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fidhhook54 01-06-2010 06:12 PM

I mow during the week if is not raining, when I get back from work,
or if its raining during the week, I mow during the weekend.

Never mow in the morning because of the dew, the belts get wet and then dry
evertime that hapens, the belt gets looser and looser, till is so loose it will break spindles.

I seen plenty of mowers, there's no way that mower has only 50 hours...
even mowing in the rain...

50 hours in the meter maybe.

if you mow 5 acres plus you need a commercial mower.

Try to find the garage kept ones is you best bet, if that mower was garaged
the deck will not be in that shape... I keep mine outdoors, I also always raise the deck after I mow, mine is a 2004/2005 model and does not look that bad.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/grd/1538157441.html

Look at the one above, they are asking too much money, however you can see,
how a mower with 50 hours should look like, there's mower in this condition in your price range, even around 700/900.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/grd/1538256319.html

this is too small, however it looks good, just a new seat and you will be cooking.

fidhhook54 01-06-2010 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by emudryj (Post 2703756)

that one is nice, you can get one in that shape for around 900.

I check FL craiglist often for JD's just for curiosity and I have seen them.
this one is in TX, it does not help, however wait a couple days and a nice one will
pop up.
http://houston.craigslist.org/grd/1538581510.html

Also JD stop with the kohler engines cause those had more problems,
its briggs only now, however not all of the kohler's engines were bad.

emudryj 01-07-2010 05:59 PM

I went to check out a very nice 22hs old JD LA105... 19.5 hp and 42" deck. but the guy wanted 800 and bougth it in lowes....so I remembered what all of you guys said about the home depot and lowes cheapos and decided to pass on.

fidhhook54 01-07-2010 06:55 PM

JD dealers sell the same cheap JD mowers (same models) that lowes or home depot
has...

Same people say is the people at lowes that assemble them, those things came in cranes, just the dealerships have the less expensive
and the more expensive also.

Is the same mower on the dealership, on the jd site or on lowe's.
the people that have those problems believe the cheap ones are assemble
at lowe's, these things came in cranes already assembled, and are exactly the same model.

Just look for ones that have been used in residencial mowing, instead
of farms and big plots of land.

I'am here in Tampa, I prefer to buy a product from a guy in ST Pete than in Plant city, I'm sure Miami has also places people take care and use less their stuff.

look on JD site, go to Lowes ot homedepot and to the dealership and you realize
that's a bunch of crook.

Even the price is the same, on the site, on lowe's and on the dealership.
JD dictates the price to be the same.

yeah the dealership has the 4k 6k ones
that home depot does not carry, however those you will
not be able to buy with 1k...

that LA 105 is 1500doll new,
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
maybe you can get one like that new at home depot left over from last year for 1300...
yeap some of them are better from the 90's, however you don't want
a 20 year old mower.

Some of the old ones they look great also cause they have been
repainted, they sell john deere paint at home depot.

I bought mine at the home depot,
back then the L111, I check the dealer, the site and home depot, exactly the same mower, exactly the same price, I just bought it at home depot cause was not as far as the dealer,
the ones the are sold at home depot came with a sticker w/address to take them
to the next JD dealership for service.

They all have cast iron decks, at the dealer at lowes/home depot or at the site.

The L series were mass produced, some are good, some have problems.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...rtOp=highToLow

here we go the LA 105 has the same price
at lowes and home depot, and some dealers are selling that same model mower at
exactly the same price...

They used to sell the L series on their site (JD official site) for the same price too.

Check the price of the mower new before you buy old, sometimes for a difference of a few hundred you better buy new.

kone 01-07-2010 07:30 PM

He's right, JD dealers sell the same models as the big box places. Don't buy the bottom level JD anywhere. Try to find an old cast iron frame JD - maybe the GT* series - used. Call the local JD and ask.

Originally Posted by fidhhook54 (Post 2709627)
JD dealers sell the same cheap JD mowers (same models) that lowes or home depot
has...

Same people say is the people at lowes that assemble them, those things came in cranes, just the dealerships have the less expensive
and the more expensive also.

Is the same mower on the dealership, on the jd site or on lowe's.
the people that have those problems believe the cheap ones are assemble
at lowe's, these things came in cranes already assembled, and are exactly the same model.

Just look for ones that have been used in residencial mowing, instead
of farms and big plots of land.

I'am here in Tampa, I prefer to buy a product from a guy in ST Pete than in Plant city, I'm sure Miami has also places people take care and use less their stuff.

look on JD site, go to Lowes ot homedepot and to the dealership and you realize
that's a bunch of crook.

Even the price is the same, on the site, on lowe's and on the dealership.
JD dictates the price to be the same.

yeah the dealership has the 4k 6k ones
that home depot does not carry, however those you will
not be able to buy with 1k...

that LA 105 is 1500doll new,
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
maybe you can get one like that new at home depot left over from last year for 1300...
yeap some of them are better from the 90's, however you don't want
a 20 year old mower.

Some of the old ones they look great also cause they have been
repainted, they sell john deere paint at home depot.

I bought mine at the home depot,
back then the L111, I check the dealer, the site and home depot, exactly the same mower, exactly the same price, I just bought it at home depot cause was not as far as the dealer,
the ones the are sold at home depot came with a sticker w/address to take them
to the next JD dealership for service.

They all have cast iron decks, at the dealer at lowes/home depot or at the site.

The L series were mass produced, some are good, some have problems.


Santee vip 01-07-2010 07:49 PM

Electrolux in Orangeburg, SC builds Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, I think about 30 brands in all. They use parts from all over and build to company ordering specs. I taught at Tech College in Orangeburg and they sent new hires to learn mechanical assembly techniques. A lot of companies share parts (engines, Transmissions, Decks) There were 6-8 different of each and mixed to make different models.

fidhhook54 01-08-2010 03:59 PM

Yes the GT are better mowers, however they were not mass produced like the L series, harder to find, and when you do find one is too old.

They are out there. I seen a nice GT, perfect condition, 3 weeks ago on Miami
craiglist, these thing look brand new. The guy only wanted 700.

the L series has 4k ridding mowers,
they are not junk, they should last you at least double of
a Yard machines or Murray in the same conditions,
I had a Murray for 3 years, after 3 years was junk,
I got the JD in 2004 has last 5 years already and the deck is not rusted
like the Murray was, and not as many troubles.

However the Murray, a 14 hp was way faster then my 20hp JD.
I could race in the Murray...

JD coats their deck parts, is harder for them parts to rust out, there's other good mowers out there, however they hardly show up for sale in 2nd hand, and the ones that do are crap that has been abused, Husqvarna, Snapper, etc...

Sometimes you will find a 200 series for 700/900 doll
however you have to get lucky.

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/grd/1537407487.html

People still ask a pretty penny for these.

Yes, mine has a little rust where I set my foot, nothing that cannot be
sanded and repainted and apart from that looks very good for 5 years.

Also in some states JD operates under the Sabre name, same parts
just a different name.

fidhhook54 01-10-2010 07:49 PM

I seen a nice one today at home depot. I think was the LA125,

1700 doll, I know is over your price range, however for a couple hundred more you get a new mower and warranty (2 years).

Its a nice tractor.

my L111 in 2005 was 1700, mine is a 20hp, you getting a
21 hp for the same price and 5 years later...

It looks like the price on those things has been dropping,
some people they still want 2k for a mower they got 2/3 years ago and longer than that for 2300/2600.

the LA125 is a big mower compared with the LA105.

Home depot does not have the JD new models for 2010, they selling the left overs at a good price.

emudryj 01-11-2010 02:11 PM

Hey guys!!! what do you think on this one!!!
pro, is zero turn and walk behind ( if thats a advantage???)

cons, is Toro and with 400hs...

http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/grd/1547814043.html

but the price looks good

fishingfun 01-11-2010 02:46 PM

You know maybe the new ones are not made as good as the older ones but I would think at least your not buying their problems. I looked at JD and Chraftman back 10 years ago and decided on the 50" 22 Kohler craftman as it was about 2000 less then the JD of the same size. It also had a beer holder that was big enough to hold a huggy which was a strong selling point. I have ran the crap out of this tractor and the only problem I have had is one of the pully bearings went out under warranty. I had a 3 acres to cut for its first 7 years but only 1 the past 3 years.

Eyehooker 01-12-2010 12:57 PM

Had one w 48" deck-- could not run chains-- and the manual said NOT to use a snow blade because the trans may be damaged-- the engine would diesel when shut down after mowing Sears told me " the Kohler do that" next one was JD diesel with 62" deck -- had for 4 years love it-- yes it does Diesel all the time LOL

Jughed 01-12-2010 01:20 PM

I am not a LM snob type... I have a Murry 48" 21 HP. 10 years old... mows 2-4 acres week in week out. Mows as good as the same sized deere, was 1/4 the price.

gingersnap 01-12-2010 05:22 PM

We own a John Deere POS Home Depot version purchased in 2005.
Never again.
On the upside, we're looking at Kubota.
A bit pricey but if it lasts 10+ years, we're good with that.

fidhhook54 01-14-2010 03:56 PM

SW fl Craiglist has a GT for 700 buckaroos.
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/grd/1512884645.html,



http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/grd/1549124647.html
old reliable JD
the kohler commandos were good engines.

is only a 15 hp, but will do.


I was at fault for the spindles, otherwise my L series did not had a single problem in 5 years, also I did not lube the spindles for 4 years, so last year they broke.

a 20 hp L series and higher is as reliable as a older one,
just the frame will rust, yeah it takes a while to rust out.

If I had mine in the garage I'm sure did not have any rust.

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/grd/1511920534.html

My neighbour had problems with the kohler engine on his.

emudryj 01-29-2010 04:19 PM

What about Toro???

I found a 36 inch Toro Zero Turn with a 16HP... cant remember the engine brand... start rigth away, fairly used, no hour meter for $1400

What do you guys think about it???

ladyjane 04-12-2011 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by emudryj (Post 2753438)
What about Toro???

I found a 36 inch Toro Zero Turn with a 16HP... cant remember the engine brand... start rigth away, fairly used, no hour meter for $1400

What do you guys think about it???

that sounds good check the drive system the toro decks are a little thin check the spindals.If it is a kolher command those motors are ok if they were serviced but hard to start in cold weather. Toro owns exmark and exmark is a bit more heavy duty! Yes I would buy if checked out talk him down to 1200-1000

mikeloew 04-13-2011 11:15 AM

I have a Dixon 50'' 0 turn going on 10 years old now. still fun to drive.

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osudaddy 04-13-2011 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by kone (Post 2709686)
He's right, JD dealers sell the same models as the big box places. .

Wrong. Call my John Deere dealer (West Side Tractors (440) 245-6274) if you do not believe me.

Try to find an X300 at Lowes or Home Depot.:rofl::rofl:

DoubleO7 04-13-2011 03:10 PM

I hope the OP has a mower by now.
If not he should be looking for one with a sickle bar mower on it.


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