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Old 09-22-13, 03:46 PM   #1
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What equipment do you use to look after your yard???

Moved onto an acreage recently. My wife and I are partial to John Deere equipment (she grew up on a Section size farm with JD equipment), so we picked up this stuff to look after our yard ... unfortunately I found out I had to actually operate the stuff myself Good thing the tractor came with a beer cup holder

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I had a JD self propelled mower that was a big disappointment to me. Briggs engine was a POS and the deck and drive train were close seconds. Paid over $600 for it and I got a good 10 years out of it, but had to jury rig it to keep it running and mowing and it would not handle tall or wet grass.

Switched to a Honda powered Honda mower and have been very pleased. Three seasons with no complaints. Starts on one or two pulls every time. Sharpen the blade and change the oil is all I ever do.

Other items are an MTD Briggs powered edger, a Ryobi string trimmer and an Echo blower. Again, all work well and I just do regular seasonal maintenance.

These days, I think adding the ethanol reducing stuff and Stabil and Lucas to the fuel accounts for my ease of start, etc. Make sure to drain gas and run dry at end of season.
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.........you actually posted a thread here asking guys to describe their "equipment" ?
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As far as motorized equipment, a crappy new craftsman lawn tractor, briggs and stratton self-propelled push mower for the tough areas, a gas leaf blower and trimmer. Since moving back in with the parents I've been put in charge of most of it since I'm going to school for horticulture. Hand tools are what I mostly use though. The ornamental garden is a bi*** to keep looking good. Small tomato garden, about 10 plants... Though I'll be expanding that significantly next year probably.
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I own a lot of lawn, garden, and tractor equipment. If you buy a John Deere, buy it from a Deere dealer. The Lowes and HD versions don't match up to a true Deere.

For lawn care I would recommend skipping over the consumer grade stuff and just go with a commercial brand... Deere would be included. Otherwise, Scag, Exmark, Grasshopper or Dixie Chopper would be excellent options for lawn mowing... especially for acre sized lawns.

Zero turns rule lawn mowing tasks.

if you want some other utility, then stay with a JD lawn and garden tractor and buy the attachments you desire.

I can't stand MTD and the name brand L/G tractors they produce, i.e Cub Cadet, White, etc.

FTR: I own a Scag zero turn, a JD ??280, a New Holland Boomer 33 hp Diesel with a 6 foot Brush hog finish mower. I have owned several Cub Cadets and a vintage Allis Chalmers 620 compact utilitity tractor ca1972 model.

i am getting ready to trade the boomer in for a30-3nhp John Deere.

nothing runs like Deer...
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My equipment: 1 goat to keep the majority of the lawn short and an inexpensive Ryobi 18v trimmer.
Just kidding about the goat, just an old lawn boy from about 15 years ago and the Ryobi, it all still works, personally I'd just like to plant some natural tall native grasses and let it just grow to it's natural length,but doubtful that would go over well with the neighbors.
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I feel so inadequate.

I have a push reel mower, an electric edger and an electric trimmer. A tiny little electric leaf blower (hangs head in shame) and I have manual hedge trimmers and broadcast what fertilizer I use by hand.

I don't even own a chainsaw...
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Get a straight shaft string trimmer rather than a curved shaft one, there are more attachments for them, at least around here. Can you fit a bucket to the tractor?
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The Deere look after my yard. I'm not sure if his name is John though.
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I have a city lot so just a self propelled JD mower. The model I bought has a Japanese motor (maybe Suzuki) and after 20 years of operation, it still starts on the first pull. The catcher is too small and as jsharr said, it isn't the best deck design wet or long grass.
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I live in an apartment. I have a yard crew who arrive magically every Wednesday morning at 8am. They make a lot of noise and then go away at about 11 am.
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I use those when I am out of town. They are awesome.
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I had a JD self propelled mower that was a big disappointment to me. Briggs engine was a POS and the deck and drive train were close seconds. Paid over $600 for it and I got a good 10 years out of it, but had to jury rig it to keep it running and mowing and it would not handle tall or wet grass.

Switched to a Honda powered Honda mower and have been very pleased. Three seasons with no complaints. Starts on one or two pulls every time. Sharpen the blade and change the oil is all I ever do.

Other items are an MTD Briggs powered edger, a Ryobi string trimmer and an Echo blower. Again, all work well and I just do regular seasonal maintenance.

These days, I think adding the ethanol reducing stuff and Stabil and Lucas to the fuel accounts for my ease of start, etc. Make sure to drain gas and run dry at end of season.
You know, I have an 22 year old mower with a B&S engine ... and it still starts after the first pull. I make sure I clean the air filter a few times per summer, and replace the oil every spring. Other than that, I do no other maintenance. I bought it for a couple hundred bucks at a Home Hardware store. Love that machine!!!
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I own a lot of lawn, garden, and tractor equipment. If you buy a John Deere, buy it from a Deere dealer. The Lowes and HD versions don't match up to a true Deere.

For lawn care I would recommend skipping over the consumer grade stuff and just go with a commercial brand... Deere would be included. Otherwise, Scag, Exmark, Grasshopper or Dixie Chopper would be excellent options for lawn mowing... especially for acre sized lawns.

Zero turns rule lawn mowing tasks.

if you want some other utility, then stay with a JD lawn and garden tractor and buy the attachments you desire.

I can't stand MTD and the name brand L/G tractors they produce, i.e Cub Cadet, White, etc.

FTR: I own a Scag zero turn, a JD ??280, a New Holland Boomer 33 hp Diesel with a 6 foot Brush hog finish mower. I have owned several Cub Cadets and a vintage Allis Chalmers 620 compact utilitity tractor ca1972 model.

i am getting ready to trade the boomer in for a30-3nhp John Deere.

nothing runs like Deer...
Yeah, the JD lawn tractors you get at Home Depot are basically their disposable models. I bought the tractor at a JD dealership, and made sure I got one that had hydraulics to operate the snowblower and rototiller.
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I feel so inadequate.

I have a push reel mower, an electric edger and an electric trimmer. A tiny little electric leaf blower (hangs head in shame) and I have manual hedge trimmers and broadcast what fertilizer I use by hand.

I don't even own a chainsaw...
For smaller lawns, there's nothing better than a push reel mower. They do a great job.
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Get a straight shaft string trimmer rather than a curved shaft one, there are more attachments for them, at least around here. Can you fit a bucket to the tractor?
Not a bucket, but a shovel.
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.........you actually posted a thread here asking guys to describe their "equipment" ?
Ummm ... apparently I did. Thanks for not posting pics!
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I don't even own a chainsaw...
........I have one left over from when I used to heat with wood. I only mow when
the grass gets to where i start to lose sight of the front walk, so I may need the
chainsaw sometime soon if it gets any higher.

I do have a couple of mowers, one a repurposed Snapper that I fitted with a Honda
replacement engine and set up to mulch, and probably my favorite mower of all time,
an old Honda electric plug in with a bag/catcher and a plastic deck.

I fully 'spect that one will still be going when I die.

A lot of my lawn is actually home orchard, so I guess the pole pruners, ladders, and
general saws and shovels need mentioning.



And I use a boatload of rotted cow manure every year, so I guess I ought to mention
my gratitude to the local feed lots.............need **** to grow ****, as they say.
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WB ... there's few things in life that are as satisfying as snowblowing the driveway.
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That Deere equip looks nice. Congrats on the acreage. Can't wait to get rid of mine...

Sutech Stealth 33" Commercial (model name, not a description) with Gator mulching blades and 13hp Kawasaki. Stripes nicely but you have to manhandle this machine as it has no reverse. 3 Forward speeds, walk, run, hold on to your hat.

Cheap homelite trimmer with brush cutter blades. A bit dangerous but gets the job done.

Tanaka backpack blower. 200+ CFM, made in Japan where quality still matters. Smooth running, my favorite yard machine.

Crafstman 18" elec chain saw and a Cheap chinese 14" elec from harbor freight

Honda 11hp snow thrower with tank type treads. Necessary for my steep driveway. Love this machine too when I'm not replacing blade bolts.

MIA: Florian ratching pole saw

A hodge podge but it gets the job done.

Wish list: hydrostatic mower, anything bigger than 33" would be nice...

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Just replaced my ancient Toro with a new Toro recycler and have been very happy with it so far. Also have a Toro gas-powered trimmer which has served me well. The McCulloch 16" chainsaw hasn't seen much use since I moved to CO but it worked fine when needed.
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