Re: Is She Dead?
Again, thanks to everyone who has posted up. Did some checking on my own, and had to take it in to my local JD dealer. They didnt break down the whole engine but did determine that a connecting rod broke. They said they could take it down further for an additional charge to determine if it broke at the piston or crank shaft, but that if it was the crank they could not get that part anymore. Service guy basically said unless I was handy enough to tear the engine down myself, it was probably better to cut my losses.
So, anyone looking for a used GT235 for parts? :-)
Any recommendations on a replacement unit? I know I dont want any of the big box store models. I guess the X350 is around the same level as the GT235, but the service guy said they also have an S240 48" that while has the frame of the e series, it comes with the x series deck. I am also somewhat interested in the Ryobi electric rider. I am not completely against used, but my last 2 JD's were used and I have not had the greatest luck. First one was a big box store model, the transmission was toast. Luckily I was able to rebuild that by replacing the pumps in the K46 and added the synthetic oil to it. But once I got it running ok, I felt my yard required a better built JD, so that is how I ended up with the GT235. It has been a great mower for the most part, this is the first real problem it has had in the 4 years I have been running it aside from the plastics cracking and falling apart.
So any recommendation as to what I should or shouldnt look at would be great. I have a 1 acre lot, about 1/3 of it is wooded and is not maintained. The rest is zoysia grass. Front yard is a large hill, average grade, nothing difficult to mow really, but I think it is steep enough that over the years it would kill the cheaper trannys. I do have a fair a mount of trees and landscaping to maneuver around, so something that steers well is key. The most attachments I would use on it will be a cart, no need for any blowers, blades, buckets, etc. I do prefer to mulch instead of bag, so having it do that as well as possible is another plus.
2018 JD x350
42" Deck w/ mulch control
2000 JD GT235
2007 JD LA130
2013 Craftsman YT3000