New John Deere 100 Series Lgts
Posted November 11, 2012 - 11:25 PM
Okay, recently I've been giving some thought to purchasing a new John Deere D170 as a dedicated lawnmower tractor. I've read about the rear trans on these 100 series tractors not being all that good and not lasting. Any thoughts you guys may have on this series machines? Anyone have expereince with the 100 Series tractors that are willing to express here. You can sure send me a PM if you would rather. Not sure I want to step up to the X300 series with all wheel steer because that's getting pretty big in size for the tractor I would need.
Also, I know John Deere is having their Green Days Sales going on now but when would you guys say the best time is to purchase a LGT from a dealer? I wouldn't think the Spring would be a good time to purchase a new LGT from a dealer. Thoughts?
Posted November 12, 2012 - 12:59 AM
As to the X300 "size" being to big...? Would you mean "dimensionally" like won't fit in the shed or big as to price tag? You can always use a bigger tractor for smaller jobs, but a smaller tractor won't do so well on bigger jobs they're not designed for and be expected to last. (Especially so for lower priced tractor transmissions.)
Edited by HydroHarold, November 12, 2012 - 01:01 AM.
Posted November 12, 2012 - 01:05 AM
Having been in auto sales, I was asked that question everyday. With rebates, bonus cash, loyalty, trade assistance or what ever they want to call it- it will be on "SALE." That being said I bought my John Deere X320 in March of this year. I did watch prices before and after and I did OK.
In my opinion spend a little more for the X series and get a lot more tractor.
Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:45 AM
Posted November 12, 2012 - 07:23 AM
The LX series is a good choice if you need a mower only and never want to do any GT work. They are the older equivalent to the x300 series being the deluxe LT with stronger transmission, frame etc than the LT and L models.
Posted November 12, 2012 - 07:33 AM
My BIL bought a D130 this summer and has had no trouble mowing his 2-3 acres. He loves it. Not sure what he paid, but he managed to get a pretty sweet little lawn cart as part of the deal.
They are decent mowers for relatively even ground and established lawn. The important thing to remember is that they are mowers that will do some light towing. They aren't tractors.
Posted November 12, 2012 - 12:42 PM
As previously said get what you can afford and if you do decide on the D100 go over the tractor from front to end and make sure it has been set up and lubricated correctly. As I have gotten the L100 ready to sell I have found several areas that indicated that they had never received the proper lubrication even at setup.
Posted November 12, 2012 - 12:54 PM
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Posted November 15, 2012 - 07:39 AM
Not sure what and X300 runs but I bet more than $2800.The X300 has an inferior transmission as well.I think you have to step up to the X320 or higher for the better transmission.Google the model you want and the transmission type.If it has a cheap transmission there should be a handful of threads trashing it.
I recomend the GX345 BY FAR over the X300 and a box store.More tractor than you need?Maybe but it will still be going 10-15 years from now.The X500 series was the replacement for the GX345.
Here is mine to give you an idea what it looks like.Do some homework and bet you can find a good deal.Liquid cooled Kawasaki,traction control,hydraulic lift and power steering.