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Posted June 12, 2012 - 02:39 PM

I have an oppurtunity to sell my JD lawn tractor and end up with a 175 hydro that runs and mows but needs a little cosmetic help and a 1978 JD 214 with a 47" (i think) deck. What do you guys think? I have a newer 115 auto that is great but small. I have a another GT for my work and am looking for a mower with a larger deck. After looking this 115, I don't have a lot of faith in its long term reliability. I see it as a 10 year tractor, not a tank like the 214. I'm gonna fix the 175 and sell it. It is just part of the deal. The 214 is in great shape. I have never mowed with one and was curious on how they did. Thanks in advance.

Edited by dropped82, June 12, 2012 - 02:39 PM.


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Posted June 12, 2012 - 03:35 PM

I've never mowed with one either but they weigh 750 lbs roughly without the mower deck. Probably nearly as much as the other 2 tractors together. As with any older tractor it may have some problems that need attention. The transmissions can be a big issue on those if there are a lot of miles on them. Make sure it goes into all the gears and stays there when you speed up and slow down etc. Others can comment on the cut quality.
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Posted June 12, 2012 - 07:17 PM

I think the 200 series is a durable machine. Take care of them and you have a tractor that will provide many years of work. Considering I have a 1966 110 that is still seeing regular work, the flat fender 110/112 and later 200 series take that design to the next level. Hydro would be nice but very durable.
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Posted June 12, 2012 - 09:13 PM

I don't have my doubts in durability. I have used JD's since I was a kid. At least no doubts in the older machines. I was just wondering on cut quality, blade speed, etc. Thanks for the replies.

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Posted June 12, 2012 - 09:39 PM

I grew up on a 210 with the 48" deck and it did a fine job. When compared to the 212 that my grandmother had, the 212 did a nicer job than the 210, especially when in heavier grass. Any way I see it, a 200 series is a great machine. There is a part of me that is secretly coveting a 200 or a 208.
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 05:36 AM

The 214 is a true garden tractor, capable of handling ground engaging implements like a moldboard plow, box blade, tiller, etc. The 175 is a lawn tractor, and while you can get a snow blower and a snow blade for them, they can't handle the implements that a 214 will. The 175 will be a better mowing machine with a tighter turning radius, more blade tip speed, better cut and will feel very nimble compare to the 214. But the 214 will out last it if taken care of properly. Both engines are top notch, the Kawasaki in the 175 and the Kohler in the 214, but the hydro on the 175 will not provide you with the longevity of the Peerless gear drive in the 214. Yes, there will be some things you need to look for in the Peerless 214 transmission, but it's all fixable and serviceable, while the hydro in the 175 wasn't intended to be serviceable. Of the two, I would go with the 214 for it's more robust and durable design.
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 05:39 AM

I have a 212 with the 46" deck but the deck was in real bad shape when I bought the tractor and since I have the 140H3 with a deck I have not spent the money on the high priced parts for the 212 deck.

The decks are very similar and since the 140 cuts very well so I would assume that the 212 would perform well also. The 140 is much easier to mow with since it has the hydro so the left foot is not overworked.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 09:41 AM

I appreciate the advice. The 175 is going with the deal only for me to resell. I plan on keeping the 214 to replace my current mower. I have an old Springfield I use for the heavier nee.ds although it'll be nice to have 2 that can handle the work. I have seen some youtube videos of the 214 and am impressed with its capabilities

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 09:04 AM

Well went yesterday to look at the 214. It wasn't quite the shape I was looking for. It had quite a few issues. I am hopefully looking at a 212 today. They are only asking $200 for the 212 so don't really have to sell my other to get it. Though the wife may think different.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 08:54 PM

Well went yesterday to look at the 214. It wasn't quite the shape I was looking for. It had quite a few issues. I am hopefully looking at a 212 today. They are only asking $200 for the 212 so don't really have to sell my other to get it. Though the wife may think different.


That doesn't sound like a bad price.I hope it's in decent shape.
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 11:41 AM

I think you would be really happy with a 200 series Garden Tractor. They are deffinetly tanks, and can handle jsut about anything you can throw on them. One other thing that wasn't mentioned is that the 200 Series has a pretty large turning radius, so it wont be as nimble as the 175 would be, just food for thought depending on if you have alot of obsticles in your yard.
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Posted July 06, 2012 - 09:28 PM

Keep the blades sharp and the RPM's high and the machine will cut.

Not lying about the turn radius . . .not a nimble machine by any means.

MIght need to relearn/rethink your method of cutting.

Enjoy!
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