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Old 07-07-2001, 09:34 AM
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I'm looking at a 1995 john deere F525 48'' front mower ..17 hp KW..grass collecter..how do you know if it has low hours.. is this a good mower for a home owner with 3/4 of a acre... what should I look at ?? and what is a fair price ? the guy is asking $$ 3000.... any info will be helpfull peter
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Old 07-07-2001, 12:48 PM
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JD used to put hour meters on their mowers, so check to see if it has one. This doesn't mean it wasn't replaced or unhooked, but it could have the correct hours on it.

Check to see if the spindle bearings have any slop in them and if they are greasable. Lift up and down on the end of a blade to check this. There should me no movement. A slight movement still can be OK if you keep the spindles lubed good, but no movement at all is best.

I usually pull a dipstick on used equipment to see what the oil looks like. If it's clean and on the full mark, at least it seems to have been taken care of.

It depends on how many hours are on this machine what the value is. See if you can find out the hours and let us know.
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Old 07-14-2001, 12:59 AM
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the man is claiming he is a landscaper with 17 lawns and tis is a mower he used at home but hasn't used it lately..I think he scored it from someone fixed it up and is tring to make a few bucks...no problem this is the usa..he saysit has 450 hours on it.. 2 new bags ect..for 3000.$$$ I can get a nice walk behind no hydro for 2.5K which brand do I buy or shouldI consider a used machine this confuses the pants off of me I'm using a 20" murry that couldn't cut a fart on a hot day.3/4 of an acre with a push murrey isn't pretty what should a home owner like myself buy? or consider? thank you and God Bless!Spud
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Old 07-14-2001, 01:42 AM
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Spud,
I had a friend who had one of those 525's and it dollared him
to death. He finally traded it off on an Exmark 48" Lazer HP.
I would stay away from this mower & buy a REAL commercial
duty mower. ED
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Old 07-17-2001, 11:27 PM
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the mower has 450 hour in good shape with new bags is 2500..a good deal for a deere 525 with a bagger system itis 6 years old ,,it has a kawi engine or should I buy a walk behind belt drive exmark 48" this is for my lawn only 3/4 acre at most not to do any others what to do any advice from all the landscapers out there in the great usa!!!!! thanks from a fire fighter in ri.
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Old 07-18-2001, 05:40 AM
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Go buy the new Exmark and then you'll know how many hours the mower has on it. Make sure you get an hour meter installed on the Exmark.
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Old 08-05-2001, 10:05 PM
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DID a spring tune up onthe JD 525 complicated machine glad I didn't buy one. The Exmark 48 is OK try a 52 or the 60 Turf tracer with Exmark's steering sulky
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Old 08-07-2001, 01:14 AM
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If I remember right the f-525 has a engine/trans all in one,if anything happens to either the hydro unit or if the engine might need a rebuild/short block, the whole engine/trans unit has to be replaced boy that would cost some big $$$ I would buy a f-725 or f-735 diesel. On the price issue, I wouldn't pay more then $2000.00
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