Originally Posted by Virginia Beach Reds
I don't necessarily agree with you on this. While going to the dealer may have a few advantages, if you take care of your ride it will last you just as long as a dealer bought model.
Virginia is right, the dealers also sell that HomeDepot, Sears, stuff with different paint. My Grandfather always put it this way. You can have a new Craftsman for half the price of a John Deere, but in 15 years your Craftsman is trash and the John Deere is 15 years old, with alot of quirky problems, you buy a new Craftsman, and you don't worry about the quirky 15 year old John Deere. I got a 26 HP Craftsman with a Kohler engine and a 54" deck for mowing around home. Paid $2000, a comperable John Deere would have run me $4700, and I was getting an employee discount through a family member. If you change the oil and maintain the mower properly, you really only have to worry about the motor wearing out. If you do go with a cheaper mower, go with a manual transmission. The hydrostatic units have more mechanical parts that are harder to fix. I would not by a used lawn mower, unless it is a Deere, Grasshopper, or similar quality, and only if it has documented hours. A lawn mower will only run about 2000 hours before croaking. There are alot of nice options in zeroturn mowers that we have not mentioned. Dixon makes a nice consumer model that has sizes that fit Jax's needs.