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Join Date: Mar 2005
Re: john deere LA 115?
The heaviest chore for your tractor will be aeration.... I used a K46-tranny driven machine for such chores, and got 400 hours out of it before broke. I abused it though, by plowing snow too, etc... If you're on a budget, then go with a 48" or 54" deck, to cut down on mowing time. 2 ac. will take you 2hrs with a 48" deck. Less mowing time means fewer hours per year on the engine and tranny, translating to more years of service.
If budget is not an issue, then go for the K58 powered X300-series machines (forget now which models have that tranny - the X300 itself is a K46).
Of course, I now have a 2305 with orders of magnitude more capability, and will tell you this: power steering rules!.... and to have that, you need a X360