- Nov 9, 2004
- central Georgia
Hi All, For some reason (I guess they took pity on us using a push mower in the Georgia heat), our family got together and wants to buy us a riding lawn mower, which was an unexpected, pleasant surprise. We have been using a 22" self-propelled mower, which worked but I didn't like the front wheel drive and it would get bogged down with tall grass or slightly wet grass. I'd love to hear your suggestions. Here's some information about our lot, and what my priorities for a mower might include: 1. We have an acre lot, sloping but no extreme hills. There are some trees and landscape beds to avoid, but not too many. 2. Grass grows fast for half the year, we live on a lake, so grass is frequently on the wet side. 3. We MUST mulch here - side discharge into the water is forbidden. 4. In the fall, I prefer to bag the last mowing of the year, to pick up leaves. I don't have a place to pile leaves and brush and burn it. 5. Would only rarely think about using the tractor as something other than a mower. 6. We don't want to spend a lot of money, since we're not paying for this, and hadn't budgeted to upgrade OPE this year. 7. We do have some independent dealers, Lowes, and even a good mom and pop shop that may sell used gear in addition to new stuff. 8. I take good care of my stuff DIY, but low maintenance would be a plus, since there are too many toys to maintain around here! Thanks for your advice.