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    Want to get a great JD Garden Tractor needing advice.

    Hi.

    I recently purchased a LT 133 thinking I could add optional accessories like a tiller attachment and front bucket loader. Boy was I way off...

    So any way, I figured I should be able to sell this LT 133 for a decent price and put that money towards a nice Garden Tractor. Does any one here have any good suggestions for a JD Garden Tractor with a 3 point hitch option that can handle a decent tiller attachment and run the tiller from the tractor hydro system not electric PTO and not from a tiller w/it's own motor?

    I think I'm looking for a slightly used not molested and abused model that's aged gracefully and still looks nice and modern.

    I'd also like to be able to put a front bucket Loader on it. Nothing huge just about the size of a Lawn Tractor or slightly larger would do fine.

    Thank you,

    N2Deer
    LT 133 13.5 HP

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    What's your budget? This will determine new vs used. A x7XX or 1 series will be your only options with a loader and will run you about $15,000.
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    Right now the 318s are starting to show up for decent prices. Also look for a 322, 330, or a 332 or a 420 or 430. All of these can handle small FELs and a tiller attachment. If you have a few more cash, a 425, 445 or a 455 are nice tractors.
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    What do you plan on using the loader for and is that something you plan to get to right away. Digging or just moving mulch?

    In reality the only slightly used tractor (not old) that would be recommended for that is the x700 series as mentioned above. You might get by with something smaller for moving loose stuff but its hard to find loader equipped GTs other than the 700 series. Some of the stuff T-Mo mentioned will work but sounds like you want something closer to new?

    You will have to add the 3 point kit to about anything you buy.

    Problem is you are talking a lot of $$$$.

    If a loader is a priority, you might start looking for a machine with a loader now as adding one will probably be expensive.
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    I highly recommend the X700 series. I recently bought a 2006 X728 with ~200 hours, FEL, power bagger and 48" deck and it ROCKS!
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    I just finished a lawn redo with my x749 using a 60" Howard tiller, my 48" landplane, pine needle rake and tow behind spin spreader. I think I would pass on getting a loader on a garden tractor, their just too small for that imo. With the rear 540 pto option you can use the 647 Deere tiller and get good results that would be my first choice. I am using the Howard because I have it and it is virtually brand new with less than 20 hours on it.

    At any rate the mower and three point hitch with rear pto works great and I am well pleased with it. No need for a separate engine or hydraulic drive, just get the pto kit add on.
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    Enough attachments. Why don't I realize this?

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    Since he bought an used LT133 for next to nothing, I'm thinking his budget isn't that high that he can afford a newer X-series machine. And, even used loaders for the older tractors aren't cheap. You can find them, but they're not cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mo View Post
    Since he bought an used LT133 for next to nothing, I'm thinking his budget isn't that high that he can afford a newer X-series machine. And, even used loaders for the older tractors aren't cheap. You can find them, but they're not cheap.
    Agreed. Kinda why I was thinking look for a loader with a tractor !

    Its all gonna be expensive !
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    I'll have to look into each of the models listed above for HP, Ride Height, Length vs Width and Seat height from ground and then look into what looks to be the best option for width minimums when scooping mulch as mentioned earlier or pushing some dirt around in my freshly tilled garden and so on. I'd like to be able to take the tractor out into the foot hills here when there is a few fallen Oak's and do a few trips back and forth to the trailer loading up fresh cut oak in a tow behind trailer and in the FEL. My budget is not very high at the moment as one was quick to notice by my frugal shopping skills. I'll be buying any thing as cheap as possible running or not as long as it's a good tractor. I will be considering the cost of materials to build my own FEL. As long as I have a PTO switch or lever or a hydro load leveling valve between front and back accessories I think I could get away w less cost. What do you guy's think? Is it cheaper to build your own bucket loader, buy a pre-fab'd kit or buy w/already on the tractor?

    Thanks for all the idea's and keep em coming.

    I originally set out to build a shed and ended up w/a JD now I'm hooked on JD fever :P

    N2Deer
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    Lets not forget the days of the 8hp 110 or many of the other numerous models that were available with a loader,,, you dont have to spend 15K,,, but you will not get the performance or the features of the super GTs or CUTs,, just depends on your needs/expectations, skills to keep it running and available cash.

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