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Old 07-04-2016, 11:21 AM   #21
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Last year I had mowing service as I couldn't do the lawn due to trips, our lawn is a bit larger than normal as its on a corner, the charge was about $27/mow.

This year I'm doing it myself and have wondered a bit if I should just pay, as I find I don't do as good a job with trimming.
I use a walk behind mower, so I get some exercise as a benefit.

I did really like the freedom it gave me, and if we plan trips over the season next year I might just sign up to be free of the "vacant look" the house gets when we are away.

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Old 07-04-2016, 12:58 PM   #22
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Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and experiences. We have 7 acres with orchard/pastures and lawn around the home taking up about 3 acres. I don't always get to mow because we have someone living in a barn apartment who works to cover the rent. Often we go away for weeks and a time, and he just takes care of it. I do however need to have reliable tools for him to use and it sounds like the Kawasaki engine is a good call.

I looked at buying a used D140 from someone who said it was a 2015 model. Nice try, the date on the engine was 2012, and the tranny felt a little jerky, so I passed on the idea of buying used, no warranty.

Tomorrow I pick up our new S240, that for all your help.

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Old 07-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #23
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Around here the average cost is $75/mow for the typical 1/3 to 1/2 acre lot. Most services require a seasonal contract for weekly cutting (whether you need it or not). If I could have it done for $27, I might reconsider. To me, the job is worth about $40. The era of teenagers cutting lawns for spending money is long gone. I enjoy yardwork (especially since not working) except when it's ultra hot but even then I can just wait till late in the day. I usually spend 2 hrs/week cutting grass but the new JD riding mower has cut my time nearly in half.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:59 AM   #24
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If you have areas where the ground slopes or can get slippery, you can get into all sorts of difficulty when one wheel has traction and the other doesn't.

I had that issue and solved it with the John Deere X500. It's the only garden tractor I ever saw with a pedal that forced power to both drive wheels to prevent one of them spinning. Great machine -- nothing ever went wrong with it and it was just as good as new when I moved and sold it after nine years.

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