I currently run a '75 deere 100 to mow my lawn (33" cut). I picked it up for $100 and rebuilt the entire machine so I'm probably only $300 deep in it. I have 2 seasons on it and kind of want something a little bigger, newer and quieter (and not another project). I'm still months out on buying something new but I want to know what i want so i can keep my eye out on a deal on something used.
I will typically pay for quality cause i just like nice stuff and many times the entry level equipment is just junk but when looking for a tractor to mow the lawn, the LA series just seems to be the way to go. For $1800ish i can have the LA135, drive it for 5 years, sell/trash, then repeat and only be in the hole for $3600 after 10 years of use. Maybe i can get a few extra, maybe not.
Is it too optimistic to assume i can get 5 fairly trouble free years out of a LA series (approx 3/4 acre of grass)?
The options in a nutshell are:
Spend $1000 or so on a "good" used machine. Assume a hundred in initial repairs/maintenance and ~3 years of trouble free service.
Buy a LA with plans to replace as needed.
Spend the $3-4k on a better lawn tractor requiring that I get 10+ years out of it to recoup the investment.
Chime in, is my logic flawed that the LA is the best bet?