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Old 11-27-2019, 07:31 PM   #1
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I Live on 1 acre but use the surrounding 3 acres. I have an agreement that I keep them mower during growing season. My issue is I have used 3 riding mowers now and all have broken down and not holding up. I have mine in the repair shop now again and saying the transmission has gone out... Im trying to find somthing reliable or a zero turn Im new to mowing larger areas... I plan on at tax time buying a mower with a budget of $3000. I would also consider a compact tractor... please give your opinions...
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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What kind of brush you have growing? Mainly grass? Small shrubs? I have a John Deere riding mower that’s great I think I’ve had it for about 2 years now and I only just replaced the blade due to the edges started bending up. If it’s thicker shrubs and grass a small tractor with a shredder always works!
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:37 PM   #4
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Bad Boy from my nephew Michael. He works for Hoffpauir Polaris in Goldthwaite. They have a web site. He will work with you. Financing, delivering, etc. Tell him uncle Mark said to holler at him.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:37 PM   #5
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What kind of brush you have growing? Mainly grass? Small shrubs? I have a John Deere riding mower thatís great I think Iíve had it for about 2 years now and I only just replaced the blade due to the edges started bending up. If itís thicker shrubs and grass a small tractor with a shredder always works!
Its just open fields no brush but ground is ruff from horses being on when muddy. I USUALLY MOW 2 times a week during growing season.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:37 PM   #6
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:41 PM   #7
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:45 PM   #8
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I’ve had a Bad Boy for 10 years. Pretty much no issues whatsoever, except cleaning the carb once. It’s been a great mower, but will be over $3k.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:52 PM   #9
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I picked up a used eXmark with 400 hours and it will last me the rest of my days.

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Old 11-27-2019, 07:53 PM   #10
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I know nothing on hours to how many years its been worked... hours that high dont scare you?
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:00 PM   #11
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I’ve had good luck with my Scag. No issues at all.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:03 PM   #12
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I believe most of the brands will last if you take care of them and do your part.

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Old 11-27-2019, 08:06 PM   #13
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I have a Kubota zero turn and love it. Been running strong for over 6 years. Right at your budget and they have zero percent financing and a full bumper to bumper warranty durning payment term.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:07 PM   #14
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We have a 2006 Husqvarna 46” Koehler replaced the motor around 250 hours due to a design flaw. Mower has about 450 hours total. It has been seriously abused but only replaced the belt once and a couple sets of blades. Did have to do some welding repair on the deck due to slamming the mower into the vertical pipe on the fence line.

My next mower will be another husqvarna.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:07 PM   #15
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When I worked at a driving range I used an exmark. I mowed the 26 acres with it weekly and this wasnít a smooth fairway condition driving range just a pasture. It had some power too. At times I would be mowing several acres that were 4ft plus with weeds.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:10 PM   #16
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:17 PM   #17
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I Live on 1 acre but use the surrounding 3 acres. I have an agreement that I keep them mower during growing season. My issue is I have used 3 riding mowers now and all have broken down and not holding up. I have mine in the repair shop now again and saying the transmission has gone out... Im trying to find somthing reliable or a zero turn Im new to mowing larger areas... I plan on at tax time buying a mower with a budget of $3000. I would also consider a compact tractor... please give your opinions...


I run a Ferris everyday and have had zero issues.
Itís gonna be hard to find a new commercial type mower for that price. Maybe Iím wrong but my 36Ē stand on was $8700

Look into a used Ferris or Exmark in my opinion.
Ewwww I just remembered a big lawn company by me had some of there used exmarks for sale. Let me look into that for you and they were big deck mowers to

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Old 11-27-2019, 08:43 PM   #18
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My research indicates Ferris is the way to go. I'm getting one next year. 72" cut for 13.6k.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:45 PM   #19
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I know nothing on hours to how many years its been worked... hours that high dont scare you?
They sell for twice what I have for it with over 2000 hours so it doesn't scare me a bit.

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Old 11-27-2019, 08:57 PM   #20
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Wait for it.........a “Troy”built....sorry had to
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:01 PM   #21
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Wait for it.........a ďTroyĒbuilt....sorry had to
Ha! I see what you did there!
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:25 PM   #22
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:43 PM   #23
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Bad Boy MZ series is a great machine for your size property and budget.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:52 PM   #24
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I’ve e had a JD for over 10 year’s and she is still running strong.
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Old 11-28-2019, 01:10 AM   #25
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This .... you can find you a good used Scag for that. Get a 61Ē and donít look back. The toughest mower made.
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Old 11-28-2019, 05:20 AM   #26
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Love my Bad Boy diesel, 61” deck. Great machine!
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:05 AM   #27
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Has anyone had an opportunity to see a JD sold at Loweís vs a JD sold at an ag equipment store?


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Old 11-28-2019, 08:19 AM   #28
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Lots of good quality brands out there, but some of the commercial brands will not be available in that price range. Just take a good look at how they are built when you look at them. Go to a mower shop, not a box store. Some good ones near that range will be Bad Boy and Hustler. I have a Bad Boy and two of my neighbors have Hustler. No issues with any of them after running hundreds of hours....
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:05 AM   #29
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Hustler had it for 7 years only had to change blade's. They have a welded steel deck not stamped like most.
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:24 AM   #30
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i bought a hustler over a year ago and i am very happy with it,,,, i have 8 acres and mow about 3 of it, and my yard is rough from just crawfish mounds to tire ruts to hog damage, i do not think you will find many complaints on any brand,,,, but from what i have seen buying from a big chain store ( lowes, home depot, etc) is the worst way to go,,,, buy from a dealer that services what they sale,,,

i bought from a local dealer because he was also the closest by several miles he also has more mowers out in this part of the county than just about all other brands combined, i work in a hardware store and see hundreds of people per day since we carry mowers parts with belts and blades for most models no one has complained about the hustlers,,,,
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:31 AM   #31
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I think you are looking for a Unicorn with a $ 3000.00 budget
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:00 AM   #32
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On 3 acres my Cub Cadet is 8 years old and still going. Has regular oil changes.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:12 AM   #33
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I picked up a Hustler 60” zero turn, used, for $3000. Only had 40 hours on it. I mow 14 acres with it. Couldn’t be happier.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:28 AM   #34
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I picked up a Hustler 60Ē zero turn, used, for $3000. Only had 40 hours on it. I mow 14 acres with it. Couldnít be happier.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:32 AM   #35
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14 is a little exaggerated, truthfully. We own 14, but much is wooded. Iím probably mowing 7.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:47 AM   #36
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Troy, have you considered getting credit with the Yard Card and making payments on a new mower? I know debt is not fun but at least you’d be starting with something new (with a warranty) that you could do maintenance on and keep track of.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:44 PM   #37
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14 is a little exaggerated, truthfully. We own 14, but much is wooded. Iím probably mowing 7.
I own 10 acres and have to mow about 7 total acres myself but canít imagine mowing that much with a zero turn. I own a tractor and brush hog and it still takes me about a day and a half to get it all done.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:05 AM   #38
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I own 10 acres and have to mow about 7 total acres myself but canít imagine mowing that much with a zero turn. I own a tractor and brush hog and it still takes me about a day and a half to get it all done.
I have too many trees to do it any other way. I quarter it off, in my mind, and do a quarter at a time, every couple days. Too me itís a good stress release from a day working. I have a light bar on it too, so night time isnít a problem either. I love living where Iím at so I just look at it as ďwhat needs to be doneĒ.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:11 AM   #39
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There are several brands that will do what you need but $3000 wonít touch any of them.

With de decent credit you can get 0% interest on some of them though.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:34 AM   #40
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I bought a Craftsman around 96 that lasted almost 20 years (probably would have lasted longer if my teenage son hadn't been operating it) but I doubt the new ones would last that long.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:56 AM   #41
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I got a Hustler last year and love it. No issues so far. I have just over an acre.


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Old 11-29-2019, 10:24 AM   #42
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:52 AM   #43
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Buy a John Deere from a John Deere dealer. The box store versions are not the same. My neighbor used my JD X300 and then went to Home Depot and bought one of their "E" Series against my suggestion. They're nothing alike. He knows that now and wishes he'd have dropped the extra change.

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Old 11-29-2019, 09:05 PM   #44
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Iíve had a hustler for almost 10 years. About all Iíve ever done is change the oil and blades. Zero issues and I am not gentle on my equipment
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:50 PM   #45
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:50 PM   #46
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Tractor Supply has a Bad BOY 54” Zero Turn for 2999.00.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:02 PM   #47
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All I can suggest is get the biggest deck you can.

I mow around the house 2-3 acres and have a 60” deck. Wish I had gotten the 72.

Started with a craftsman riding mower 42” and way better, but wish I had gone bigger.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:16 PM   #48
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All I can suggest is get the biggest deck you can.

I mow around the house 2-3 acres and have a 60Ē deck. Wish I had gotten the 72.

Started with a craftsman riding mower 42Ē and way better, but wish I had gone bigger.
My current riding mower is 42....
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:35 PM   #49
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:41 PM   #50
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Who stocks parts or services Bad Boy mowers?
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