Yo...! It's that time. I'm ready to purchase a new mower.
It's not realistic to get one for my 1025 as it would tear my yard up near the house, & not be very nimble in some of the tight spots. I love my TLB but, am quite content to keep mowing duties to another machine.
I'm trying to decide which way to go. I'm not interested in a zero turn, & have been looking at the E-170 yet, am trying to figure out if that makes the most sense or, if I should be looking at the X300 series, & S240.
I don't live in suburbia. I live in the mountains, & have mostly wooded property. However, I mow a couple acres of grass which is mostly smooth, & some minor hills. About an acre of it is around my house, & the rest I usually mow on high settings as the terrain isn't as "smooth" as around my house.
I would love to have the best everything but, as is the case for most of us, price does matter. I'm coming from a 2003ish big box green machine LA100 I believe. We don't get along anymore, & it left me stranded the other day lol. At the time, I needed a mower right now, this minute, & was broke. It was the cheapest one they had, & served me okay for 15yrs. It spent a lot of it's years in the elements.
My new machine will reside in it's own garden shed (built last fall), out of the elements.
Lowe's lists the E-170 for $2,399. I imagine a Memorial day sale will take some off. I also get another 10% as my wife is a Lowe's manager. Even with that said, I'm not opposed to buying from my JD dealer, especially if the cost is justified. I've been incredibly happy with my 1025 R purchase of Oct '16. What I've been able to do with that machine...... wow.
Anyways, just looking for some advice, some info, etc. Are the JD dealer supplied machines REALLY worth the money to just be a lawn mower...? I don't need any of the tractor features, got that covered. I just need a good reliable lawn mower for the next 20yrs.