New mower on left - old mower on right - already on craigslist for $1200.
I had to wait until 1998 when I was 50 years old to get my first riding mower. I was recovering from cancer surgery and Lulu was feeling sorry for me. I got a Honda 1011 Rider with a 30 inch blade. When we moved to Tallahassee in 2004 - we decided to hire a lawn service for $45 a week - and we sold the Honda.
In 2010 we bought the brick house with the 1.4 acre lot and a bought a John Deere 48 inch wide belly mower. It has served us well. Usually I could mow the lawn in a little over an hour. In 4 years I used it for 125 hours - cutting the lawns of both of our Seminole Drive homes.
I always envied those "bump steer" mowers - the ones that have two tillers. Since we are now "cracker rich" from selling the other house - I decided it was time to get one of those little sports car types of a lawnmower. I have been shopping quite a while.
The official name of the type of mower is a zero turn. By pushing one handle forward and the other one back - you can turn on a dime. I remember as a kid - at the fair the farmers would do tractor square dancing. With one of these zero turn mowers you could be a ballerina.
John Deere zero turn mowers could be bought for as little as $3000 and as much as $10,000. Professional grade ones are made to run all day every day. Residential grade ones - like mine - are made for a couple acres a week. Lowes and Home Depot sell the Z425 mower with a 54 inch blade for $3999. The local AgPro dealer wanted $4300 for one. I like buying there because they do the service on site. They serviced my old mower.
I set my son - Drew - to look for a bargain for me. He found a 10% off coupon for Lowes. I emailed Matt at AgPro - and he agreed to match the deal. I paid $3600 plus tax. $3870 total. I was pretty happy. I put the trailer on our Prius and picked up the mower this morning.
It takes a little getting used to - mowing using the two tillers. I stayed away from obstacles until I got better.
My John Deere Z425 has a 54 inch wide blade - really 3 blades. It has a 22 horsepower 2 cylinder engine. It cuts from 1 to 4 inches high in 1/4 inch increments. It holds 3.5 gallons of gasoline.
It used to take me 1 to 1.5 hours with my old mower. My first mowing of the lawn took 42 minutes. I went 2.32 miles. This mower is capable of going 8.5 miles per hour.
AgPro sells and services a long line of John Deere products.
I bought this trailer on craigslist a long time ago for $250.
John Deere Z425
42 minutes later.
This is the pattern from my iPhone. The front yard went slower because it was first. Note the green area in the back yard - I was really moving there.
Home Depot wanted $3999. Drew found a 10% coupon. AgPro matched it and sold it to me for $3600.