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Anonny Mouse BS: buying a rider mower (48) RE: BS: buying a rider mower 15 Mar 06

We got about .75 acre--bought a crappo, small (30") rider--Dynamark. Thing theoretically shouldn'tve lasted 3 years. Kept it tuned up, sharpened, and oil-changed (a guy would pick it up & deliver it back for 10 bucks). It lasted 9 years, still looked good--sold it from my front yard to a guy about 1/2 mile away--rode it down to his house, and got $150.00 for it, no haggling. Only paid about $650. for it new, mowed the hell out of it for 9 years, and got $150.00 out of her at the end. I'd say I beat the odds on that one.

Bought a Sears Craftsman--much larger (42" cut) August-it was on "clearance"-they had 2 left. GREAT mower...a little sticky with the shifting (it ain't a hydrostatic tranny). However-that particular year, Husqvarna was building the Sears riders. Don't know if they still are. But there is a Husqvarna dealer/repair and Hardware store just down the road a bit. Those Huskies are great mowers...built to last...and expensive. I lucked out with the Craftsman two years ago. My brother in law has the same mower as mine-just a bit bigger engine. Runs like a champ-no service issues. BTW--had a lawnmower "expert"--a guy in the biz-who says Deere's are fine, but they're way overpriced. Plenty out there as good or better for less. He was pretty high on the Craftsman...but says you oughta ask the lawn people if they know who made the mower the year yer buyin' it. Sometimes, they actually do!

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