John Deere L100

I found a Deere L100 for sale for $600 at a local dealer. he said it's about an '05 but they had just got out in so he didn't have a lot of detail s yet, and the only thing wrong is some silinoid(sp) which they are repla cing. the thing looks almost brand new as it was owned by an older gentlem an who took very good care of it. does anyone have any suggestions on this ? is this a good tractor to buy used? and if so does this sound like a go od price?
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On 4/4/13 10:35 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

You might want to check Ebay and look at the closed auctions. Your local want ads might be a good option. I'll crosspost this to alt.home.repair. The misc.rural group is really quiet.
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Thanks, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I couldn't find anything on eBay... Just parts... please help, I have to make a decision by Monday!!! Thanks!!! :-)
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I did see a price of about $ 650 for one at one site.
While not the same mower, but in the same class, I had a L120 bought about the same time. Transmission (transaxel) went out around 300 hours on it. It would do ok on level ground, but would not pull much of a hill. That was its weak point. The L100 uses a differanat one, so probably not an issue with it.
The drive belt is a real pain to change. On both modles they put the stering shaft through the drive belt so you have to pull that out if you ever need to change it. There are places on the internet you can look at for help with that.
The L series are low end mowers. I did not know this at the time I bought the L120 just bassed on the John Deere reputation when I moved from a house with a small yard to a much larger yard. If I had, I would have looked at something else. The old Murry mower served me well at that place for about 15 years. I just bought a Husqvarna mower to replace the L120. Not sure if it will be any beter in the long run or not, but it is the Fast tractor and runs much faster than the other low end mowers. I have about 1.5 acers to cut..
If you only have a small yard and the one you are going to buy has low hours on it, it may be ok. Not sure what they cost but I think that is about half price of a new one. If it has an hour meter on it, and it is over 250 hours, I would look at something else.
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wrote:

Normally John Deere's retain a high resale value. About 10 years ago, I sold a 22 year old JD mower for more than I got for an 18 year old Oldsmobile Station Wagon. The wagon cost a lot more than the mower when it was new.
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this one doesn't have an hour meter, but was owned by an old man with a s mall yard and looks very well cared for... I only have about half an acre with some steep grade areas but I think it will suffice? it's about 1500 N ew so I think it's a good deal, yes?
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On 05/04/2013 6:38 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

small yard and looks very well cared for... I only have about half an acre with some steep grade areas but I think it will suffice? it's about 1500 New so I think it's a good deal, yes?

For lots of info about the L100 including potential problems, maintenance, etc go here -
http://www.mytractorforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f &ordersc
and enter L100 in the search bar.
Gil
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small yard and looks very well cared for... I only have about half an acre with some steep grade areas but I think it will suffice? it's about 1500 New so I think it's a good deal, yes? I've had an L100 for a number of years. I wouldn't recommend it for any steep areas unless it's completely dry, and even then it wants to spin out. Only the right-rear wheel gets power, so you aren't going anywhere once it breaks traction.
If it's a mild slope, you can get away with riding down it or across the side horizontally.
The factory spindles don't come with grease fittings, so they have to be replaced at a cost of $50 each (there's two of them). Fortunately the replacement spindles do have grease fittings.
You don't get seperate clutch and brake pedals, you just get one combination pedal, so you have to come to a complete stop every time you want to change speeds.
Oh, and you can't download the manuals, so you have to buy one if you need it.
Overall, it's good for flat lawns up to an acre or so. I use it for a lot more than that, but it's always a struggle to get any greater performance out of it.
I'd get something better if you have a lot to mow.
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wrote:

The John Deere mowers have the name but not the manufacture. JD only makes farm equipment. The homeowner equipment is made by a low bid contractor. Plus the mowers have a really bad reputation for quality.
See: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/deere.html
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On 05/04/2013 9:11 PM, Red wrote:

Not True! John Deere riding mowers are made by John Deere in the USA. They do not have a bad reputation for quality! Also, before someone says otherwise, the ones sold at big-box stores are exactly the same as the ones sold by the JD dealers.
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sheet metal and buying parts from other companies for assembly. Assembly at JD plants are made from management decided parts. Customer complaints are usually made, and often ignored, because of those failed parts. And you are wrong about JD store machines being the same as big-box machines. They are made to different specs.
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On 4/5/2013 9:40 PM, Gil wrote: ...
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The Sabre line that was sold at various large outlets was, indeed, a branded consumer line and a disaster. It has been discontinued.
They were not sold by JD dealerships and, vice versa, no regular JD Green were sold other than by registered JD dealerships. If you look carefully side-by-side, you'll notice that the Sabre green isn't quite the same shade as the regular JD green--it's not as dark.
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On 06/04/2013 1:13 PM, dpb wrote:

Ignorance is bliss. If you'd do some research you'd find out otherwise. The L140 that you can buy today at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. , as well as the other L series models, are exactly the same as those sold by the dealer. All L series are consumer grade mowers whether sold at a store or at a JD dealer.
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Let's take JD in another direction. A JD mower has a 20hp B&S engine and a eXmark mower has the same engine. Both use the same air & oil filters. The air filter in the JD package costs $4 more than the same filter in a B&S package. The oil filter in the JD package costs $2.50 more than the filter in the B&S package. These price differences are about the same in multiple stores. So this is another example of JD products screwing over the buyers.
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Nonsense. If I buy a Ford filter for my car I pay more than an a Fram filter. If I'm foolish enough to do it, why should anyone stop me. There is no "screwing" here.
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