Originally Posted by paintmered
Yes, that is exactly the case. The mower says John Deere because Home Depot and Lowe's want to sell inexpensive mowers with name recognition. Those mowers really should be an embarrassment to the brand.
In the end, you get what you pay for.
I agree with what you're saying to a degree because I'm the guy who needed a riding mower (I have an acre) and went out and bought a Sears "This is piece of Crap Man".
But I have two neighbors that have John Deere's, and they are far superior mowers to the Craftsman, Murray, and other "generic" mowers found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.
My next one will be a zero radius. I got friends that do lawn car, and really drive the heck out of them, and they brag on their Dixons. But they say get one with a Honda motor. You can get a 52" cut for under 4 grand. That may seem a little expensive to some; but from what I've researched, they really last and are very durable.
Now another nieghbor has a Toro zero radius (42" cut), and paid around $2400 for it. Toro bought out Workhorse several years ago (which made one heck of a mower). I like his Toro because everything is very accessible if/when you need to service it.