Thanks for the info i'm about to recieve.. This group always gives the
I'm getting ready to become a new home owner (1st time). This
house is on a 1acre lot with a view in the country... The lawn is
semi hills (Rolling). More in the front than rear.. However a Grade of
8-10%.. So a powerfull mower is a given. The driveway is 150' long
I read over the consumer reports for the riding mowers and the
john deere L111 was the top choice..
I was thinking more on the L118 with a bagger...
The maintance plan seems reasonable...
cost/budget.. $3000 US..
Has anyone owned a deere that wants to share some info?
JDs are great, last forever, easy to maintain, have great resale if you need
to sell. I sold a 22 year old JD riding mower for more than a 16 year old
car. Parts are easy to get. One word of advice, buy it from a JD dealer not
a mass marketer such as Home Depot. You will find in most cases a better
selection, ready parts supply, personal service and a negotiable price, just
like buying a car.
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I bought a JD lawn mower in the mid-90s; in '99 moved to a new house about
the size of yours and traded in the lawnmower for a garden tractor -- model
LT130, probably similar to the L118 -- the JD dealer gave me almost 100%
value of the mower as a trade-in. I've been operating the lawn tractor
mostly as a tractor, not a mower, ever since.
Shortly after buying the garden tractor I got a QC survey from John Deere,
asking for suggested improvements. My suggestions were for a fuel gage and
a cup holder. Both are on the newer Deeres, along with an hour meter to
keep track of time until maintenance.
It always starts (unless the battery has reached the end of its life) and
I've had very few problems (one flat tire, mower drive belt came off pulley,
bracket holding mower in place backed off) in six years. My one remaining
"issue" with this machine is that it is very hard to take off and replace
the mower blades for sharpening -- but I haven't seen any other machine that
had a better arrangement. (OTOH, the blades are really heavy duty. My
neighbor has another brand, similar size, and has had the blades get twisted
and bent several times while mowing. The Deere mower blades have taken all
kinds of abuse without a problem.)
I second the motion to go with a mulching kit rather than bagging. Besides
the benefits to the lawn, it makes it quick and convenient to do the mowing,
because you never have to stop and empty the bag, and you're never
off-balance because of the weight of the accumulated clippings.
If this one ever gives up, I'll buy another Deere.
Currently have 3--two rear-engine, one <old> (~40 yr) front, plus 955
utility w/ mid-mount 72". And, of course the farm equipment up to 9600
(335 hp articulated).
Can't be beat. Don't know the model you're speaking of...if you're
mowing the full acre, I'd loot at higher-end Z-radius, probably. On a
smaller lot in TN, however, ran JD small rear engine 30" mower w/ dual
rear bagger on a grade at least that steep. Stay away from "auto" for
the grades, however, as depending on particular design, they won't hold
constant speed on steep slope...
I'd certainly stay away from the "Sabre" line at the BORGs, though, and
go w/ "real" JD green at a JD dealer, either farm or speciality.
On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 00:30:56 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
==================================I do not and never have owned a John Deere... (I have run
International Cubs ...for the last 30 years)...BUT there is absolutely
nothing I could even dream up to put down a Deere....
with an acre I sometimes had to empty the 3 bags on my bagger 8 9 or
even 10 times in the early spring...forget that..compost pile is 10
foot tall in about 3 weeks... get a mulching blade....in the fall if
you have large Maple trees like I do...Have fun and chop them up
and let them rot on the ground over the winter...
buying a maintance contract that costs 1/3 of what you want to pay for
the TRACTOR seems to me strange... Deers have a pretty good rep...I
know I have NOT spent 500 dollars TOTAL in over 30 years on reparois
etc for my Cubs... (excluding gas, oil, blades and grease to lub the
thing)... Original tractor was 25 years old and was running just
fine when I replaced it due to a rusting mower deck and 4 dry rotted
tires...replacing the deck and tires was more then half the price of a
new tractor ...
However....buy it from a dealer NOT Home Depot etc....and go with a
true full time Hydrostatic drive...
Make sure you can pop a few pins to remove the deck...IF the dealer
can not remove the deck (ok just drop it ) in less then a
minute...then do not buy that tractor...
Make sure the deck is extremely easy to install and remove...
forget the bagger and rethink the maintance contract...
you may consider buying wheel weights if your lawn is pretty hilly...
I guess I just got a lemon, but in 1991 I bought a J.D. Model #285 that
came with a Kawasaki FD590V engine. It has been a bigger piece of $hit
than the Craftsman it replaced. The mower has been just fine .. .. the
KAW has been a nightmare !! !! !! For a few seasons (early on) I had
to constantly adjust the valves to keep it running. Then I realized
why .. .. .. the valves burned away so badly, they receded into the
heads .. .. a simple check with a fine-cut file revealed they were never
properly heat-treated. After showing them to the local dealer, he
agreed that the valves were defective, but the unit was out of warranty,
so NO HELP from J.D. He tried to get the factory to at least accept
responsibility for the bad parts, to no avail. After the velve job,
not one, but both coils failed. After that episode, the motor just
staled one day & refused to restart. Took off the valve covers and
noticed the rockers didn't move when the starter engaged .. .. turned
out that the cam had a PLASTIC timing gear that was POP-RIVETED to a
flange on the cam .. .. the rivets let go and the gear was destroyed.
No replacement gear was available because by now, they realized it was a
poor design, and the new cams came as one-piece units .. .. soooo .. ..
about $600 later, we had new cam and all the associated parts & gaskets.
Then, for no reason, it began running very rough & erratic .. .. .. a
$500 "IGNITER" module improved this, but it's still not quite right.
To this day, this thing won't mow twice in a row without readjusting the
carb and/or linkage. As I said before, almost ALL of the problems are
with the early model Kawasaki motor, but it's still a poor overall
reflection on John Deere as a provider.
I mentioned it as a consideration owing to the slope some time back...
But as in a previous discussion (not this thread) if you have a large
area to mow unless it has provision for a hand lock to keep speed w/o
having to hold it down all the time, it can be tiring for large areas...
I personally recommend to avoid excessive thatch buildup. Others have
different opinions. I <would> can the maintenance contract, they're
rarely good buys...
I'd still recommend at least looking seriously at the ZTR styles and
whatever you select get a chance to try it on your lot to ensure how it
handles the slope. Any <real> JD dealer will arrange that w/ no
I bought the L120 last year. The mower would only go about 100 feet and
quit. Stopped in teh Deere store where I got it and they came out and
picked it up, replaced a defective seat with a new one (switch ws bad) and
returned the mower. Been running very good after that.
Get the mower from a Deere store and not Home Depot for reasons like that.
The salesman would not cut me a deal as he said the mowers that HD sale have
to be sold for the same price. If I went to another type mower then he may
be able to deal. They may have an accessory special.
Get the hydorstatic transmission.
YOu probably do not need the bagger. Those things fill up very quick with
leaves. The mower should come with the mulching cover for the deck. Bagger
is a pain to put on also. Probably not any worse than other brands, but
still a pain.
I guess that all the decks will come off about the same, Just pull about 6
pins and the deck will come right off. Have a couple of short 2x4 pieces
of lumber to help hold the deck up will make it much easier.
On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 00:30:56 GMT, in alt.home.repair RE: John Deere
Riding lawn mower firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm on my second JD mower and have been disappointed with it and the
I don't recall the model of the first one. It was the type with the
engine in the rear and about a 30" cut. I believe it had a Kohler
engine. It had several fuel system problems over the years that I had
it. After about six years the transmission died suddenly and I had to
replace it the mower. At the time, JD was the only game in the rural
area where I live, so I bought another one hoping that my experience
was not typical.
I bought an STX-38. The fuel system has never worked well. When I shut
the engine off, I have to shut the fuel line valve otherwise fuel will
slowly leak into the engine and flood it. When I've been mowing a
while and shut the blades down and put the mower into neutral the
engine speed cycles increasing and decreasing quickly about a dozen
times before the speed stabilizes.
There where two breakdowns that I didn't think should have happened.
One was the pully-shaft that drives one of the blades. The bearings in
that assembly broke after about three years for no apparent reason. A
couple of years latter I had an electrical component fail which
prevented the engine from starting. I don't recall what the component
Now we have a Kubota dealer nearby. When the time comes to replace
the JD, I will take a serious look at the K.
I must admit however that I'm pretty rough on mowers. I have about two
acres to mow, the ground is rough and there are always a lot of small
branches in the grass from all the trees that we have. I've also heard
that the larger JD mowers and small tractors are more reliable, but I
don't have any experience with that. Other than the problems I
mentioned, both mowers were really solid.
Some of my dissapointment may be due to unrealistic expectations.
Based on the JD reputation, I expected *no* problems.
To reply to me directly, remove the CLUTTER from my email address.
....although this makes it sound as though the float may be sticking or
you have a partially clogged jet preventing clean closing of the
supply. An air leak could be partly to blame as well...
I'll agree sounds like you're abusing the mower...we have similar
situation w/ limbs/branches, but I take the time and trouble to pick up
anything that is more than just a twig.. for that type of mowing you
definitely need something much more rugged--the STX'es are just home
lawn mowers. I still have the one I moved from TN which is now 10 years
old by now (altho it is an "SX" the predecessor to the "STX" they're
very similar) and can't complain of any of this problems w/ it--
I'll amend this to hopefully make it not sound as condemnatory as it may
have sounded--that wasn't my intention.
Simply wanted to emphasize that I think the type of usage you're giving
it is beyond the expected "duty-cycle" of the particular
mower--particularly the rough part is really hard on them...think what
would have been the fate of the typical BORG-offering in the same
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 11:36:01 -0500, in alt.home.repair RE: Re: John
My guess is that a Murry would last about one season.
Thanks for the clarification, but I didn't interpret you comments as a
condemnation. I do realize that my mowing situation is pretty tough. I
do pick up any branches that I see larger than about 1/2 inch, but
it's impossible to get them all and all the pine cones that find their
way into the grass after a wind or T-storm (I'm in Lauderdale County
northwest Alabama, just down the road from you) passes through. I have
probably 50 or 60 trees in the area I mow. I really should be using a
small tractor + bush hog, but that's just not economically feasible.
I would love to own a small JD diesel with front bucket and bush hog.
To reply to me directly, remove the CLUTTER from my email address.
Good, but later thought "better safe than..." might be appropriate....
Well, that's a pretty sizable "just".... :) I'm in far SW KS, right on
OK line, <50 mi from CO. We had three consecutive days last week of
serious t-storms, tornadoes, up to 3" hail common w/ some even larger,
80+ mph straight winds in the gust front ahead of the storms...just
another typical KS spring/early summer... :)
I do like the little 955 utility a lot although I'd like one just
slightly stouter--it's rated 27 hp which would be fine except the
hydrostatic transmission knocks off about 7 hp from the net result as
compared to a mechanical...the dealer in town has a new 5205 on the lot,
but, of course it's big bucks...but I look every time I'm in for
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