This spring the retail store garden tractor that I bought in 2010 finally died to the point that I just didn’t want to spend any more money on it. I’m not going to bash the brand, but I will say that I disliked that tractor from the time I bought it. Back in 2010 I think I paid about $1,800 for it.
Never like it, you couldn’t even raise the deck high enough to cut the grass on the high side. For a long time it ran just fine but I never felt that it did a good job of cutting the grass.
But I will say this about retail store/big box store mowers. In 2005 I bought a John Deere mower from my neighbor used. It was five years old when I got it and my neighbor bought it at a big box store. Hydrostatic drive. That was a great mower. I eventually gave it to my neighbor Richard and he used it right up until last year, 2019!
So I am not going to say that retail store mowers are not good value!
In 2011 I bought a Toro Zero turn mower for Pam to use at home. We’re still using that mower and it does a great job. It is very much a mower for home use.
Last spring, 2019 I decided to bite the bullet and buy a Kubota Zero Turn Mower. I love zero turn mowers! They are so maneuverable! The Kubota Zero Turn that I bought is what I think they call their “semi pro series”. More heavy duty than a residential model but not quite a commercial mower built to be used for 8 to 10 hours a day every day.
This Kubota mower was a lot more expensive than a retail store zero turn because it’s heavy duty, built like a tank really. I love it! I’ve had my Kubota tractor since 2010 and I’ve pretty much cleared my entire nursery with that Kubota. I’ve not really been kind to that tractor but it truly is a dependable work horse. You can see it in action in this video;
I wish I could say a lot more about this mower but maybe I just don’t know enough about it other than to say I love it. This model has a Kawasaki engine, the drive train is hydraulic driven. Really nice machine.
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