I do not have enough information on what would be the better mower for your intended use. You are pairing a new tractor against a used tractor in posting. The questions are what is the size of your lot? Does it have slopes that have to be contended with?
Personally I would save the money and go with the Deere, There are several reasons that the Deere is the better, One is a more rigid and robust frame, probably a much better engine and the transaxle is probably a higher grade.
I was pretty vague in my original post. Ended up going with the used 2005 John Deere LT150. Zero regrets! I could feel the difference the moment I sat on the machine. Heavy duty frame!
Not sure if all LT150s are without an hour meter, but this one did not have one. The original owner only had a 1/4 acre lot and utilized a lawn service the past 2 years...so assumed the mower had low hours. After cleaning the tractor up...came to the assumption that it received very little use...but also very little maintenance. (still had original OEM filters)
Waxed, tuned up and blades sharpened...the Deere looks brand new. Very excited for the upcoming mowing season!
Congratulations on the new acquisition Johnny! I did'nt have to time to post in this thread before but having owned a John Deere LT series tractor myself, I definately think you've made the right pick.
And remember, we'd love to see a few pictures of your new machine if you can post a few for us!
Could definately see why you are biased towards the LT150. Love it thus far...but haven't put it to the test. When I went to view the mower it wasn't running. Offered $800 to the owner and she accepted. Put a new battery in...and it fired up beautifully!
Believe the mower had very low hours...so pretty excited about the deal. Local dealer was very helpful in the decision. I boldly called them and was very transparent about my intentions. They provided me with an estimated value of the mower and what to look at when viewing. I'll definately be giving them my business over the years for parts, supplies and service.
Sounds like from the usage it might only have around 100 hrs on it if that. It's just getting broke in.
I put a Sendec hour clock on mine I picked up from Sears. I believe there was at least at one time a clock kit available from Deere that would plug right into the wiring. Bad part about the Sendec units is at some point the internal battery will die on them.