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#1 jrawk1120 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 01:59 PM

Bought a house with a half an acre, which was quite a step up from my postage stamp of property before with .13 acres.


Well I now rent out the postage stamp to an elderly couple who love it. They had an old riding mower that was obviously not needed. The guy sold it to me for $125. Its nothing pretty. He gave it a Dale Earndheart  (not sure I spelled it correctly) paint job, and kept it running very well. 


Well, I am new to lawn maintenance. I used a reel mower for the small patches of yard I previously had, never needed a weed whacker, it was awesome.


Now I moved to a property with just over half an acre, and it is slopey. Using my father in laws push mower proved to be quite the task because of the terrain. So I scooped up the rider quickly.


The rear tires hold air for about a week, so I just fill them with air before I use the mower, the blades could use a sharpening, but it does the job.


I have a 13AL667F118 Yard Machines. 38" 12.5hp. Not bad for my first mower. I was told that the engine in this is a great engine, and will run forever. Rarely smokes, only when its been over a week since I have turned it on. 


Few questions.

Should I bother looking for an attachment for snow removal? such as a plow, or thrower? Or is it not powerful enough? I used to plow my driveway in Michigan with a plow on an ATV.


Second question, I am not a small guy, but not overly huge either. I'm 6'2" and heavy. How steep of a hill is too steep? There is one I have not attempted because I am terrified of rolling something with spinning blades.



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Posted July 17, 2014 - 02:28 PM

Just wanted to welcome you to Gttalk.com I have no experience with your mower so someone else will be along to help you with that. Enjoy the site!
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Posted July 17, 2014 - 02:29 PM

Welcome to GTT and:   :wewantpics:


(some of us need pics so that our brain has a cchance starting to work ...)

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 04:04 PM

Welcome to GTtalk.  I can't really answer your question about snow since we rarely get any and when we do we just stay at home. :smilewink:   You don't say how steep the hill is you want to cut but as a general rule of thumb when in doubt mow going down hill.  Check out our manuals section and we may have an owners manual for your tractor and it should give you better details on what your tractor is capable of.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:08 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. 12.5hp will run a blower but you need to find out if one was made to fit your tractor.  Lightweight tractors are pretty limited when it comes to using a blade for heavy snow. You just don't have enough weight to do the job. The blades work fine for light snow.  A blade backed up by a walk behind blower for heavy snow is a combination that works well for some folks. 

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:09 PM


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:22 PM


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:25 PM

Welcome! Being a southerner, I am not much help with snow removal. But we have a lot of great guys from the north that can and will!

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:32 PM

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 06:00 PM

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Welcome to GTT. Lots of guys here to help you.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:41 PM


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 08:20 AM


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 01:05 PM

How steep is too steep? Well that's judgment call. I will drive up some pretty steep stuff with the cubs with chains and wheel weights.

But it's a judgment call really. If you don't feel comfortable then don't

I prefer to drive down then up! You can roll down them easy.

The lawn tractor was designed pretty much for just mowing. But they will handle a small plow or blower if one was designed for your tractor model. My old neighbor had a tractor similar to yours and he bought a plow and he could push small amounts of snow out of his driveway. But more than 6" at a time and he just spun all over.

Edited by toomanytoys84, July 19, 2014 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 02:57 PM

Thanks for all the replies. I decided to try out my really steep hill, and it did just fine.


I'm still undecided about the snow thing. I may just wait until my shed is up, because I am being given a quad, and probably will just hook one up to that.