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    I will be looking at buying one sometime in the very near future and was looking at a John Deere or a Toro and a Husqavarna. Need input on the best make and model. Looking to spend around 1500 bucks that or buy a couple cows for my two acres as a last resort. any ideas or comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sometimes a great notion
    I will be looking at buying one sometime in the very near future and was looking at a John Deere or a Toro and a Husqavarna. Need input on the best make and model. Looking to spend around 1500 bucks that or buy a couple cows for my two acres as a last resort. any ideas or comments?
    I looked at those three and ended up getting a Toro 380. I'm very happy with it for mowing a 1/2 acre of lawn + slashing an acre of training area.

    When I bought it Toro threw in a trailer as bonus - I never realised how useful that would be, and wouldn't be without it now.

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    Get a zero turn, you can do your yard in half the time.

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    if you are looking at models sold at big box stores run away as fast as you can!!! they are all made cheaply and when you need to get them worked on lawnmower shop owners will keep you at the back of the line behind their customers. i bought a scotts riding mower a few years ago at home depot. 18 h.p. wide cut and cheap. i think it was probably built by murray. everytime i hit a pine cone i would bend a blade and if i didn't stop immediately i would wear out the bearings in the blade spindles. after two costly repairs i got rid of it and bought an exmark ztr. it is a beast. you can virtually run over anything and not phase this mower. it also cut my mowing time in half. if you don't want to spend big bucks i would recommend looking at a snapper or ariens. find a company who keeps their equipment in dealer shops and not box stores. remember, you get what you pay for, i found out the hard way. i think i heard a while back that deere doesn't make the units sold in box stores.
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    Definately a zero turn if you can.I have an Ex-Mark.I have a little more than 2 1/2 acres with lots of trees to go around.I can do it easily after work.Before that I had Ford and John Deere regular riders and it was twice as long.

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    Husqavarna

    Around here, the above is Swedish for "hard to start".

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    I bought a Toro 420 last spring aned have been very happy with it. A zero turn would have been nice but I didn't find anything good in that price range.
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    alot of the guys that mow for a living buy the Toros, due to the reliability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illinois Bob
    Definately a zero turn if you can.I have an Ex-Mark.I have a little more than 2 1/2 acres with lots of trees to go around.I can do it easily after work.Before that I had Ford and John Deere regular riders and it was twice as long.
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    Ditto! I recently purchased a zero turn radius Ariens 16.5 hp and it takes one-third the time to mow 2 acres as it did with my riding John Deere. Paid 2,900 for the Ariens and sold the Deere for 900.
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    These are way out of your stated price range, but my fire department just got two of these. Obviously we haven't had time to try them out yet but a good deal of research was put into them. We looked at zero turns but it wasn't logical for our purposes. We paid almost a grand less than list price for these. But Deere has a new 100 series that would be more likely to fit your bill.

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