We moved from a zero lot line house where we had landscaped away ALL the grass, every last blade! We had gotten rid of all our lawn equipment. And here are with 20 acres. Now granted, we are going to have to either have someone come in an mow and bale most of it, but still there are two yards and the perimeter areas that need to be kept up regularly. So it became very obvious that one of our first major purchases was going to have to be a riding lawn mower.
Google Map Your Land!
Thank goodness for google maps. We were able to look at our property and see exactly how much of our land is pond, buildings, forest, pasture and what we need to mow ourselves. In our case, we have about 3 acres that we need to mow.
I started researching mowers in the 3 acre category. We needed a 22 to 24 HP 48 to 50 inch deck. While a 0 turn radius would have been nice, there are just too many other items on our need list to justify to added expense. So we went with the regular 16 inch turn radius mower. I read all the reviews. And I have to tell you, they were all over the place and I never really found a truly consistent review on anything.
24 HP Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 Hydrostatic Transmission
I finally, just had to make a decision and based on the best I could find vs price etc, decided on the 24 HP Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 with Hydrostatic Transmission. 50 inch Deck. Went with the little bit bigger on since we are the upside of the sized property and want it to last as long as possible.
Life in the country is different than the city, when it come to deliveries. Our house is at the back of the property and it is a quarter of a mile of dirt road to the house. The turn into the drive isn’t an easy one. We have to leave the gate open when FedEx or UPS is expected. The mailman will not drive up to the house except under extreme duress! UPS delivers after 7pm!
We bought the mower from the local Big Box store and they did not have it in stock so it had to be delivered. We knew the 18 wheeler could not make the turn up our road. We were in touch with dispatch and were waiting by the mailbox when the driver arrived. He took the mower off the truck with his lift and there we were. A mower on two separate pallets on the side of the road.
There were no directions included on how to remove the mower from the pallets and honestly, I can’t tell you an easy way to do. You just have to dis-assemble the pallet and push it off.
But we have a video of us putting all stuff you have to put on the mower and taking our first drive.