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 09-04-2002, 20:44 Post: 42014
Bill Cherry
2002-09-04 20:44:04
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Just bought a home with seven acres of which one and a half is lawn. With the home I aquired a "99" JD 325 mower. The asphalt drive is 375 feet long and does have somewhat of a slope to it. What would be the best tracor to purchase that is four wheel drive? And would do the mowing tasks along with pushing the snow away. Any advice would be appreciated.






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 09-05-2002, 09:05 Post: 42039
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As everyone who replies to your message will say, you need to determine the useage of your tractor before you buy. I my opinion, you will probably not need anything bigger than sub-compact tractor, in a MMM (Mid Mounted Mower), if all you are going to do is push snow and mow. When I bought my acreage, I researched before I bought my tractors, and did what you are doing now, soliciting information from experinenced people.

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Another consideration is the X series lawn tractors (X495 or X595 by JD). They are "beefier" is you will, than the average lawn tracor. Good Luck!!

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 09-05-2002, 09:30 Post: 42041
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I have never heard of anybody saying they were sorry they spent the money on a 4wd. It will change a marginal machine into a workhorse, especially if you are pushing snow.






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 09-05-2002, 11:36 Post: 42046
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2002-09-05 00:00:00
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I agree with Mark on the 4 wd issue. But Dennis raises a good point. Location, Location, Location. Money is also a factor.

If the snows are light in your area, a blade or single stage snow thrower for the front of that 325 may do the trick.

1.5 acres is a not to much mowing for a 325, depending on your available mowing time. As far as the terrain, I have customers who leave chains on the rear tires year around on thier 325/335/345's to help with traction on slopes, some have barred tires for the smae reason, and they work very well, with minimal turf damage.

My advice is to mow a few times with the 325 and see how that works. The snow removal is another issue, you may want to check with others in your area to see what to expect.

In my area, N. W. Indiana, every year is different, we have extremes in the amounts of snow from year to year. You need to be prepared to handle the worst, and watch helplessly as your snow equipment sets idle some years, with the only justification of it's purchase being the memory of how bad it was only a few years ago.






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 09-05-2002, 13:50 Post: 42055
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I tried to use an 18HP lawn tractor and a front blade to clear snow on absolutely level ground. It was good for maybe 6 to 9 inches of dry fluffy snow. If the snow was heavy and wet or deeper, it was pretty useless.






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 09-05-2002, 16:00 Post: 42057
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yep mark, that's about right. Any more than that and a blade just doesn't work well at all.






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 09-05-2002, 19:19 Post: 42062
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2002-09-05 00:00:00
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I do appreciate all of the experienced advice. The snow issue is one that can be ugly or tame. I'm in the mountains of Maryland and I've seen 30"+ snowfalls. I know that the previous owners of this property mowed with the 325. I also noticed they had a truck/plow for obvious snow removal. The X series 4x4 JD does look to be superior over the JD 325. I agree that this 325 with a blade and the incline of the drive would be a problem with heavier snowfall. I would be able to do something in the 15k range. I'm sure the 325 has somewhat of a trade value. Would anyone have any idea as to what it would be worth?






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 09-05-2002, 21:39 Post: 42064
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Sounds like you are getting good advice. One question...what do you plan to do with the remainder of your property that you won't be mowing initially? You might want to consider something like the 4100 series, which should be within the price range you specified. It would be a lot more tractor and could handle larger implements in the future (loader, rear blade, etc). You could also consider a used machine in the 655 - 755 - 855 class.






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 09-06-2002, 09:52 Post: 42085
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2002-09-06 00:00:00
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It's heavily wooded and I have no plans to clear any of it in the near future. It serves as a buffer zone and helps with privacy.






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