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post #1 of 6 Old 12-12-2018, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Yard Machine at Menards

Had a minute or 2 to waste at Menards yesterday. I took a quick peek at the cheap(?) $599 Yard Machines. Not impressed at all by them. I will keep the old girls, thank you very much...

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While I shop there regularly enough to have a never-ending stream of 11% rebates processing and know where everything is located store to store, one thing through the years I have never bought of theirs is a Yard Machine of any type.

I look at them, and the first thing that comes to mind is "disposable". For all I know they may be great value equipment, but I simply have never bought one of any type before.

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Agree - when you are going to keep something for 30 years, best to invest a little more, and be happy for those 30 years. Similar to a wife !
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While I consider myself as having a rather low end machine (bought used out of need, didn't pay attention to brand), when I see the REAL low end brands in big box stores I am happy I have this one. These are definitely disposable. Cheap, but also cheaply built.

When it quits, my next one will likely be a Toro. I bought a zero turn Toro mower and I'm quite impressed by its quality despite being Toro's lower end consumer product.

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I've seen decent "cheap" machines, and really crappy "cheap" machines. Has more to do with the model than the brand. Granted, some compay's entire model line is better than others, but they are also twice the price. I had a "cheap" MTD that lasted 18 years, and I sold it for $300, and as far as I know, it's still in use.


Maintenance plays a very large role in longevity.
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There are so many lightly used high quality machines on Craigslist at very cost friendly prices, it boggles my mind why anyone would spend more money on a low quality piece of junk just because it's new and has bright shinny red augers. It's unfortunate, but some folks don't know...what they don't know...

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