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 10-15-2005, 19:06 Post: 117925
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Hi ya all.
Most of you know I am a New Holland owner and next to never venture into Deere territory BUT I come in PEACE! Laughing out loud
I am looking for some unbiased advise. Looking into buying a new riding lawn tractor for my house just outside the city. Its on 1 acre so we are not talking huge grass areas to cut but large enough for a rider (wouldnt want to get in shape pushing a mower).
I have a pretty cheap rider now and have been happy with it for 8 years (not really happy but it fit the purpose, the cut looks like crap and its noisy as helll) Anyway it was a throw away tractor and I am throwing it away after 8 years. Here's my questions?
1. Are the deeres at Home depot any good? Laughing out loud
Was wondering if they have a decent reputation
( Like Deere has) in other lines of tools?
2. I am looking at a Craftsmen, Auto Trany w/electric
blade eng. and a decent engine in it for $1599.
3. I am also looking at the home depots deeres. Here
are my choices please advise me on any pro's cons.
1A. L100 Deere $1499 17hp briggs ohv Gear trany.
2.B. L111 Deere 20hp v-twin Auto Trany w/foot pedal controls for $1899
3C. Deere L120 22hp brigs v-twin auto trany and elect. blade engagement.

Now remember I dont want to spend money but I will spend only what I have to for this rotten task of JUST cutting lawn. I am moving in less than 5 years and will have next to NO lawn for mowing (Or as little as I can get away with)
Please help me Thanks
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 10-15-2005, 20:49 Post: 117935
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I just bought the JD LT190 which is a nice tractor but pricey. I recommend the Husqvarna XP series for the best deal for the money - about $2000 or $2400 depending on whether you get the 42 or 48 inch mower.






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 10-16-2005, 00:28 Post: 117954
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Use the employee discount and get a New Holland. They are made by Toro. You have the GT-A and the MY series to chose from.






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Craftsman brand lawn tractors are made by the lowest bidder. That's how Sears operates. They are designed with a 2 year life span.

The Deere units sold at the mass retailers are designed with half the life expectancy of the units sold at your Deere dealers. Are they good compared to the cheap stuff on the market? Yes. Are they as good as they could be? No, done that way to keep the cost down for the profit margin needs of the mass retailers.

I hate to say that of Deere since I'm a Deere owner. But I own a 4310 with 72" mid-mount and that has a good finish cut. I also own a used JD325 that does a nice job. The best Deere equipment is bought at the dealer. Unfortunately, it's expensive as I'm sure you know by now.






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 10-16-2005, 16:13 Post: 117977
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The low end Deere L series is the SAME at both the Deere dealer and the mass merchant! Also the current Craftsman are made by Husqvarna,and are on a par in quality to the L series Deere.I say this as a Deere and Kubota owner.If I were looking for a $1700-$3000 tractor,I would look at all brands.Deere is not better than the rest in this price range!If I were looking for a $5000 tractor,I would look at Deere.






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 10-16-2005, 20:03 Post: 117986
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I think you should look for a nice low hour used Deere F-525. These are very reliable and simple front mower machines that are darn near as good and fast as a zero turn radius mower. The are powered by a Kawasaki PA540 17 hp engine that shares the same oil with the hydro unit. I have had mine for about 4 years and it has been a very good mower that I have used on my own lawn as well as 2 years of commercial lawn mowing. You can find them in the $1200 to $1800 price range depending upon condition and hours. Just something else to consider.






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 10-17-2005, 09:36 Post: 118011
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Deere sells low end riders to compete with the other guys (Sears, MTD, White, etc). These are all found at the box stores. These same JD models are sold by real Deere dealers but they will attempt to sell you a better model. The same holds true for the Cub-Cadet line. I feel the low end Deere and Cadet models are better than the off brands mostly made by MTD. I feel the Cadets and Deeres are comparible but the Cadets are slightly less money especially used.

If you don't want to spend much money, are mowing only an acre and that will only last 5 years, I'd buy a new low end model or opt for a nice higher end used model with 42 to 46" deck.

I keep buying used Cadets, I like hydros and power lift. My oldest ones are approaching 25 years old and yes they need maintanence. I also have a couple of newer ones that also have power steering. That is sweet for going around trees, etc.

If you buy a low end model, are careful in handling and abuse, it should last about 10 years. If you are elligible for a NH discount, that should be a starting point for how much for your money.






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another option to look at is auctions. My local JD dealer is one of a group of 9 or 10 dealerships. Each spring at one location, they gather all of their used lawn and garden equipment and hold a big auction. That's where I got my JD 325. You have to know the value of course, but sometimes you can get a good deal on an upper level mower.






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Just a bit of info. Cub Cadet (l&g), White, Troy Built are all MTD.






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I think MTDs are amazingly tough for the little money you spend. I prefer more beefy and smoother riding lawn tractors but I pay more than I should for them. I grew to love lawn tractors after mowing my father's 3 acre lawn weekly when I was a kid. Took me up to 6 hours a week.

My Dad used to make the MTDs last forever but after a couple of years we had to wire them together. He'd even leave the 3 acre regular lawn and start mowing the pear orchard for fun. I know this is the best and cheapest option if you are a handyman - or if you baby your lawnmower on a nice easy lawn.

My Mom has an MTD which she refuses to get rid of because it was my Dad's and he is gone now. We just put $600 into it to replace the tranny - even though the machine only cost $900 to begin with. The nephews beat it up a bit and it failed after about 10 years. With the new tranny, and if I keep the nephews off it, it will probably last another 10 years. I would prefer a nicer riding stronger machine but this is what my Mom wanted at her house.






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