John Deere 14SB 21" ??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WJW Lawn, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you guys know about the John Deere 14SB?? Ive got a guy looking to sell one with a Kawi on it...its in very good condition. Any thoughts?
  2. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    best 21 ever made-buy it! will hold up to comm use
  3. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    very good mower. Buy it.
  4. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    buy it. Mine is at least 10-12 years old, still gets taken off the trailer at least once a day. That one mower has made me a lot of money over the last 4 or 5 years since I got started.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I agree, buy it! I have one as well, unsure of the year exactly, but it's the grey model with the black handles.

    Great machines overall, transmissions are the weak point. Iv'e only replaced mine once and Iv'e owned it 6+ years. Also had to put an electronic ignition on mine last year, but that fixed 2 problems at once with one part. THe BBC was replaced when I bought the mower, neer had a bit of trouble with it.

    Why am I willing to put money into an OLD mower? cause NOBODY makes a 21" mower as good as the old JD SB14 and JX75/85.
  6. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The good thing about this 14sb is the transmission is new---guy just had it replaced. Basically the story is...he purchased new wheels for it...when he put the back wheels on he didnt do it right so it wont propel. Because of that...he got tired of fooling with it and purchased a new 21. Get this...he wants 50 BUCKS for it!!! lol Im getting this 21 because I know what these things retailed for--around 750 ish. The Kawi runs the silver deck...and yalls comments are a big plus!
  7. PowerEquipmentWarehouse

    PowerEquipmentWarehouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Go for it, that machine was one of the best 21" mowers John Deere has ever produced. The engine is solid, the deck design was great and the transmission was good as well. There is an ignitor chip on the engine that will go bad periodically, and it is pretty pricey, but other than that, it's a great unit.

  8. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    do you know the price of that ecu chip? i have one thats gone bad and want to replace it
  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey WJW, I saw that one as well on the net. Let me know how that turned out. I was pretty interested myself but really don't need another 21" right now. Since getting the Samurai, it really cut back the hours the 21" gets now. :)
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    i have yet to replace a trans on any of the 4 jd,s that i own . trans problems have been the death of every toro i have had.

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