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Hello Ladies and Gents!
I'm the proud new owner of a John Deere LA130. Picked it up yesterday. My Wife and I just bought house on a 10 acre property so needless to say a Tractor was a necessity! I also know that the LA130 is small for such a lawn, but the actual size of the lawn is about 4-5 acres. Still big, but manageable.

Honestly I'm planning on either getting a trail mower or building a gang reel mower to pull behind my John Deere to make the job quicker.

I'm also going to be buying a snowblower for my tractor as we have a 300' driveway so I'm going to need it!

Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

thank you!

Here she is:

 

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Hi and welcome, nice to see someone else from the 'Cold North'.:OHCAN
Nice rig there. :fing32: I also have the exact same machine with a 17p cart. Here is the link.
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=151398

It's a fantastic machine! Great engine, reliable, fine fit and finish. Very well made for a lawn tractor. Better than anything else you can buy from a 'Big Box Store' like Home Depot (I got mine from JD). But, that's my point. It is a lawn tractor. Yes, it will cut grass on 4-5 acres, no problem, but I hope it's flat and that's ALL you want to do with it.

You have much more land than I do, and I'm getting ready to jump to an X700 series or probably even a 2305 SCUT, because, well as nice as the LA130 is... well you'll see in time. Not to say the machine is bad, not at all. It's a wonderfull machine, so long as it's used within the manufactures intended goal. It is a lawn tractor, not a garden tractor. It's not up to par with the Select series in terms of durability, by far. The select series are orders of magnitude above the LA series. If you're planning on towing some weight (you mentioned a larger mower setup) like a roller, aerator etc. over your 4-5 acres, the transaxle might/will give you grief in the long term. Sorry, just the facts.

Based on your size of land, in my honest opion and experience, you might have been better with at least an X500 Series for, if anything at all, the transaxle.

My biggest gripe with the LA series is how difficult they made it to do simple things like take the deck off to clean it. Lots of pins, washers, arms and grunt work. The guage wheels don't rotate sideways so you have to have to tug the deck out against the wheels. The spindle grease plugs are set at an angle that makes it hard to reach with a grease gun (had to change mine to 45 deg angle). The front wheels use plain bearings (bushings). For $20 I replaced them with real ball bearings from JD on day 1.

As for adding a blower, If I was you, I would run (not walk) to JD and upgrade to a Select machine before dropping some coin on an LA blower. It will eventually come down to this, so either do it now before machine starts to age or do it eventually. But it will happen, just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.

Just my 2 cents of advice.

Again, nice rig and welcome.:trink40: This forums got a ton of usefull stuff and great people.

-John
Thanks for the great info John!

After reading this, I do like the idea of upgrading, but unfortunately I bought my JD used on Kijiji. It's a 2008 with only 24hrs on the hour meter. So taking it back to upgrade to a select series isn't an option!

I noticed what you said about the grease nipples right away. I have a set of 90deg fittings, just haven't installed them yet. I also like the idea of getting some bearings for the wheels as I'll be putting lots of miles on this thing. Any chance you know what the Part # was on those?

Thanks!
Luc
 

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Luc, welcome from your neighbour to the west . John made some very valid points. You will see plenty of the newer L and LA series mowers showing up for sale. Buyers realizing that they should have bought bigger/older/stronger machines.They are a great machine for what they were built/designed for : cutting smaller RESIDENTIAL lawns. Wish you luck with the 300 foot driveway, you WILL need chains and some how some serious weight on the back, Manitoba like Saskatchewan can get some nasty snow storms. Randy
Hey Randy, Thanks for the info! You're probably right about people selling their 100 series to upgrade, the only thing I found when looking around was that a physically bigger and older tractor in the same price range usually came with a smaller engine with less horsepower. And was much older: 20-30 years older!

I understand how a tractor with a bigger engine would be better, and maybe I'm missing something, but as far as I know, Horsepower is Horsepower. So technically my LA130 with 21HP engine should be better than my wife's grandfather's older x300 model with 17HP. But comparing the two, the x300 is much more expensive. Why is this? Build quality and parts used are one thing, but its not a small difference! Even then, a better built tractor and frame mean that it'll likely be heavier, so that 17HP is even more restricted.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I really thought I made the right decision going with the JD with the highest HP that I could justify spending. I'm not opposed to modifications, cause I don't hold a JD warranty. I definitely plan on some add-ons, making my cut wider to decrease time spent mowing, so I'm considering my LA130 my starting point.
 

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I also have a question for anyone - Why was my Introduction post moved?

I understand that within my introduction we started a specific conversation that would belong in the actual JD forum, but the original intent of the thread was simply an introduction.

is this common?
 

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Point taken...

But Honestly, I would never expect a piece of machinery that I purchased for $2500 to last 25 years! That's a little excessive if you ask me! Make that a LOT excessive!

I personally paid $1500 for my tractor with trailer, and if it lasts me 3-5 years I will be very happy with it and consider it money well spent. Especially considering the size of the property it'll have to handle!
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Well now I know how to buy my next tractor! But you guys have to give me some credit... I did buy the right color tractor! Good 'ol John Deere Green!

Thanks for the warm welcome! I look forward to learning a lot about this little piece of machinery, and worst case scenario, if my LA130 quits, I can get one of my wife's uncles to come over with one of their many JD Combines and make quick work of my few acres! LOL

I'm looking forward to making my few modifications and personalizing my tractor.

Un gros merci à Stladrill pour tes videos très descriptifs sur Youtube! Après tout, c'est grace à toi que j'ai trouvé ce site!

For those of you who don't speak french:
"A big thank you to Stladrill for your descriptive Youtube videos! After all, its thanks to you that I found this site!"
 

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Luc,

Here is the part # you asked for: AM127304

You'll need four of them. You can find them here: http://jdpc.deere.com/jdpc/servlet/com.deere.u90490.partscatalog.view.servlets.HomePageServlet_Alt?search=catalog&catalog_no=9519&grid_no=A16&section_no=20&page_no=2

Look under "Wheels, Frame and operators station" then "Front wheels and tires". Item #7.

This is what I used in 2007. I don't believe there has been any changes in this regard, so you should be good to go.

-John
Thanks Mower Dude!

I won't be able to do these right away, but it'll be a good project for early spring, when I can afford the down time on the tractor.
 

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I've got some good news!

I took your advise and kept looking for a better suited tractor and today I picked up a 2 year old JD X300 complete with 2-stage snowblower! Also came with the 17P trailer.

It seems to be in pretty good shape and only has 42 hours on the meter. It has a 42" mulching deck which is smaller than the 48" that the LA130 has but if the tractor lasts longer I think it'll be worth it.

Now all I need to do is sell my LA130...
 

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Well, It's been a year now... and my x300 has been good to me. That little thing is a champ. But, as most people on this forum mentioned, my property needs would soon out grow the little 300 that could's capabilities - they were right.

Introducing my newest (used) purchase:

JD 2305 :trink39:


With 62" deck


Box Blade


Tiller


And Snowblower



She's got just under 300 hrs on the meter, and is in great shape. All the implements are in great mechanical order and the Box blade has never been used. Found the whole lot for sale on Kijiji.

:thanku:
Thanks to all for the continued great advise!
 

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What is this, a north of the border thread only.

Dick
mktobob - Location: MN....Southern
8086bruce - Location: Bemidji,MN
TMD01 - Location: South Central Massachusetts
slkpk - Location: Pekin IL.
kentucky wildcat - Location: kentucky

Not sure what makes this a "North of the border thread only".

Anywhoooo, back to the important topic;

I had the 2305 out all day today. Did some tilling, and moved a bunch of earth. She runs like a top, has plenty of power and is surprisingly manoeuvrable.
 

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Guess I shoulda read the the whole post first.
NICE!!!!! I am surely jealous.

LOL no worries. The x300 definitely did the job of throwing snow unless I ventured into the deep stuff (which is why I want the 2305's 4wd).

I'm currently undertaking some landscaping that is putting the FEL through its paces which I'd never be able to do with the x300.

And the 3pt rototiller will definitely make tilling our 5 gardens easier come spring.

Don't worry stladrill, i'll get my wife to snap some pictures next time I have my Deere out.
 
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