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    HELP - JD lawn/garden tractors i dont know

    Hey guys. Im done swapping attachments and the drive over mowerd deck to mow my 2 acre lawn on the 1025r. I use the TLB too much and my time is of the essence. I want an alternate tractor to just mow the lawn and maybe put a snow plow on. I know all the LX, GX, X and older 200, 300 400+ are great. But am not familiar with the LT, D, E series. Wich ones of those are crap and the home depot type so i stay clear of them. Ive owned a LX176 and 170, and 112. I Want to up the 176. And stay around 2k.


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    I know what you mean. They say it takes 30 seconds, but taking off the other implements, or just mowing with them on can be a pain. Since owning my tractor, I’ve only mowed once without a loader or anything on it besides the mmm. My optimum workforce eventually will be upgrading to a 2 series and getting a used mower for the lawn. I’m in the same boat you’re in and don’t know which is the best. If I had a pile of money, I’d have a X758 or X590 to mow, but 2 grand you might look on Craigslist.

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    A coworker was buying a new 2520 a few years back when he saw the price for the MMM he ended up spending the $2500 on a commercial eXmark zero turn that was traded in from a landscaper. In his case he knew the landscaper so he told him which one to buy but for the price of the MMM, he got a commercial zero turn that is way faster. With 2 acres, I would consider something like that over something like the box store LX or other small rider. Keep the 1025R for plowing and other TLB work.
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    If the snow plow is a “nice to have” but not absolutely required for the second machine, I would cast a second vote for getting a zero turn mower. I cut a 3 acre lawn and the time went from 3 hours on my 1025 to 1.5 hours on my 60” ZTR.
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    I have a 2038R for tractor work and X758 for mowing around 2 to 3 acres. Could have went zero turn but I use my lawn tractor for pulling wagons and garden work, didn’t want to lose that. Just got my 2038 back from the dealer yesterday. I bent the loader stand taking off the loader. I had 2 months of warranty left or it would have cost me almost 500 dollars for a new stand and labor to pull the broken bolts. I agree, taking off your loader and mower deck all the time is a pain, but I also think it ups the odds of bending or breaking something. Now, if you have limited space, or limited money to put towards tractors, that’s a different story. One machine for everything fits a lot of people.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I was considering a zero turn. But seeing that descent ones are close to 3K in my area im shying away from them. Plus you can only mow with them. My mowable grass area is probly closer to 1.5 acres since 2 is the total property. It took about 35 mins to mow with the 54” mmm. Also i would use the tractor for towing around my trailer and other yard work along with 1025r. I have a snow blower for the 1025 but when its a light snow or slush i usually have to swap to the bucket to scrape that stuff. Another tractor with a plow would be ideal.
    I know the D series were Home Depot brands. But what about the LT and E? Id prefer a Kawasaki motor like the one my old LX had. No offense to anyone. I just want something better built to last.


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    I also see ads for L and LA series. Are those box store too?


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    Quote Originally Posted by t2timmy View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys. I was considering a zero turn. But seeing that descent ones are close to 3K in my area im shying away from them. Plus you can only mow with them. My mowable grass area is probly closer to 1.5 acres since 2 is the total property. It took about 35 mins to mow with the 54” mmm. Also i would use the tractor for towing around my trailer and other yard work along with 1025r. I have a snow blower for the 1025 but when its a light snow or slush i usually have to swap to the bucket to scrape that stuff. Another tractor with a plow would be ideal.
    I know the D series were Home Depot brands. But what about the LT and E? Id prefer a Kawasaki motor like the one my old LX had. No offense to anyone. I just want something better built to last.

    The current E1xx machines are a continuation of the "Home Depot" level machines. I think that line started with the L1xx machines back in the early 2000s and continued with the G1xx. LA1xx, D1xx machines until the E1xx came out last year. The L1xx series ended in 2005 and the LA1xx series started in 2007. In between there they had one year (2006) where Deere released 1xx series machines that were just the 1XX numbering. No "L" or "D". They just had the 102/115/125/135/145/155 numbering.

    The LT, GT and GX series machines came out in the 1990s into the early 2000s so there was overlap between the later LT/GT machines and the early L1xx machines. The LT/GT/GX machines would be more along the level of the current S240/X300 series machines. I *think* the LT series is what replaced the older LX series you are familiar with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t2timmy View Post
    I know the D series were Home Depot brands. But what about the LT and E? Id prefer a Kawasaki motor like the one my old LX had. No offense to anyone. I just want something better built to last.


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    I don't think there is much difference between the D and E models except for the quick change oil filter system. And I noticed new models have side by side go pedals now. As far as "big box" goes, you do know your regular JD dealer sells the exact same models? There is no difference in quality.
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    I have an LT160 that came from a JD dealer. The one thing I specifically recall is that the LT160 has a more robust frame than that of the comparable model JD available from Lowe's at the time. I can't recall the Lowe's exact model designation, but it wasn't an LT series.

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