The Most Reliable Riding Tractor & Lawn Mowers

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Buying a new lawnmower or riding tractor can be a big decision. You are about to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars of your hard earned money into a mower, and you want to know that it will work. Educate yourself, know what to look for and you will find a mower or riding tractor that will work for you. A good gauge is to know what features a basic mower or riding tractor sold by a particular brand has. This gives you a baseline of what to expect from that brand. As you go up in models, you can get more features.

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John Deere D 100

John Deere makes a high quality product. It was founded in 1837 and has grown into a global corporation. One example of John Deere quality can be found in its basic lawn tractor, the D 100. A 17.5hp Briggs and Stratton engine powers this mower. Briggs and Stratton is known for high quality and is a leader in the small engine business. The frame is made from welded 12 gauge steel. 12 gauge steel is about 0.11 inch thick. The front axle is cast iron, not stamped steel. This axle will not bend or break over a long life with heavy use. Dana produces the five-speed transmission, which is engineered to operate from a single clutch and brake pedal. The cutting deck is 42 inches across and has a deep deck to lift up the grass. This mower retails for £974, as of March 2011. The D 100 comes with a two-year residential warranty.

Husqvarna LTH18538

Husqvarna was founded in 1689 as a weapons foundry and has since moved on to build a variety of products. An 18.5hp Briggs and Stratton engine powers the LTH18538 mower. The transmission, by Tuff Torq, is hydrostatic, which provides for more smooth and even control. The cutting deck is manufactured from stamped steel and is 38 inches across. You may mulch, side discharge or, with a bagger purchase, bag your grass clippings. The front axle is made from durable cast iron. This mower retails for £909.9, as of March 2011. It comes with a three-year limited residential warranty and five years for the chassis and axle.

Honda HRS 216 K3PDA

Honda has been manufacturing products since 1947. Honda is a company known for the longevity of its products. The HRS 216 is the most basic push mower on the Honda line. A Honda GCV160 engine powers this mower. The deck is moulded from 16-gauge steel and is 21 inches across. The deck height may be adjusted from 1 to 3.5 inches. It features a two-in-one design, which means that it can mulch or side discharge the grass clippings. A bag is not provided. It comes equipped with a three-year residential warranty. It retails for £252, as of March 2011.

Cub Cadet: CC 500

Cub Cadet has built a strong reputation by only building outdoor power equipment. The CC 500 is Cub Cadet's basic push mower. A 139cc Cub Cadet engine brings this mower to life. It has a 19-inch cutting deck that uses a single blade for cutting the grass. Deck height may be adjusted to six different positions. Position heights range from 1 to 3.5 inches. The CC 500 is a three-in-one mower. It can mulch, side discharge or bag your grass clippings. One helpful feature is an auto-choke to make the mower start with less effort. This Cub Cadet has a retail value of £181, as of March 2011.

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