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1984 Deere 116 with the Briggs opposed twin. Mows and has snowblower duty. Tough, and simple, old workhorse.
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How many of you own a John Deere riding mower (Not a garden tractor) that is 25 years or older AND you still use regularly? My 1994 LX178 is due for a birthday party!
I found an on-line calculator that adjusts for inflation. Your LX178 that costs $3,999 in 1994 would cost $6,892 today. And that was just for the tractor with a 38" deck and no other attachments. So what JD "lawn" tractor costs about $6,892 today. I believe that the x500 series is capable of ground ingagement so that would make it more than a "lawn" tractor.

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Was using the 332 this weekend with the plow to manage a large burn pile. The deck shell needs to be replaced but the tractor is still going strong.
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I have the same mower Gene, same year too. It's my workhorse daily mower. No idea how many hours because it lacks an hour meter but my guess is around 1,200 hours. I maintain it's liquid-cooled engine by the book, but I've never done anything to the hydro except make sure that it's debris free and the fan is intact. I have lots of slopes and pull topsoil with a 15 cart that can get heavy. The manual is wishy-washy on maintaining the hydro. They say it's sealed, so basically leave it alone, but the next sentence says fluid changed won't hurt, lol. Yes, it's a well built mower, but at the time it was expensive. Price was $3,999 back in 1994. Don't know what that would equate to in today's dollars but considering that it's just a lawn tractor, it wouldn't be cheap.
Agreed, not cheap! I paid about $500 for mine perhaps ten years ago. I immediately put an hour meter/tach on it for oil change purposes.....I've got over 900 hours that I've put on. When I got her, I immediately changed the transmission fluid. It was BLACK (mine has a drain plug!) I've changed it again twice. The last time I changed it because the rubber hose to the plastic oil level viewer had worked loose and that transmission was down 2 1/2 quarts before it quit! I drained out the rest, filled her up, and today she's perfect!!!

A couple years ago, the hood broke up and I had to fabricate something to protect that radiator. After a year of the "double ugly", I found a craftsman GT hood and fitted it up.
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Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
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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

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1994 445 still running strong. Mow and snow blow so runs year round.
My 445 is a 1988. I expect many more years from it.

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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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...When I got her, I immediately changed the transmission fluid. It was BLACK (mine has a drain plug!) I've changed it again twice. The last time I changed it because the rubber hose to the plastic oil level viewer had worked loose and that transmission was down 2 1/2 quarts before it quit! I drained out the rest, filled her up, and today she's perfect!!!
Mine has the drain plug too, and well as the overflow tank to add fluid. I could be wrong (I often am) but my thinking is if I changed the fluid without changing the filter...would it help or not. The only way to change the filter on mine is to crack the case.

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Mine has the drain plug too, and well as the overflow tank to add fluid. I could be wrong (I often am) but my thinking is if I changed the fluid without changing the filter...would it help or not. The only way to change the filter on mine is to crack the case.
If it's never been changed, at this point it's probably lost a lot of it's ability to lubricate. Perhaps anything caught on the internal filter will be flushed out at draining. The fluid I use is Valvoline 10-30 full synthetic oil. Capacity is about 3.5 Quarts. Change it like you would engine oil.....after a good workout!

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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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I have no lawn tractors, only GT's or equivalent. I routinely use my '86 212 to pull my tandem lawn trailer around, and I mow weekly with my '84 318. Both are dead-nuts reliable, all I do is pour in gas and change the oil.
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1980 JD 111, 38" mower deck. Used 2-3 hrs. each week during the mowing season. Does OK.
Naturally, things have been replaced over the yrs. as parts wear out but it's still on the job.
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I'm using a 2003 GX-85 rear engine riding mower. Not as old as some of the others here but they don't make the rear engine riders anymore. Works nice in the tight areas and doesn't take up much room in the garage.
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1982 JD111, purchased 4 years ago -- mow about 1 acre twice a week. Just replaced drive belt, rebuilt a spindle on mower deck, but that's to be expected from a 37 year old machine. Starts immediately every time (even after sitting for the winter).
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[QUOTE=mowergene;12277973]How many of you own a John Deere riding mower (Not a garden tractor) that is 25 years or older AND you still use regularly? My 1994 LX178 is due for a birthday party![/QUOTE


Says a lot for a K61 transmission.
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How many of you own a John Deere riding mower (Not a garden tractor) that is 25 years or older AND you still use regularly? My 1994 LX178 is due for a birthday party![/QUOTE


Says a lot for a K61 transmission.
Especially after losing WELL over 1/2 of the fluid!

In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
In use:
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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Mid 80's 111H with an expanded to 46" deck from the 38" original and an inflated to 17hp oppy twin from the original 11hp flatty still mowing 1/2 acre every week.
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My manual says 3 pints w/o oil filter; 3.5 pints with filter.
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