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I am looking at purchasing a dedicated riding mower for my wife to mow the lawn adjacent to the house. I have a 60D on my 1025r that does just OK. I have to cut-in a lot with the hand mower and the quality of cut with the 60D is not very good due to the sloping terrain and low/high spots. A small rider would be able to eliminate the push mower. If I got one, it would have to provide a much better cut quality. I like to keep my lawn high, and the 1025R does not have a lot of clearance, so the cut is either way too long or not long enough.

It will mow about <1/2 acre. I want the hydro drive. Comfortable seat and controls. Excellent cut quality at high cut levels. Thinking a D130. Looking at just JD riders is overwhelming...must be 500 Models.

What do you guys think?
 

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If the ground is smooth I would go ZTR. That is what I did for a dedicated mower so I don't have to keep taking the FEL off my X585. They cut better and faster than riders. The draw back is that they can be a harsh ride if the ground is really bumpy but that can be fixed. Also they can be a bit of a challenge on steep slopes because the front wheels are casters.
 

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If the ground is smooth I would go ZTR. That is what I did for a dedicated mower so I don't have to keep taking the FEL off my X585. They cut better and faster than riders. The draw back is that they can be a harsh ride if the ground is really bumpy but that can be fixed. Also they can be a bit of a challenge on steep slopes because the front wheels are casters.
I don't have 10' of flat ground. And it's all bumpy clay underneath. Going to need a steering wheel for Momma to use it.
 

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Depending on your budget with or without power steering.You could look at used x300 or older 300 series (325-345) decks would be 42-54" between the two mowers.
 

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The D-series mowers are fine if that's all you'll be doing with them. I use my D-160 to mow with and I've yet to have a problem with it. I don't have a ton of hills but I do have one that's about 6' high up at a 45° angle and it goes right up and down it without problems. They make a snow plow and snowblower of the D-series but I would recommend not even trying them.

Frankly, for a 1/2 acre even the D-130 is probably overkill. What does the D-130 get you over the D-110 other than the high-back seat?
 

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Cub Cadet has a tractor style mower with steering wheel where the front wheels are casters and operates something like a z-turn mower. :dunno: Yah I know it's not a JD but it's the only thing I know of that operates like a z-turn and has a steering wheel.
 

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Cub Cadet has a tractor style mower with steering wheel where the front wheels are casters and operates something like a z-turn mower. :dunno: Yah I know it's not a JD but it's the only thing I know of that operates like a z-turn and has a steering wheel.
John Deere made some as well.
 

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John Deere made some as well.
Those old SSTs were great machines, unfortunately they didn't find a market when they came out in 2001. My co-worker has one, a SST-18, and he just loves it. He's on his second engine as the he starved the first engine of oil unknowingly. Great machines, but hard to find, and they did have some electrical issues, but still great machines.

Exmark also makes a zero turn with a steering wheel. It's a version of their residential mower, the Quest: https://www.exmark.com/products/mowers/zero-turn/quest/quest-steer
 

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I bought my wife a used X485 to mow with as the 2320 was beating her to death. We have a 62" deck on the 485 and she mows the 5 aces faster and uses less fuel than when we used the 2320 with a 62" deck pretty sure it is all related to being able to mow at a faster speed with the 485. So with the 485 she has power everything and a nice soft ride.
 

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smaller deck = better mowing quality. If there are a lot of sharp turns, look for machines with that "zero-turn" front axle. I wouldn't limit myself to JD either.
 

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I am looking at purchasing a dedicated riding mower for my wife to mow the lawn adjacent to the house. I have a 60D on my 1025r that does just OK. I have to cut-in a lot with the hand mower and the quality of cut with the 60D is not very good due to the sloping terrain and low/high spots. A small rider would be able to eliminate the push mower. If I got one, it would have to provide a much better cut quality. I like to keep my lawn high, and the 1025R does not have a lot of clearance, so the cut is either way too long or not long enough.

It will mow about <1/2 acre. I want the hydro drive. Comfortable seat and controls. Excellent cut quality at high cut levels. Thinking a D130. Looking at just JD riders is overwhelming...must be 500 Models.

What do you guys think?
I'm gonna have a '07 LA140 w/ 150 hrs on it for sale starting next week..I don't know how far from Smithfield va you are tho

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