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    Are the "good" garden tractors gone????

    I have a small collection of 300/400 series deere garden tractors. All of which serve a separate task,mow,plow,till,snow removal. I recently purchased a new x534,used it a little last fall,this thing is a mere shadow of the mowers of days past. It is very nice to mow with,but i will be shocked if it lasts much more than 500hrs. Other than the engine,this thing is built pretty light. I really feel i should have saved my $$$ and restored my 332 or 430 to like new status. I do complete service every 25hrs.,as well as wash/wax regularly. I think my "old" mowers will still be going strong long after the 534 is in the scrap dumpster. I guess even deere has followed suit with the rest of the world in charging more and giving less. What are your thoughts on this?

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    Yeah I'd say they are..well, kinda/sorta. Used to be the entry level machines were Lawn & Garden machines are very decent all around machines. I guess what's happened is they've introduced a whole host of "lesser machines" for suburbia.
    IMO the 2305 and new 1R is a Lawn & Garden machine. Very good machine, but it comes at a price. I believe CubCadet/Yanmar and MF have similar machines in the same price range.
    The last of the "Legacy" lawn & garden machines is the Ingesoll machines. A true lawn & garden machine largely unchanged from years ago, but not a cheap date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudland_Dave View Post
    Yeah I'd say they are..well, kinda/sorta. Used to be the entry level machines were Lawn & Garden machines are very decent all around machines. I guess what's happened is they've introduced a whole host of "lesser machines" for suburbia.
    IMO the 2305 and new 1R is a Lawn & Garden machine. Very good machine, but it comes at a price. I believe CubCadet/Yanmar and MF have similar machines in the same price range.
    The last of the "Legacy" lawn & garden machines is the Ingesoll machines. A true lawn & garden machine largely unchanged from years ago, but not a cheap date.
    i agree they are great machines,but pretty pricy,and slight overkill for 2 acres of property. a 430 w/a 60" deck already gets enough "looks" on a saturday afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAT1693TA View Post
    i agree they are great machines,but pretty pricy,and slight overkill for 2 acres of property. a 430 w/a 60" deck already gets enough "looks" on a saturday afternoon.

    ROFL, we can debate overkill I suppose....Like you i've got a hair over 2 acres.....3520 Cab to play in the dirt and general utility work. F935 w/72" To mow. Yeah I've gotten those looks too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudland_Dave View Post
    Yeah I've gotten those looks too!
    Those are looks of shear envy and jealousy boys.



    Cat, You have to understand it is a consumer driven market. You yourself even mention prices. As a consumer driven market it is all about the money. There is no truer saying than "you get what you pay for". I found myself in this very delema three years ago when looking to upgrade my Wheel Horse 520s. Toro/Wheel Horse didn't even come close to making a replacement machine. We all want top of the line quality but just don't want to pay for it. The quality is always the loser. I find I am usually the odd man out on this as I am willing to pay for the quality as most people value the money. It is priority and perspective. Sorry for the speech.
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    I am not about to shell out 12,000.00 - 14,000.00 for a sub-compact. I am not afraid to pay for quality either,my 332 & 430 were purchased new. Even if i were to purchase an x700 series,although nicer to mow with,i don't feel the even come close to the 430 in build quality. I guesss i'm just stuck in the 80's? I feel i will be happiest,just to do a complete restoration on my old junkers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAT1693TA View Post
    Even if i were to purchase an x700 series,although nicer to mow with,i don't feel the even come close to the 430 in build quality. I guesss i'm just stuck in the 80's? I feel i will be happiest,just to do a complete restoration on my old junkers.
    I know exactly what you're saying. And to rebuild your older machines is defenitely an option, it also has limitations. You are correct, it is what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAT1693TA View Post
    I am not about to shell out 12,000.00 - 14,000.00 for a sub-compact. I am not afraid to pay for quality either,my 332 & 430 were purchased new. Even if i were to purchase an x700 series,although nicer to mow with,i don't feel the even come close to the 430 in build quality. I guesss i'm just stuck in the 80's? I feel i will be happiest,just to do a complete restoration on my old junkers.
    Cant say I blame you with restoring your old classics...I dont think your alone either, Theres a reason you can still see PLENTY of 80's Era Lawn & Garden machines still doing daily duty. You can still see Cub Cadets of the 70's in service around here.

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    In the 80's, I remember everyone saying "they don't build them like they use to".
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAT1693TA View Post
    i agree they are great machines,but pretty pricy,and slight overkill for 2 acres of property. a 430 w/a 60" deck already gets enough "looks" on a saturday afternoon.
    The guy I bought my 4110 from has a 4320 cab on about an acre. LOL

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