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post #1 of 27 Old 10-10-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Going to be needing a lawn tractor, any advice?

I'm going to be moving out to the "country" if you can call it that. I'll be sitting on about two and a half acres and will need more than my lil electric lawn mower to keep things under control.
I'd like to be able to use it for some light duty tilling and hauling and such as well as keeping the brush down. I really like the John Deere units but not sure if they're worth the heavy price. I was hoping to stay under two grand and get something that's pretty much bullet proof. Any recommendations are highly appreciated.

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post #2 of 27 Old 10-10-2011, 11:09 PM
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The John Deer is awesome… Only if you get it from a John Deer dealer… The John Deer units you see at Lows And Home Depot are made in China junk with the John deer name on them….
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post #3 of 27 Old 10-10-2011, 11:11 PM
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JD's are worth the price, and will last for decades with care, but they're pricey.. I'm currently using a Yard Man, made by MTD.. Good unit, and nice cut, but I can tell it's not in the quality range of a JD or similar..

Basically, you get what you pay for in quality.. My only suggestion is to look for something nice, but slightly used..
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The John Deer is awesome… Only if you get it from a John Deer dealer… The John Deer units you see at Lows And Home Depot are made in China junk with the John deer name on them….
I could have sworn they were also made here in the US. I'll make a trip down to the dealer and inquire. Thanks.
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The John Deer units you see at Lows And Home Depot are made in China junk with the John deer name on them….
Actually, that's not true... All John Deere mowers are made in Horicon, Wisconsin.. They're not made with the same quality of transmissions or engines that the upper end machines are made with, but a model that's sold at a John Deere dealership is the same machine that's at HD and Lowes..

I've got a buddy who's been a John Deere salesman for years and I got this info straight from him.. He's not one who holds back, and we've been friends for almost 30 years.. I asked him about this when they started pumping the stuff at box stores, and his reply was that while it sorta sucks that they're selling them at box stores, and that dealerships still have to service them, even though they weren't sold there..

His attitude is that he wished they were all sold there at HD and Lowes.. He'd much rather spend time with a guy who's buying a $75,000 tractor or $300,000 combine, than someone who can't decide which $2500 lawn tractor he wants.. Commission on a tractor is a touch better..

The low end mowers have cheaper engines, such as a Briggs and Stratton engine made in Mexico, rather than a more expensive Kohler engine, but they still are all made in the same place.. Oddly enough, they're all sorta based out of the Milwaukee area, with Briggs, Kohler, and the JD Horicon plant all being within an hour or so of Milwaukee..
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Paper - That makes me feel better, although I don't have anything against the Chinese product, I prefer US made. Especially higher ticket items. The thing I don't like is when companies tag a cheap import with a brand name and charge an extra 35% or more for it. I'm glad that's not the case with the John Deere.
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Do you guy like to cook? …. I have some CROW over here that I need to eat… not sure how to cook it….
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post #8 of 27 Old 10-10-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Do you guy like to cook? …. I have some CROW over here that I need to eat… not sure how to cook it….
Haha, Not a big deal, it seems like a natural assumption these days,....
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Here's the lowdown on all the JD stuff.. http://www.tractordata.com/lawn-trac...-tractors.html

Basically, John Deeere can't afford to sell junk.. The name is too important to do that.. So, they sell expensive stuff, and you get what you pay for.. If it was crap, it'd hurt JD's name, and they won't have that happen.. I toured the combine plant in the Quad Cities, and it's amazing what they spend on equipment there. A good friend of mine is also a retired tractor engineer for JD in Cedar Falls, IA.. Same thing goes there.. They can't afford to scrimp on quality.. Which is why even in this economy, there's still a year or more wait on a tractor or combine..

And Jake, it's no big deal.. I heard the same stuff when I saw them selling them in box stores, so that's why I asked my buddy in the first place.. He's toured all the plants over the years, and they're made up in Horicon.. I'm sure they'd love to be able to get away with selling cheaper stuff at the box stores, but the John Deere name gets people in the doors..

I was really close to just buying one, but found my YardMan mower used for WAY less, and as a KLR owner, I did what I had to do..
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I have seen the SELL OUT so much lately that I just blindly believe the propaganda.
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