I have the opportunity to purchase a 2305 w/ 180 hours (this would be an upgrade from my x728 w/ FEL). Pros, cons, etc.? Any known model problems to be aware of, or things to look for upon inspection?
The driveshaft from the engine to the rear transmission has a couple hard to get to zeros to grease. These get overlooked. At 180 hours shouldn't be an issue, but you will need a needle point to grease them and you'll have to learn the right "method" to get to them.
The trans cooling fan is plastic and some have had them break from debris. I put 300 plus hours on mine with no problem. The 2210 before that had the same setup and 500 plus trouble free hours.
The earlier models had a weak bearing journal in the rear PTO that was susceptible to failure from shock loads. The later models were 'improved', but still could have an issue. If you intention is to use a bush hog, limit the use to a "heavy duty" mower. Stay away from places you could hit something like a big rock or stump and use a properly setup slip clutch. A tiller is good for normal soil, but I wouldn't recommend it for breaking rocky or rooted soil.
Other than that, :good2:
The ROPS will fit under a standard garage door by a couple inches, but just to be safe, measure it.
Thanks guys. I'm told the machine is ~3.5 years old. I'll take a look underneath the machine, etc. to make sure fans are intact and there is no "slop" in the drives. The current owner tells me the machine has been serviced twice and he greases after every use. I guess I'll find out on Friday when I inspect/test drive it.
As far as price goes - what's a reasonable price for 3.5 year old 2305 w/ 180 hours and 200cx loader and 62" deck?
I bought a similar year 2305 with the same setup for about $10k in April. After i put about 20 hrs on it (250 to start), rear end was leaking everywhere. Turned out it had a cracked transmission from previous owner. I ended up with a 1023e with same attachments but it took quite a bit of calling/haggling/frustration to get a fair deal. My little-experienced advice is watch the transmission/rear end closely. I really liked the 2305 for the 2 months I had it but I will also say, the new "green decks" on the newer scuts vs the "yellow deck" on the 2305 are no comparison. Green deck hands down!
For comparison, in 2011, I bought a 2305 with 425 hours, 200CX, 62C MMM, mulch kit, ballast box, rear wheels filled, rear wheel weights, and chains for $8500. It now has 570 hrs, I couldn't be happier with it. Then again, I haven't used a new one!
I bought it! The machine was exceptionally clean (looked barely used) with 177 hours on the meter. No leaks, smooth action and fan was intact. Only issue I noticed was the mower deck height - didn't seem as though there was a big difference between the various height levels on the control knob. I've read up here on GTT and seems like this is a consistent issue with this model. I'll have to take a closer look when I get it home tomorrow. I ended up paying $13k for the the machine, rear wheel weights, loaded tires, 200cx loader, 62" deck, never used JD york rake, barely used 54" snow plow/bracket/hydraulics, and a small road legal trailer for use with the machine.
Thanks guys. Here are a few pics, although the machine is a bit dirty having put it to work as soon as I got it on replacing my outdoor wood boiler pipes. Oh and I cut the grass with it tonight (going from a 48" to a 62" deck practically cut my mowing time in half).
Question: The previous owner gave me 4 bottles of "Diesel Mate". I'm not familiar with diesels; should I add this to the diesel can?