I'm looking to buy my first lawn tractor and found a 2000 LT 155 w/ 38in deck and a cart on CL for $700. Is this a decent price? Will it handle a sloped acre? What's the closest equivalent new model? Thanks.
That's a decent price for a clean tractor. 1 acre of grass is a lot to tackle with a 38" deck. It will do it, but will take some time.
There actually isn't an exact match for an LT155, as it would actually fall between the current LA-Series and X300 (a little heavier-duty than an LA, but not quite an X300). They sold for @ 2,300 new I believe. Good tractors.
If you could find an LT166 with the 48" deck that would cut down your mowing time quite a bit.
I got a great deal on a LT155 w/the 42" deck w/ a very little wear and tear. It had a scratch on the fender and I tried to use Rustoleum JD Paint which did not blend in w/the factory paint. I ended up spraying chip guard on the foot platform area and respraying the Rustoleum. It looks great not factory and for that I regret ever trying to paint this great little lawn mower. I've added a new fender decal which helps ease the pain and other things like: new front tires (ribbed), tune up kit, drink holder. I want to replace the rear tires next. Either way I'll never get a deal on a JD like I did on this one and plan on keeping it until it is too much to replace.
I certainly think the asking price of $700 is well within reason. I have previous expiriance with a LT166 which is almost the same exept it has more horsepower and a bigger deck. I really liked the easy to use features on the LT series. Everything was designed in a very userfriendly manner.
Like was mentioned above, the new equivelant to the LT155 would be the D170 or the X300 series.