Re: Proving John Deere's longevity
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.