So my riding mower finally died. Well not exactly died, but broke again. This brought me to writing this post. You see 4 years ago we started on this homesteading journey. We knew we had to mow about an acre around the house and on occasion about 2 acres of pasture. We didn’t have the money for a tractor, so we opted for a riding mower.
Now we got a great deal on a John Deere LA175 54” cut rider. Don’t let the John Deere name fool you. It is a JD branded mower for sale at Lowes. It is not heavy duty, and in fact is made for residential use only. Well it was 2 years old when we bought it, but it was well maintained. We paid $1000 for it and off we went. I did maintain it very well. I changed oil every 30 hours or so, and also kept it clean. I also replaced the belts every other year as well as the mowing blades. After about 60 hours of use we ran into a problem with the steering. The pinion gear and steering gear were worn out. Well this has become one of the reoccurring issues we deal with. Now not only do we mow with this thing, but we also haul feed as well. We were just stressing out all the components.
We also decided we didn’t need a tractor. I have a close friend with a tractor with all the implements, and I borrow it once or twice a year when I need it. I can’t see spending $10k plus for something I really only need 2 times a year. So we settled on something totally different then I what I am used to using.
We decided on a Gravely Zero Turn HD mower. It has more than enough power to do the menial tasks we will ask it to do. It also is built with a welded tube frame with a welded mower deck. Basically it can handle any mowing we will throw at it. I want to mention that when I say mowing the pasture it may not be what you think. Our pasture is fescue/clover mix and is extremely flat. I am not mowing thick weeds or anything like that. I look forward to using this mower for at least the next 10 years. I suspect that with the level I care I take we may even get 15 years out of this equipment.
Just for the record I don’t endorse or get paid by any of these manufacturers. I simply am sharing my experiences.
Thanks for reading.