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Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 13:49

Thanks Blackest, and for the info Colin. I'm guessing aluminium isn't as solid, but am surprised it can corrode as easily. Should have the decking installed in a few days, then I'm almost good cut, depending on the weather!! It's becoming a jungle out there.

Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:28

I'm afraid too much is corroded now, it really needed to be replaced completely. The garden engineer I use can weld well, and last year he thought he might be able to do some welding to fix it for at least another year, but he said he was beyond repair.

Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 08:42

I've seen plenty of Husqvarna models for sale, though from what you say, the blades would concern me as it is a little bumpy in my area of partial wood, plus the moles sometimes push up a few solid objects in their mounds!

In the end, the local garden centre was able to propose a generic deck, that should be compatible with my old Viking - suddenly £1400+ has been reduced to around £300. The chap who maintains my equipment is ex-army and used to do maintenance on all their machines, and he's confident he can install it all for me, so if that works I will be very happy!

Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 19:32

I'd asked them for just the shell, and the price quoted was over £1400. The model is from 2001, and it's hard to source the parts these days. I will continue to ask around, as I'm currently renovating the house and am also getting married in a few months, so it's very bad timing!

Is anyone familiar with Toro as a brand? The model Toro ZS4200 would be perfect for getting around all my trees. I can find it for a similar price as the John Deere (which initially seems to be well priced, but by the time you add any accessories, such a grass catcher, ends up fairly dear). The mowers seem to be popular in Australia and NZ, and I don't know if they originate from there. Seems to be plenty of UK and European sellers for this brand and model though.

Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 14:48

Thanks for the replies Gardengirl and Nutcutlet. The Viking one had a grass catcher (tip and dump, though I usually just took it off and put it on the compost by hand, as it was prone to getting blocked). I've lots of discreet nooks and crannies for dumping grass cuttings luckily.

I'm thinking of perhaps a john deere X125, as it doesn't totally blow the budget and looks like something robust enough to last. I'm sure there are plenty of other good choices out there.

Ride on mower suitable for large garden

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 16:12

I have a Viking MT580 ride on mower, which has just been serviced and is fantastic condition apart from the deck (all the parts on the deck are good, but the deck itself has corroded over the past decade). I contacted the Stihl group, and they were able to find a replacement deck in Austria but wanted well in excess of £1400 (exc. VAT), which I found somewhat ludicrous. It's very frustrating, but it looks as though the mower and accessories are now next to useless as a consequence.

I have a garden of 6500 metres squared. It's not too bumpy, but is far from flat. I have quarter of an acre of fruit trees, and nearly half an acre of woodland which is sparse enough to access with the mower and cut the grass there. Is there anything out there that might be able to tackle this for around the 2 grand mark? I would like something that lasts, can maneuver around the trees and collect up the cuttings, so if I have to up the budget I will have to dig deep - it's come at an unfortunate time.

Thank you for any recommendations! 

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