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captjoe06

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Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:52:38 AM »
I'm looking to buy a used lawn tractor off of craigslist that looks like its in great shape.  Was wondering what your annual costs to maintain them end up being and how finicky they are to keep going.  i'm not mechanically inclined.



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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 10:54:40 AM »
What kind is it? I have a 17 year old Snapper rear engine that I have had to do virtually nothing in maintenance

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 11:14:03 AM »
I have a 6 year old John Deere X300 and all I've done is change the oil and put a new fuel filter in every season.  I did replace the battery once also.  I'm not mechanically inclined either.  What are you looking at buying?
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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:07:15 PM »
I have a JD X585. (little trivia, this one was designed by BMW's US office in California) I bought it used. It's been very economical. Service per year has been minimal. I replaced the battery last year. The real key is the hours it's been run. I bought mine from a dealer, so it had been checked out and they knew the original owner. Not cheap, but it's actually held it's value - I could sell it today for what I paid eight years ago. Can you get this one checked out first? How big a job is your lawn?
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Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 03:34:14 PM »
A husqvarna xth21k46 in really nice shape


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« Last Edit: December 07, 2017, 03:38:35 PM by captjoe06 »
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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 03:54:25 PM »
YTH21K46 ?


C'mon Cap'n, with all that gear and whatnot around the dock, and you aren't mechanically inclined??

If it needs nothing fixed, the per-year costs of a used machine will be decently low. Belts and batteries go bad, but not every year. Blades need sharpening. That can be a pain in the ass (compared to a push mower) if you don't invest in a mower lift. I bought the Fischer from Harbor Freight and love it. https://www.harborfreight.com/750-lb-heavy-duty-atvmower-high-lift-jack-63298.html

Make sure it can drive up a hill easily. Look at the trans fluid. Look for evidence of "rigged" repairs or questionable mods. Run the deck up and down. That one has an hour meter. What are the hours, and why are they selling it? In December?

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If that's a 2012 machine it should not have too many hours on it, but if the owner has had to "do nothing" to it, that could be a sign of maintenance neglect, also. Oil changes? Belts?
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Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 04:11:58 PM »
Itís got 77 hours on it. The owner says it looks and runs like new.  The pictures sure look like it.  For $800 after 11 cuts at the house it would be paid for assuming nothing breaks down. 


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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 04:26:02 PM »
Looks promising. And it's a got a beer holder. You'll still want to drive it and ask the basic questions in person.

I realize Sears doesn't make engines, but the Craftsman sticker on that Husky's Briggs is a curiosity.
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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 05:02:07 PM »
Will it have a grill mounted on it

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 06:19:36 PM »
Low hours ,as already asked why are they selling in December, these models are made by MTD . Not wrong with that, but not top of the lone just good basic models. Blade speed is lower the say a Deere. Blade speed is nice in the spring while cutting tall thick well feed lawns, fast blade eject grass better.
How big is your yard? A 46 inch deck will cut a average yard pretty fast.

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 06:31:13 PM »
Itís got 77 hours on it. The owner says it looks and runs like new.  The pictures sure look like it.  For $800 after 11 cuts at the house it would be paid for assuming nothing breaks down. 


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Are you only using it to cut grass? And how much? I picked up an old Case 444 when we bought out house a few years ago to cut about an acre... i regretted it. Slow, hard to get around obstacles, and not a good quality cut. However, the thing is big, heavy, and powerful so it pushes snow like a champ. I ended up getting a zero turn to cut the grass and actually enjoy doing it. I'm sure everyone's situations are different though, so it may suit you well. Seems like the price is right so if it doesn't work out you could probably get your money back if you sold it.

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 06:45:37 PM »
Not sure what the budget is but this would be a sweet setup. Especially if you get a good amount of snow.

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 06:51:14 PM »
The biggest potential problem with a lawn tractor is the transaxle or transmission. That model probably has the Tuff Torq K46 transaxle. Depending on how much stress you put on it (mowing uphill often, mowing on difficult terrain, pulling things, pushing snow, etc.), it can fail. It's an expensive part that's expensive to replace. If it fails, you might as well buy a new mower.

If you're going to do serious work or mowing, consider a garden tractor. A garden tractor has a beefier transaxle, like a K57 of K66.

If you look up the specs of a mower, it should show the type of transaxle. One easy way to tell a garden tractor from a lawn tractor is that a garden tractor's rear wheels will bolt on with five or so bolts, like the wheel of a car. A lawn tractor will not have those bolts.

Note the rear wheels on this garden tractor:

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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 07:13:28 PM »
My worry is that the like-new Husky should be essentially perfect for quite some time, but if it's not, there's no warranty on it.

The non big-box store JDs are ... different. Never inexpensive, but not meant to be tossed in a few years, either. I can't say which approach is necessarily "better" for anyone but me.

I spent about $900 to get both of my old rides, cursed them both when they broke right off of the trailer, praised them the next day (or week ...) when it was an easy fix, and decided they were both worth investing some time and money to make right and keep right. They'll both need to earn their keep for longer than the month or so I've used them last summer, but I'm hopeful. Along with my Honda push mowers, they all have a place in the stable and I hope to hand them down to my kids some day.

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Re: Any of you guys have a lawn tractor?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2017, 11:22:04 PM »
Iíve got a Vincente. Mows, blows and trims and fixes sprinkler heads automatically and costs $85/month and I donít even have to be home. Thatís the way we roll in CA.


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