For low center of gravity and sized for a child thru an adult. Look into the older Wheel Horse suburban series with the engine in the middle just in front of the seat. Also, go over on Red Square website, much more WH guys willing to help out with a project like this and a much greater selection. I got the decals for my autism horse donated to me by a wonderful gentleman over there. Mike
I went ahead and posted over there too. Thanks!
Hmmmm, no one suggested a Bolens tube frame?? Tube frames can be had at a fair price with several attachments. They are strong, reliable, and shaft driven. They are built like a tank and can take a lot of abuse! The mower decks have full coverage over the belt and spindles and all other belts on the machine are pretty well hidden and would be pretty hard for your daughter to get into trouble with. I started mowing on a Bolens when I was 4 or 5 yrs old. Most of their trans have 6 speeds, 3 low speeds and 3 high speeds, so you can make the tractor creep along at snail speed, or choose the 3 high range gears which is comparable to other GT's normal operating speeds. The Bolens also offers a differential lock which allows you to lock both rear tires together to get you out of muddy situations. I started my own business with a Bolens 1050 when I was 12. I would mow, snow blow, lawn roll, and clear leaves for people on my street. The 1050 never failed me and is still running today(I'm now 35yrs old) and the old wisconsin motor hasn't been rebuilt yet. Bolens is definitely a tractor you should keep an eye on in your search too. Just my .02.
There's a handful of older Bolens on CL but they are way out of budget for me. That is one cool story though!
850 with attachments for $600: https://dayton.craig...6013777141.html
1468, pretty clean for $700: https://limaohio.cra...5992764342.html
H-14 with plow and weights (extra $) for $600: https://muncie.craig...6025587289.html
The best deal I've seen on CL was probably this:
308-8 in Thornville, OH for $325 with a deck and chains: https://columbus.cra...6025490241.html
Keeping it on a budget is the hardest part. I already have a good enough lawn tractor for the yard (and it was free!). We've hardly got enough snow to shovel these past few winters so the extras would spend a lot more time taking up valuable garage space than in use.
Edited by chris937, March 09, 2017 - 01:04 PM.