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Old 06-12-2013, 10:05 PM
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Gots me a new lawn de-grasser!

So the old worn out 2002 Craftsman LT2000 spun a mandrel for the last time... I finally convinced the old man to retire the world's biggest seasonal PITA for the last time. A quick run over to my favorite green and yellow themed equipment store yielded this beauty:



So far, after cutting the remaining passes that the old one just quite couldn't finish before its death, here are a few observations:

1. The 22(?) horses under the hood are almost scary for a lawn tractor. You fire it up and small children and animals flee.

2. Jumping from a 42" deck to the 48 incher on this monster was an awesome move, but it's going to take a while to get used to avoiding trees and such in the yard with a six inch move from the past.

3. Safety is great and all, but there's a special switch that must be pressed in order to move into reverse when the blades/PTO are running. It takes a special touch and some kind words to get your way. If the button isn't pressed the mower will shut off... safety everywhere!!

4. The sitting position on this thing is great... well, except for the height. It sits about 5-6 inches higher than the old mower. I guess I'll just have to trim the trees up some more.

5. This sucker is FAST! Like, don't use full tilt whilst turning tightly or you might roll over because you're sitting so dang high - fast.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:33 PM
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Nice! Had a craftsman with the 22hp Kohler once. More power=good.
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Is that the one with four wheel steer?

My next mower will be ztr...
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:40 PM
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Is that the one with four wheel steer?

My next mower will be ztr...
Doesn't have four wheel steering, but has a pretty tight turn radius. Much better than the old one.

Zero turn would have been $750 more... it was an option, but I thought it would be difficult for my grandfather to operate. When I get my own place I'm going to get me one. Wishful thinking.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:49 AM
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My mom picked up an LA115 Deere a few years ago after the White failed another motor , the steering was way loose, and the deck was shot again. It uses less gas and does a better ob. It has a good enough turning radius that I can stay close to the big trees without having to back up again. My cheapo mower had a deck bearing fail, so I borrowed the Deere for the last mowing, and it made light work of the yard in comparison to the cheapo. I noticed the deck is offset to the left as well, which makes it better to trim close with.
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My brother and I bought the same when we lived together, cut mowing times by around half. 2 hours versus around an hour! He still has it(been 7 years) and still runs awesome.
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"3. Safety is great and all, but there's a special switch that must be pressed in order to move into reverse when the blades/PTO are running. It takes a special touch and some kind words to get your way. If the button isn't pressed the mower will shut off... safety everywhere!"

I have that piece of crap on my Yard Machine...It's NEVER heard a "kind" word.
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Mine used to have that same feature. A jumper wire fixes that right up. No more pressing the button.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:57 AM
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I'm with you Charlie the first thing I fix on mowers are the safety annoyances.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:33 PM
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Nice John Deere Austin, my John Deere Hydro 165 is awesome, and it's a 1985!!
Only safety feature it has is the seat detector so you can't get off it with the PTO running.
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