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Topic by Bertha posted 09-28-2011 02:59 PM 2859 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bertha

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09-28-2011 02:59 PM

I’ve got a less than 1 year old 20’ish inch John Deere rear-wheel drive mower with a bent driveshaft (hit a stump and killed it cold). The blade is not bent and the arbor wobbles when run without the blade on. John Deere tells me to buy a new mower, although they haven’t inspected it.

I need a self-propelled mower to mow a traditional yard and some brushy hills that are quite steep. I already own a lawn tractor but the hills are too precarious for it.

I understand that there are rugged mowers/brush hogs like the Gravely, etc. Can one of you experienced guys recommend a machine that can do double duty on a lawn and hill? Something that won’t cost me $500 every time I hit a stump? Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated.



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Grandpa

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09-29-2011 05:50 PM

Get that big DR machine that uses the strings. It is like a weed eater machine on steroids.

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Dan Lyke

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09-30-2011 10:52 PM

Back in the late ‘70s, my parents bought a Kubota B6000 with a Woods RM-48 mower. Once my dad figured out that the mower was swinging the blades backwards and fixed it did a decent job on grass, and it is still (despite having been left outside for an Ohio winter or two when my sister borrowed it) going strong and their primary mower. After who knows how many moves.

And it goes through ½” thick brush like butter, and we abused the living daylights out of it (3 kids learning to drive a clutch, running over big-ass rocks, grinding everything smooth when we drove it with the mower too low).

Maybe it’s time to trade-in the lawn tractor with a small real tractor and a mower/brush hog attachment?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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