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    Ride King - return of the odd balls

    If you are like me you enjoy seeing photos of all the weirdo riding mowers of years past. Back in the 50's and 60's it seemed like some manufacturers were competing to see who could produce the strangest looking riding mower. More recently it seems all riding mowers pretty much look the same regardless of brand.

    Well, here's to mower designs from years gone past. Enter the Swisher Ride King! Only $3200 at your local Tractor Supply and it's a ZTR no less. No worries about your legs getting uncomfortable as the 10HP engine only holds 1/2 gallon of fuel. Saddle up! :-)

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    There should be no excuse for not checking the oil. Also, I cannot figure out what those vertical anti-scalp wheels are for on the sides of the mower deck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    There should be no excuse for not checking the oil. Also, I cannot figure out what those vertical anti-scalp wheels are for on the sides of the mower deck.
    Selling feature. Unless the deck can move left or right a few inches.

    BOY could I get that stuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    If you are like me you enjoy seeing photos of all the weirdo riding mowers of years past. Back in the 50's and 60's it seemed like some manufacturers were competing to see who could produce the strangest looking riding mower. More recently it seems all riding mowers pretty much look the same regardless of brand.

    Well, here's to mower designs from years gone past. Enter the Swisher Ride King! Only $3200 at your local Tractor Supply and it's a ZTR no less. No worries about your legs getting uncomfortable as the 10HP engine only holds 1/2 gallon of fuel. Saddle up! :-)

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    Yep, remember the Ride King well. My brother-in-law had one back in the day. Now he has a JD 455 and a JD 6410.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Selling feature. Unless the deck can move left or right a few inches.

    BOY could I get that stuck.
    It seems like that front single drive wheel would really tear up the lawn.
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    Does it really still cost $100 to be California compliant? I thought manufacturers of small engine products were moving away from CA specific models and making everything compliant everywhere.

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    While its an interesting concept, I don't like the location of the uncovered engine fan...
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    While its an interesting concept, I don't like the location of the uncovered engine fan...
    That is to keep you cool while mowing. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Does it really still cost $100 to be California compliant? I thought manufacturers of small engine products were moving away from CA specific models and making everything compliant everywhere.

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    volume wise yes.

    California keeps changing and to meet their rules specific output goes down usually or the expense goes up. No sense limiting your other customers just cause one state is a pita.

    They have another round of standards changes on deck presumably for 2020...

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