troy-bilt xp, honda engine, rwd w/ larger rear tires
My yard (about 3/4 acre that gets mowed) is on a bad slope. I have an old Murray 4hp (me powered) that I use around trees and a few ditches, and an older Craftsman II 38" rider that I use for the bulk of the yard. About 20% of the yard involves me sitting on a fender, to keep the rider from tipping. Another 10% involves me more or less freewheeling down the slope until it levels off enough for the tires to regain traction. I have to mow side to side with the rider, bottom to top or vice/versa for the majority of it just doesnt work here.
I've convinced the wife that I need another mower. My rider is so old I can't find a bagger for it (and I need it!), and instead of spending $400 on a used up Murray rider with bagger, I think I'd like to just get a really good self propelled push mower. The way my yard is sectioned off, its very easy for me to mow it over two days if I need to - just hate pushing that heavy as heck old Murray, but dont mind walking it.
Because of various ditches, roots, other obstacles in my path, along with the crappy slope, I feel like I do need RWD, and larger wheels on the back. My search has led me to the following Troy-Bilt:
If the link doesn;t work, its item # 112567 at lowes.com.
Any thoughts/recommendations? It looks like there is the same mower available with a Kohler engine, but Im not certain I cant get it through Lowes (employee discount). I'm not adverse to buying another make/model at a different location, but I'm severely limited to other retail outlets in my location. There IS a Cub Cadet dealer near me..