement stores. Toro seems to be a solid brand too, and I like how their headquarters is 15 minutes from me.

So anyways, yeah, what's in your garage?

BTW: I have a 12 year old Yard Man 21" push mower with a 5 horse Briggs & Stratton.

Before that Yard Man, we had a sweet '80s era Lawn Boy push mower, with the two stroke engine. It ran forever, smoked like heck and was extremely smooth running. Loved that thing. A friend of mine has a similar Lawn Boy at his cabin and I actually ask him to mow his land just so I can use that sweet old Lawn Boy. :)

hueterm
08-30-10, 10:44 PM
The best kind -- one that is owned and operated by my yard service...

Kind of like a boat...

drewsdeville
08-30-10, 10:48 PM
1983 Snapper rear engine rider with a 12hp Briggs :mad: Briggs FTL.

1990 Snapper walker with a 4hp Wisconsin Robin (Teledyne Power/Continental Motors), one of the best small engines ever produced :)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-30-10, 10:55 PM
Snapper makes some good stuff. Good, over engineered, long lasting stuff. Simplicity actually bought them like 10(?) years ago. Shortly afterwords, the Simplicity CEO went to the Wal-mart Vice President to tell him that Simplicity wasn't going to allow Wal-Mart to sell Snapper equipment there anymore, because it would water down the brand.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/102/open_snapper.html

Stingroo
08-30-10, 11:03 PM
The best kind -- one that is owned and operated by my yard service...

Kind of like a boat...

Quite wise.

drewsdeville
08-30-10, 11:05 PM
The walker was a commercial model has been absolutely problem free. Even the carb has never needed a rebuild. The engine starts in 1 pull every week and still, 20 years later, uses no oil. I will never part with it.

The rider is a different story. I got that mower about 8 years ago for free. It had a blown engine on it (second blown engine according to the previous owner) and had been sitting outside behind a garage for a few years since the incident.

I put a used engine on it, which looked to be in good shape and supposedly had low hours on it. 5 years later, that one broke the crankshaft. I still have pictures of that somewhere...

The rest of the engine was unharmed so I ordered a new crank and ran the same engine a second time. So far so good...

There have been a few other miscelleneous problems with it, mainly driveline problems. Most recently the bearings in the rear axle are loose and is in turn smoking the rubber drive wheel.

It IS 25 years old and has been abuse in the past, so I guess I can't complain too much. After all, it was free. It just seems it needs SOMETHING every season while that walker isn't even phased.

Seeing the new snappers in the local hardware store, they may still make decent equipment, but it's nothing like these oldies. Lots of plastic and they all use cheaper model briggs engines. The walker has a full steel deck, steel handlebars, steel wheels and is incredibly heavy duty...and HEAVY is the correct word. It's nothing less than a beast to handle, especially when trimming around flower beds and cutting ditches. I'm sure in todays market, that's a huge turnoff.

Submariner409
08-30-10, 11:11 PM
We run two generic Briggs & Stratton push rotary mowers for the edges and corners and a 21 hp B & S Craftsman 42" yard tractor/leaf bagger for the wide open spaces. All get regular care and sharpening. All are over 12 years old. All run Pennzoil 30W Marine oil from Day 1.

Yard care - we have 12 cylinders in various mowers, chain saws, blowers, weedwhackers, log splitter, etc.

Destroyer
08-30-10, 11:13 PM
I am a city slicker. I don't like tractors or mowers. I have Mexicans taking care of my yard. They rule! :yup:

hueterm
08-30-10, 11:15 PM
I am a city slicker. I don't like tractors or mowers. I have Mexicans taking care of my yard. They rule! :yup:


+1 for the fellow lazy!

Ranger
08-30-10, 11:22 PM
I have a 14 HP Ariens, 4 speed manual gear transaxle and a Kohler motor. Hydraulic lift for the 48" mower deck and 2 stage 48" snowblower. Very well built on a full length steel frame with fiberglass body parts (no rust). Coming up on 30 years old and still running strong with regular maintenance. I don't think they build them like this any more. If the engine blew tomorrow, I would not hesitate to replace it. I'm quite sure it will outlast me.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-30-10, 11:23 PM
Pushing the mower or snowthrower with the iPod is a great way to relax.

Destroyer
08-30-10, 11:38 PM
Pushing the mower or snowthrower with the iPod is a great way to relax.We define "relaxation" in different terms my friend. :cool2:

gdwriter
08-31-10, 12:11 AM
The best kind -- one that is owned and operated by my yard service...I don't mind mowing too much (thanks to my iPod), but once I redo the landscaping at my house, I will probably hire a lawn service to come once a month and do all the other maintenance that I hate doing.

I have a self-propelled John Deere that I got for $75 from a friend after his tenants left it behind:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs020.snc1/4244_84599448093_776743093_1691711_6830609_n.jpg

My lawn isn't really big enough that I need a self-propelled mower, but now that I have one, it's the only way to go.

Now that I have a decent-sized shed out back, the lawn mower and a lot of other crap is out of the garage.

Sevillian273
08-31-10, 10:25 AM
I have a 7 year old craftsman non propelled bag/mulcher. Its a Briggs 6.5hp that starts 1 pull every time, never needed a carb rebuild, and uses a TON of oil. Every peripheral on the mower has failed: Engine kill bar/cable, governor spring, pull string, pull-start return spring twice, tank to carb fuel line, gas cap vent.... The engine is now throttled by a bicycle brake cable and the kill switch is operated by my foot. As long as I never have to open the carb or rotating assembly, I'm still happy with it.

hueterm
08-31-10, 02:05 PM
We define "relaxation" in different terms my friend. :cool2:




Any combination of:

Poolside
+ Hot tub
+ Cooking
+ Grilling out
+ Drive in the twisties
+ Trap/skeet range
+ Golf course
+ Plopped in front of the TV watching a movie
+ Asleep
all = RELAX

Yardwork = the suck

Dealing w/the dog, cleaning the house, doing the damn dishes and laundry is enough for me...

cvettr/cts-v
08-31-10, 04:49 PM
The best kind -- one that is owned and operated by my yard service...

Kind of like a boat...


Amen.

The-Dullahan
08-31-10, 04:59 PM
An ugly electric one. I had a gas mower, and I actually have a lot of them throghout the year, because my neighbours throw them out when the sparkplugs die and don't understand how to fix them, so I take them, fix them, paint them and sell them. Back up north my adoptive Mum had a machine called a "Thwomper" with two large unsharpened breaker bars which spun in circles on one axis at a high angle. It was build primarily for destroying brambles and other underbrush. Something like a mix between a lawnmower and a stump remover and it would probably hurt like hell to get your hand in there. It was powered by a straight 6 cylinder Chevrolet engine, enameled in the strangest metallic bronze-orange shade ever.

Rolex
08-31-10, 07:42 PM
I have a Cub Cadet self propelled push mower with casters on the front. I actually enjoy yard work and admire my yard when I'm done. I will say my yard is the only green yard in my cull de sac. All my neighbors' yards are crispy and brown.

dkozloski
08-31-10, 07:47 PM
The center of the fleet is a Toro snowblower flanked by a Sears bagging mower and a Troy-Built tiller. My neighbor assists me with snow removal with a 966 Caterpillar loader.

Submariner409
08-31-10, 07:50 PM
I have a Cub Cadet self propelled push mower with casters on the front. I actually enjoy yard work and admire my yard when I'm done. I will say my yard is the only green yard in my cull de sac. All my neighbors' yards are crispy and brown.


For those who take pride in their home and yard DIY maintenance, especially those who live "in the woods", take a look at the Troy-Bilt backpacker leaf blower - a 4 cycle gas engine, powerful as all get out and makes a two-cycle blower seem like a kid's birthday party whistle. Lowe's or Home Depot - about $225. (Lots of cylinder iron at the first 4 hour oil change: do it 3 times at 4 hour intervals, then it's good for the season - you can afford 3.5 ounces of marine 30W.)......and it burns practically NO (straight 87) gas.

drewsdeville
08-31-10, 08:23 PM
For those who take pride in their home and yard DIY maintenance, especially those who live "in the woods", take a look at the Troy-Bilt backpacker leaf blower - a 4 cycle gas engine, powerful as all get out and makes a two-cycle blower seem like a kid's birthday party whistle. Lowe's or Home Depot - about $225. (Lots of cylinder iron at the first 4 hour oil change: do it 3 times at 4 hour intervals, then it's good for the season - you can afford 3.5 ounces of marine 30W.)......and it burns practically NO (straight 87) gas.

My 2-stroke Stihl BG 86 blows pretty good at 190mph and 459cfm... and it's just a handheld, not a backpack. However, it was a touch more at $230. ;)

Great replacement for a chamois cloth

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-31-10, 09:32 PM
Good idea Drew. I never thought of using a leaf blower to dry my cars. I always worried that it would suck up a pebble or some sort of debris and shoot it at the car at nearly 200 mph.

Destroyer
08-31-10, 10:38 PM
Any combination of:

Poolside
+ Hot tub
+ Cooking
+ Grilling out
+ Drive in the twisties
+ Trap/skeet range
+ Golf course
+ Plopped in front of the TV watching a movie
+ Asleep
all = RELAX

Yardwork = the suck

Dealing w/the dog, cleaning the house, doing the damn dishes and laundry is enough for me...Damn straight except dealing w/the dog, cleaning the house, doing the damn dishes and laundry are the wife's duties. I want no part of that either! :arghh: :cool2:

Destroyer
08-31-10, 10:40 PM
Good idea Drew. I never thought of using a leaf blower to dry my cars. I always worried that it would suck up a pebble or some sort of debris and shoot it at the car at nearly 200 mph.Guy down the street had a Murcielago and he used to use a leaf blower to dry his car. Now he's got a new Ferrari, I don't know which as I'm not so much into them (it is sweet though and yellow though) but he still uses a leaf blower to dry them.

Night Wolf
09-01-10, 12:44 AM
Good idea Drew. I never thought of using a leaf blower to dry my cars. I always worried that it would suck up a pebble or some sort of debris and shoot it at the car at nearly 200 mph.

I use my leaf blower and never had a problem with it. It's kinda hard for a leaf blower to suck up debris unless you are actually trying to.

The-Dullahan
09-01-10, 12:51 AM
I've always used a leaf blower to clean sawdust from my garage, which has LOTS of sawdust after most projects. The Irony is it gets projected from the driveway towards two cars in the driveway, but since they are only two Fords, it doesn't matter much.

Playdrv4me
09-01-10, 12:52 AM
http://www.ifranchisenet.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/uslawn1.jpg

Night Wolf
09-01-10, 01:02 AM
My garden tractor is a 1963 Cub Cadet 100. Lawn mower is a 1979 Snapper.

The Cub is not used for mowing right now, instead is given various yard work tasks, usually used to pull cut down trees to the edge of the road where the city will take them. Once I am done with all that, I plan on restoring the Cub. The Snapper needs transaxle work that I simply haven't gotten around to yet. I am not going to fully restore the Snapper just yet.

Since neither can mow grass right now, and the only grass I actually have is a small strip along the road, I use my Husqvarna string tirmmer to mow with - it gets rather interesting, but it works.

Cub:

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents010.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/3-18-10%20parents/tractorparents014.jpg

It's just crazy how heavy duty this garden tractor is. It uses a clutch/pressure plate setup along with a solid driveshaft. The engine, front axle, header panel and transaxle are all cast iron. Frame is thick C-channel steel. The 10hp Kohler has plenty of torque, some folks don't understand how I can plow with a "10hp lawn tractor"

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/4-15-08/4-1508028.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/4-15-08/4-1508031.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/4-15-08/4-1508042.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/4-15-08/4-1508044.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Cub%20Cadet1/4-15-08/4-1508047.jpg

The Snapper I boughtfrom the original owner for $100. The 10.5hp I/C Briggs is a 2005 model and it has a bagger. I messed with it a bit but the chain keeps jumping off a sprocket in the transaxle.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Snapper/purchase/IMG_0162.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Snapper/purchase/IMG_0164.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Snapper/purchase/IMG_0165.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/Snapper/purchase/IMG_0174.jpg

jayoldschool
09-01-10, 02:31 AM
1991 John Deere LX176 re-powered with a new B&S 17.5hp. Cuts grass all summer, and clears a big driveway all winter.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/001.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/002.jpg

Night Wolf
09-01-10, 03:26 AM
Was that originally Onan or Kohler powered?

Stingroo
09-01-10, 08:24 AM
Winter?

What's that? :lol:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
09-01-10, 08:53 AM
The most miserable, dark and cold 6 months of the year.

Speaking of winter, our snow thrower is way too small! It's one of those small 3 horse single stage types that uses it's impeller to pull it's self down the driveways and sidewalks. It's probably 15" wide, but it's very short, so if you get drifts of snow, it'll take 2-3 passes to get it all moved out of the way. We used to have a giant, self propelled two stage model with a 8 horse Tecumseh, but when we moved in 1999, it stayed at the old house.

Mark0101
09-01-10, 09:27 AM
We first got this Murray from Home depot for I think $225 back in 2003. Its a self propelled Lawn mower. Its been good for the 7 years we have owned it and has had a hard life. We used this Lawn mower to mow our .25 acres house and we used this to clear out a 1.3 acres land for an year. Then we moved into another house that had 2.3 acres, so we had to upgrade. We got the Craftsman DGS 6500 for $2100. We have had it for two years now and has been working great. Only problem was, it blew a coil which was replaced under warranty.

The murray which gets used sometimes.
http://a.imageshack.us/img180/7999/1009914.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img690/4313/1009915.jpg
The Craftsman
http://a.imageshack.us/img413/5475/1009913.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img535/2118/1009916.jpg
The front yard (total 2.3 acres)
http://a.imageshack.us/img16/8754/1009912.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img256/5600/1009911.jpg

drewsdeville
09-01-10, 09:59 AM
Nice Mark VIII's.

jayoldschool
09-01-10, 12:19 PM
Kohler, I believe. Original owner threw the rod. He ran straight 30 weight in it. Not a good idea in the winter.

Sevillian273
09-01-10, 10:27 PM
Speaking of leaf blowers... I present the Macguyver™ brand model A:

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m280/merc892003/100_10912.jpg

drewsdeville
09-01-10, 10:41 PM
Speaking of leaf blowers... I present the Macguyver™ brand model A:

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m280/merc892003/100_10912.jpg

NICE! :yup:

Rolex
09-02-10, 10:26 PM
I forgot about this thing:

1960-1961' Minneapolis Moline M5 diesel. It has 51 hp and I use it on my farm to operate a 6' bush hog. When we finally get some decent rainfall I'll be pulling a disc to start some food plots for the winter.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/29668_1433103753978_1424454910_3113.jpg

Recent game pics from this week:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/IM000200.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/IM001635.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/IM000533.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/IM000031.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/IM000044.jpg

Ranger
09-02-10, 10:54 PM
Kohler, I believe. Original owner threw the rod. He ran straight 30 weight in it. Not a good idea in the winter.
I always run straight 30 in mine (29 years), but I DO warm it up before it does snow blowing duty.

iowasevillests
09-03-10, 12:32 AM
2010 John Deere Z445 with the High Capacity 54" deck, 25hp Kawasaki engine. I get my 3.5 acres of mowing done in right at 2 hours and that includes a fair amount of trees and trimming around obstacles. Absolutely amazing to mow at 8 miles an hour :)

It wasn't cheap but I don't regret getting it at all

Below is a pic I grabbed off the net, not my but looks almost identical, thats a couple year old model.

Angry Matt
09-06-10, 09:20 AM
I couldn't get a good night shot, but it's got purple neons under it and a horn out of one of my old cars. I haven't got around to painting it yet, but it cuts fairly well for a free mower and the seat had to get taken off because I was doing wheelies from the extra weight.

http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af161/georgesrose/Stuff/Tractor4.jpg
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af161/georgesrose/Stuff/Tractor3.jpg
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af161/georgesrose/Stuff/Tractor2.jpg
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af161/georgesrose/Stuff/Tractor1.jpg

orconn
09-06-10, 04:41 PM
Holy Moly! Now that's a mower fit to drive to church!

Submariner409
09-06-10, 07:06 PM
Did you know that a measure of your masculinity is determined by the number of cylinders (internal combustion) that you own ??

43 here.

Stingroo
09-06-10, 07:18 PM
lol I like your Caddymower. It makes me smile.

hueterm
09-06-10, 07:50 PM
Did you know that a measure of your masculinity is determined by the number of cylinders (internal combustion) that you own ??

43 here.


48 here, with appx. 1790 horsepower...

johnny kannapo
09-11-10, 11:57 AM
http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/100_1310.jpg

jayoldschool
09-12-10, 04:23 PM
Lovin the Hurst

Sevillian273
09-12-10, 10:33 PM
Looks like a converted go-kart. Wheres the blade and housing?

iowasevillests
09-12-10, 11:30 PM
Yeah the hurst definitely makes it top notch, but don't think it makes up for the apparent lack of a blade....must be the tractor side of the lawn-tractor