Deere LA140 vs. Sears (Monster) MTS 5500 vs ???
I'm looking to purchase a lawn tractor w/ bagger. I do understand
that in this range, I am looking at a 10 year tractor. My price
range is $3000 or less. I have it narrowed down to these 2. Maybe
someone can enlighten me also on the warrantee pro's & con's as I am
confused by it.
Here is what my research has shown me:
Good points on MTS - Thicker 10 gauge deck, one deck scalp wheel in
the front middle, ELS 26 HP engine,
Good points on LA140 - More height adjustment points, mower deck
wash port, lumbar seat, soft grip steering wheel, mulching deck
Turning radius, electric pto and tire size are equal features on
Will the 26 Briggs ELS on the Sears be a lot more reliable than the
23 hp Briggs on the Deere?
Has anyone used grass catchers on either of these and can report
back to me how they worked? Airflow, plugging up, etc
Can anyone enlighten me on the hydro trans used on both?
I did notice a idler pully on the Deere deck that was really running
at a strange angle...it just looked weird.
To confuse matters even worse, I did also look at the lower end
Sears Zero turn models but am a little hesitant with having 2 low
quality hydro units on it and wondering about future repairs on
I really do appreciate any feedback as I am really stumped what to
do but may be leaning towards the MTS for its thicker deck.