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#1 porsche924s OFFLINE  

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Posted August 12, 2014 - 03:49 PM

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I am looking for advice on which used  J.D. tractor to buy. My needs are mainly for mowing 1/2 acre of grass and leaf removal, therefore the model will need to have bagging capability. I want a garden tractor from the 80's or 90's, but it needs to be only one step above a lawn tractor. Based upon these requirements any suggestions?


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Posted August 12, 2014 - 05:13 PM

Welcome!  :wave:

 

There are several questions I have for you before I post a response:

  • Are you handy?  Do you like to do repairs?
  • Do you have a price range?
  • Would you want to use other attachments like a tiller/blade/snowblower?

 

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Posted August 12, 2014 - 07:45 PM

Welcome aboard!
I'm not a JD owner but someone with knowledge in this area will be along . Travis has some good ?'s that would help the guys with advice.

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Posted August 12, 2014 - 07:56 PM

What is your budget?

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Posted August 12, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Trav1s:

Thank you for the response.

I would not mind doing any repairs or a limited restoration work. My budget is about $1000., but I like bargains. I don't need any attachments other than a cart.

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Posted August 12, 2014 - 08:13 PM

Do you have any obstructions, gates, or uneven terrain that would limit the width of the mower deck?
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Posted August 12, 2014 - 08:27 PM

This one is overpriced by about $3-400, but that model is what I would recommend. Still supported by Deere for parts and has the single cylinder Kawasaki that is nearly bulletproof.

http://nh.craigslist...4606020505.html
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Posted August 12, 2014 - 08:32 PM

Ok, If I were to make a suggestion based on what you have mentioned I would say one of the following:

 

Gear drives:

  • Late 100 series (especially the '72 to '74 110/112 with 10HP K241/12 HP K301)
  • 210/212  (10 HP K241/12 HP K301)

All of these take a Model 38 (38") or variations on the 46" decks for gear drives.

 

Hydro machines:

  • 300 / early 316 (16 HP k341)
  • 312/314  (12HP K301/14HP K321)
  • 317 (17HP KT-17 or Series II)

All of those machines use a Model 41 (38") or several variations of a 46" deck

 

All of these machines are well built and will last if maintained.

 

I don't know the later machines as well as the '60's to early 90's stuff. 


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Posted August 13, 2014 - 07:49 AM

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Posted August 13, 2014 - 01:00 PM

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Thanks for the interest, 38-42 inches on the mower is the max. I need given the smaller size of the lawn
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Posted August 13, 2014 - 01:31 PM

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Thanks for the interest, 38-42 inches on the mower is the max. I need given the smaller size of the lawn

 

That does make a fair amount of difference as the smaller deck on the 110/112 is rather common and lesson common on the 200 series.  The smaller deck on the 300 series is not common in my experience.



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Posted August 13, 2014 - 02:49 PM

I always like the JD 160 but it is an older machine built in 1986-88.  12.5 Kawasaki engine, 38" deck, double bagger and it would give you the option of adding a snowblower or push blade at a later date.

 

I picked up a couple of them over the past few years, tuned them up and gave them to two of the grandsons.

 

It is a lawn tractor though.


Edited by GTTinkerer, August 13, 2014 - 02:51 PM.





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