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    Silver Member sierradmax's Avatar
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    Default Best Value... Lawn Mower for $2,000 or below.

    In need of a lawn mower to mow roughly 1.5 acres of grass. I thought of purchasing a MMM for my kubota B2320 but was steered away from the kubota salesman, telling me I would get a better cut from a lawn mower for cheaper. He pointed at a couple Husqvarana mowers (top of the line), $2500 mowers comparable to the cost of a 60" MMM. With cutting grass as it's ONLY use, I can't see justifying a $2000+ tractor for once a week use.

    What's better. 2 blade or 3? I don't care on the deck size but I would guess the norm is anything greater than 42"... No need for a 54". 22hp and above? I was told to stay clear of Kohler engines. Kawasaki V-twin is indestructible. Husky's are real nice but for a couple hundred bucks cheaper, I can get the sears/Craftsman counterpart.

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    Default Re: Best Value... Lawn Mower for $2,000 or below.

    Quote Originally Posted by sierradmax View Post
    In need of a lawn mower to mow roughly 1.5 acres of grass. I thought of purchasing a MMM for my kubota B2320 but was steered away from the kubota salesman, telling me I would get a better cut from a lawn mower for cheaper. He pointed at a couple Husqvarana mowers (top of the line), $2500 mowers comparable to the cost of a 60" MMM. With cutting grass as it's ONLY use, I can't see justifying a $2000+ tractor for once a week use.

    What's better. 2 blade or 3? I don't care on the deck size but I would guess the norm is anything greater than 42"... No need for a 54". 22hp and above? I was told to stay clear of Kohler engines. Kawasaki V-twin is indestructible. Husky's are real nice but for a couple hundred bucks cheaper, I can get the sears/Craftsman counterpart.
    How many trees and obstacles do you have?
    If not too many I would buy a rear finish mower...
    It will give you years of service and have less maintenance costs associated with a dedicated lawn mower/tractor...
    I mow approximately 3 acres 8 months out of the year using a rear finish mower...
    The first 14 years I used a light duty Land Pride and currently the last 6 years I have used a heavy duty Woods...
    In those 20 years I replaced the blades a couple of times, 1 drive belt, and a couple of deck wheels...
    That was all on the Land Pride being used 14 years...
    So far I have not replaced anything on the Woods...
    If you have tight mowing conditions this may not be an option...

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    Gold Member DennisFolsom's Avatar
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    Default Re: Best Value... Lawn Mower for $2,000 or below.

    I bought a Craftsman YT4000 at a sale price early in last year's mowing season. I'm happy so far. Having owned more heavy-duty tractors, I know some of the shortcomings of this rig. However, It mows the lawn just fine, and that's all I bought it for.
    I'm "going green" - my "4-wheeler" is a John Deere 4600 HST!

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    Default Re: Best Value... Lawn Mower for $2,000 or below.

    My Simplicity 3 blade (44 in) did cut better than my Husky 2 blade (46 in). For overall costs the kubota MMM will be cheaper for the next 20 years. If trimming is not a problem a rear finish mower will save on the initial costs.

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