Join Date: May 2017
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Compare the engines and other components for repair part crossovers; for instance my Troy Bilt XP Horse 20 hp (that I recently bought) uses the same rebuild kit for the deck (spindles, blades, belt) as Cub Cadet and Craftsman and the Courage engine is used in both (and many other brands including Husqvarna, Ariens ) it also was running Carlisle tires, which is a decent brand . Because of that it was a no brainer to buy it over the other brands as it was last years model discounted to $997 (from $1399) and a 11% rebate from Lowes all of which made it much lower than either of the other two.
Try this experiment: enter Tuff Torq into your browser then add an J (John Deere) then a C (Cub Cadet) then H (Husqvarna); it appears these (and many others) use them for their hydro-static drives.
Even though they may be made in different plants, if they are using many of the same parts and major components such as engines and hydro-static drives are made by just a few manufacturers (or just one in the case of the hydro-stats); does the sheetmetal really make a difference?
I'm reminded of the farmer who only would only buy GoodYear tractor tires and just hated Titan Tractor tires even though Titan has a tire plant here in Iowa. He was quite upset being shown that, right on the tire underneath the big GoodYear name, it was made by Titan.
Last edited by scocope; 06-02-2017 at 08:48 PM.