View Full Version : Could i used this JD 525 front mower for a lawncare business?

05-02-2011, 11:59 PM
I cam across this mower on Craigslist at a JD Dealer and it is going for $1,700. The mower is a 46in/17hp JD F525 with 466hrs on it. I was thinking of buy this as my first john deere mower. The mower is a hydrostaric mower too!:clapping:

05-03-2011, 06:55 AM
Ok it's 6:54am, time to wake up, that sure is a pretty mower but dreaming time's over.

05-03-2011, 07:06 AM
If it's all I had, I'd use it. Can't say it will last a long time using it daily. Sounds like a good deal.

05-03-2011, 08:35 AM
Not a bad mower but its probably 15 - 20 years old and JD parts cost a premium. Traction on the 525's are pretty bad so forget mowing if its wet and keep it out of ditches or you will be pulling it out. That rear steer single tire tends to act as an anchor. They also dont have the best blade tip speed in the world so you are going to need to go slow to get a good cut. I would shop for a newer walk behind first as you would see more productivity and a better cut.



Tyner Lawn Service
05-03-2011, 08:40 AM
Years ago when they came out I bought a new 48" and for the most part other than steep or slick areas it did great. Put over 800 carefree hours in one whole season on it. It's not the mower the 725's are but would do fine on a budget. I would look for a cherry 48"ZTR instead.

05-03-2011, 08:51 AM
had one there not good

05-03-2011, 08:51 AM
If i bought this mower it would only be used to mow one Acre + more. Based on the hours would anyone say it would be a good buy?

05-03-2011, 09:43 AM
I looked into them a couple of years ago and heard they are slow and parts are getting harder to find. Call you JD dealer and ask about parts then take it for a test run.


05-03-2011, 12:03 PM
Yup, I looked at one a few years ago too. It is a neat mower, in it's own weird way. Get on it and see how slow it is. And with how the motor and tranny are setup it would be hard to fix/replace. It may work for your own lawn tho.

05-03-2011, 01:26 PM
The f525 uses a unitized motor and transmission. So if anything happens your screwed. I've never owned one or used one, but after I heard that I passed. Like other have said, your better off with a walk behind, or something with a commercial deck.

05-03-2011, 11:47 PM
Theres actually a guy that does some large apartments with only one, they look good, but like others have said, are slow. I wouldn't mind it for a cheaper backup though.