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post #16 of 54 Old 04-12-2019, 09:00 PM
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Those tractors at Lowes, Home Depot, and Sears come with a warranty. You have recourse with a store. You have nothing from a private owner. That tractor is 28 years old too with a lot of hours,
OP only wants to spend less then a $1000.................so you don't get a warranty on anything when spending so little.

In the end OP will get less tractor buying one of those lesser JD's at a box store and spend more money.
I would take my chances with 2 older jd's then a newer lesser quaility mower from one of the box stores for same amount of money.

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This is just personal preference, but for me, once I used my first foot controlled hydro there was no going back.

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Yeah, Iíd want a foot hydro as thatís what Iím used to using and find it easier to use than anything by hand.

For a used unit Iíd want to stick under $1000. If buying new Iíll obviously spend more. Both Cub Cadet and John Deere offer 0% financing that Iíd take advantage of.
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I didn't realize financing was an option for you; in that case go buy yourself one of those Hustler raptors with the flip up deck

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Yeah, Iíd want a foot hydro as thatís what Iím used to using and find it easier to use than anything by hand.

For a used unit Iíd want to stick under $1000. If buying new Iíll obviously spend more. Both Cub Cadet and John Deere offer 0% financing that Iíd take advantage of.
Thought the same as you until I got a Jd265........the hand hydro where it is positioned on the tractor was so easy to use and comfortable it was unbelieveable. Don't knock until you try that tractor.

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Not to mention you can consider the hand lever as a cruise control. Kinda nice in long stretches of passes with minimal turning. I kinda use it as a hand rest.

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Looks like a nice mower but the hand hydro doesn't sound very appealing to me. Also, it's tough for me to pay that price on something that has 1000 hours on it. It does have a lot of new parts though.
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I agree with a hand hydro on the dash sucks but this hydro lever is in the perfect spot right along side the seat on the fender. Right where your arms rests anyway. You only really need one hand to steer this tractor the steering is so good.
The hand control does take a bit of getting used to, the hard thing is switching back and forth from a machine with foot control to one with hand control. Once you get used to it, it's fine. Like said above, it's sort of like a cruise control at steady speed, and you find that you use the handle as a hand rest after a while. I still prefer a foot control, and I agree with Jimbochap that on the fender is better than on the panel. I have a 318 with the hydro control there, it's a less natural spot, it seems.

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Those tractors at Lowes, Home Depot, and Sears come with a warranty. You have recourse with a store. You have nothing from a private owner. That tractor is 28 years old too with a lot of hours,
28 years old is "just broke in" for a Deere . I regularly mow with a 35 year old 318, pull trailers with a 33 year old 212 (which is all original, BTW). Sure, parts will need replacing, but for a grand, you're getting a much more substantially-built machine than the L and E series, with a better transmission.

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I agree with everyone about the hydro lever, I have a 320 which is the big brother to the 265.

The lever is easy to control and your hand kinda naturally goes to it. Also I've owned the 320 for 15 years and only had to do regular maintenance with the exception of a idler pulley bearing on the deck and the front tires went bald. So they are pretty solid machines from my experience.

I bought some property couple years ago and I bought a bigger machine (x475) late last summer so I will listing the 320 on craigslist here in a few weeks. Kinda sad to let it go but it's a bit too small for my needs now.

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Hand hydro on the fender is super easy to get used to and even awesome to operate. I have no preference between it and foot pedals. DO NOT buy a box store model mower if you have anything more than .5 acre of lawn to mow. They are all, regardless of paint color or brand, junk. I'd much rather buy a 1000 hour (which isn't that bad) machine with 10-25+ years on it than a new throw away piece of trash. 3-5 seasons and it will need replaced or extensive repairs that will cost as or near as much as replacement.

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hand hydro on the fender is super easy to get used to and even awesome to operate. I have no preference between it and foot pedals. Do not buy a box store model mower if you have anything more than .5 acre of lawn to mow. They are all, regardless of paint color or brand, junk. I'd much rather buy a 1000 hour (which isn't that bad) machine with 10-25+ years on it than a new throw away piece of trash. 3-5 seasons and it will need replaced or extensive repairs that will cost as or near as much as replacement.
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My box store Sears garden tractor is 19 years old this year which I bought new and the only maintenance done is tuneups and sharpen the blades. I use it all year long. I probably put about 80 hours a year on it. I think it will last another 19 years.

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My box store Sears garden tractor is 19 years old this year which I bought new and the only maintenance done is tuneups and sharpen the blades. I use it all year long. I probably put about 80 hours a year on it. I think it will last another 19 years.
I think that they made them better 19 years ago than they do today.

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I think that they made them better 19 years ago than they do today.
One of my neighbors retired 15 years ago and wanted to do something other than playing golf in his retirement. He decided to get rid of the lawn service that was doing his yard and do it himself. He has a little over an acre to do. He said he went down to the local Home Depot and checked out their spring sale of last year tractor models. He bought a Poulan tractor with a 48" deck for only $750. He said they wanted a thousand but he made an offer and they accepted it. It was brand new. He's never had any problems with it and has pulled attachments with it. Its amazing that cheap tractor keeps on running with no problems all these years.

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One of my neighbors retired 15 years ago and wanted to do something other than playing golf in his retirement. He decided to get rid of the lawn service that was doing his yard and do it himself. He has a little over an acre to do. He said he went down to the local Home Depot and checked out their spring sale of last year tractor models. He bought a Poulan tractor with a 48" deck for only $750. He said they wanted a thousand but he made an offer and they accepted it. It was brand new. He's never had any problems with it and has pulled attachments with it. Its amazing that cheap tractor keeps on running with no problems all these years.
The ones of yesterday aren't anything like the ones built today..... Also an acre or so is about exactly what they were designed for.

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Your post starts out looking for a mower and you are considering a lawn tractor. I'd implore you to consider a garden tractor for your mowing needs. They are so much better built! With a lawn tractor, at some point, you'll find yourself doing something that strains it and transmissions are so much weaker on these units. Even lawns have inclines that strain the LT's. It's always better to have more than you need rather than not quite enough. If your rear wheels don't bolt on, you don't have a garden tractor. Today's LT's have horse power ratings in the 20's. You don't need that much HP. We had a horsepower race the last 20 years. Forty years ago, my dad had craftsman mowers with as little as six or 8 hp and they mowed well. I remember one of them had three blades! He died in '92 and the mower he was using at that time had 12 hp.

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