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post #31 of 54 Old 04-19-2019, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Looking for a new mower

So I have been chatting with 830King a little through PM about his 320. I have also reached out on the 265 posted in here by Jimbochap but have not heard anything back just yet.

I used to have an LX188 so these next two caught my eye as well.

https://rmn.craigslist.org/grd/d/pin...869603970.html

https://waterloo.craigslist.org/grd/...869751642.html

These are both within a couple of hours of me. The LX178 with blower would be nice and I could get rid of my crappy snow blower I currently have. If I could get either of these for around $1000 would that be a decent deal? I'd think the LX188 could be had for less though.

I am still considering a new CC XT2 or the JD S240 though. I was informed by my local JD dealer that starting in May they will be offering $200 off the S240.

One other thing that I MAY want to do in the future is have the ability to move my jetskis around on their double trailer. I know the K46 trans would die, but what about the K61 in the LX's or the Sundstrand BDU-21 in the 265/320? I am thinking it would be easier to maneuver them into my tight garage space and not have to man handle the trailer with another person. The ski's weigh about 750 lbs. a piece and the trailer can't be too much.

I know I am kind of all over with what I want and I apologize for that. I greatly appreciate everyone's help. Hopefully I end up with something soon.
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I own a '94 LX178 and the transmission is tough! The one you're looking at looks clean. It also has a good price on it with the blower.

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So I have been chatting with 830King a little through PM about his 320. I have also reached out on the 265 posted in here by Jimbochap but have not heard anything back just yet.

I used to have an LX188 so these next two caught my eye as well.

https://rmn.craigslist.org/grd/d/pin...869603970.html

https://waterloo.craigslist.org/grd/...869751642.html

These are both within a couple of hours of me. The LX178 with blower would be nice and I could get rid of my crappy snow blower I currently have. If I could get either of these for around $1000 would that be a decent deal? I'd think the LX188 could be had for less though.

I am still considering a new CC XT2 or the JD S240 though. I was informed by my local JD dealer that starting in May they will be offering $200 off the S240.

One other thing that I MAY want to do in the future is have the ability to move my jetskis around on their double trailer. I know the K46 trans would die, but what about the K61 in the LX's or the Sundstrand BDU-21 in the 265/320? I am thinking it would be easier to maneuver them into my tight garage space and not have to man handle the trailer with another person. The ski's weigh about 750 lbs. a piece and the trailer can't be too much.

I know I am kind of all over with what I want and I apologize for that. I greatly appreciate everyone's help. Hopefully I end up with something soon.
I would not be afraid of either of these two especially, being a liquid cooled, as long as you can surmise that they have less than a 800 hours on them.

I say 800 hours because, even though that motor will last well beyond that if it was cared for, other things on that mower will need replaced at that point or sooner.

A liquid-cooled motor will Outlast a lot of the other things on a tractor like that.

Ask them things like: did you buy it new, what year did you buy it, how big is your yard, how long did it take to cut it, did you mow any other yards with a besides yours.

Then do some basic math and you can figure out how many hours they have on them even though they probably don't have hour meters.

I agree with mowerGene, that having one with a snow blower would be awesome. I would snag that thing as soon as I could if I find out it has less than 800 hour. Liquid-cooled Kawasaki is the bomb.
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So I have been chatting with 830King a little through PM about his 320. I have also reached out on the 265 posted in here by Jimbochap but have not heard anything back just yet.



I used to have an LX188 so these next two caught my eye as well.



https://rmn.craigslist.org/grd/d/pin...869603970.html



https://waterloo.craigslist.org/grd/...869751642.html



These are both within a couple of hours of me. The LX178 with blower would be nice and I could get rid of my crappy snow blower I currently have. If I could get either of these for around $1000 would that be a decent deal? I'd think the LX188 could be had for less though.



I am still considering a new CC XT2 or the JD S240 though. I was informed by my local JD dealer that starting in May they will be offering $200 off the S240.



One other thing that I MAY want to do in the future is have the ability to move my jetskis around on their double trailer. I know the K46 trans would die, but what about the K61 in the LX's or the Sundstrand BDU-21 in the 265/320? I am thinking it would be easier to maneuver them into my tight garage space and not have to man handle the trailer with another person. The ski's weigh about 750 lbs. a piece and the trailer can't be too much.



I know I am kind of all over with what I want and I apologize for that. I greatly appreciate everyone's help. Hopefully I end up with something soon.
I listed mine on craigslist this morning. There is another 320 listed on St. Cloud craigslist located in Watkins. They are asking less for theirs than I am for mine. I dont know how to post a link but search in St. Cloud farm and garden and both mine and the other 320 should pop up if you are still looking.

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Liquid-cooled Kawasaki is the bomb.
My LX is a '94 and doing beautifully. My 445 is a '98 with about 1500 and is sweet!

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1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year

Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!
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Stay away from the S series Deere's. I don't care what the dealer tells you, their job is to sell new units, they are a subpar machine compared to many of the other models people have suggested.

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OP should look for a GT235. K71 tranny, so plenty of pulling power for hills and trailers. 18 hp Kawasaki or B&S Vanguard engine (depends on year model). Manual lift, no PS, nominal deck is 48" but can handle a 54". They can be had for $1500 in good shape. They have 3 belts, foot operated hydro, can take a sleeve hitch and some front attachments. They are a great all-around, basic garden tractor. I bought mine new in 2002 (B&S Vanguard engine), it has around 1000 hours on it and all I've ever done is change the oil and filters, replace a couple of belts and the battery, and finally put new front tires on it (old ones weather cracked the sidewalls and one wouldn't hold air). For 6 years I mowed 3+ acres with it, before buying my X748 and selling the Yanmar tractor I also had. It now lives a life of relative boredom at my Mom's house, where it cuts less than 1/4 acre during the spring and summer. It can sit for a month, and fires right up, never failed me.
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OP should look for a GT235. K71 tranny, so plenty of pulling power for hills and trailers. 18 hp Kawasaki or B&S Vanguard engine (depends on year model). Manual lift, no PS, nominal deck is 48" but can handle a 54". They can be had for $1500 in good shape. They have 3 belts, foot operated hydro, can take a sleeve hitch and some front attachments. They are a great all-around, basic garden tractor. I bought mine new in 2002 (B&S Vanguard engine), it has around 1000 hours on it and all I've ever done is change the oil and filters, replace a couple of belts and the battery, and finally put new front tires on it (old ones weather cracked the sidewalls and one wouldn't hold air). For 6 years I mowed 3+ acres with it, before buying my X748 and selling the Yanmar tractor I also had. It now lives a life of relative boredom at my Mom's house, where it cuts less than 1/4 acre during the spring and summer. It can sit for a month, and fires right up, never failed me.
My dad sold JD from 1983-2015. While he mostly sold field equipment, He said the GT225 & GT235 were two of the most sold models of garden tractors ever for them. They hit a fantastic price point, and while they don't have all the features, they are about perfect for budget minded home owner that need more capability than a basic lawn tractor.

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OP should look for a GT235......They are a great all-around, basic garden tractor.
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My dad sold JD from 1983-2015. While he mostly sold field equipment, He said the GT225 & GT235 were two of the most sold models of garden tractors ever for them. They hit a fantastic price point, and while they don't have all the features, they are about perfect for budget minded home owner that need more capability than a basic lawn tractor.
Just curious, what would be the GT225/235 equivalent in today's JD line the X570? Thanks in advance.
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Just curious, what would be the GT225/235 equivalent in today's JD line the X570? Thanks in advance.
The X500 was the follow on model to the GT235 / GT245, and the X570 upgraded the X500. Pretty much basic tractors, but the newer ones have more HP and are about 100 lb heavier.

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The X500 was the follow on model to the GT235 / GT245, and the X570 upgraded the X500. Pretty much basic tractors, but the newer ones have more HP and are about 100 lb heavier.
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A nice looking LX280 18hp with 248 hrs. showed up on duluth cl for 1400 bux. if thats of interest to you.
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Another vote for the GT235. That’s what I wanted before I stumbled upon my GX345 by accident. Actually, if you’re willing to spend money on a S240, get yourself a GX345 and never buy another tractor again.

I’d also not worry so much about hours as I would condition. I’ve got over 800 on my GX and it’s great, but I just picked up a 48” deck from a guy with a 360 hour GT that looked like it had 1360 hours.

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I’d also not worry so much about hours as I would condition. I’ve got over 800 on my GX and it’s great, but I just picked up a 48” deck from a guy with a 360 hour GT that looked like it had 1360 hours.
Some people live by the hours when buying. I’ve seen more than one 1000 hour LX, GT or LT start, runs and mow great. I have also seen 500 hour machines not much more than parts machines. I had a LT180 with 1200 hours you would never have known unless you looked at hour meter.

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So, I still have not bought anything. Finally mowed my yard for the first time yesterday and used my Dad's LT180. I need to find something ASAP though at this point.

I have been looking for a GT235 and came across this one within a couple hours of me.

https://www.machinerypete.com/detail...gt235/19708433

Seems like a low hour unit for the year.

I am sure a lower end unit would suffice but if I can spend a little less and get a much better mower (although used) I think that's the way I am leaning.
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