That will be fine. Just don't expect to go very fast uphill. You can go down to a 12hp engine with a 42" deck (the most common deck size). As far as quality goes MTD does make most of the mowers on the market. However they also have a tendency to use the most oddball designs. The old yard machines use a complicated deck lift system that integrates engagement and height into one lever. Just about every MTD mower that isn't hydrostatic uses the Vari Drive system which is comprised of 2 belts that will need to be replaced occasionally, and it can be a PITA to do that. The engine is usually surrounded by bodywork, and only the top of the hood opens, which makes servicing a pain. I actually just traded a yard machines for a Bolens (Both are made by MTD). If your buying used check the deck for rust, especially in the center. Look at the belts, most people run them till they break. Check the engine for proper oil level. If it's overfull smell it (your checking for gas).The front bodywork rests on the plastic grill which likes to crack at the mounts so keep an eye out for that.I need a mower to cut an acre and go down the lane to get mail. It is steep and I run about 225. Is a 14 HP MTD yard machine going to get it done or am I way off?
OLD? That's about 20 years newer than my Cub 125 and and at least 10 years newer than my Cub 1450.i give up on the throwaway models and got me an old 180 John Deere, 17HP with 3 blade 46" cut. It is a little beast. Paid $550 for it and put another $175 in it for other things. Had a Craftsman 18Hp/42 cut before that. It lasted about 7 years.
The MTD will do the job you are looking at. Happy Mowing.
OBTW...here is a link on who makes what...
What's the address :toothlessi leave them unattended 60 miles away if they walk off I won't be out to much.
Well? Pics? lemme guess, it's black. Or red.What's the address :toothless
Yeah it is a 38 inch deck and bottom line I need a mower so unless it is smoking or smelling burnt, I can't imagine not getting it. Going to look at it in a couple hours. Thanks for the replies.
I CALLED IT! :hahaIt was red, and a mess, I walked. The engine was replaced and it was ratty and loose and rusty, dead battery and dead belts. I should have known because someone backed out before me, so that's that. There are a couple other ones available for about the same price, I just have to travel a bit.
it is a 1989 model I believe. what model is your Cubs. I hear good things about the older ones (same as JD). I got to pick up another JD in Oklahoma, bought it off my BIL, it is a JD 316. I just could not pass up a John 316OLD? That's about 20 years newer than my Cub 125 and and at least 10 years newer than my Cub 1450.
Shit I'd offer $50.Tell them I'll give'm $75. See if i can do payments.
I've had good luck with sears hydros. Maybe i just got lucky.
The 316 is a horse for a garden tractor. My 125 is a 1967 model, the 1450 is a 1978 model. The hydrostats they used in them are extremely tough - I've seen several run almost dry with people still creeping along not knowing they should add some hytran. Buy them and refill with hytran and a new filter and they run just fine - you'd think they'd be smoked with that kind of abuse.it is a 1989 model I believe. what model is your Cubs. I hear good things about the older ones (same as JD). I got to pick up another JD in Oklahoma, bought it off my BIL, it is a JD 316. I just could not pass up a John 316