(From: Tom Bellucco (firstname.lastname@example.org).)
I recently moved into a new house with a very large lawn and went shopping for a riding mower / lawn tractor. This is what I was told by various people, both in and out of mower sales:
Now THAT'S confusion! I'd like to hear what anyone out there knows or has been told. It ought to be interesting to hear what other stores are telling people.
Note: The guy that told me that MTD makes John Deere sells Toro and Ariens. He has publicly stated that he HATES John Deere (I won't post his exact words). I never realized how defensive a guy gets about his tractor -- you should have seen the reaction I got when I told a guy his John Deere was made by MTD! I probably got a worse reaction than if I said something bad about his wife!!!! Anyway, he got right on the horn to his John Deere dealer and was promptly told that John Deere makes all John Deere products.
(From: Duane (email@example.com).)
Hmph... That IS confusing. Just make sure that sucker says *Briggs & Stratton* on the blower cover!
(From: John P. Curcio (firstname.lastname@example.org).)
According to my Cub Cadet dealer (from whom I purchased my snow blower), Cub Cadet, White, and MTD all come from the same factory. The only differences are color and features. They are located somewhere in Ohio, near Cleveland, if I recall correctly.
(From: Carol (email@example.com).)
I live just up the road from the MTD plant - never saw a John Deere. I don't think they do that one.
(From: Peter Szymonik (Xorg@msn.com).)
John Deere makes ALL of their riding mowers. The walk-behinds are assembled by a "third party", and many Deere dealers don't carry the walk behinds for that reason, and because the walk behinds had electrical problems.
(From: BELJAN E (firstname.lastname@example.org).)
HUH??? That doesn't sound right at all. MTD makes that, MTD, Ariens, White, Cub Cadet, Yard Man, and Lawn Chief. Murray, another famous store brand makes some of them. Dynamark was and probably still is its own.
John Deer is John Deer.
(From: DeWayne McKay (email@example.com).)
You have several people misled on who makes what lawn equipment. I've been in the repair business for about 12 years now. Murry is made by Murry. John Deere is made by John Deere. There are several hundred names that can be found on the side of an MTD product, but MTD does not make any AYP, Noma, Dynamark, or Sears product. Sears in the late 80's was made by AYP and Murry depending on model. Now they are only made by AYP. The new line called Scotts is partially made by AYP. And, as for John Deere: The cheaper smaller tractors are AYP and the bigger tractors are made by John Deere. Huskvarna mowers are also made by AYP except a few high-end commercial models. Also the bottom-end or should I say cheap trimmers and chain saws from Huskvarna are made by Poulan. Have you ever heard of Gilson? They built a lot of the Sears products in the 70's and 80's and also built Lawnboy's tractor line and some of the Ford line in the late 80's.
(From: Ernest Fields (firstname.lastname@example.org).)
I work for Sears selling lawn and garden equipment and I've had conversations with the factory reps. MTD makes Craftsman lawn, yard, and garden tractors as well as our "professional" walk behind mowers. Husqvarna makes the Craftsman rotary mowers and Husqy is owned by Electrolux and as far as I know, Husky mowers come out of a Husky factory.
The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures has lists of who makes what as late as 2012.
(From: Everett Solomon.)
I've sold craftsman riding mowers for 30 years. Today we have our lower priced mowers made by MTD. Yes, so whoever said MTD doesn't make Sears is dead wrong. Everything at Sears has a source ID - part of the model number. If 247, it's MTD. If 917 it's Husqvarna. The man who said all Pro series are MTD is dead wrong. Only the "Zero Turn" are MTD. The "Turn Tight" riding mowers are Husqvarna. I run into people everyday that just know what they are saying is gospel and they have no clue.