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    Friend looking for a new JD lawn tractor

    I have a buddy looking at a new JD lawn tractor. He was looking at them at Home Depot and I am trying to talk him out of them and up a level. He has an acre yard to mow. That is no big deal. He is pushing it right now. The issue is that he has over 225 feet of driveway between the home and barn. He wants a snow blower, not a plow.

    What should I direct him to? He does not have much of a budget. He was taking $3,500. I told him I THINK he will need $5,000 on the low side.

    Anyone know the smaller lawn tractors and what they are going for? Any info would help. He is not into used.........



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    I would think x-series. x300, x320 ish if he wants a snowblower also.

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    I agree with Kenny and the X320 and higher would be better since it doesn't use the K46 trannies that the X300 and D(ud) series do.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    From what I remember reading Home Depot John Deere lawn tractors are not built to the same specifications as one bought from a JD dealer. The HD transmissions are light duty, throwaways as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    From what I remember reading Home Depot John Deere lawn tractors are not built to the same specifications as one bought from a JD dealer. The HD transmissions are light duty, throwaways as I recall.
    That isn't true, the same model at Home Depot is the same as the dealers. That being said I would much prefer buying mine from the dealer...

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    Good to know the difference from the x300 to the x320. I will pass this on. I think he is asking for a lot without much $$ as he wants to keep this 20 years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JDGREEN4ME View Post
    That isn't true, the same model at Home Depot is the same as the dealers. That being said I would much prefer buying mine from the dealer...
    After you purchase at HD, all service, warranty, etc., has to be done at a JD dealer. HD just takes your purchase money then they are through with you. I'm told the purchase price is typically no more at a JD dealer. So why even bother with HD? The typical HD purchaser probably never even looked for a JD dealer because he assumed they just sell farm tractors.
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    if you're handy this transmission up grade kit sounds like a good investment.

    http://www.jd-k66-upgrade.com/?gclid...FUURNAods2PixQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I have a buddy looking at a new JD lawn tractor. He was looking at them at Home Depot and I am trying to talk him out of them and up a level. He has an acre yard to mow. That is no big deal. He is pushing it right now. The issue is that he has over 225 feet of driveway between the home and barn. He wants a snow blower, not a plow.

    What should I direct him to? He does not have much of a budget. He was taking $3,500. I told him I THINK he will need $5,000 on the low side.

    Anyone know the smaller lawn tractors and what they are going for? Any info would help. He is not into used.........
    Well I think if the budget is $3,500 for a new mower/snowblower then a lawn tractor is out of the budget. In that budget your friend is right to consider the D100 series riding mower with a front mount snow blower. If Home Depot has one on sale, even better. However try to explain all the significant differences between a riding lawn mower and a lawn tractor. You truly do get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDGREEN4ME View Post
    That isn't true, the same model at Home Depot is the same as the dealers. That being said I would much prefer buying mine from the dealer...
    The Despot & Doh's units are the same as what the dealers sell. Furthermore the dealers sell them at the same price as the big box stores; at least the dealer I bought my L-130 does/did.

    Also in Colorado, if you buy from the dealer that primarily sells AG equipment you pay 2.9% sales tax versus anywhere from 4.5% - 12% depending on the box store locality. The average is around 8.5%. What you save in sales tax could let you upgrade one model.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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