Buying new LT
A buddy just emailed me asking where to buy a "good" LT. He has an 8 year old Poulan Hydro that has died. He only paid $1,000 for it so he's ahead of the game. He only has a half acre lot, but lots of trees and mulching blades and bagger for leaves is a must.
His budget is about $1800 so, please, no posts to go to JD, Cub, Kubota dealers and ignore big box stores. We all know how to spend a lot of $$, spending less takes application of some "kentucky windage." :-)
Looking at Lowe's, Depot, and Sears websites, Sears has a good sale going right now, $400-$500 off, free delivery, and their usual no interest credit schemes. He's looking at a "made by Husqvarna" 42," Briggs engine, hydro for $1599, usually $1999. I believe that Husqvarna, like JD, have "big box" versions which are of less....quality.... shall we say than what you buy at their servicing dealers.
Whatever he buys, he's going to get the bagger, not attached, and then try to adapt the Poulan bagger to what he gets so he can return the new bagger if successful.
I also suggested he just wander around Lowe's, etc. to see if there's any leftover units they want to give away.
Anywhere else I should direct him given his budget and the current LT market out there?
Thanks for your time,