It's getting to that time of year when the grass starts growing again, especially after the 3" of rain we had last week. We've got 3 acres, but only about 2 acres needs to be mowed. The vast majority of the block is sloped - some steep(ish).
We've currently got an old ride-on (11hp / 32") that was bought to "prepare" the block, before we'd upgrade to a bigger, better, faster one. Anyway, the time to upgrade has come.
We're trying to keep our business local, which essentially gives a choice of about four brands - Toro, John Deere, Husqvarna and Cox (Aussie brand). We've narrowed our search down to three mowers from two manufacturers:
- JD 20hp / 42" - AUD$4000
- JD 22hp / 48" - AUD$4700
- Husky 20hp / 42" - AUD$4400
I've been doing some research and I've found that the two 20hp mowers are pretty much the same, but for engines; The Husky has a Kohler engine, while the JD has a Briggs & Straton. They do just about everything the same.
However, the 20hp Husky has the same tranny as the 22hp JD (Tuff Torq K46), while the 20hp JD has a Tuff Torq T40J. I can't find ANY info on the T40J, even from TT's website.
So, is there anything that would make one stand out from the other? Is the Husky $400 better? Is the K46 tranny $400 better???
Now, when it comes to separating the two JD's, the 22hp has these "advantages" over the 20hp:
- Bigger wheels (22" over 20")
- High-back seat
- 6" wider deck
- Electric PTO
When you look at that list, does it make you want to spend $700 more? For almost every advantage, I see a disadvantage. Electric PTO? That's a $300 part that is going to need replacing in 5 years, or so. Bigger wheels? Cost more to replace. Wider deck? More blades to replace.
So, help me out, guys (or gals). Give me any advice you've got on the subject. Just don't throw other brands into the mix. It's gonna be one of these two. We've been warned away from Toro and Cox just doesn't have enough features for the money they ask.
Thanks in advance,