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 02-11-2004, 08:47 Post: 76623
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 Cub Cadet 3204 or 2523?

Hey all-
Is it worth the extra $500 for the 3204 over the 2523 to get a hydraulic lift and power steering? (as far as I can tell, that's the only differences between the two). Oh also, Cub Cadet's web site says the 3204 is 23 HP, but every other website lists it as 20 HP - which one is correct? Thanks!






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 02-11-2004, 09:01 Post: 76624
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 Cub Cadet 3204 or 2523?

The hydraulic lift is nice if you have a large mower deck and frequently raise or lower the deck. It is also helpful if you are mounting a snow blower on it. A Snow blower is much heavier than the mower deck. I would sit on the one without power lift and manually lift it several times to get a feel. Likewise, power steering is good for when you have a snow blower attached or just mowing applications with allot of sharp maneuvering. I have arthritis in my shoulders and that helps allot. The power options are also a good thing if your wife or children are using it. The ease of operation is the key thing. Sorry, I have older cadets so can't help you with current models.






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 02-11-2004, 09:23 Post: 76626
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Well I have the 3204 (see pictures) and if the difference was only $500 between the 2518 (replaced by the 2523) I would have jumped for joy like i won the lottery !!
My point being when I bought my 3204 last year the price difference was closer to $1000 or more.
The 3204 is substantially more machine than the 2500 series.
And thats not taking away from the 2500 series at all, because it is also a fantastic machine. The 3204 is a lot heavier, has a stronger frame (9 guage), Hydrolics, shaft coupler attachments -no belts real nice touch !!
You get more HP than last years model, and its less money
How can you say no? let us know how you decide !!


My biggest complaint about Cub is their web site!! They must have the worst web masters in the world because the specs have been screwed up for way to long. Its always out of date, slow, and inaccurate. Very unprofessional and should be no excuses as to why. Web sites are the easiest to design and correct, and obviously they dont have a good hosting service.

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 02-11-2004, 09:57 Post: 76627
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Duc, like most computers they only tell you what they have been told. Sometimes it is very hard to keep up with them as it is an expense that is hard to put a number to!






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 02-11-2004, 11:19 Post: 76635
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Hi Art,

As with any company a web site is a reflection of that company. A web site is one of the most effective methods of product launches. Its sometimes the only means to get updated information. They pay people to do this, and to be accurate in their info. It takes longer to type this, then it is to fix the spec errors on that site. Its a large company with deep resources, so its really unacceptable.
I fire people who make mistakes like this, because its shows someone didnt take the time out to double check the information or correct it in a timely fashion. I'm also deeply rooted in all aspects of Networks, Video applications and technology, thats how I make my livelyhood. Web site design is the least complicated
of what I'm involved with. Beside working for a company, I also run my own at the same time, in technology.
Their web site had these mistakes for months now, its time for accountability on their part, to say the least otherwise it reflects negatively on a company. Their site has been sluggish or off line many times over the past year.
Its the perception now that speaks louder because of this..

Art, I say this to you respectfully of course and maybe you can catch a corporate ear and advise them of this issue?

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 02-11-2004, 12:24 Post: 76639
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What really toasts me is when there's a factual error in the specs, and you take the trouble to tell them about it, and they STILL don't fix it. That is inexcusable. It's what, a two minute job to edit something?






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 02-11-2004, 13:21 Post: 76649
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Knowing the owners, to me I think that the internet is not of there main concern. Should it be, YES it should be because it is one of the changes of sales that is getting to be one of the more important ways to display hopefully correct information. The owners are conservative in nature and I don't think they are aware of the potential of it. For many people today it is a push of a button and very easy to adjust a website as I've watched some of my freinds write programs as well as build websites without even flinching where for me I felt more comfortable 10 years ago when I built our first by hunt and peck and a few mistakes. Thanks to my friends I got through it. Cadet is currently with it's hundred larger dealers this week where it is warm on the Big Island in the Pacific, no my brother went! I will make mention to them as to getting some choices made. There thoughts unlike deere which plans to go to inernet sales for most all items within the next few years, are to stay out of retailing and leave it up to the retail stores to get the info out to the people. I know that is not what you may want to hear or expect to hear but they are quite conservative.






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 02-11-2004, 15:19 Post: 76657
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Art,

I appreciate your insight on them! Even the most conservative of companies understand the power of the Internet. Its a shame they dont capitalize on it..

Thanks again,

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 02-11-2004, 16:31 Post: 76663
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Ducati, they have never been in retailing till they purchased Cadet in 82' and since then it's been a learning curve for them. I'll get to some of the wheels when they return and make mention to them. I do believe they know but it's a matter of time vs value to them.






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 02-11-2004, 18:24 Post: 76674
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Art,
While we are on the subject of Cub, can you confirm for me if the 44" deck fits on the 3235 series with no tire rub from the 24" tires? I scored some Carlisle Super Lugs and 3235 Rims and I want to see if fits. The area of concern would be at the rear guide wheels on the deck...

As for the management at Cub, thats a shame they arent concerned about their web site as much as they should be.
I learned about the Cub before I saw any dealer, so I knew what i was looking for before shopping...

Thanks again,

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