JD 345 20 hp purchase question
I'd like to get something with a 54" deck to take the load off of my LX188 and the 48" deck, I have a lot of grass to mow.
I have owned air and water cooled Kawasaki powered JD's with good results so I was looking for something a little larger than the LX 188 and the 345 seemed to be a good choice. I did a search here on a 345 and from all accounts, except for the cam gear issues on early 18hp models, it seems that they are pretty solid buys.
Everything I've owned was more basic, no power steering or hydraulic deck raise/lower for example, so I'm a little concerned about issues with those "frills", are they troublesome?
At the moment, I have a choice between:
A late 18hp model from a private owner with 1300 hours and a service history that has a cracked hood and some other cosmetic flaws for $1,300. It's pretty dusty and needs a good cleaning but it starts right up and seems solid.
A very early 20hp model from a dealer that looks like new with 1400 hours for $2,000. They are closed today so I can't ask about it or go look at it, so I thought I would pick brains here before they open monday.
(They also have a GT245 with a power flow and 800 hours for $2k but that's aircooled and I don't need the power flow, I sold the unit that came with the LX 188).
My inclination is to spend the extra for the dealer 345 on the assumption they have gone through it but I learned on my LX188 from a different dealership that's not always the case. I also haven't seen much on the 20hp engine but I'd rather have the 2 extra hp on a 54" deck if there aren't issues with that engine.
What do you guys think?
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