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I've been looking at these things on different forums and craigslist, wishing I had a yard big enough to use one. Then is hit me yesterday, one of these might be the perfrect mower for my mom. So, here is the back story. My dad bought a John Deere L100 series lawn tractor about 8 to 10 yrs ago, with a rear bagger, but he passed away almost 2 yrs ago now, so my mom has had to mow the yard herself, as I live to far away to get out there to mow all the time. the yard has some hilly spots and with that comes my concern for her. My mother is in here early 60's, living by herself, and while she gets around great yet, she was born with only one hand (her right one) and I worry about her manuvering that tractor, especially on the off camber sections. Ofcourse bagging is out of the question, as is a push mower. So, my question to you guys is, would a Snapper RER be easier for her to use? If so, is she better off with an older model with the handle bars, or the newer ones with the square steering wheel? My thinking was it would be great for her on the hills as I'm thinking the added weight of the engine over the rear wheels would help traction, I think the controls would be easier for here to memorize, and since garage space is at a premium for her, I thought I could stand it up on the rear for her over the winter. If you guys think I'm on the right track, I would like to try and find a used one that maybe doesn't run and fix it up and give it to her. This would probably be a project that would take a couple years ofcourse, between coming up with the funding and then actually fixing it up. I'd like to try and sell the John Deere for her then if this all happens. Its not in the greatest shape, its been stored outside, under a cover most of its life, so there is rust on the deck and frame, and the plastics are faded, but might clean up after a good washing and wax. I just think the snapper would be easier for her to operate, easier to keep tabs on the level in the gas tank, and take up less space. Ofcourse it would have to be electric start as well. But since i have no experience with them yet, I wanted to see what you guys thought about my idea, and if there are any suggestions or things to watch out for, or even if someone has thought of a different route that I havn't. Thanks guys.
 

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Most Snappers have the throttle/choke control under the left side of the seat, one problem I see. Otherwise, I rarely have had to use both hands.

If you stand it up for over two hours , you need to remove the battery.

I think the newer steering wheel types would be easier to drive one handed. I find The steering response on the traditional RER's to be a little stiff, with a turning radius that is a little wide compared to some other makes.
 

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Another recommendation for your mother

Anything you can do to make the steering wheel (arm) more comfortable and steady for her would be great. Why not add a steering wheel knob?
 

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Just to be different I would like to make a case for tractor with foot operated hydro or auto-drive. Your mother would not need to move her hand from the steering wheel to change speeds. I have a few Snappers but also have a 1999 Yardman with the variable speed belt drive that my early 60's wife drives and a Craftsman DLT2000 that I just gave my youngest son this year that my wife drove a few times. Driving anything with gear drive or hand operated hydro is just a lot busier.
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