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When you say "shot the transmission" what type? and what exactly are the symptoms? If it has any possibility of having anything at all to do with "electrickery" confirm your main ground; I cured a major mower electric clutch issue on my JD STX38 by adding/verifying the main ground, JD is really proud of their green paint, I had about 6 thick layers of it under the main ground. If it's a hydro tranny and it's just getting sluggish and doesn't want to climb the hills, many times a filter/oil flush/change can give those things a second life. (Most of them are factory sealed so it's a pita to do). New mowers and small engines are pretty well all pieces of crap now, old name brands that used to mean quality, usually all have the same cheap plastic/inferior quality design and builds. Beware of the zero turns if your lawn is at all rough or you have any type of bad back, on most of the residential grade machines you sit right over top of the rear wheels and every jolt goes straight up your spine. I actually owned 2 zero turns at one point last year, but due to my back, got out of the deals and resurrected my JD STX38 (I will run it into the ground ) and I intend to get my 25 yr old 46" Craftsman going again at some point, it has a "quality" older 16 hp Kohler Command. Pray for a drought Every time my lawn mower breaks down I get rain every 2nd day and I can can literally see it growing Good luckGreat insights 80CX100Itís not electrical itís mechanically shot, not a hydrostatic eitherI trust the shop where I take it as theyíve fixed other things for me and donít sell new JD anyway (JD parts are higher than a catís back though)I have a buddy who has an old Craftsman that is barely used heís willing to part with so itís a good temporary solution for meDid not know that about zero turns, thanksI would still like to know about utvís or gators and whatís a "good oneĒ for my other choresinditx
I have the Toro zero turn soft ride, the seat and floor move on shocks, 2 in back and 1in front with I think 3 adjustments, I traded my JD for it and love the ride, plus the blades spin at commercial mower speeds so I can mow as fast as it will go without bogging in the deeper grass, only had 2 years now so I don't know how long it will last Bruce
As seems to be usual for me, I'm late to this party, but will toss in some comments anyway.When we bought our home at the top of Virginia -- 7.5 acres, of which c.3 need mowing -- the house came fully furnished (!), along with a Cub Cadet garden tractor. It has a belly pan that cuts 50" swaths. https://www.tractor-specs.net/cub-cadet/cubc-gt2550.htmlIt is -- was, at least -- a fine tool. Unfortunately, the widow who sold us the place or folks who used it for her, left it a classic example of "rid hard & put away wet." For all sorts of reasons too painful (and TLDR) to relate here, it has been an expen$ive proposition to maintain and use. I was confronted twice each season with triple-digit fixe$, usually in the middle of waiting too late to mow, meaning renting something while waiting six weeks for its return from the backlogged shop. R&R'ing the PTO and deck belts, blades, and deck wheel replacement, along with oil, plugs, and filter changes are all within my modest reach, but various other unexpected issues seemed to be the mode. In fairness to the Cub Cadet -- aside from PO's rough use -- our mowed ground is not like the fairways at the Augusta National. Aside from the green stuff being mostly weeds except on the front lawn proper, the rest is rough, bumpy, and more. Thinking in Guzzi terms (at least with my battle fleet), it needs more of a Stornello than a Norge. A few weeks ago, the the yellow thing ate a PTO belt while mowing. No biggie, but then I noticed that the disintegrating belt had somehow eaten a pulley wheel. That was, again, hardly an insurmountable problem, but it was the proverbial last straw, especially as, yet again, I'd let the grass get to "bring in a bunch of goats" levels. It was time to court-martial the Cub Cadet.That led to reading reviews of the various options to the unexpected purchase of this: https://egopowerplus.com/zero-turn-riding-mower-zt4204l/I am married to a certified treehugger, who seems not to care, e.g., that tree farmers' kids need to eat. I have, for all sorts of reasons, avoided electric options, and, especially, had not even thought about a riding mower powered by anything other than a robust ICE.But there I wuz, an early adopter making Greta smile. My view after three "mows" so far? Very positive as to performance. If our property was flat-to-rolling grass and not its compartmented collection of lumpy terrain, it might exceed the claimed battery life per charge. As it is, it takes two charging sessions (with the installed four batteries. Some of that is no doubt attributable to my steep (think rock face) learning curve with a zero turn. I think I now have the hang of that, but am grateful Kathi did not put any vids on Y/T! The only negative at this point is my concern about its chassis's robustness over time. It sure seems to take a beating on our challenging ground. OTOH, the "driver" feels almost nothing as the seat provides an almost plush ride. The original cost is almost $hocking, but a 10% military discount at Lowe's softened that (a bit).Enough. If anyone cares enough to want to know more, post here or PM me.I am in Erie (on my Griso) for my (wonderful) f-i-l's 99th (and his girlfriend's 87th!) , so might be a few days before I can come back to this.Best,Bill
Zero Turn. It is the best money you'll spend on lawn cutting equipment. Cutting time is decreased and cut quality (if you get a decent one) will increase. I have a smaller Hustler Sport with 48" deck and love it. Kid mows most for the time (even better). We are on a standard building lot and she also mows ther neighbors 1-1/2 to 2 acre lot both in a little over an hour. If I'd have known she was going to take on the neighbors lot I'd have gotten the next step up to a 60" deck. Then my lawn would take 10 minutes to cut and the lot less than an hour. Prior to this we had a riding mower with a 38" deck and my lawn took 35/40 minutes. Most of the time was wasted in turning.
Good to know Perrazimx14.Howís the ride on your spine?Does it have shocks or something or are you not sitting directly over the rear wheels?inditx
DO NOT GET A CRAFTSMAN MADE IN THE LAST 15-20 YEARS. I had a 2006 bought new with the 20hp B&S and a cousin had the same. Pretty much everything about them was a POS. Both our motors were using a 1/2 quart of oil to a tank of gas. Both Sears and B&S said that was in spec and did nothing. Threw the blade drive belt regularly and would not cut through stuff that the JD hardly notices even with same size decks. I junked mine after two seasons and the cousin spent an additional $1,100 for a motor replacement. Replaced mine with a used JD X300 lawn tractor with the 17hp Kaw motor. Still going strong.GliderJohn
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