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    What size tractor/mower?

    Hi everyone I would really appreciate a little advice...I tend to buy bigger models than I need for everything but this time i'm on a budget..I'm purchasing a john deer mower for my mother to replace her push mower. I would estimate her yard to be somewhere in the 10,000 square foot range. A small section (maybe about 800 sf) is on a slope (Not REALLY steep, but steep enough that i have this concern)...... I was concerned that if I bought her the d105 it wouldn't be strong enough to go up a the hill.. I know nothing about this stuff. any suggestions? should I go with the d110? is there a big difference between these two mowers?


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    The only significant difference between the D105 and the D110 that I'm aware of is that the D105 uses a CVT/Automatic transmission where the D110 is a hydrostatic.

    The breakdown on the D1xx series lumps models within a couple of groups.

    a.) D105/D110
    b.) D120/D130/D140
    c.) D160/D170

    Other than the transmissions on the D105/D110, everything within each group is pretty much the same. The engines just go up about 2hp per model. (The D110 has 2HP more than the D105 as well.)

    Between groups they tend to increase mower deck size, tire sizes, the seat and other creature comforts.

    IMO, to be completely honest, I think any of these are probably overkill. At 10,000 sq. ft you're talking less than a 1/4 acre lot. This sort of thing is where the older rear-engine riders used to be a perfect fit.

    As for your slope, I drive my D160 up/down and 45 deg slope in my side yard and it doesn't have any problem at all as long as the grass is dry. If it's wet I loose traction and the wheels will spin. If you go this route, I'd caution against going sideways across the slope and risk tipping it over. But if she's just mowing, I don't think you'll have much problem climbing hills.
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    When I had less than 1/2 acre to mow, I used an Ariens rear motor with a 28" deck (sorry, can't recall the model number). I then went to a small ZTR with a 42" deck, which seemed like overkill at the time, but the deal I got on it was way too good to pass up ($1000 for a brand new Toro Z4200 at Home Depot because it was returned for flat tires).

    Does JD offer a smaller rear-engine mower?

    Edit... Went to JD's site and plugged in the parameters in the "help me decide" section. It came back with an x300 with a 38" deck. No rear-engine models available. An X300 seems like overkill to me @ $3K. I'd most likely go with a D110 if your heart was set on JD.
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    the lot itself is about an acre of a half..but my GUESStimate is that there is about 10,000 SF of lawn...the d105 has 17.5 horsepower and the d110 has 19...means nothing to me..but if you think both are overkill then I should probably be safe with the smaller one.... If i'm not mistaken both the JD and the Ariens of a comparable size use a briggs and straton engine (which again means nothing to me)..There is about a $500 dollar difference between the JD105 and the Ariens, but i know nothing about mowers except that john deer are supposed to be the best so thats what I was planning on going with...The machine will probably never be used for anything other than mowing once a week or so...

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    IMHO I'd go with the D110. Hydrostatic tranny's have been around a long time in the tractor world, and seem really reliable.

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    I have to agree, I would get the 110 because of the hydrostatic transmission. Also none of the mowers mentioned are really over kill for anything... you cant ever really have too much tractor.

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    I would fill the tires with rv antifreeze for ballast. It will make the mower much more stable and get better traction as well. The fluid actually makes it ride smoother IMO
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    Any BBM (Big Box Mower) grade mower regardless of brand is crap in my less than humble opinion. But the bottom line is that you need to find a riding mower that your Mom will use. Make her life easier as she has earned it. If you go the X3xx series; be sure to get one that doesn't use the same Tuff-Torq K46 tranny that the BBM mowers use.
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    well....i think im gunna go with the D125...It seems like a good compromise between the most basic model and buying something that i probably don't need.

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