Posted October 26, 2011 - 03:11 PM
My first true "garden tractor " was a Gilson. I then bought a Sears, then Cub Cadet, then another Sears, and so on. I have now Sears, John Deere, Cub Cadet, and Gilsons. I like them all, but... I'm starting to gravitate toward the Sears now for the blend of styling, cost, quality, simplicity, parts and implement availability. The Gilsons are few and far between so parts are harder to come by. I consider John Deere the Harley Davidson of garden tractors. Good enough quality, but over inflated prices attached to the name. I have several John Deere's that I got cheap enough, most parts are readily available, but I'm finding parts and attachments are expensive. Cub Cadets I would say would be my second choice to concentrate on after Sears. Prices aren't much more than Sears stuff, quality is as good as John Deere, and there are still a lot of old Cubs around. However, to me, Cubs aren't the most eye appealing. Not to say they are ugly, I like the looks of Cubs, I just like Sears and John Deere a little more.
I'm in no way bashing any brand above, there are things I love about all of them. Sears may not rank as well to me in any one category(other than cost), but on average, score highest. Hope that made sense. -Jeff