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  • #16
    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I've got the smallest of the JDeere X line X300, but it's a 42 inch deck.
    Been running that thing for about 9 years now, mow about an acre, and it's probably busier in the so-called offseason. I use it to move firewood, plow, and I put a Johnny Bucket Jr. on it and use it to scrape and maintain the gravel drive. So it's also moving mulch, soil, and gravel. I don't recall how many hundreds of hours I have on it. My only complaint with it to date is that the hood plastic cracked and is held together with duct tape at this point.
    Sounds like you're working that JDeere like a rented mule!

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    • #17
      Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
      Check out the Troy-Bilt TB30R (exclusive to Lowe's). It's got a 30-inch deck.
      https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bilt-TB30R-10-5-HP-Manual-Gear-30-in-Riding-Lawn-Mower-Mulching-Capable/50119601?AID=10926682&PID=
      Dang Jimbo, that's what I call using brute force!

      I've got a cordless electric mower for my yard and by necessity keep the blade sharp (and oriented correctly!). It just doesn't have the torque of the gasoline powered ones and a dull blade quickly eats the power.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
        I've got the smallest of the JDeere X line X300, but it's a 42 inch deck.
        Been running that thing for about 9 years now, mow about an acre, and it's probably busier in the so-called offseason. I use it to move firewood, plow, and I put a Johnny Bucket Jr. on it and use it to scrape and maintain the gravel drive. So it's also moving mulch, soil, and gravel. I don't recall how many hundreds of hours I have on it. My only complaint with it to date is that the hood plastic cracked and is held together with duct tape at this point.
        I'm a little surprised I haven't blown the transmission yet. (and btw, the automatic is a god send when the snow is too deep and heavy to plow in straight lines and you're scalloping out and backing up over and over just by switching foot pedals. Up to about 8" of heavy snow or the blade height of dry snow and it can just shoulder it aside, but that thing probably doesn't weigh 600lbs fully outfitted and with me on it. It has limits, but it's been a workhorse. The JB jr. was a last year purchase that has probably paid for itself in time on weekends and life left in my back too.
        That little lawn tractor doesn't owe me anything. And I haven't done much other than replace the oil, add fuel, and occasionally lube up some points.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Treestand View Post
          Gary only you know what size you need for the job at hand, your looking for a good brand Troy -Bilt & John Deere are top line (imo) The two come with a snow blower or plow blade....HMmmmmmmwinter
          Let us know what you eventually buy.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
            Gary, my answer disappeared. I said you can get a carpenter who can very easily make your entrance into barn doors of any size you want. Very easy to do.
            Or just do it yourself.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Treestand View Post
              Gary only you know what size you need for the job at hand, your looking for a good brand Troy -Bilt & John Deere are top line (imo) The two come with a snow blower or plow blade....HMmmmmmmwinter
              good night.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                Gary only you know what size you need for the job at hand, your looking for a good brand Troy -Bilt & John Deere are top line (imo) The two come with a snow blower or plow blade....HMmmmmmmwinter
                I had an 8 yr old Troy-bilt its at camp now, I have a New J-Deere 54" cut model Z375R for our new place.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                  I've got the smallest of the JDeere X line X300, but it's a 42 inch deck.
                  Been running that thing for about 9 years now, mow about an acre, and it's probably busier in the so-called offseason. I use it to move firewood, plow, and I put a Johnny Bucket Jr. on it and use it to scrape and maintain the gravel drive. So it's also moving mulch, soil, and gravel. I don't recall how many hundreds of hours I have on it. My only complaint with it to date is that the hood plastic cracked and is held together with duct tape at this point.
                  If you want to fix the cracks in the hood, super glue loves to bond to plastic and rubber. It is calles a cross-link polymerzation, the strongest kind of chemical link.
                  Clean plastic with alcohol and have at it.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                    This may be good to store a riding mower. It's only $726.
                    A carpenter can put doors like that on your existing shed. Actually, the door you have can be moved to the other side and another door just like it can be put where the original door was.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                      I've got the smallest of the JDeere X line X300, but it's a 42 inch deck.
                      Been running that thing for about 9 years now, mow about an acre, and it's probably busier in the so-called offseason. I use it to move firewood, plow, and I put a Johnny Bucket Jr. on it and use it to scrape and maintain the gravel drive. So it's also moving mulch, soil, and gravel. I don't recall how many hundreds of hours I have on it. My only complaint with it to date is that the hood plastic cracked and is held together with duct tape at this point.
                      I may give that a shot, Jhimbo.. but the duct tape makes it look tough.. right?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                        I've got the smallest of the JDeere X line X300, but it's a 42 inch deck.
                        Been running that thing for about 9 years now, mow about an acre, and it's probably busier in the so-called offseason. I use it to move firewood, plow, and I put a Johnny Bucket Jr. on it and use it to scrape and maintain the gravel drive. So it's also moving mulch, soil, and gravel. I don't recall how many hundreds of hours I have on it. My only complaint with it to date is that the hood plastic cracked and is held together with duct tape at this point.
                        I'd recommend epoxy, rather than super glue; the hood is likely polycarbonate, and cyanoacrylate (super glue) doesn't form a very strong bond, especially not with long, thin cracks along a sheet. Superglue is great for porous materials, where it can create the strong polymer matrix, but for some applications, 2 part epoxy is the way to go. If it were me, though, I'd stick with the duct tape. It may not be pretty, but I'm sure it works!
                        http://www.wipolymers.ie/2015/05/gluing-polycarbonate-polycarbonate-glue-plastic-glue-ireland/

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by crm3006 View Post
                          I have always had good service and performance from Troy-Bilt. Currently I have a riding mower, self propelled mower, and generator. They work.
                          Who cares what honk the phony has? I'm sure it is bigger and better than anything anybody else has, and has a four paragraph story of mighty deeds to go with it.

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                          • #28
                            I'd look into the reviews before you buy them my opinion would be john deer. Craftsman used to be good but now and days I think they are getting to cheap.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                              This may be good to store a riding mower. It's only $726.
                              Good point Jim, but maybe hindsight my shed getting petty loaded up already. I need shed number two for my new riding mower.

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