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 09-24-2005, 20:02 Post: 116846
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I'm planning on buying a jd 2305 with a 200cx loader,the price i was quoted is 12800. seem like a good deal? I am also curious if I might be better off with a 2210 at a reduced price? anyone out there have any opinions?






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 09-25-2005, 15:42 Post: 116881
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AC,

I own at 2210 and looked at the new 2305 several times in the last weeks including yesterday. I don't see much difference other than styling of the hood. Other minor things include different shaped pedals, and a revised Upper Arm support in the back, but beyond that?? Sure, it is supposed to have 1 HP more, but I doubt anyone will notice that - I sure wouldn't.

I've heard smarter people than me talk about the new loader as not being a Quick Attach, but I guess there is another version that is. Which one are you getting? THe 2210 loader was only a quick attach.

Murf, Hardwood and AV8R always have good insight. Hopefully they will respond to your question too.

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 09-25-2005, 21:25 Post: 116909
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I need to buy a tractor to mow 3 to 4 acres with mild hills, and maintain a 500 ft rock driveway in summer and snow removal, plus light landscaping. Should I buy a 2305 with a loader and 62"mmm or buy a larger 30-40hp tractor to run a 72" or 84" finishing mower?? Do the smaller tractors like the 2305 get enough traction to box-blade, etc?






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 09-26-2005, 08:09 Post: 116940
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I know a 2210 with smaller 4'boxblade will handle your drive for I have done some amazing things with mine. Also, the unit will easily take care of 3-4 acres, but the thing I would ask is "what further do you want out of the machine"? Reason for asking, when you have a strong need to really exercise rear three point attachments, then I would encourage you to look higher, because the 2210 does not have a position control value and running a rotary cutter, 4' will consume tons of time in big areas.






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 09-26-2005, 15:04 Post: 116962
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From what I have heard, the dealers in NH don't seem to deal very much. You might be able to come to CT or MA and pay sales tax (maybe showing your drivers license would negate that) and still get a better deal. Of course, you would still have to use your local dealer for service. Also, make sure you get the 200CX loader, as the 200X is not quick-tach.

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 09-26-2005, 21:25 Post: 116985
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For anyone who has a 2210 or 2305, are you happy with how fast you can mow? Do you ever wish you had a zero-radius-turn mower instead? Or a bigger machine with a 72" mower? I have thought about buying an old gear drive tractor for heavy duty work and buying a ZRT mower or just buy the 2305 with loader and 62"mmm. Have 3 to 4 acres to mow with mild slopes. Also have post-holes to dig.






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 09-27-2005, 08:30 Post: 117001
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Chris,

If your ground is fairly smooth and you don't have a lot of obstacles, then the 2210/2305 is probably almost as quick as a z-trak. If you have a lot of trees etc to navigate, then I would think the advantage goes to the z-trak. The slopes you mention would concern me with the z-trak though -- so I would recommend you demo both before making your decision. I like the cut quality of the 62C (have gator blades on it).

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 09-27-2005, 12:58 Post: 117016
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Chris,

I'm on my second 2210 and love the little guy, BUT when you have one piece that has multi-function capability, then it means you must give up something; that is, my 2210 does a pretty good job at all task, not great. More specifically, I would like the loader to be faster, and the mow quailty higher (I'm comparing the mow quaility to a ZTR), etc and I'm currently thinking of switching to what you described, perhaps a 4310 (loader only) and just use the ZTR for grass.






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I was just reading the specs on the 2520 which retails for $15000. The 2305 retails for $10000. Both use the same loader. Wondering if the 2 extra hp and more powerful hydraulics are worth the extra $5000. I see the 2520 comes with MMM that you can drive over after unhooking. Wondering if 2520 with 72mmm would mow that much faster than 2305 with 62". For landscaping, would I gain much with the bigger tractor as far as loader work, and rear blade?






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 09-28-2005, 07:07 Post: 117052
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Chris,

I'm sort of where you are now, but I have a 2210 and have owned a 4110 and still ponder over the "true value for myself", i.e., stepping up slightly as opposed to a considerable jump up the latter. In fact, my good friend has commented to me "you will not be happy unless the next purchase exceeds your expectations, based on your experience with the 2210, because it's a great overall machine".

No question, the bigger machine, i.e., 2320..2520 will give you better control of the 3-point (position control, added height for lifting implements, and backhoe option), and for the loader you will gain speed and lifting ability and I know from the larger frame vs 2305 you will have a more stable platform. However, if the 3-point usage is not a high priority (meaning the 2210 easily covers your needs and mine does a great job with bush hog, 50" tiller, 4' boxblade, rake, etc.) and you can live with lift capacity of the 200CX, then your right, it becomes tought to consider the additional 5K.

If you have been on this site long, then you know there are many VERY HAPPY 2210 guys (not to imply the 4000 series guys are not happy as well), but you consistantly hear "this is a wonderful machine and believe me it has attitude".






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