I agree. Most people go online and vent when they are XXXXXX off only.I'd keep in mind a couple things:
- No one ever registers a positive story.
- Box store sales are not as well qualified as dealership sales, so people sometimes don't get enough machine to begin with.
- According to the link below, JD built @ 300,000 L/LA's in 2005. Some quick math would tell you there has got to be around 2 MILLION out there now. For every one complaint there are thousands that are doing fine.
Perfectly said ! :fing32:The K46/T40 does seem to be ridiculus. I am sure some people have "pool table" flat yards, but most do not. I Deere had spent a little more on the transaxles on their L/LA line they would own this market. I know I would have paid a little more for a tranny that was servicable and I'm sure others across the board would have also.
I love my LA135 and was perfect for my needs, however, In the back of my mind I am waiting for the transaxle to fail. I think JD should offer a low cost upgrade option to keep their reputation high and breed loyal customers. Just does'nt make sense to me.
Well said, Brett. I'm sorry, but people's expectations of what $2000 will buy nowadays in lawn equipment is fairly unrealistic. Inflation has hit this market, just like in automobiles. Whatever car you paid $5000 for in 1970 will cost you over $30K today, if not more. Same goes with lawn mowers. The equivalent of a $1000 mower 20 years ago will now set you back $5-6K today at least, and if you want durability and longevity while trying to pull loads that weigh what the tractor does, mowing knee deep grass or pulling a plow, it's gonna cost you. Maintenance is another issue altogether. Whatever you buy requires attention, and those who aren't wrench savvy are gonna have to cough up the cash for someone else to do it, or it's not gonna last, regardless of what you paid.You don't have to buy an "older" JD to get quality, you just have to prepare to fork over some green, to get the green and yellow that will last 30 years. It's no different today than it was 30 years ago.. There were consumer grade tractors and then there was the stuff built to last 30 years before needed to be rebuilt.. It's the same today as it was then.
JD Designed the LA's to compete at a price point in a cut throat market of consumer grade machines. IMHO none of them are up to par for maintaining anything more than a postage stamp.