Review By : John on Jun 25 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : Basic 26" blade
Purchased From : Country Home Products
Strengths Beefy strong mower (15 HP Pro), used it for 8 hard years before the camshaft went. Mowed trails, side hills and flats, coyote bush, small saplings up to 2-3", very heavy grass, and an occasional stump hidden in the grass on 200 acres. Oops. Went through 3-5 belts each year and a blade every two years, get the heavy blade and the service kit. Very repairable. Great parts, manual, repair and tech support. Some upgrades are free when it is a design weakness. 4 speeds plus reverse a big help.
Weaknesses The last year or two it was pretty worn out and breaking something every 8-16 hours of mowing. Clutch and control cable problems every year or two. Welder next door fixed the worn out skids and mower deck. Handlebars broke a couple of times before CHP came out with a brace kit. Chain tightener could be better. Its a real upper body workout on sidehills and heavy brush, but one hand on the flats. Had to fix it more than I'd like, but I wasn't very kind to it either. Really lugs down in heavy canary grass, but in first speed it will hack it.
Overall Good strong machine, requires strength on rough terrain and brush. Repairable with great support. I'll get another unless I can find something better (haven't yet).
Parts : 10 Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 7 Financing :
Reliability : 7 Overall : 9