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I was thinking of a 185 with a belly mower just because it is real IH. It must have caused someone to roll over in their grave when a John Deere mfd. product wound up with a Cub Cadet name on it. What a shame. Thanks for all the info. Keep the ideas coming as I havet decided yet. Looked at a Dixie Chopper, but they had Generac engines on them and I have no experience with them.

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Deere doesn't actually build the Cub Cadet mowers, Lesco built them and then Deere bought Lesco a couple of years ago so they are built by a Deere company but it's not a Deere design.

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The Ferris mower has the best ride of any mower. The Scag mower is a good dependable mower and easy to maintain. They are pricey. All the Ferris mowers have the pump and motor setup and the ride will convience you to buy. If you have a rough yard and a bad back the Ferris mower is the mower for you

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........... Keep the ideas coming as I havet decided yet. Looked at a Dixie Chopper, but they had Generac engines on them and I have no experience with them.

We have a D.C. Silver Eagle, 60" deck and a 27hp Generac. It's an '09 that we bought left-over in '10. 275 hrs. or so on it now, and we've been through exactly 1 deck drive belt. That's it. In all honesty I was scared of that Generac when we bought it, but so far it hasn't given us a lick of trouble. If you can get one bought right I'd highly recommend them, as we've been nothing but happy with ours.

**Slightly Off-Topic** You guys with your rough-riding machines: I know some mowers ride rougher than others, that's a given, but they can ALL be made to ride better if you'd let a little air out of the tires. 5 or 6 lbs. is all you need. Blow 'em up like a basketball and yes, they'll bounce you all over the yard. :)

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This is a big market . Seems everybody is looking at ride quality now. So i would do some shopping first . I f dealers are wanting to sell you a mower they won't mind you demininstrating one . But ferra was one of the first that took the ride to the consumer . To me if you spend enough time on one you'll go for the ride and the way it cuts .

If you want a good mower and a great ride get a Ferra , they have independent suspension on all the wheels and a great seat. I know how farm lawns are and i'm sure you would be happy with it. I have a bushhog ztr. with the front mount deck and had to get a suspension seat , cause it rode so rough . My brother has a Ferra with a 60" deck and it rides 100% better than my bushhog at low speed . They are also built with alot of quality.

John, Would the mower you are talking about be a FERRIS ?

I know what you mean about the ride on zero turn. In the 60's and 70's was around and sold a lot of Lawn Tractors. Lost track after my 31 year stint at Auto Dealership. In 2004 when I came back to Case/IH Dealer , they said "want to mow the lot?" . I said probably can't run a Z-Turn. I decided to try and liked everything but the ride. Of course the machinery lot was much rougher than most lawns but soon figured out that fast mowing speed and all would mean a rough ride.This 71 year old back wouldn't stand riding one all day . But the quickness and trim ability was great. Would have to have all suspension, best seat, etc. if I bought one. Bill

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If the ride quality of your mower is this important, then your yard is too big! :P

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How about a Cub with a 60" belly mower? That's what I mow with and I really like it, of course I'm partial to olderIH stuff! By the way, mine's at the restorer now- hope to have some pictures soon. ^_^

We traded a Cub 185 Low Boy with a 60" deck for our Cub Cadet 3660 ZTR with a 60" deck and what took 4 hours to mow with the 185 takes a little over an hour with the 3660.

Sure, but think of all the fun you are missing out on! :D

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How about a Cub with a 60" belly mower? That's what I mow with and I really like it, of course I'm partial to olderIH stuff! By the way, mine's at the restorer now- hope to have some pictures soon. ^_^

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Works for me!

And there is no better ride to be had than a 3000 lb tractor with turf tires! :P

Photo is model "B" Jawn Deere in charge of an 84" Woods rear-discharge finish mower.

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How about a Cub with a 60" belly mower? That's what I mow with and I really like it, of course I'm partial to olderIH stuff! By the way, mine's at the restorer now- hope to have some pictures soon. ^_^

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Works for me!

And there is no better ride to be had then a 3000 lb tractor with turf tires! :P

Photo is model "B" Jawn Deere in charge of an 84" Woods rear-discharge finish mower.

I'd take that over a new mower anyday, but would prefer a red tractor out front!

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I may be wrong but I think my zero turn has more horsepower than that JD B... :-)

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IM gonna chime in here and say that the best bang for your buck is a ( BAD BOY OUTLAW) " it'll hurt you before you hurt it" ...we sell them 10 to 1 out of any other mower but we also carry Bush Hog, Ferris, Dixe Chopper,Husqvarna, and Dixon.

isand i will personally say the BUSH HOG 2010 ---current model PZ 3061 is about the grass eatnist SOB I've ever ran. And it's a kissin cousin to a ferris as far as ride goes :ph34r: for about $4000.00 less B) B) B)

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I'd take that over a new mower anyday, but would prefer a red tractor out front!

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Any way you like! :P

That's the nice part about a 3-point mower, it's easy to trade 'power units' as needed! The 'H' will do better than the JD 'B' in excessively tall grass and if that ain't enough I get the "M" out!

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I may be wrong but I think my zero turn has more horsepower than that JD B... :-)

No contest! This vintage of "B" is only rated at 18 HP but it has a mountain of torque. Enough to pull the combined total weight of 2 tons at 3 mph while cutting 84" of 7-day growth Kentucky bluegrass! Of course the Zero-Turn will whip right around those trees in the yard that I need to leave about a 1/2 acre around! :o

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I'd take that over a new mower anyday, but would prefer a red tractor out front!

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Any way you like! :P

That's the nice part about a 3-point mower, it's easy to trade 'power units' as needed! The 'H' will do better than the JD 'B' in excessively tall grass and if that ain't enough I get the "M" out!

Now that's more like it! :wub:

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