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Old 03-29-2015, 04:08 PM
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TechGromit, your suggestion to pay twice as much for "the real McCoy" doesn't make sense. I bought a 17hp Scott mower by John Deere 13 years ago for $1100 and it has performed very well in cutting my half acre in PA. If I would buy another another one today, it would be about $1300, but I'd still be $600 shy of the models you recommend. I'm not interested in leaving this mower behind as my lawn mowing legacy, so it does just fine for me. I spend good money for tools in my woodworking trade, but $3000 and up to cut my grass is just too much.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:35 PM
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Not all John Deer are made by John Deer now days is the answer. just has you can buy cheaper Hondas at home center but not the pro model which are top of line. Craftsman makes no mowers at all.
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:12 PM
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Craftsman makes no mowers at all.
Craftsman never made anything, it's just a name.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:19 PM
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DRH of Indian

The only problem that I am having is on my JD x300 42" is that when ever I make a sharp turn it cuts into my lawn. Does anyone know how I can adjust the deck so that it floats?

Thank you
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:22 AM
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Default Jd la 125

I own an John Deere LA 125. I purchased it at the local JD dealer because I wanted to ensure that I did not get something that was supposedly made at Murray or another manufacturer. After 150 hours on this machine I noticed that it was running slower and slower. So when I had my next service completed at James River John Deere I told them about the problem. Well, they came back and informed me that the compression was only 60% and it was going to get worst. They could fix it for $1700. I sent JD Corp a note and all I got in return was a call form some Customer Service person telling me that there was no warranty after 2 years. I tried to tell this person that I wasn't looking for a freebie. I just wanted to know what I could have done differently to prevent this. The mower was 4 years old and only had 160 hours on it. This should not be happening and all of my service had been performed by the "official" JD dealer. I have decided that since this is the way JD takes care of customers that I will ride this piece of junk until it dies and then purchase another brand of mower. Also, whenever I see someone looking at a JD at Lowes, Home Depot or anywhere else I make sure to tell them about my mower in hopes that they will pick another brand. There is clearly a problem with the 100 series mowers and John Deere needs to step up and fix them.
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Old 02-25-2017, 06:57 PM
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I was in the same boat trying to decide on the big box store pieces of crap or the expensive dealer type of John deere. I eventually turned to Craigslist and found a used john deere x320 56" deck with 250 hrs. After a bit of wheeling and dealing and testing was able to walk away with the mower for $1400. Now I have a much better mower for an even cheaper than a big box store price. Not sure if my story is typical but I am tickled to death with my x320!
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:03 AM
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Save your money!! Unless, as the second poster said you buy a quality high level model. I've had 3 deeres over the years, a 1969 110 that was a beast (only 8 or 10 hp) had a granny low first gear, rear tires could be reveresed for a wider footprint/stability. I then had a crappy lx176 with a decent Kawasaki motor. The tractor was just way to light duty. I then searched for and purchased a 318. It was a fabulous piece of great American iron. Unfortunately the Onan engine starting useing oil and rather than repower it (onan went out of business). I purchased a commercial stand on zero turn Wright stander. Nothing compares to the Wright stander. Buy a used commercial low hour mower, you will be very satisfied.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:14 PM
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Default John Deere LA 125

I purchased an LA 125 new about 8 years ago. I put a now blower on it as well. It has 180 hours on it now. I paid about $1800 for the mower and $1500 for the blower at the time. It started to use oil this past summer. When it was under a heavy load blowing snow, it began really using oil. I ordered a new tractor and blower because the old blower won't fit. I can't afford to have a JD mechanic fix it. I checked and a short block engine is $1200-$1500 by the time you get it installed...... Its a throw away. I did some digging on Youtube and it is possible all that is wrong is a head gasket. I plan on taking my time and digging into the engine and find out what went wrong. I am not out a thing if I can't fix it. I plan on selling the blower anyways and likely the deck if I can't get it going. If it is the head gasket and I can fix it, hey, I have a cheap mower. Never too old to learn a new task.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:16 PM
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I just had a problem with a John Deere mower this June 2019. bought riding machine D 160 in aug 2015. black plastic cap failed and oil dripped out very slowly while mowing for 3 .5 hours. mower only had 75 hours on it. John Deere investigator "AL" refused any help and accused me of not doing oil change but it had just been done as part of spring service by professional lawn service. Te cap was a flawed design and JD no longer has that design. Now the oil change is not thru a drain pipe. There is no warning light of low oil like we have in cars and i was unable to protect my machine. I now have a burned up engine that i need to try to replace. i will neverd/ever recommend a JD product of any kind. I am a small farmer and am hoping to stop the sale and purchase of JD home owner riding machines as they are inferior products. I am going to write to their legal dept. Al refused to give me his last name or anyone to contact at legal. It is a very sneeky kind of company and i think we homeowner's who lose over $2000 should stop purchasing machines based on the green paint. Never again. Next time i will stick with my superior craftsman product line.
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