Ah, yes, KAWASAKI. That is one key to longevity!! Maybe you should have kept it!Until just recently I had a 1987 175 Hydro that I purchased new. It still started and ran like new with no smoke when I sold it. Not bad for over 31 years old. As the manual instructed, I **never** changed the fluid in the hydrostatic transmission despite regularly pulling a 920 lb. lawn roller around my property. I did change the engine oil and filter every 25 hours - which equated to twice per year. The seat was replaced about 6 years ago.
Keep her oil changed regularly.Not quite 25 years old, oly at 15. I'm the third owner of this JD L130. She is only fifteen years old. She is still a teenager .
She was purchased new by my father in law and then passed to my brother in law. Both of whom replaced her with an x7xx John Deere. Shows where she sat on their list.
I don't ever intend to replace her, but: I may suppllment her in the future with a sibling .
I've recently added to her responsiblities a 42 inch snowblower for this winter (Psst-don't tell her). Just today she mowed the lawn that my wife says is the best looking on the block. She does such good work.
that 170 series was a great mower I put at least 900 - 1100 trouble free hour on a 170; same as yours but gear. I mean I mowed some grass with that. 2.3 acres for 9 years Mowed Church yards several times; big church yards.Until just recently I had a 1987 175 Hydro that I purchased new. It still started and ran like new with no smoke when I sold it. Not bad for over 31 years old. As the manual instructed, I **never** changed the fluid in the hydrostatic transmission despite regularly pulling a 920 lb. lawn roller around my property. I did change the engine oil and filter every 25 hours - which equated to twice per year. The seat was replaced about 6 years ago.
I found an on-line calculator that adjusts for inflation. Your LX178 that costs $3,999 in 1994 would cost $6,892 today. And that was just for the tractor with a 38" deck and no other attachments. So what JD "lawn" tractor costs about $6,892 today. I believe that the x500 series is capable of ground ingagement so that would make it more than a "lawn" tractor.How many of you own a John Deere riding mower (Not a garden tractor) that is 25 years or older AND you still use regularly? My 1994 LX178 is due for a birthday party!
Agreed, not cheap! I paid about $500 for mine perhaps ten years ago. I immediately put an hour meter/tach on it for oil change purposes.....I've got over 900 hours that I've put on. When I got her, I immediately changed the transmission fluid. It was BLACK (mine has a drain plug!) I've changed it again twice. The last time I changed it because the rubber hose to the plastic oil level viewer had worked loose and that transmission was down 2 1/2 quarts before it quit! I drained out the rest, filled her up, and today she's perfect!!!I have the same mower Gene, same year too. It's my workhorse daily mower. No idea how many hours because it lacks an hour meter but my guess is around 1,200 hours. I maintain it's liquid-cooled engine by the book, but I've never done anything to the hydro except make sure that it's debris free and the fan is intact. I have lots of slopes and pull topsoil with a 15 cart that can get heavy. The manual is wishy-washy on maintaining the hydro. They say it's sealed, so basically leave it alone, but the next sentence says fluid changed won't hurt, lol. Yes, it's a well built mower, but at the time it was expensive. Price was $3,999 back in 1994. Don't know what that would equate to in today's dollars but considering that it's just a lawn tractor, it wouldn't be cheap.