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post #16 of 23 Old 06-17-2019, 01:55 PM
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For mowing one acre with few hills and obstacles, you'd be fine with an X3__ series. If you have a long driveway, you might want to consider looking for a used X5__ series for plowing or blowing snow.
For plowing, perhaps, but snowblowing is fairly easy on the transaxle and would not necessitate a garden tractor.
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For $3500 you can find a nice 425 or 445 with a 48 deck and a 4way blade.
1999 and newer have the updated cam gear.

I have had my 425 for 6 months and it is a sweet mower with plenty of GT capability.


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If you still want to stay in the X300 series , go look at this one:

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/grd...912395893.html

Or go see this one, but make sure the husband isn't home, because maybe the wife put this one up for sale while he was away................
https://newjersey.craigslist.org/grd...883800752.html
That second one is probably a scam. The text makes no real sense for the mower. If you scoured CL I bet you'll find the pictures in several ads. We get it a lot of it out here.
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Re: New member- loooking for first JD

see if this tractor is still available?

355d....see how many hours are on it. you could easily find a snow plow for it, that one I mentioned above that was for $200 would fit it.


https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/...893669815.html

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JD 345 SOLD
JD GX325 SOLD
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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.
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That second one is probably a scam. The text makes no real sense for the mower. If you scoured CL I bet you'll find the pictures in several ads. We get it a lot of it out here.
Ad says Yanmar Diesel, but there's a plug wire shown on the side. And no "Diesel Only" sticker anywhere

Lincoln NE CL has had a lot of JD 4-wheel drive tractors with loader and they look like new, paint is perfect, new tires, etc.....
only $2667 or some odd dollar amount
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Ad says Yanmar Diesel, but there's a plug wire shown on the side. And no "Diesel Only" sticker anywhere

Lincoln NE CL has had a lot of JD 4-wheel drive tractors with loader and they look like new, paint is perfect, new tires, etc.....
only $2667 or some odd dollar amount
No red cap either!! Obviously not a diesel by the engine picture!

Those Deere pictures you mention are probably the same ones we get constantly. email address in the picture is a dead giveaway it is a scam.
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Craigslist is one of those things that's like a cell phone. If there's a responsible party using it, you'll be fine. If it's an incompetent boob, you'll be in trouble. That 2nd CL ad didn't look right. A front mount mower?? Alright then, where were the pictures for what was described?

Why does the original poster limit himself to John Deere?

If you want to pay cash, or go into debt matters, too. I'd recommend cheap over debt.
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