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Old 04-29-2014, 08:54 PM
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Deere Z925a used

Brought home a 2010 60" z925a to demo for a commercial property that we are going to leave on site with 778 hours that can be had for $4500. I am always leery about buying used but this machine will see about 50-60 hours a year. Not sure if we should buy this one or bite the bullet and get a new one. Any thoughts on this are appreciated.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:20 AM
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BTW, the machine is from a JD dealer and they have went through it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:45 AM
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That is closer to midlife for a machine, maybe a little shy of that.
Its a fair deal IMO nothing special.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:56 AM
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One thing that I did notice is that the hydros whine a lot more than my 930m (less than 100hrs). I am guessing this is due to it being older with hours? Ideally we need a machine for 4-6 years that will see around 60 hrs a year. Our options are to buy this one at $4.5k, 915B - $7.2k or another 930m $8.4k.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:38 AM
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I would seriously be disappointed if a machine didn't make it to at least 2000 hours relatively trouble free. I see people proclaim they have 800 to 1000 hours like they are proud there machine has made it that long and it makes me scratch my head because that is not even half way through a mowers relatively trouble free life expectancy. I wouldn't hesitate to buy that deere.
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:21 PM
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I would seriously be disappointed if a machine didn't make it to at least 2000 hours relatively trouble free. I see people proclaim they have 800 to 1000 hours like they are proud there machine has made it that long and it makes me scratch my head because that is not even half way through a mowers relatively trouble free life expectancy. I wouldn't hesitate to buy that deere.
I agree.

My only hesitation might be the hydro whine. Mine has gotten quieter with use, not louder. It is very quiet now.

When a JD dealer tells me they have "gone through" a machine, that usually means they glanced at it while walking past it Don't take their word for anything. They are in business to make money by moving product. I can't count the number of times one has said that to me and I can walk right out to a machine and find all sorts of stuff wrong with it, point it out and all they say is "Well, what did you expect? It's a used machine." To that I reply, I expect a machine that has been "gone through" to have the stuff wrong with it that relates to reliability fixed. Then I take my cash elsewhere.
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I can also tell by looking back to see how they're hanging and often reach back and feel them to see how firm they are.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:03 PM
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Ridin has the right answer. Make sure it is all 'right' before you buy it OP.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:08 PM
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The only issues I have found are the following:
- Leak in the governor shaft seal
- When I pumped grease into the spindles, grease came out of the bottom of the spindles on 2 of them. I am assuming the seals are shot on 2 of the spindles? Not sure if this is a big deal or not?

I spoke with the service manager today and he said that he will fix the gov. shaft seal and look at the spindles and check out everything else on the mower if I want to buy it. I will be talking with him tomorrow.

Anything else I should address with him?

Regarding the hydros whining, they don't seem any worse than the 930m....... I guess I forgot that the will whine.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:37 PM
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Grease coming out the bottom is no big deal. It has to come out somewhere if you keep pumping it in, and sometimes it comes out the bottom, sometimes the top. When it comes out the top, it gets slung all over the top of the deck.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:26 PM
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we have that mower. it has been used for one full summer and a half. forget how many hours i have on it, havent started mowing yet this year, but so far the only issues we have had has been that the PTO switch has been replaced twice, a cheap fix although it still should not do that at this age, and the only other problem was that one time the deck stopped raising and i may be wrong but i believe it was only a faulty wire. all in all i dont believe i will be buying another john deere mower because i believe they are not worth it for the price, there are other mowers that are much better and cheaper for commercial grade.
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