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Well, I own it :D I'm very happy.

I picked up the trailer about 7 PM last night and took off early this morning at 5:40 AM. I got back home at about 5 PM. There was a big multiple fatality accident on the turnpike yesterday so I drove slow in the right lane and took my time. I got to the dealer in Reading about 10:45 and met with the salesman I talked to. He was very nice as was the rest of the dealership. The tractor has been inside since last week and so I gave it a good look over. Checked the blades, checked the fluids, checked the rear diff, started it, drove it forward, backwards, engaged the diff lock, ran the full range of the choke and throttle, engaged the PTO, tried out the power steering, and the deck lift. Everything major worked pretty much as I expected it to. The deck runs very quietly. It was obviously garaged and well cared for. There is very little if any dry rot on the rubber parts and all replacement parts look to be OEM Cub Cadet pieces. The powder coat is in fairly good shape. I don't even think they cleaned it, because there was still dirt and grease in the usual spots.

The salesman told me everything he knew about it, he said the guy who owned it is pretty regular customer for Stihl and Honda mower parts and service (they deal in both of those) and the hydraulic deck lift went out on the tractor, so he traded it in for a Kubota BX Series (they are mainly a Kubota dealer). He told me they replaced the lift cylinder and put it up on the lot. He explained to me that initially he thought it was the hydraulic pump that failed but the mechanics told him it was actually the cylinder that had failed. He said their mechanics also changed the engine oil and oil filter and went over the whole thing to make sure everything was fully functional and there were no leaks. They also greased all the fittings, installed a new deck belt and sharpened the blades. I did bring up the year being listed incorrectly and he apologized and took a little off the price we already agreed on. It didn't include any manuals but it did include two new deck belts and a new set of blades.

After I did the paperwork and paid for it, I drove it up on the trailer and strapped it down. It fit on the trailer perfectly. Lots of space on either side of the deck. I used 4 ratchet straps and bungee corded the seat down as suggested. I put the front straps around the front axle and crossed them and put the rear ones through the hitch plate. I stopped for lunch and gas after and then got back on the road. There were a lot of speed traps on the way back so I took it slow again. The Subaru pulled the tractor pretty well until I got onto any uphill grade and then it was very obvious that there was a loaded trailer back there. Practically had to floor it to keep up. Needless to say gas mileage was not as good on the ride home as the ride there, lol. Despite getting back into town at the start of rush hour, I didn't hit much traffic.

I have found some small things that need addressed but nothing very concerning. The left taillight does have a chip out of it, which some of you said was common due to gas spilling and just being brittle. It's mostly intact but I'll eventually replace it because it'll bug me if I don't. The gas cap leaks which I discovered as I was driving it around. It does need pedal bushings. The forward pedal seems okay but the reverse has a lot of slop in it. When you pull up on the forward pedal, it goes much faster. (Thanks to Steve for that tip!) The tilt lock for the steering wheel is also frozen. It moves a little but I didn't force it not wanting to break anything. Some WD-40 should loosen it up.

The air filter isn't very dirty but it's not new, so I'll probably change it out and I'll probably also change the spark plugs. The fuel filter doesn't look very old so that can probably be left alone for awhile. I'm sure I might find something else here or there but everything major seems good.

I got the trailer back to Home Depot with time to spare. It worked out great. It was $50.78 total for the rental with damage insurance. Not bad at all IMO.

In all I'm very happy with my new tractor and excited to use it and work on it. And I'm very appreciative of everyone here who helped me decide on it and contributed all of the useful information in the "Opinions on Shaft Drive Cub Cadets" thread. Thanks everyone. It's been a long day and these are all the pictures I've got, I'll have more tomorrow.

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Looks fantastic man! Congratulations on your new GT. That's a lifetime machine worth fixing as it wears.
 

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Looks nice!

Use that 54" deck for a while before you consider buying a smaller deck. As long as you don't have areas that are too narrow to drive through, I think you will like it better than a smaller deck. Having the deck stick further out from the tires actually makes it easier to mow around things.
 

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Looks fantastic man! Congratulations on your new GT. That's a lifetime machine worth fixing as it wears.
Thanks Steve, I'm really excited to have it! This is my first real garden tractor. I intend on having it a very long time. I can't believe just how big it is compared to my 1525. It's absolutely monstrous in comparison. I want to do a better side by side of the two of them to show the size difference.

Looks nice!

Use that 54" deck for a while before you consider buying a smaller deck. As long as you don't have areas that are too narrow to drive through, I think you will like it better than a smaller deck. Having the deck stick further out from the tires actually makes it easier to mow around things.
Thanks Joel! I am in no rush to get rid of the 54". It's in great shape and with power steering, it should be fairly maneuverable. I do have some tight squeezes that it won't fit through, but nothing I can't hit with a pushmower. It is a really well built deck.

Congrats Joe, now the fun really begins. Make it "yours".

Bill
Thanks Bill, I have a few things planned for it!
 

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Well, I own it :D I'm very happy.

I picked up the trailer about 7 PM last night and took off early this morning at 5:40 AM. I got back home at about 5 PM. There was a big multiple fatality accident on the turnpike yesterday so I drove slow in the right lane and took my time. I got to the dealer in Reading about 10:45 and met with the salesman I talked to. He was very nice as was the rest of the dealership. The tractor has been inside since last week and so I gave it a good look over. Checked the blades, checked the fluids, checked the rear diff, started it, drove it forward, backwards, engaged the diff lock, ran the full range of the choke and throttle, engaged the PTO, tried out the power steering, and the deck lift. Everything major worked pretty much as I expected it to. The deck runs very quietly. It was obviously garaged and well cared for. There is very little if any dry rot on the rubber parts and all replacement parts look to be OEM Cub Cadet pieces. The powder coat is in fairly good shape. I don't even think they cleaned it, because there was still dirt and grease in the usual spots.

The salesman told me everything he knew about it, he said the guy who owned it is pretty regular customer for Stihl and Honda mower parts and service (they deal in both of those) and the hydraulic deck lift went out on the tractor, so he traded it in for a Kubota BX Series (they are mainly a Kubota dealer). He told me they replaced the lift cylinder and put it up on the lot. He explained to me that initially he thought it was the hydraulic pump that failed but the mechanics told him it was actually the cylinder that had failed. He said their mechanics also changed the engine oil and oil filter and went over the whole thing to make sure everything was fully functional and there were no leaks. They also greased all the fittings, installed a new deck belt and sharpened the blades. I did bring up the year being listed incorrectly and he apologized and took a little off the price we already agreed on. It didn't include any manuals but it did include two new deck belts and a new set of blades.

After I did the paperwork and paid for it, I drove it up on the trailer and strapped it down. It fit on the trailer perfectly. Lots of space on either side of the deck. I used 4 ratchet straps and bungee corded the seat down as suggested. I put the front straps around the front axle and crossed them and put the rear ones through the hitch plate. I stopped for lunch and gas after and then got back on the road. There were a lot of speed traps on the way back so I took it slow again. The Subaru pulled the tractor pretty well until I got onto any uphill grade and then it was very obvious that there was a loaded trailer back there. Practically had to floor it to keep up. Needless to say gas mileage was not as good on the ride home as the ride there, lol. Despite getting back into town at the start of rush hour, I didn't hit much traffic.

I have found some small things that need addressed but nothing very concerning. The left taillight does have a chip out of it, which some of you said was common due to gas spilling and just being brittle. It's mostly intact but I'll eventually replace it because it'll bug me if I don't. The gas cap leaks which I discovered as I was driving it around. It does need pedal bushings. The forward pedal seems okay but the reverse has a lot of slop in it. When you pull up on the forward pedal, it goes much faster. (Thanks to Steve for that tip!) The tilt lock for the steering wheel is also frozen. It moves a little but I didn't force it not wanting to break anything. Some WD-40 should loosen it up.

The air filter isn't very dirty but it's not new, so I'll probably change it out and I'll probably also change the spark plugs. The fuel filter doesn't look very old so that can probably be left alone for awhile. I'm sure I might find something else here or there but everything major seems good.

I got the trailer back to Home Depot with time to spare. It worked out great. It was $50.78 total for the rental with damage insurance. Not bad at all IMO.

In all I'm very happy with my new tractor and excited to use it and work on it. And I'm very appreciative of everyone here who helped me decide on it and contributed all of the useful information in the "Opinions on Shaft Drive Cub Cadets" thread. Thanks everyone. It's been a long day and these are all the pictures I've got, I'll have more tomorrow.

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That appears to be a well taken care of tractor. Make sure it still has the baffle in place on the flywheel side of the engine so it doesn't suck any dirt and grass clipping into the the engine cooling fins. Looks to be a new seat, those are not cheap to buy. I think you will be a happy camper with your new 3235. If your thinking of getting an additional aux hydro line and spool valve give that person in Kittanning a call. 3000 series parts seem to get sold quickly.
 

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Well, I own it :D I'm very happy.

I picked up the trailer about 7 PM last night and took off early this morning at 5:40 AM. I got back home at about 5 PM. There was a big multiple fatality accident on the turnpike yesterday so I drove slow in the right lane and took my time. I got to the dealer in Reading about 10:45 and met with the salesman I talked to. He was very nice as was the rest of the dealership. The tractor has been inside since last week and so I gave it a good look over. Checked the blades, checked the fluids, checked the rear diff, started it, drove it forward, backwards, engaged the diff lock, ran the full range of the choke and throttle, engaged the PTO, tried out the power steering, and the deck lift. Everything major worked pretty much as I expected it to. The deck runs very quietly. It was obviously garaged and well cared for. There is very little if any dry rot on the rubber parts and all replacement parts look to be OEM Cub Cadet pieces. The powder coat is in fairly good shape. I don't even think they cleaned it, because there was still dirt and grease in the usual spots.

The salesman told me everything he knew about it, he said the guy who owned it is pretty regular customer for Stihl and Honda mower parts and service (they deal in both of those) and the hydraulic deck lift went out on the tractor, so he traded it in for a Kubota BX Series (they are mainly a Kubota dealer). He told me they replaced the lift cylinder and put it up on the lot. He explained to me that initially he thought it was the hydraulic pump that failed but the mechanics told him it was actually the cylinder that had failed. He said their mechanics also changed the engine oil and oil filter and went over the whole thing to make sure everything was fully functional and there were no leaks. They also greased all the fittings, installed a new deck belt and sharpened the blades. I did bring up the year being listed incorrectly and he apologized and took a little off the price we already agreed on. It didn't include any manuals but it did include two new deck belts and a new set of blades.

After I did the paperwork and paid for it, I drove it up on the trailer and strapped it down. It fit on the trailer perfectly. Lots of space on either side of the deck. I used 4 ratchet straps and bungee corded the seat down as suggested. I put the front straps around the front axle and crossed them and put the rear ones through the hitch plate. I stopped for lunch and gas after and then got back on the road. There were a lot of speed traps on the way back so I took it slow again. The Subaru pulled the tractor pretty well until I got onto any uphill grade and then it was very obvious that there was a loaded trailer back there. Practically had to floor it to keep up. Needless to say gas mileage was not as good on the ride home as the ride there, lol. Despite getting back into town at the start of rush hour, I didn't hit much traffic.

I have found some small things that need addressed but nothing very concerning. The left taillight does have a chip out of it, which some of you said was common due to gas spilling and just being brittle. It's mostly intact but I'll eventually replace it because it'll bug me if I don't. The gas cap leaks which I discovered as I was driving it around. It does need pedal bushings. The forward pedal seems okay but the reverse has a lot of slop in it. When you pull up on the forward pedal, it goes much faster. (Thanks to Steve for that tip!) The tilt lock for the steering wheel is also frozen. It moves a little but I didn't force it not wanting to break anything. Some WD-40 should loosen it up.

The air filter isn't very dirty but it's not new, so I'll probably change it out and I'll probably also change the spark plugs. The fuel filter doesn't look very old so that can probably be left alone for awhile. I'm sure I might find something else here or there but everything major seems good.

I got the trailer back to Home Depot with time to spare. It worked out great. It was $50.78 total for the rental with damage insurance. Not bad at all IMO.

In all I'm very happy with my new tractor and excited to use it and work on it. And I'm very appreciative of everyone here who helped me decide on it and contributed all of the useful information in the "Opinions on Shaft Drive Cub Cadets" thread. Thanks everyone. It's been a long day and these are all the pictures I've got, I'll have more tomorrow.

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The extra goodies you got aren't cheap to buy either. Between the OEM blades, pto belts, and deck belt. I looked them up from cub cadet parts and the total came to $216.00. You did well Wrong Doug.
 

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Nice (y)......You did a lot of research, best of luck with it....hope you get to mow many square miles of grass with it...without any problems
 

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That appears to be a well taken care of tractor. Make sure it still has the baffle in place on the flywheel side of the engine so it doesn't suck any dirt and grass clipping into the the engine cooling fins. Looks to be a new seat, those are not cheap to buy. I think you will be a happy camper with your new 3235. If your thinking of getting an additional aux hydro line and spool valve give that person in Kittanning a call. 3000 series parts seem to get sold quickly.
Thanks, I did check to see if the baffle was there and it is. That is a new seat, there is a sticker on the bottom that says "2016" Someone spent a lot of money to replace that seat. I'm very pleased with the tractor so far and I can't wait to get it in the garage. I do want to add additional hydraulics, and I'll give that guy in Kittaning a call. Good find there. I probably won't really tear into the hydraulics at least until it starts getting a little warmer but if I find myself with extra time someday it'd be nice to have the parts around.

The extra goodies you got aren't cheap to buy either. Between the OEM blades, pto belts, and deck belt. I looked them up from cub cadet parts and the total came to $216.00. You did well Wrong Doug.
Yeah, they were an unexpected extra that will be nice to have. I'm guessing they were from the previous owner, and if the previous owner bought OEM Cub Cadet parts like belts and blades it makes me feel good that he probably really did care for it.

Nice (y)......You did a lot of research, best of luck with it....hope you get to mow many square miles of grass with it...without any problems
Thanks, I had lots of help from the forum in making my decision. I plan on cutting a lot of grass with it.
 

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If your thinking of getting an additional aux hydro line and spool valve give that person in Kittanning a call. 3000 series parts seem to get sold quickly.
I agree with that, and if you have room to store it, I would ask how much he wants for the whole tractor. It is nice to have a spare set of wheel/tires, etc., etc.
 

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Joe one thing I have to add about the spool valves is to not get complacent about buying them. If you see them cheap you'd better grab them. They seem to be feast or famine and when you really want or need one there are none to be found
 

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That appears to be a well taken care of tractor. Make sure it still has the baffle in place on the flywheel side of the engine so it doesn't suck any dirt and grass clipping into the the engine cooling fins. Looks to be a new seat, those are not cheap to buy. I think you will be a happy camper with your new 3235. If your thinking of getting an additional aux hydro line and spool valve give that person in Kittanning a call. 3000 series parts seem to get sold quickly.
The parts tractor in Kittanning is already sold. Did you buy it Joe?
 

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Congrats on the "new to you" tractor, it looks great. (y) Keep us posted on all the mods you do to it; remember we like pictures. :giggle:
 

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Joe one thing I have to add about the spool valves is to not get complacent about buying them. If you see them cheap you'd better grab them. They seem to be feast or famine and when you really want or need one there are none to be found
I know you are right, I'm just trying to catch up from the long trip yesterday.

The parts tractor in Kittanning is already sold. Did you buy it Joe?
I didn't, I messaged the seller last night and got no reply.

Congrats on the "new to you" tractor, it looks great. (y) Keep us posted on all the mods you do to it; remember we like pictures. :giggle:
Thanks, I will definitely be keeping you all updated!
 

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Here are some more pictures of my new tractor after going over it a little more. The size difference between this 3235 and my 1525 is what's really surprising to me. Sitting next to each other, the 3235 doesn't look all that much bigger, but when you are on the operator's seat, its night and day difference. I will be sure to get some side by side pictures comparing the two.

Hood opened up-

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New dated oil filter-

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Has a 450 CCA Deka battery. Dated 7/16. Not brand new but should still have some life in it. Terminals are nice and clean.

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Current read on the hour meter. Not sure what happened to my one indicator light-

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Dated sticker on the bottom of the seat, 3/1/16. It's not very old and it's in great shape. The toolbox under the seat is a neat little gimmicky feature I didn't know about.

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That chipped tail light. Pretty minor but I'll probably still replace it.

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Here are some more pictures of my new tractor after going over it a little more. The size difference between this 3235 and my 1525 is what's really surprising to me. Sitting next to each other, the 3235 doesn't look all that much bigger, but when you are on the operator's seat, its night and day difference. I will be sure to get some side by side pictures comparing the two.

Hood opened up-

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New dated oil filter-

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Has a 450 CCA Deka battery. Dated 7/16. Not brand new but should still have some life in it. Terminals are nice and clean.

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Current read on the hour meter. Not sure what happened to my one indicator light-

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Dated sticker on the bottom of the seat, 3/1/16. It's not very old and it's in great shape. The toolbox under the seat is a neat little gimmicky feature I didn't know about.

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That chipped tail light. Pretty minor but I'll probably still replace it.

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You can send me the old tailight when you replace it and the chip won't bother me. I need a few for my fleet.
 
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