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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!
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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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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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Re: Proving John Deere's longevity

Until just recently I had a 1987 175 Hydro that I purchased new. It still started and ran like new with no smoke when I sold it. Not bad for over 31 years old. As the manual instructed, I **never** changed the fluid in the hydrostatic transmission despite regularly pulling a 920 lb. lawn roller around my property. I did change the engine oil and filter every 25 hours - which equated to twice per year. The seat was replaced about 6 years ago.
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Until just recently I had a 1987 175 Hydro that I purchased new. It still started and ran like new with no smoke when I sold it. Not bad for over 31 years old. As the manual instructed, I **never** changed the fluid in the hydrostatic transmission despite regularly pulling a 920 lb. lawn roller around my property. I did change the engine oil and filter every 25 hours - which equated to twice per year. The seat was replaced about 6 years ago.
Ah, yes, KAWASAKI. That is one key to longevity!! Maybe you should have kept it!
Interestingly, and I wonder if it's wrong, but Tractor Data says the hydro only holds 3/4 of a quart of oil! Can that possibly be correct??

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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)
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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Not quite 25 years old, oly at 15. I'm the third owner of this JD L130. She is only fifteen years old. She is still a teenager .

She was purchased new by my father in law and then passed to my brother in law. Both of whom replaced her with an x7xx John Deere. Shows where she sat on their list.

I don't ever intend to replace her, but: I may suppllment her in the future with a sibling .

I've recently added to her responsiblities a 42 inch snowblower for this winter (Psst-don't tell her). Just today she mowed the lawn that my wife says is the best looking on the block. She does such good work.
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Not quite 25 years old, oly at 15. I'm the third owner of this JD L130. She is only fifteen years old. She is still a teenager .

She was purchased new by my father in law and then passed to my brother in law. Both of whom replaced her with an x7xx John Deere. Shows where she sat on their list.

I don't ever intend to replace her, but: I may suppllment her in the future with a sibling .

I've recently added to her responsiblities a 42 inch snowblower for this winter (Psst-don't tell her). Just today she mowed the lawn that my wife says is the best looking on the block. She does such good work.
Keep her oil changed regularly.

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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)
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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Re: Proving John Deere's longevity

Mow with a 1987 175 hydro ,,snowblow with a 1978 210 , plow snow with a 1968 110, give the grand children rides on a 1965 110 with a double seat built on it.


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But of course! I keep my wife in fresh beverages (Blue Moon). She gets the same loving Hers is Raymond 10w30 from my service van. Each spring she gets a refresh, just like she did from her previous lovers (owners).
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Up until 2 weeks ago I was using my 1983 314 to mow with a 50" deck, I have no clue how many hrs are on it since I bought it second hand. My 1977 300 is still going with a snow plow and tiller on it but I did swap the engine out from a 316 single Kohler 12 years ago.

I have yet to try and get the 1970 140 running but when I do it will have duties also.

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Until just recently I had a 1987 175 Hydro that I purchased new. It still started and ran like new with no smoke when I sold it. Not bad for over 31 years old. As the manual instructed, I **never** changed the fluid in the hydrostatic transmission despite regularly pulling a 920 lb. lawn roller around my property. I did change the engine oil and filter every 25 hours - which equated to twice per year. The seat was replaced about 6 years ago.
that 170 series was a great mower I put at least 900 - 1100 trouble free hour on a 170; same as yours but gear. I mean I mowed some grass with that. 2.3 acres for 9 years Mowed Church yards several times; big church yards.

Same Kawasaki engine. Did not smoke when I sold it stearing was a tad sloppy but mechanically sound.

Would not surprise me to hear that it is still running.

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Re: Proving John Deere's longevity

15 or so years ago I bought a used 1984 116. I beat it bad for another 8-10 years, but with some new parts, (corrosion) it kept running.
Started to smoke at the end but it run. B&S 2 cyl, I sold it for $100 just to get rid of it.

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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.

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1994 445 still running strong. Mow and snow blow so runs year round.
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Have numerous machines that old or older. My 180, 345, LX172 all used regularly.

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My STX38 is a 93 and cuts an acre. Something that is maintained will last a while.
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I was given a late 1980s JD 165 Hydro 3 years ago that still works very well. I had some issues with the deck belt tension spring (snapped on first ever mow) and deck-mounted hook (broke away from weld 2x). Bought an early 1990s Hydro 175 for $75 last year as a backup in case I have any issues with the 165. The 175 needed about $130-$150 in parts that were taken off it for some dudes other mower (flywheel, engine shrouds, stator, ignition module, spark plug, and most recently just last week a new trans cooling fan). Got her running and since it is much stronger than my 165 and the cut is better I use her most often. Happy with these mowers. As much as I'd like a new zero turn I think I'll keep these going and hold on to the $3000-$4000 I will eventually spend on one some day.

Heck, these things are only a few years younger than I am, I was born in '85. The engines run very well for being about 30years old. 175 is shown, still need a photo of the 165, she's probably feeling a bit neglected. Both girls are in the profile photo, though.
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