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 01-31-2003, 16:09 Post: 48476
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 JD 425 aws help

I'm looking for some guidance, I'm loking at getting a tractor to be used to maintain our legion baseball field. The unit is a 425 all wheel steering, it has 950 hours on the engine. It has the 22hp liquid cooled unit. The seller wants 4,500 but will take 4,000. I'm not sure is this a good deal, is there problems with the AWS, any insight into this would be appreciated.

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 02-01-2003, 00:04 Post: 48495
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 JD 425 aws help

MT,I bought a 425 aws a few years ago and since traded it
for a 4310. The 425 aws is great for mowing around things
but I found its hard to mow fast and hold a straight line,
you are always over correcting the steering.If you have a
big open area to mow buy the standard 425.One problem area
with the rear steering is the upper ball joints get loose
after extended use,grab the top of the rear tire and rock
it side to side to check for looseness.4k is no bargin unless its in perfect shape.Around this area(iowa)another
1 to 2K will get you a 455 w/60" deck and much easier on
fuel too.........I hope this helps,Dan






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 02-01-2003, 07:42 Post: 48507
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 JD 425 aws help

MT

The JD 425 is 20 HP, not 22 HP like the 445 and 455.
Unless you have alot of trees, etc; to mow around, I would go with the 2 wheel steer model.

J. Malloy






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 02-01-2003, 10:55 Post: 48515
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 JD 425 aws help

I have had the 425 aws since 1999 (traded up to 445 aws last year) and just yesterday was in a conversation remarking how tough and how well the aws has held up for Deere over the years. I am aware of some aws with many hours (neighbors, and a landscaper with several), and the aws isn't what shows the first wear. And eventual repair of aws joints where they do wear is not a major expense. The price you pay is up to you, but it sounds like it is in the ballpark of the value that Deere holds on its used lawn and garden equipment. I don't find the aws hard to hold a straight line and I mow about 8 acres, give or take, and even if I didn't have any trees, I would opt for the aws. Turning on a dime is a real time saver, at least for me. Rarely do you back up when you can turn so quickly in a small space to get back to the strip you are mowing. If you have any hills, the aws aids mowing when you have to turn uphill, as it seems to get the rear end down under the turn and under the mass of the tractor. A big difference over just the front wheel steer. Also, if you are stuck (hung up over a root or on a slippery slope), turning the powered rear wheels to get unstuck is a feature that is priceless. But you suit yourself. I would not be without the all-wheel steer.






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