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John Deere LX 176

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joel B., Jun 6, 2002.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458

    I know this is a tractor related question but I haven't gotten any responses on the tractor forum so I thought I'd try it here.

    How would this tractor work in a small mowing business? I know it's not a commercial model or anything, but I'm just starting out and won't have a ton of accounts for a while. It would be something to get started with. The best thing about the tractor is that I already own it!

    Thanks for any opinions,

    Joel B.
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    As long as your happy with the cut, and understand that it's killing your efficiency (Non-0 turn). It should last. JD's, even the smaller ones like yours are usually built much better than department store lawn tractors.

    Good Luck
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Yea, JD's are built good-
    a STX-30 lawn tractor I once saw had a 9hp Kohler OHV Pressure Lubed engine, all for just a little 30" mower deck. That's a good horsepower to deck ratio, but OHV and Pressure lube are overdoing it alittle don't ya think? Not a bad thing necessarily but not cheap to fix like a 10hp Briggs either.. Yes a mower and catcher and mulcher are all this thing will take no tiller or snowplow anything like that, just the littlest front engine rider they make. Quite extravagant I thought. The LX176 is built good too from what I hear. It'll do.....
    Good luck,
  4. grasscutter

    grasscutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    we have used a lx176 for over five years. our only repairs have been wheel bearings on both front wheels and a ball joint on the steering. we have used this mower to mow 5 residences and one business since we purchased it. the business yard is not the smoothest around and takes around 2 hours to mow. it is pretty tough unit for a homeowner mower
  5. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Like you said you already own it so half the battle is won. As you grow you can add a Zero turn mower and save the old JD for a backup.

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