We have a 214 JD bought new in 1979. Use it for mowing (half to
2/3 acre), blowing, and tilling. Used to till for neighbors but
now live where there is not much gardening. Mowed for a neighbor
that had hip replacement one year. Have done a lot of
snowblowing for myself and neighbors until a few years ago. (Now
have a small driveway.) Have replaced the drive belts once,
battery about 4 or 5 times, mower deck bearings and idlers a
couple of years ago (I forgot how quiet it was). I hope it lasts
another 25 years, unless of course I find a deal like Jim.
I thought I would throw my two centavos in here. I have 3/4 acres that I
have been cutting for about five years with a $300 MTD 12.5HP, 38" cut. I
have had to work on it quite a bit, especially at the beginning of this
grass season. It is in damn good shape now after replacing a support
bracket to the deck and rewiring it and replacing a bearing in the deck. I
think it was worth the price and I learned how the darn thing operates
rather well. So, I guess if you don't like mechanics, it would be the best
to buy new one. I am really impressed with the Cub Cadet. They are always
the winner's at the tractor pulls around here. The direct drive can't be
touched by the belt drives. For the HP, I think they are the best value.
If you can find a used one, I would jump on it in a heartbeat.
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