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#1 JDGuy445 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2013 - 06:23 PM

I am looking at a tractor to do the mowing work once the loader is on the 445. So my question is should I keep my 345 that I was planning to sell or just go with buying a 425 for a few hundred. The 425 needs work but that is no problem for me. I figured if I sold my 345 for the price I'm aiming at then it would pay for the 425 and I would still have money left over. If I just keep the 345 then I gain no money but don't lose any either. The 425 like I said needs mostly cosmetic work, but should be no problem at all. I really enjoy the 445, but I feel like I may just waste my time with the 425. The 445 is by far the most comfortable one I have so going with its little brother wouldn't be a bad idea. The 345 though is almost equally nice. Thoughts?


Edited by JDGuy445, January 15, 2013 - 06:29 PM.


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Posted January 15, 2013 - 06:30 PM

The 425 is a lot more tractor than the 345. More versatile with the ability to add a 3pt hitch and 2 hydraulic circuits for instance. IMO if it only costs you a few hundred and the larger size isn't a problem I'd go for the larger machine. It's a nice decision to have to make. You really can't loose either way. 



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Sounds like your on the fence.A bird in hand worth two in bush.seams like your really just wanting a project you know your 345 in and out.Keep it save your money and watch for tractor in your budget you can buy that way you have your mower and a project tractor to work on as little or as much as you want.  



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 06:42 PM

It's nice helping others spend their money, so GO FAR IT, and get the mostest for the leastest. Since you had already have the 445 in your mind I don't think you would be happy with any thing less.

 

Good luck with whatever you decide.

 

 

Dick


Edited by JRJ, January 16, 2013 - 12:02 PM.


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Posted January 15, 2013 - 06:46 PM

Is the 425 coming with a bigger deck, and is that something you need?



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 08:47 PM

I need a 48" deck which it should have. The 60" on the 445 gouges the lawn on the hill and can't fit in a few spots due to the sheer size of the deck. I know my John Deere mower in and out but just wanted to know what you guys thought. Financially I'm thinking of selling the 345 and going for the 425. Comfort wise I'd say either just about. I don't really need hydraulics or a 3pt, since the 445 will be doing heavy work. This will just mow lawn and pull the cart. I have professional JD mechanic training and worked on these things since my first one I worked on in middle school. So fixing will be no issue whatsoever. I just might not find the time to do the work.



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 08:48 PM

My former landlord had a 345 and I loved that thing. If you don't plan to use your second tractor for anything but mowing I would personally stick with the 345 for ease of maneuverability. I'm guessing it has a better turning radius than the 425.

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Posted January 15, 2013 - 09:10 PM

Just something to ponder. I see a lot more used 345's sitting for sale at dealerships than I do 425's. Not sure what's up with that, but could be a reason for it. Probably because more of the lawn service companies are starting to upgrade to bigger and better tractors. Hard decision to make my friend, but I think I'd go for the 425.



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Having run both myself............... Hmmmmm tough one. Is it a strait 425 or AWS?

Once you get the hang of the AWS on a 425,445,455 they are hard to beat.

The 54" deck is pretty hard to get to scalp. IMO the AWS have much greater

traction on the hills,plus diff lock. I do not remember if the 345 does. I dont think so.

The 345 is shorter which is better at not scalping. Me personally, AWS 425 or 345.

The 345 would better than a standard 425 for smaller mowing dutys.

I love the 425 AWS with a 60"



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 01:00 PM

I would not be opposed to stepping up to a larger machine it I knew it was mechanically a good one.  As for stepping from a 345 I personally would have a hard time with that.  They are great machines and would love to own one.



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 04:36 PM

I think both are very similar as far as a mower is concerned.

Hydraulics,three point ability and reat pto ability give the 425 the edge.

You already have a 445 so the 425 makes sense.

I have a GX345 and as a mower it is hard to beat.

I would post the 345 for sale.If it sells buy the 425 if it does not then just keep it.

 

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Posted January 16, 2013 - 04:49 PM

Just something to ponder. I see a lot more used 345's sitting for sale at dealerships than I do 425's. Not sure what's up with that, but could be a reason for it. Probably because more of the lawn service companies are starting to upgrade to bigger and better tractors. Hard decision to make my friend, but I think I'd go for the 425.

 

Troy, I think JD sold a lot more of the 300 series tractors than the 400's. When I was looking at the GX345 and the X475 in 2005 I chose the larger tractor and that worked pretty well for me but I needed the dual hydraulics and the 3 point hitch. 



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Troy, I think JD sold a lot more of the 300 series tractors than the 400's. When I was looking at the GX345 and the X475 in 2005 I chose the larger tractor and that worked pretty well for me but I needed the dual hydraulics and the 3 point hitch. 

Yup, these 300's especially the 345 were very popular in the beginning. So dealers ordered a extra bundle because they saw a high value in them.

 

I think I'll go for the 425. There are some can-kickers looking at the 345 so maybe it'll sell quicker. I still have another 345 frame and some parts in the shed so I can always build it and have two if I feel like it.


Edited by JDGuy445, January 16, 2013 - 08:28 PM.





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