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Old 09-05-2005, 01:14 PM
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The LT series John Deere's are a normal lawn tractor that can handle slopes. If your going to mow a slope, don't get a ZTR. A Craftsman GT5000 might work, but they are very large and heavy machines. LT's don't really have a lower center of gravity, but they can handle hills better than a ZTR.
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Old 09-05-2005, 02:30 PM
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Understand now, thanks
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Old 09-05-2005, 06:24 PM
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With Deeres financing you cant afford not to go that route
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Old 09-05-2005, 06:32 PM
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I am will smalltimer on the finding an older JD 200 series. Mine has close to 3500 very hard hours on it. Engine is worn out now. And its on its 3rd trans. But its used to plow snow commerically for the last 7 years. My father plow our whole street and neighbors with it since 1986 until I got it. These JD 200 series are bullet proof. A set of rear wheel weights when mowing would be good too.
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Old 09-05-2005, 07:48 PM
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Just noticed the GT5000 is on sale at Sears right now for $1999--$300 off regular price but only til tomorrow. Guess I better do some quick researching...thanks
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:05 PM
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My advice, if your going to drive a slope, get the Hydro (true automatic). The GT5000 would be perfect for 1 1/5 acres, just make sure you get the hydro, well worth the extra $200.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:26 PM
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Just one thing to say about the Craftsman......

Why buy a machine that will be shot in 5 years when you can buy a 20 yr. old John Deere that will be good for another 20 years for 1/2 the money?
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:31 PM
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I love John Deere, but Craftsman is a great brand. Craftsman will last just as long as a John Deere, but John Deere does have its loyalists (aka Smalltimer). I could never argue that John Deere isn't a great brand, but I'm saying that Craftsman should always be considered.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:44 PM
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Smalltimer, I belive you are supposed to mow slopes side to side, not up and down...
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:44 PM
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Hey, just got done reading through the other threads about how Sears mowers are of such poor quality. I had almost had my mind made up to go buy the GT5000 tomorrow. A couple of folks had suggested I go with an older John Deere and well, i have a John Deere 180 I was replacing so now I'm wondering if I should just invest the money in a new starter and keep it running instead of buying a new one. Problem is, I know I'd never take it on that hill.......decisions, decisions.....
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