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#1 ccfoshee OFFLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:08 AM

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Wanted your objective opinions...

Looking to get a new tractor on the NOW program - I have 5 acres to mow and it is getting taller by the second.

Found a couple tractors locally. A JD400 with 1227 hours for $1995. Condition looks to be on the good end of the scale but seller states "may need a tune up." The other is a JD420 with 1963 hours for $2395. This one also looks to be in good shape but you can definitely tell it has 700 more hours on it.

Which would you choose? I realize the 420 has an extra hydraulic port, plus the Onan engine and full power steering, but is it worth the extra $400?

Here's a link to the 400:
http://www.equipment...=black&tc=black

Here's the 420:
http://www.equipment...=black&tc=black

Your thoughts?

Thanks,
Caleb

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:23 AM

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:30 AM

I'm no JD guy, but I would go 420 by what I know. The 420 is easier to find attachments for, and the extra port can come in real handy. I prefer Onan also. Power steering is a very definite plus!

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 10:57 AM

Power steering will be a real bonus on a tractor that big. My only concern would be the hrs. on the engine. 2k is a lot of hrs for a gas engine. I would look for signs of engine wear. It would be informative if you could get any maintenance records to review. The second hyd. outlet is a big bonus. If you want to use a front blade you can do angling as well as lift.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 11:55 AM

My brother has a 420 with a Ton of hours( I think he said 3,000+) on it. He just repowered it wth a 23 hp Briggs Vangard(got done Wed).
The biggest feature not yet mentioned on the 420 is the traction lock differential. And a feature that would move me in that direction.
I've seen him move some awesome piles of snow with lugged tires and no chains.

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 01:08 PM

They both have power steering. The 420 is definately easier to find attachments for.

I wouldnt buy either for that price.

Maintenance goes a LONG way but at the most that 420 has another 500-1000 hours

I would wait, I have seen the 420s with low hours for less than $2500 on craigslist

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 02:07 PM

Every once in a while, you will find one that is priced obscenely low. But those are usually gone within an hour of posting. Where I work, I can't call about CL things in the middle of the day.

Is it wrong of me to find extreme comfort in the fact that both of these are at reputable JD dealerships? Having seen what people do to their tractors, the thought that a dealer has gone through them is a warm fuzzy for me.

Thanks again,
Caleb

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 04:39 PM

I would lean toward A 420 myself because of the Onan.
But in that price range diesel may be a option for ya...

Edited by Meangreen, May 06, 2011 - 04:51 PM.
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Posted May 06, 2011 - 04:40 PM

I went with the 420, mostly because of attachment availability! ~~ grnspot

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Posted May 06, 2011 - 11:00 PM

:camera::camera: where are they?

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 05:36 AM

getum both

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Posted May 07, 2011 - 08:15 AM

Neither seem like smokin deals. I might wait for a better deal or try to get the 420 for around $1900 or so. And really if you are just mowing with em the 400 series is kinda overkill.




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