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06-19-2012 08:17 PM

Hey all of you grass cutters. I am considering getting a ‘sit-on’ mower. my old bones are getting a bit tired. I would like your opinion on what you use. I like a new one from Toro SS 3200 Timecutter. anyone used this one?? thanks for your input. keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 08:25 PM

buy a goat instead …. LOL
then you have more shoptime

Just kidden I don´t know the brands you have on the other side of the pond


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#2 posted 06-19-2012 08:32 PM

This is the only type of sit-on mower I’m familiar with.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 08:33 PM

You’ll never regret buying a zero turn – they’re more expensive than a comparable riding mower, but you’ll cut 30% off of your mowing time and actually enjoy mowing!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 08:40 PM

I thought this was a Woodworking Forum ! No wonder I gave up on it!

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 08:50 PM

ralmand – if he hits stump it could turn into something wood related but its well labeled as non-shop.

John – youll probably get as many answers to this as to “what finish is your favorite”. What kind of situation is your lawn in? Flat, sloped, 2 acres, etc …. I have no real life experience with a ride on mower but i did just buy a Honda self propelled and its got some giddy up behind it. Runs smooth and fairly quiet. IMO you cant go wrong with a good ole John Deere or anything with a Honda motor.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 09:12 PM

I’ve heard you don’t want Zero-turn if you have a lot of hills and banks. That they would run away going down hill.
Don’t know if this is true, but would be interested in comments.
John, Is your lawn flat?

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 09:23 PM

Hey Charlie M 1958 this is some kind of mower you got there. does it run on vino?? I would invest in a better seat. keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 10:11 PM

Charlie’s photo must be of one of those methane powered units.

That refueling procedure looks a little suspect to me! :-D

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 10:17 PM

I had a bigger yard a few years ago with about 2/3 acre of lawn in back. It was taking me 2 hours to mow it each weekend. I bought a Toro 52” riding mower from the local Lowes. Mowing time was reduced to 20 minutes.

The extra 100 minutes a week that was freed up was well worth the price of admission for me. Never had any issues. Of course, I live in a different house now, but my ex still loves the mower!

It takes a LOT less time to mow my tiny yard now. (That too was also worth the POA, btw—long story.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 10:21 PM

I was told by my farmer friends to buy a John Deere but not from Lowes. That is what I did – the lowest model at a JD dealer.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 03:14 AM

I mow my 12 acres once a week with my Dixie Chopper. Their logo says “Worlds Fastest Lawnmower”. This may be the best purchase I ever made! DS251- comment #8 had tears running down my face. Good one!

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#12 posted 06-20-2012 03:22 AM

DS251, I do not understand your comment.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 02:12 PM

My father mowed on a Gravely walk behind with a steering sulky. When it started getting to be too much for him a dealer belted him onto a brand new zero turn mower to see what he thought of it. I bet they gave instructions, but with 60 years of lawn mowing experience there wasn’t much listening. He was used to yanking handles with the Gravely’s and that’s what he did on this shiny new mower. He whipped it around and put it into a cinder block wall. Fortunately nobody was injured but he was still mad about it years later. He stumbled off the mower and cussed the dealers out for trying to sell him a %$&-!#%$ dangerous machine as he walked to his truck. He described the dealer and his employees as speechless, with mouths open, looking back and forth between him and the mower sticking out of their wall. I know nothing about zero turn mowers but I have used skid steers and I recommend one with seat-belts and elbow/armrests. I also recommend listening to the dealers instruction before you start the mower. -Jack

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 06:30 PM

Thanks for all your replies. my yard is about 200’ x 75’ with a few humps and trees but stays wet late in the spring. my old 25 year Toro is tired and so am I . parts are hard to get for both of us, that’s why the zero turn could be the one. this forum is the best source for info and help, thanks again keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 06:51 PM

If it’s any help, in 1982 I bought my first John Deere. Over 1600 hours later, I traded it in (got $800 on trade, which was almost 33% of what I paid), for my second Deere, which is still running strong. It is now in its eleventh year. I currently mow about 3/4 acre, but my last house had two acres and the one before that three acres. I plow snow, (very, very rare in Tennessee, but my neighbor was ready to give me her car if I would just come over and plow her drive…), and with the pressurized oil pump and filter system, and a host of other things you don’t get on lesser units, I plan on running this one at least another ten years. No rust. Great products, as long as you get it from a John Deere dealer, and not Lowes, which are Asian I believe. The ones from John Deere are made in Iowa or nearby.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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