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A good riding or self propelled mower is from MTD (Briggs and Stratton engines). This is the most popular brand and will be easy to find parts and get it repaired. The MTD Brand is OK, but you have to stick with the higher end products. I bought a 4 hp mower a few years ago at INTACO that was made in Hungary and that was very poor quality.
I have a 6 hp MTD Yard Machine self propelled. It is very powerful and the transmission is belt driven. There is a ferreteria Jimenez just east of the A y A building on Avenida 10. (maybe 2 blocks east) This place has all the parts you need and a wide variety of machines at local prices.
I have had good luck finding self propelled or riding mowers at the larger local hardware stores in different towns around San Jose. I imagine it is the same in the larger towns in rural areas like San Ramon, Esparza, Perez Zeledon. I would look for the largest hardware / store (deposito) in town and you can probably find one.
I also saw a MTD riding mower at EPA in Curridabat on Saturday and at Muñoz y Nanne in San Pedro. Both were about $1600.
The new site does look good, particularly the navigation is much better.
Way to go Scott, congratulations. Too bad about all the posts, at least now I can brag that I was the posting champ once in my life!
This is all from memory so don’t shoot me if I get any names or tech info wrong. The ICE site has “accurate” coverage information on their DSL page:
Gringo beach areas that have DSL (or soon will) are Jaco, Tamarindo, Flamingo. Maybe Manuel Antonio anyone?
Other fair size towns have it or should soon have it, as long as you are within 3 kilometers of the telephone exchange.
Costa Rica is linked to the Internet by the Maya cable, which is a fiber optic cable in the Caribbean. I believe there is a backup as well, previously all of Costa Rica was linked via satellite. Several Central American countries and Caribbean islands participated in the project.
RACSA (a subsidiary of ICE) is touting WiMax in the Central Valley for 2006. They are supposed to have the first coverage in Santa Ana and Escazu in January. Also in January the new cell network is supposed to have Internet access for your phone or smart phone.
Right on Scott!