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My 6 year old 30" Troy Bilt rear engine riding mower threw a rod (surprised?) and I an in need of a machine that will last me a year. I am moving from this house - my Florida house has a JD D130 which I like a lot. I am looking used market and in the course of investigating stuff that pops up, I seem to see that the STX38, the 160, and the LX176 are all very highly regarded.

Of these 3, looking for opinions on best bet. Small lot with some nooks and crannies. I had a GX95 at one time that had steering issues. They are a little harder to find.

Any input would be most appreciated.

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I had a old 50s troy built tiller that thru a rod so I put a new one in. No bearing on the rod? It ran a couple more years and it just had to much wrong to fix. So I bought a New Engine way cheaper then a new tiller was and it bolted right up. Good for another 30 years or so.
 

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I had a old 50s troy built tiller that thru a rod so I put a new one in. No bearing on the rod? It ran a couple more years and it just had to much wrong to fix. So I bought a New Engine way cheaper then a new tiller was and it bolted right up. Good for another 30 years or so.
Old Troy Bilt a little more sturdy than the new stuff - Briggs engine. I am not in the mood to due an engine hunt. But a few years ago I may have. I like the Kohler and Kawasaki engines myself. Was supposed to have sold this house already (in PA) but too much stuff to get rid of.
 

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Old Troy Bilt a little more sturdy than the new stuff - Briggs engine. I am not in the mood to due an engine hunt. But a few years ago I may have. I like the Kohler and Kawasaki engines myself. Was supposed to have sold this house already (in PA) but too much stuff to get rid of.
There are lots of them out there for way cheaper then a new tiller.https://www.ebay.com/i/381655058549?chn=ps
 

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Of the three you mentioned, and if all the conditions of each were the same, I definitely go with the LX176, it's newer, and the LX series was the best you could get in the '90s. My second choice would be the 160, though older than the STX, it's a better machine. The STXs weren't bad, but were Deere's entry level mowers of the early 90s.
 

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Of the three you mentioned, and if all the conditions of each were the same, I definitely go with the LX176, it's newer, and the LX series was the best you could get in the '90s. My second choice would be the 160, though older than the STX, it's a better machine. The STXs weren't bad, but were Deere's entry level mowers of the early 90s.
Thanks... appreciate that.
 

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Of the three you mentioned, and if all the conditions of each were the same, I definitely go with the LX176, it's newer, and the LX series was the best you could get in the '90s. My second choice would be the 160, though older than the STX, it's a better machine. The STXs weren't bad, but were Deere's entry level mowers of the early 90s.
Took your advice. Pulled the trigger on an LX176 for $400. Asking was $475 but I had to bring my own battery. Owner passed away and son did not know when it was last used but it had been serviced - service tag still on it. Oil was like honey - not dirty at all. Readily cranked, but took a while for gas to get to engine - a good thing as it was like pulling it through a bit before revving - and low idled really well. The engine stalled when the blades were engaged, but I was not surprised as all those pulleys were likely stuck in one place for a while. Need to look at them and lube. Owners manual could not be found - house will be emptied next week as part of estate sale.

Got it home after dark. Will inflate tires tomorrow, get it off the trailer, and get a closer look. Owners manual not online that i can see - need to see if there re resources here - and likely need to get a service manual. So far very happy .. hope that lasts!!

Dan
 
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