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Has JD fixed the trans problem in their L series tractors?
 

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what trans problem? the trannies work as designed, they are for LIGHT DUTY MOWING USE and OCCASSIONAL LIGHT TOWING.
I consider it a problem. My L130 has about 93 hours on it and the tranny is shot. I mow light duty (2 acres Tif 419) once or twice a week. I use the 48" plug aerator that is listed to work with my tractor to aerate said 2 acres. I aerate once or twice a year. I changed the tranny fluid twice but it got slower and slower and finally does nothing with new fluid. I have a K66 mounted up ready to go with no wheels. Don't give Deere a pass on this. They could have extended the life on these transmissions by ordering them with a reservoir to allow for expansion under heated conditions and put in a drain plug like Husqvarna did on some of their lower end models. What would it have cost, a couple dollars. Better yet they should have put a k66 or better in the L120 and L130. That couldn't have cost them much more either. The only reason I ordered the L130 instead of the G110 was because I didn't want the larger deck.
 

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My 02 Scotts 2548 (made by john deere) toasted the trans with less than 100 hrs. I then found out this was a common problem. I did like the operation and cut of that tractor, but what good is it if it doesn't move !!! If they ever put a better trans in their L series I may consider another one. Until then I will keep using my trusty old Craftsman tractors.
 

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hydro should not go that quick with you guys.when pulling a aerator,do it right after a heavy rain.this way you can get away with using just 1 cinder block.stop about every 15 minutes to let the hydro cool.

i just sold a craftsman with 350 hrs on hydro and not 1 problem.i pulled roller/aerator yearly.you have to stop and let the hydro cool.
 

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I don't know, we have a L130 at our church and it is going on 500 hrs with no issues. This is with many riders and inconsistent maintenance. I think you can find an awful lot of L tractors out there without tranny issues. :)
 

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My 02 Scotts 2548 (made by john deere) toasted the trans with less than 100 hrs. I then found out this was a common problem.
My '03 Scotts L2548 has almost 400 hours on it. The engine died at 350 hours and I gave it to my next door neighbor, who replaced the engine and continued using the tractor, and now at 400 hours the trans is still running strong. I used it for over 6 years and put 350 hours on it mowing almost 2 acres of verry hilly terrain and plowing my 120 foot driveway in the winter. My next door neighbor has only about an acre, but his is as hilly as mine. I think that the B&S Intek engine is much more of a piece of c#@p than the tranny. I changed the oil, oil filter, air filter & spark plugs every 20 hours on that engine and both connecting rods broke simultaneously at exactly 350 hours. It's almost as if it was designed to do that so that you would have to buy a new tractor.
 

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i changed the oil in my L130 at around the 250-300 hours mark. prior to this i had a SH on it and used it to pull a tine cultivator and a disc. i also used it to pull a back blade. the machine is not listed for even one bit of this work but it did it. one thing i always did though was allowed the tires to slip to protect teh tranny, and stopped but left the engine going WOT for a coupel minutes to cool it periodically. when i changed the oil it was just starting to get bad. since then, it pulls like new, though it is time for an oil change again. Wally abused his L120 about as bad as i did my L130, and he did end up grenading the tranny.
 
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