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Deere 345

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KMack, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. KMack

    KMack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Hello all,
    I am new to this website. This is a really nice site, and has lots of useful information. I was looking for some advice from some of you pro's. I am 16 and live in northern Ohio. I am looking to start my own light residential, and possibly commercial lawn mowing service. Would a new Deere 345 with the 54" deck be a good choice to start out with? Or should I move up to the new Deere X series? I am trying to turn away from ZTR's although I like them a lot. At work they have a Grasshopper 928D with a 72" thats a blast to operate. Anyway, the reason I am turning away from ZTR, is because I need to use this tractor for my own personal use too. I would need to occasionally pull a lawn roller, cart, and various other things. I would also like to get a front snow thrower, or blower, and possibly plow some residential drives. Any ideas or comments? Thanks to everyone, Kyle
  2. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,169

    All depends on what you're main focus is gonna be. If you want to mow grass commercially, then the z is the way to go. They are much faster and give a better quality of cut. If you are going to use alot of attachments and just mow occasionally, then go with the tractor. The 345 is a good garden tractor, I have a 335 which is the same machine with an air-cooled engine, it's been great, but since I bought a M665 z, it doesn't do much mowing anymore. I mainly use the tractor for pulling stuff. The z will mow twice as much in the same amount of time and does a better job.:cool:
  3. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    Hey Kyle
    Its great that you found this site at a younger age than me, im only 18, but at 16 i was cutting alot of grass and this site would have helped me alot more back then but as of now this site has helped me alot.
    Now getting to your question, you said you are also interested in doing some commercial mowing. Well i have to agree with lee on this one, it depends on how much mowing you do. Before this past season i was using an old JD 314 and a JD 525 thats all. But as i got more residential customers i found that a ZTR is the way to go, and so we bought a Scag Turf Tiger 52inch. My thought is that a JD 345 will do the job fine of cutting and also using attachments for it, but you may end up relizing it will take you longer to use a tractor than a ZTR. IS that X series the new spin steer?? Cause i have heard that you cant put a snowblower on them. Also a tractor like that size costs alot too. Instead maybe look into a Hydro 52inch walkbehind and maybe find a used JD tractor for attachments??
    If you are gonna be in this business for a while and want to make profit on your business a ZTR is the way to go, then once established a customer base, you could maybe afford a used or new tractor for attachments.
    I like giving advice and hearing things from people my age on here too once in awhile
    Kyle if ya have anymore questions just ask
  4. andyslawns

    andyslawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Hey Kyle! The Jd would work fine for a while, I made the mistake of buying home owners equitment when i started out. it worked fine for 3 or 4 yards, after that it starts wearing out fast. I bought a walkbehind and use it all the time, I still have my tractor for plowing,areating,rolling.....etc. I think it all depends on how much you are gonna do. John deeres ar awsome my Grandpa has a 325. If you get a Jd make sure it is a hydro, That will save you a little time. well got to go , just holler if you have any more questions!!!1
  5. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    I think almost everyone starts out with home owner equip as i did i thought that i would get away with this setup for my first year 69 ford blew a head gasket, 2 21inch yard machines, homelite trimmer, 3 wheel edger, and weedeater handheld blower of course this was last year and all this stuff is where it belongs at a homeowners house sold it in garage sale exept for the truck thats in my carport unfixed also 18 years old been in this buis for 2 years
  6. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I have a '95 345 w/ 48" deck. Good mower for a LT type. The hydro drive and power steering make it handle quicker than your average LT, but not as quick as a 'Z. I gave $3800.00 for mine used - from a dealer w/ 400 hrs on the clock. I wouldn't pay the big price tag for a new one, especially if your not sure what size of yards you're gonna be mowing.

    Start off with the least amount of expense as possible. ;)
  7. johndeere455

    johndeere455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    A JOHNDEERE 345 is perfect to start out with, that was my choice of tractor when I first started lawncare. I have now moved up to
    a JOHNDEERE 455 and a Sabre 2354. You may also want to check the Sabre's out, same features as Johndeere but about $1500 cheaper, same 54 inch deck, same hydrostat and a larger engine,
    it's just a different shade of green, but it still has Johndeere's
    name on it.

  8. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    a ztr can pull a roller and car and push a snow plow and a blower
  9. johndeere455

    johndeere455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    ZTR is nice but if your just starting out a ZTR is a little expensive.
    I am now considering one for myself, but I have enough yards that it would pay for its self in no time and yes you can pull a yard roller but not as easy as you can with a tractor. Pulling a car? I have never tried it!

    The Wright Way Lawn N Landscape
  10. BerksLawn

    BerksLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I think he meant pulling a cart, the only ztr that might pull a car is the dixie chopper with the jet power engine.


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