Re: John Deere L-111 Mowing Deck Broke
So, it turns out the left support had a crack in it too- so it wouldn't be long before the situation was repeated. I still have to talk to the John Deere rep, but they agreed to a 3 way split - John Deere, the dealer, and I pay one third each of the cost of a replacement deck & the labor to swap the parts from the old to the new - so it will be about $180, but i'll have a "new" deck. I plan on asking the rep what else I could have done other than treat it gently, keep it in a garage, and only use it to mow a residential lawn - and are the decks only good for 3 years? Someone referred to it as "beercan" metal that the deck is made of. A salesman tried to tell me that my $1600 L-111 John Deere is a "low grade" tractor - similar to what is sold at Lowes, Sears, or Home Depot and that I shouldn't expect too much from it. The tractor is fine - it's the mowing deck that has crapped out. My concern is that if i just get it welded, I'll eventually get to the point where i need an entire deck - and then it will be on me alone - and way way more expensive than what it is now. Better to keep them involved - then, if it happens again in 3 years, they will need to do better than just say it's a "Sears Grade" tractor.