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Old January 18th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #81
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I absolutely love being on a well and septic! Screw those insane high water and sewer bills! And congrats!
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Yup I'm already pricing out a John Deere. I wonder how much the blower attachment is?
IDK about new, but if you watch local adds (CL and various forums) you can easily find an older 318 or even 420/430/455 with a deck/blower or plow for 2-4K depending on what you get. Not the most ideal machines for cutting, but short of a zero turn they do pretty good.

The 316 I've got didn't have any trouble throwing the snow we got a week or so ago. Personally I prefer the blower over a plow because it gets it up and out of the way, rather than shrinking the width of the driveway like what typically happens with tractors/atv's plowing.
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IDK about new, but if you watch local adds (CL and various forums) you can easily find an older 318 or even 420/430/455 with a deck/blower or plow for 2-4K depending on what you get. Not the most ideal machines for cutting, but short of a zero turn they do pretty good.

The 316 I've got didn't have any trouble throwing the snow we got a week or so ago. Personally I prefer the blower over a plow because it gets it up and out of the way, rather than shrinking the width of the driveway like what typically happens with tractors/atv's plowing.

Yeah that was my thought as well, you won't have the huge Mounds of snow you get with a plow. I might still get a plow to put on either my sportsman or Polaris ranger though. I have property up north and my driveway is about 500 feet long.
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Personally I think Simplicity has a better cut.
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Personally I think Simplicity has a better cut.

I'll have to check those out. I've been told Kubota is also the way to go.
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Is Wheelhorse still the only brand tractor that has a structural steel frame instead of stamped steel? I don't have a need for a lawn tractor but I always thought they looked more robust.
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Is Wheelhorse still the only brand tractor that has a structural steel frame instead of stamped steel? I don't have a need for a lawn tractor but I always thought they looked more robust.
Not sure what is considered structural, but the higher end Simplicity uses a 7 gauge frame, the others are 10 gauge according their website.

I've always had older Simplicities, they were very robust like the Wheel Horse. I haven't gone to look at a new one yet though.
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If I only had an acre to cut I'd seriously think about a lawn service doing it. Add up the costs of the mower, your time, repairs & maintenance and "crap I forgot to get gas!", and storing the stinky thing and you'll get quite a few years of "free" mowing. I don't understand how most lawn care guys work so cheap. Grab someone already working the area and they'll probably be most reasonable and you can check out their work.
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Yup I'm already pricing out a John Deere. I wonder how much the blower attachment is?
I've grown up around John Deeres. As long as you don't buy the big box store junk and don't do something stupid like run it out of oil, they're tanks. A couple years ago I was pricing out an X300(about the smallest of the heavier duty non-box store lawn/garden tractors) and it was about $3k with a 46" deck and another $1500 for a blower. I think the blower was 38 or 42". Then you'll want chains and weights. Time it right and they occasionally have cheap financing options.
If you go used, I recommend making sure it has hydrostatic drive and tight turning radius. I used a loaner 214 for a while. It's built about as tough as they come, but the manual trans and crappy turning radius made it a PITA around yard obstacles. I used an LT155 for quite a while and the hydrostatic and steering were great, but the cut sucked compared to the 214. My neighbor has a GT235 that's a very nice machine and seems to do everything well. I just inherited a 445 that's a beast and awesome at everything, but it'd be severely overkill for a 1 acre yard.

I tried out the 48" snowblower on my 445 and the plow on my 4WD Polaris before deciding which I wanted to use. My driveway is sloped and gravel. In order to get the blower low enough to be effective it was shooting rocks all over the place. The plow drags some rocks, but was way more effective, faster, and more fun. Only time the blower would've been better for me was when we got 18" of snow in one day. If your driveway is flat and/or paved, either will probably work great for you.

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Agreed. I've only ever had well and septic, besides rental houses in college.
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Is Wheelhorse still the only brand tractor that has a structural steel frame instead of stamped steel? I don't have a need for a lawn tractor but I always thought they looked more robust.
is stamped steel not structural?
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Why don't you google "structural c channel" and let me know what you find.

Yes, by engineering definition, a stamped c channel would be structural. But it is certainly not by those of us that deal with it daily.
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do lawn tractors crack frames often? from the launch?

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Yes, by engineering definition, a stamped c channel would be structural. But it is certainly not by those of us that deal with it daily.
is wood structural?
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One these days you may come to learn that there are other professions and industries than use terms different than the narrow world of automotive. If I want to a steel mill and tried to sell them a structural assembly using stamped steel or wood because by definition it fits the description I, it would be the last time I would ever do business with them again.
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If I only had an acre to cut I'd seriously think about a lawn service doing it. Add up the costs of the mower, your time, repairs & maintenance and "crap I forgot to get gas!", and storing the stinky thing and you'll get quite a few years of "free" mowing. I don't understand how most lawn care guys work so cheap. Grab someone already working the area and they'll probably be most reasonable and you can check out their work.
My parents are in white lake, one of mom's neighbors has a service, and since it's literally able to be cut by the guy riding his zero turn from his house he gives her a break of $50/cut for her 1.75ish acre lot that has probably a quarter of it not cut due to wetlands/treestands. the entire front and side yard are like a football field, nice easy flat rectangles.

$50 every two weeks adds up pretty quickly - especially if it's an early spring/late fall type of year.
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One these days you may come to learn that there are other professions and industries than use terms different than the narrow world of automotive. If I want to a steel mill and tried to sell them a structural assembly using stamped steel or wood because by definition it fits the description I, it would be the last time I would ever do business with them again.
Is that structurally sound?
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