Re: New member- loooking for first JD
I bought a used GX345 and am very satisfied with it. IIRC, I paid $2600
It came with a 54" deck, but I swapped a guy for a 48" which is handier for me to get around and between trees and fence.
I kept looking for a model that had the differential lock, and this one had it. But not all 345s do.
That feature is definitely a plus, as there's some sloped areas next to a utility box where it's difficult to get in and out of when mowing.
And of course when using the snowblower, it really helps too. You may want to consider that if you intend on pushing snow.
And buy a set of chains for it, if it doesn't come with them. Consider some weights too.
The GX345 has PS and hydraulic lift.
The PS in those series of JD tractors is hydro-static; meaning the wheel often does not come back to the same position after a turn.
Even straight ahead steering corrections can be off a little.......the steering wheel "drifts"
Not a big deal, but takes a little getting used to. I don't know if there's any fine adjustment to make it better.