John Deere 140 Tractor Is it worth it?

A guy near me is selling a Johne Deere 140 14hp Kohler lawn tractor. He said it was an earlier model 72, or 73 he guessed. Comes with the 46 in. Deck and the Snow blower attachement. Everything is hyrdostatic on it and it has tire chains and brand new front wheels. He is asking $950 for it. Does this seem like a good deal? He said he doesn't need it anymore because he moved. TIA, Adam
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On 2/23/04 2:34 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@posting.google.com, "Adam"

We've had our Deere for 11+ years. Runs like a top. I can't say on the price - that deck sounds huge!
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snipped-for-privacy@Yahoo.com (Adam) wrote:

The Kohler engine is a very good engine if it was maintained properly. Look at the oil and you can get an idea of how well it was maintained. If the oil is black and thick like molasses, that is bad. If it is translucent and runs, it was changed recently and hopefully was changed regularly in the past.
The John Deere's are highly rated. The are considered the most reliable. And, they have the best TV ads. What more could you want ;)
A 14HP engine is not very powerful for that big of a mower. That will put more wear on the engine and if you have hills and mow tall grass, you may have to go very slow. More conventional combinations mower/HP combinations are:
38 inch - 14 to 16 HP 42 inch - 16 to 18 HP 48 inch - 20 to 22 HP
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Standard reply:
Brand new JD L-110 is $1799.00 w/2 year warranty, 17.5 hp Kohler, 46" deck, Hydrostat, w/cruise control, spin on oil filter, automotive style adjustable seat, fuel sight gage, hr. meter., deep domed double dipped deck, 18" turning radius, Dana rear end, will operate snow thrower on front also, Rated in top 3 in consumer reports.....Go the distance....No interest, no payments till 2005 at Home Depot................................................... On the other note, guy has something for sale because he moved? Tractor poops out in 15 days, no recourse??? Hmmmm...Not so good deal?

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To be fair you'd have to include the price of the snow blower in the above since that is included in his $950 price.
I agree the engine sounds a little lite for that deck. I run the LX173 15hp with a 42" deck and it has trouble going through thick grass.
On a side note if I was going to buy a brand new mower I'd look at ZTR's unless I planned on other attachments or towing a cart.
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Thanks for the help guys. Is the $1799.00 Price you quoted a sale deal, or is it the retail price? I understand where you are coming from. If I just buy the snow thrower from him will it fit on this new one if I buy it? Thanks, Adam

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The dealer can probably answer that question better than we can.
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The snowblower won't fit because JD changes the implement attachment every so many years, so if you do buy the old one, make sure it has everything you want, because finding other implements that fit will be hard (can't just go to the dealer and order one). That being said, the JD they sell at Home Depot are not the same quality you will get from a JD dealer. If you go with a new one, plan to spend close to a grand to get a snowthrower attachment, plus the wheel weights and chains. Myself, I'd make him an offer of $750 and see if he takes it or you end up somewhere in the middle. If it's in good condition, I'd trust the old machine a lot more than the junk that Home Depot sells.

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On 24 Feb 2004 06:29:32 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@Yahoo.com (Adam) wrote:
I think it was Adam that started this thread...
I owned the 140... back in about the early seventies sounds about right. It was a great lawn tractor. And don't worry about the 14 hp. that's not what runs the tractor and has nothing to do with the power. The engine only runs the hydrolytic pump for the transmission which runs the tractor. As you need more power, the pump just keeps a pumping. Which, by the way, you always want to run the engine fully open... if not you'll burn out the pump.
Back then we had an old pickup truck that often needed to be push started... We always kept the blade on the 140... and we were able to start the old truck... no problem. That tractor was a real work horse.
From there we moved up to the 315. Which was ok but that was about all. Traded that in for a 425. Now that is a piece of equipment. Built like a tank, good engineering... do anything you asked of it.
Last fall I traded up to the X485... Damn my butt... what a piece of junk. JD really went down hill this year. What I wouldn't give to have my 425 back.
I would suggest that you look again at the 140. Check with the dealer about the snow blower. One thing JD has always been good for, is parts for old tractors.
And it doesn't matter if you buy your JD at Home depot or the dealer... Same piece of equipment. It's just that it seems that JD had to compete and they really dropped the quality.
Dick

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No............They are actual honest Abe JD's. What competition are yall talking? John Deere comes out and services them. You can't use a 10 % coupon on them because JD won't allow it. Its their machine. L series tractors are L series tractors that you can find at the dealer or even some local other stores. Its a Deere........$1799.00 is the every day price on it. They come from Deere with the price printed on the info placard..........

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On Wed, 25 Feb 2004 10:41:38 GMT, "KCnRichmond"

You lost me there... I said it was the same machine, either at the dealer or Home depot.
My comment on the competition referred to the quality of the current Deere product. It has dropped way down from what I had come to expect. i.e. the quality of my new X485 vs. my old 425.
I assume that folks no longer wish to pay for that quality or simply don't understand what they are paying for... So they buy a Craftsman or a Troy Built or something else in that price range... And quite frankly, from what I have just experienced, they might as well.
Dick

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