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Posted By BrotherBart,
Apr 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM
Been known to change directions.
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When mowing areas for a golf course, our instructions for mowing greens, tees, or fairways always include a direction to mow. Straight up, Side to side, left to right (diag), right to left (diag), or Black and White. B&W is start in the middle and work your way outwards, produces light and dark halves. We always cycle thru each direction to prevent tire marks and perma-striping areas. B&W only gets used occasionally however.
I frequently will "double-cut" the back yard on the diagonals to produce that outfield look.
Oh yeah, BB, we just inked the new lease on a rough mower. Roughly $50K, give or take.
While I'm sure the zero turn machines are fast and effective, they just don't look as cool as a tractor does to me. Guys on zero turns look like they are on giant motorized wheelchairs to me.
Get me on a ZTR and I will make a tractor look silly. They are brutally efficient mowers, but yeah, they don't look as cool in parades.
I'd rather look not as cool on a ZTR and have 2-3 hours of my life back.
As we get older, looking cool gets less and less important.
17k? I dunno if that's quite the rolls Royce of mowers, but it is nice. Grandpa spent more on his 1435 and that was like 2003 or so, even it was only "ok". My Dad's is older nowadays, but was super nice when he first bought it. It has the center and two side decks and they are all hydraulic powered blades, which I always felt was kinda fancy. I can't even remember what brand it is, but it's green and not John Deere.
guy down the street from me has an enormous lawn...he mows it with a herd of alpacas.
I wonder what kind of trade they'd give me for my 1970 John Deere 140?
Next best thing to a goat.
Depending on the hydraulic setup (H1, H2, or H3 - How many levers on the left side?), attachments, and condition you could do very well selling it outright. 140's are hot collector's items.