The question is this: Why a John Deere, as opposed to another brand?
I grew up in the suburbs. Dad purchased second lot in from corner to build his house...when the corner lot came up for sale, he talked Mom in to purchasing the lot. This was 1971 and the lot cost him $3,000. Dad started trowing down seed and eventually it needed mowing...his tool of choice, an old Wheel Horse hydro-static lawn tractor. I loved it and wanted to mow soooo bad. But Dad made me wait (wasn't old enough), and then made me trim with the Lawn Boy before I could mow with the Wheel Horse.
Fast forward to the mid 90's, married with a child on the way, me and the now ex-wife purchase a small acreage in rural NE Missouri. Needed a riding lawn mower quick, so headed to Sears and picked out a Craftsman -- I think it was 16 HP with 42" deck. It served me well for three years, then quickly went down hill. Engine was struggling, belts were slipping.
My maintenance supervisor at work said, "why did you buy that disposable riding mower? Should have gotten a John Deere..." He had been buying used JD 425 and 445's from the local JD dealer for years. Had worked out a deal where he would trade up with minimal cost every two years. Suggested I look at 445's...I thought about 455's, but he talked me out of the diesel.
Wow, what a difference! I think I paid $7k for my first used JD 445. It had less than 60 hours on the clock. Ran it for just three years until we moved to the city. I think I sold it for $5,700 back in 2004.
Fast forward again to last summer, 2nd wife and I purchase acreage...and it's gotta be a Deere! Found my current ride and absolutely LOVE IT! For me there is no other option...John Deere all the way.
So what's your story? Why a JD?