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Repost: Tractor comparison
|Frank||I could really use opinions on this potential purchase I am comsidering.
Currently, I have a 2001 JD LT133, with a 13hp, 38 in deck.
It runs fine, and looks very good, but I have an acre of land and it feels like I could use more.
So, I have found a used, 2002 JD GT225, w/ a 15hp, and 42 in mulching deck. I don't know how many hours on it.
Is this a good upgrade from my current machine?
Please respond ASAP if possible!
Thanks in advance.
|bontai Joe||Without seeing both tractors, it's impossible to say which is the better tractor at this stage. When NEW, the GT225 would have been the better built tractor, but hours of usage,what kind of maintenance was done to it all play into it now. Whatr I will say is that a 42" deck won't cut measurably faster than the 38" deck you now have.
|Frank||I think the GT225 is probably a better working unit. But the LT133 I have is well built emough, and really only used for cutting an acre or so of lawn.
The GT225 i was comparing wasn't in as good shape as I had hoped, so I passed. If it had the 48" deck I MIGHT have purchased it.
It's true, a 38 to 42 inch cut is not worth the switch.
I see a lot of L130 used machines.
20 plus HP with 48 inch decks...
Are all of these L120/L130 units from Home Depot and Lowes?
|bontai Joe||Dealers sold the "L" series machines as well as the "box" stores, but in shear numbers? most probably came from the box stores. Sadly that's caused Deere to close many of the smaller dealers across the country. More profit with less hassle selling at the box store.
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