1. Many inferior units come with a stamped steel front axle. The equipment we offer incorporates a cast iron front axle. Since it is heavier, the cast iron front axle will last for many years to come.
2. “Cheaper” means a plastic transmission housing. Before you buy, make sure to look at the transmission. If the unit has a black transmission housing, then it is very likely a plastic transmission casing. These transmissions are currently NOT serviceable. If a stick from your yard gets wedged in there, and it breaks something on the plastic housing, you will most likely be replacing the whole transmission.
3. Incredibly, internal engine parts have been downgraded. Some engine manufacturers are using a plastic- or poly-type material to make various internal engine components. This does not offer a longer lasting engine--it just offers a less expensive engine!
The bottom line is this-- do your research! If you find someone grumbling about a certain brand of equipment ask questions! Find out if the person shopped around before they purchased the unit. Find out where they purchased it.
A key factor in buying lawn and garden equipment is: realize that a dealer services what he sells! If you have to take your mower to a dealer that you did not buy it from in order to have service and repairs done, you are walking into a store without an established relationship with the dealer. Most dealers will service your equipment under those circumstances, but they will prioritize the units they have sold. This may mean longer turnaround times for you, while the repair center orders in a replacement for that plastic cam shaft or flimsy transmission that shouldn’t have failed in the first place!
Quality sales, parts and service is what Dave's Tractor World LLC is all about! Stop by one of our stores and look at our Gravely and Ariens equipment that is "built to last!"