I'm going to break this down:
Ok, after thinking long and hard on it for a week or so, im really leaning toward a 149.
Not a bad decision. They're good, hardy tractors --though not my personal first-draft-pick as an all-around machine.
But heres my questions...
How do they mow? As in overall cut quality and speed of cutting? I know it wouldnt hang with my ZTR but do they do about like an average garden tractor?
They cut well for a machine built in the early-to-mid '70s. The 44/50 C and A decks both do great jobs when they're dialed in. That being said, you can easily get $500 into a deck to get it mowing perfectly --if you start with a straight shell. Some of the best jobs I've seen have been with 44 or 50 As and Cs.
How would one do pulling a 950lb lawn roller while mowing average length grass? I used to pull said roller with a 2185 MTD cub (18hp command twin/hydro) and it did fine, but i dont recall mowing while rolling.
This will depend entirely on your property and terrain. Hills? You want weights and good tires, and to give her a rest when she needs it. Flat ground? As long as you're not mowing 5+ acres, you'll be okay. Just be smart. Most rollers don't weight over 300lbs for a reason. 950lbs is WAY overkill, but you do you. That roller outweighs the tractor by almost 1/3.
How well do they chew through thick, tall grass?
Totally depends on how fast you want to get it done. Mow more often, you move faster. Mow less often, you move slower.
Simple physics applied here.
Id like to get a blade eventually, mainly for mpving gravel/dirt. Im assuming they hold up well to this type of service? It wouldnt be a daily thing.
The Cub Cadet snow blades are one of the strongest and most resilient out there. The tractor will have no issues with it, as it mounts directly to the frame --you'll be find moving gravel, dirt, snow, etc...
Remember: it's a garden tractor.
And a reminder: weight is your friend when using a plow.
I also would like to pull it every now and again, maybe once or twice a year, is this a death sentence for them?
As I said in the last one of your posts that I commented on, it isn't a death sentence --but most people don't recommend it. It is excess strain on the machine, and will shorten its overall life span. It will also generate a lot of heat, which will shorten the life of the pump and could lead to premature failure.
And last but not least, whats a fair price for a running/driving/mowing tractor in decent shape? Im looking to spend 4-600 bucks.
$4-600 is a decent price for a good machine to get you started. It won't be 100%, but none of these tractors are when you buy them. Heck, they weren't new. Be ready to put money into it as you go, and be realistic with your expectations.
This can also vary greatly based on your area. $450 for a 149 with a deck is a really fair price. I can get $550+ out of them on occasion, but some places you can't touch one for less than that.
Don't know if my $0.12 are worth much, but you're welcome.
(It was $0.02, adjusted for inflation.)
Edited by Dane in PA, September 28, 2016 - 01:25 PM.