This is my first post in the forum. I'm usually over at the David Bradley board.
I have a couple of old John Deere garden tractors that I'm thinking about trading off.
I've gotten many years of enjoyment out of these tractors but the time has come to move on to a zero turn.
I don't have nearly as much time as I used to and I need to cut my mowing time down drastically. Also it seems like every year I find myself having to work on the mowers to keep them going and although I used to enjoy this part of the hobby.....well anymore, not so much.
I have a 1966 John Deere 110 round fender with the original K181 engine and 4 speed Peerless transmission. It also has the 38" mowing deck.
The mower is complete and went through a mini restoration about 18 years ago.
The paint is not close to showroom but is still really nice and the engine, mower and transmisson are all very solid. These items were all rebuilt when I got it, again 18 years ago.
The tires have been tubed and are still in good shape. I can air them up at the first of the year and they will not need more air until the next mowing season.
I used this as my main mower for about 5 years and then parked it when I got a 212.
The 212 is model year 1982 and has the original 12 HP Kohler and Peerless transmission. It also has a 47" mowing deck.
The paint, tires, engine and transmisson are all in really good shape and I've never had it fail to start for me.
This has been my main mower for the last 13 years and is by far my favorite to ride.
My question has to do with what I should ask for these two mowers.
I've tried looking on the internet but have seen a wild swing in prices.
For instance I've seen 110 tractors that are very similar to mine, (1965 - 1966), that have asking prices from $400.00 to $950.00. These prices were all listed at equipment dealers.
I have a local John Deere dealer that is very interested in the 110 and possibly the 212. He said he knows plenty of collectors that he can sell the 110 to really quickly, and I guess there is a good market for the 212 tractors as well.
So could any of you give me a ballpark figure of what I should ask for on a zero turn trade in? I don't want to get taken advantage of since these tractors have served me well and I honestly hate to see them go.
I've already decided that I'll be keeping one of my mowers as both a back up to the zero turn and also for any pulling type jobs that need done. I'm definitely going to trade in the 110 since it is doing nothing more than gathering dust in the garage. As for the 212 or a 111 lawn tractor I have....one of them will be staying with me.
Sorry this got so long and thanks in advance.