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What are you planing on doing with it. Are you going to pull a cart, plow snow, or just mow grass with it?
 

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Any of them so long as its NOT purchased at home depot or any other box store for that matter.

There is a difference, my BIL got a 25hp JD homer depot special and it was a real POS. sold it afteronly 2+ years because of numerous repairs. Things like the blade spindles DO NOT have any zerk fitting so the whole spindle assembly has to be replaced after they freeze up. Also had problems with the wiring and throwing belts off the deck when cutting tall thick grass. There were other repairs that I don't remember. Got a real JD rider from a dealer and after 4+ years, NOT ONE SINGLE PROBLEM :).
 

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The ones they sell at Lowes and HD are also sold at the dealer. I would stay with the Past and Current X series Tractors like mine

The 325 and 345 tractors are great machines and can handle ground engaging attachments such as plows and tillers.
This is a list of the past and current X series tractors
X465 past (gas) 2 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer and all wheel steer)
X475 past (gas) 2 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer and all wheel steer)
X485 past (gas) 2 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer and all wheel steer)
X495 past (diesel) 2 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer and all wheel steer)
X575 past (gas) 4 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer)
X585 past (gas) 4 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer)
X595 past (diesel) 4 wheel drive, (2 wheel steer)
X300 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X300R current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer) (rear discharge deck)
X304 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X320 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X324 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X340 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X360 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X500 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X520 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer) (see pic above)
X530 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X534 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X540 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X700 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X720 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X724 current (gas) 2 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X728 current (gas) 4 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X729 current (gas) 4 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X740 current (diesel) 2 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X744 current (diesel) 2 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
X748 current (diesel) 4 wheel drive (2 wheel steer)
X749 current (diesel) 4 wheel drive (all wheel steer)
 

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We have the L120 tractor. Have had it for 6 years. 220 hours on it. Has not had any trouble except for the spindles. Pretty good mowers
 

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If your just going to mow grass I would look at the LA series or lower end models. If you are going to be doing work like plowing or snow blowing or pulling ect look at the X series or older mowers like the JD 318, 420 Ect.
 

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I personally no matter what you are going to do(mow, plow, blow snow, disk etc) I would definetly go with a 318. I love those machines. I have never owned one but it is deifnetly my choice in a garden tractor. I would love to have one.
 

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I personally no matter what you are going to do(mow, plow, blow snow, disk etc) I would definetly go with a 318. I love those machines. I have never owned one but it is deifnetly my choice in a garden tractor. I would love to have one.
ditto on the 318, the 420 and 430's are built like tanks also.
 

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Ever considered a Wheel Horse Lawnmowerman? They will do just about anything you ask them to do. Plus they are real nice machines. They are similar to John Deeres in which you can buy attahments and stuff like that. I have one and I love it.
 

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My JD LT133 has lasted over 13 or so years, recently bought a LA175. Me and my wife use both to tame our 5 acres. They both run well. Maintenance is my reward.
 

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I personally no matter what you are going to do(mow, plow, blow snow, disk etc) I would definetly go with a 318. I love those machines. I have never owned one but it is deifnetly my choice in a garden tractor. I would love to have one.
I think I am going to go with a 318 or a 420 when I get a GT. They look very capable! That or a 650, which is a SCUT if I am not mistaken.
 

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i going to have a 318 for sale soon - its being painted and the little glitches fixed but runs great - onan engine - 54 inch deck
 

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Newer is not always better!!

If you want to see a day and night difference compare a new bolens to the older ones! I have had several and currently have 2 QT-17's, a H11XL and a ST 110. The QT-17 seems to be close to the Deere 318 which is what I would look for in a Deere. The 400 Deere's are also top quality. Just my ideas on the subject.
 

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L100

I use my L100 for 3.5 acres of rough native grass here in Australia. The hard going and fine dry dust kill most machines in about 3 years. But the JDL100 is 5 years in and still the only problem it is starting to show is spindle bearings need replacing. It's hard going for any small engine and I recommend JD to everyone. :D
 
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