Ride-on mower comparisons
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My 12yo Rover ride-on is now needing too much time at the repair shop and needs replacing. I have 3questions I need help with. Firstly, what on earth does ‘hydrostatic’ mean? Is that a fancy name for automatic transmission? Are automatic gears just one more thing that can go expensively wrong? I am down to a 21HP Husqvarna and a 22HP John Deere (both around the $4k mark). Does anyone have experience with these brands (I believe the current Rovers are not the best since moving manufacture overseas so I am not considering one of those.
$4 g + fuel+ maintenance + time can sort out lots of non mowing options like food forests, mulched beds, a few sheep.
To each his own, but at near 70 time is not on my side. I have been down the very expensive miniature cow path and note that neighbours have been down and left the sheep/goat path and we all have stories to tell. My horses and land are not food forest friendly and my beds are kept mulched by 3 compost tumblers and worm farms.I need short grass to deter the snakes in the house yard and to keep the paddock fencelines clear and clean.
I wore out a Rover Rancher! That always left me with bruises on my legs.
I now have a 22hp John Deere, it is higher of the ground than the Rancher so feels less stable on steep areas, great on the flat.
I haven’t had any experience with a Husky but have heard they are good.
I’d be interested in finding out too. Settlement on our new block is going through this week, and there are some areas that need nowing for safety and maintainance sake.
George thinks we might be better off with one of those multi-machines, as we need to do some levelling and need something we can hitch a trailer to. I don’t know much about them
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