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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 02:05 PM

We mow about 2-1/2 acres and I've always done it with my old Toro Groundsmaster with the 88 inch mower deck out front.
It cuts a lot of grass in a short time but it is a monster of a mower.

Since my wife retired, she wants to help with the mowing but doesn't like my big mower so I found her a nice Case 444 with a 48 inch mower deck.

Here are the two mowers.

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We picked up the Case a couple of weeks ago.    
It has 4 new tires, new carb, new points and condenser.
There was a tear in the bottom of the seat that allowed water to soak into the foam rubber so your butt would get a little wet when you sat on it.
I put on a new seat cover to correct that problem.

The owner said the engine would backfire a little when it was cold and the left front tire had a slow leak.
Adjusting the carb took care of the backfiring.
When they mounted the front tire, they didn't put enough air pressure in it to make the tire push out and seat all the way against the rim.
I seated the tire properly and it doesn't leak any more.

The tractor runs, drives and mows real good and doesn't smoke at all.

Photos of the dash and engine.

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Marie uses the Case to mow up around the house and garage but I still like the old Toro for doing most of the mowing.
It has a diesel engine and I can mow all summer on about 5 or 6 gallons of fuel
The two ends on the mower deck can be raised by hydrolic so if you have a narrower area, you can mow with one side up for clearance.

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Or you can mow with both ends up.

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The steering wheels are in the back and they turn very sharp.   
It will mow in a sharper circle than the Case does.

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 02:27 PM

I like the Toro.  Looks like a nice mowing setup.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 03:04 PM

Nice machines.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 03:33 PM

Looks good Ray.                                                   Roger.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 04:14 PM

Nice looking tractors. Added bonus,you get another tractor and your wife gets to help with the mowing. Tom
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Posted May 20, 2014 - 04:38 PM

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 05:07 PM

Nice. You can start a trend here.
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Posted May 20, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Ray, good looking Case you found for the wife! But I am drawn to the Toro as I have one as well. It has the smaller deck, but I mow about 3 acres with it. Mine is a 322D as well.


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 06:24 PM

Ray, how does Marie like the hydraulic drive control lever on the Case?


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 08:44 PM

Nice looking machines, wish my wife would help our 2 1/2 to 3 acres to cut !! I like the lift on the outside decks. My son and I use a 48" and a 50" deck to cut our grass. Noel
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Posted May 20, 2014 - 08:56 PM

Toro is neat, kinda like a Pre-Zero turn look.  A note: If you look over all at pictures of tractors the designs almost look like copies of each other, only one is reversed then!  Kinda makes them match!  Cool!


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 09:54 PM

I like that Case, but I have to say that Toro is the mean mowing machine of a landowner's dreams. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted May 21, 2014 - 05:10 AM

I like that Case, but I have to say that Toro is the mean mowing machine of a landowner's dreams. 

 

Ben W.

I really like mine and have a blast mowing with it!

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This from the day we drug it home!

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 07:51 AM

Ray, how does Marie like the hydraulic drive control lever on the Case?

The hand operated drive control is okay for mowing open ground but it can get awkward when trying to maneuver back and forth around trees and bushes.

She wants me to convert the hand drive to a foot control so she can keep both hands on the steering wheel.

 

The Groundsmaster has a foot operated drive control and I have to agree with her that it is much easier moving in and around tight areas with a foot drive control than it is with the hand control.


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Posted May 21, 2014 - 08:06 AM

Nice machines, that Case looks almost big enough to be a CUT.

 

I like the zero turn style mowers with the casters in the rear, makes them so much more stable and the true front mount mowing deck makes it great for getting up under trees, etc. We have a Grasshopper at church, I love using it over a standard zer turn.

 

Ray, know anyone who can fix that control for your wife? :poke:   :smilewink:  :thumbs:


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