Could i used this JD 525 front mower for a lawncare business?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowing4rlife, May 2, 2011.

  1. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    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:




  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ok it's 6:54am, time to wake up, that sure is a pretty mower but dreaming time's over.
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    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.
  4. rlong97150

    rlong97150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    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.


  5. Tyner Lawn Service

    Tyner Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    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.
  6. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    had one there not good
  7. mowing4rlife

    mowing4rlife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    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?
  8. 67ghiaTIV

    67ghiaTIV LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 30

    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.

  9. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    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.
  10. stidrvr

    stidrvr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    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.

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