I've always had what is considered a garden tractor. My last was a 1987 JD 316 that I got when I got my new '09 compact. It served me well for these last 10 years. Unfortunate that it developed issues that made my mind up for me to not put anymore money into it, and just get rid of it. I used it to cut the bulk of the grass around the house. It sat broke in the barn last year. I was able to part ways with it this past May. I push mowed last year and this year. Really too much manual mowing for sure.
My wife says to me you can't keep push mowing all that grass, and she is absolutely right. So what to do. I don't really need a garden tractor. A riding mower will do just fine. Well, I set out searching the used market. I wanted to deal with private sellers too. They are out there no doubt. My biggest concern was the distance I might have to travel to see one. I wanted to stay with JD, if at all possible. I would have settled on a Cub Cadet if it come down to that.
Well, I figured for the heck of it I'd try my JD dealer. Turns out he had a really nice selection of used. I kind of settled on an older one that was in really nice shape and looked well maintained. A 2003 LX277 with 588 hours. He told me the hour meter had stopped working at some point, and they estimate hours. If it's a well kept machine, hours aren't super critical, but my wife didn't like that. Actually, I didn't either. Plus the fact it was manual steering and the deck wasn't hydraulically actuated. I would have wanted to put a new seat on it too, as it had a few decent rips in it. There were some X Series all pretty nice, but I balked at spending alot bucks on used, so I quit and told my wife I think we're done here, and even though it's alot of work I'll just keep pushin'. Emphatically the wife said NO YOU WON'T!
She asked me what new would cost, and I said way more than we can afford to spend. She wanted to look anyway. They had a ton from the E Series to the really big X Series. Well folks, to cut this post off here, we walked out after signing papers on a sweet new 2019 X390! Go figure! It was mainly the wife's doing!