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Old 05-16-2018, 08:13 AM   #71
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agreed, but put on 23x12.50-12 Carlisle Ag tires, weights and chains they will do the job of plowing a garden or pushing snow quite well.

i would not even attempt this with any of the new ( lawn tractors ) you would trash one very quickly.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:23 AM   #72
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I have 2005 cub cadet lt1046 I bought from a tractor supply place new.
Its went through 5 belts and a carb. It has a 23hp Kohler that is pretty nice. And I am absolutely not easy on it. I do wish I could go to zero turn but I have a few step hills that folks say it wouldn't be safe on.

The cub does alright with them but I'm able to lean a bit to keep it upright.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:27 AM   #73
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my mom has a 2005 Cub Cadet GT 3100 series... for something that suppose to be a ( garden tractor ) its a joke.

nothing but problems and cheaply made.
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I bought a Toro Time Cutter zero turn back in 2010. It has the Kawasaki 24HP 2-cylinder engine. The only problems I've had have been the neutral safety switches. I would sometimes have to slam the bars really hard into neutral to get it to turn over.

Having said that, if I had my life to live over again, I would have instead spent $500.00 more and bought an entry-level commercial model. Or better yet, gone with used commercial.

One way to quickly tell the difference between commercial vs "pro-sumer" grade is to take a glance at the cutting deck. If the deck is 1/4-inch steel (or close), with a square-ish look, it's commercial. It's it's paper-thin sheet metal and rounded, it's homeowner grade. Not a hard rule, but I've found it to usually be the case.

I wish I owned enough land to justify a Kubota compact tractor.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:44 AM   #75
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my mom has a 2005 Cub Cadet GT 3100 series... for something that suppose to be a ( garden tractor ) its a joke.

nothing but problems and cheaply made.
It's an MTD brand, which I tend to avoid like the plague. Same with Troy-Bilt, Bolens, and others.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:27 AM   #76
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One way to quickly tell the difference between commercial vs "pro-sumer" grade is to take a glance at the cutting deck. If the deck is 1/4-inch steel (or close), with a square-ish look, it's commercial. It's it's paper-thin sheet metal and rounded, it's homeowner grade. Not a hard rule, but I've found it to usually be the case.
Stamped is homeowner junk.

Welded, called a fab deck, is commercial.

There are also different grades of fab decks. Entry level fabdecks are in fact welded, but they will just be a welded deck. Real commercial fabdecks will be heavily gusseted around the spindles and all mounting points, they'll also have a thick strap welded aroumd the leading edge of the deck, where one might run into things like stumps, posrs, and corners of buildings...
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At the prices they are asking for good commercial riding mower and zero turns, you are better off getting a real, used tractor. I bought a Ford 3000 with a 6 foot bushhog and a finishing mower for 5k$.
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Stamped is homeowner junk.

Welded, called a fab deck, is commercial.

There are also different grades of fab decks. Entry level fabdecks are in fact welded, but they will just be a welded deck. Real commercial fabdecks will be heavily gusseted around the spindles and all mounting points, they'll also have a thick strap welded aroumd the leading edge of the deck, where one might run into things like stumps, posrs, and corners of buildings...
Thanks for the info. Now that you mention it, I think I've seen the extra welds on some of the better ones.
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At the prices they are asking for good commercial riding mower and zero turns, you are better off getting a real, used tractor. I bought a Ford 3000 with a 6 foot bushhog and a finishing mower for 5k$.
What I wish I had done years ago was get an old Gravely 2-wheel tractor in good condition, then pick up attachments as needed. You could even get the sulky seat and make it like any other riding mower.

I can't believe they quit making those.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:19 PM   #80
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My 2 Poulin bought used both are 2002 models I had them for 4 years already all I do change oil blades an belts run great. Both stamped decks just have to clean the clipping under the decks An will last a long time. Mine are original An are fl mowers !
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