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    Veteran Member PMA's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    South Carolina
    John Deere 5325, CI Farmall 85U, Mccormick International 404


    I don't know my gator is completely different than the 550. Just know the dealership in our area is not that good. I had problems with them with my 5325. I am sure it's not that much wrong. They just give you the run around.

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    Gold Member Milo's Avatar
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    Aug 2006
    Preston County, WV
    Kubota B2650, JD X310, Polaris Ranger 500

    Default Re: JohnDeere 550 Gator

    I looked at the Gator 550 but ended up with a Polaris 500. I liked the Gator's suspension and it ran ok, but it was warm when I tested it. My Polaris was made in Mexico so fingers crossed on it's quality. So far so good, but only 22 hours.

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    Elite Member Buppies's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
    SouthWestern Virginia
    Kubota L5240 Toro 60inch Z Master 21 inch walk behind Polaris 900 hunter edition 30in toro walk behind

    Default Re: JohnDeere 550 Gator

    The suspension on the 550 truly works well. The motor issues that some of you speak of have not showed up for me. Starts easily in 15 degree weather as well as 50 degrees. Not as fast as the Polaris but I have gotten over the need for speed. The ride and leg/foot room sold us on this machine. The wheel well hump is not as pronounced in the 550 as it is in the other models plus it is easy to get in and out of

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    Platinum Member etcallhome's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    WV,Preston County
    JD 1026R

    Default Re: JohnDeere 550 Gator

    Wife bought a 550S4 ,dealer has worked on the carb twice since July. I will say after being worked on , gas mileage is much, much better. It still seems hard to start , or I just haven't figured out the proper steps to take. Ride is very nice ,not fond of B&S engine, but I guess time will tell. Since July have over a 100hrs so far. The other week went through 12 -15" of snow ,no problems , glad because I didn't have a shovel with me and about a mile from the house.
    Have fun and be safe !!!

    JD1026R H120 fel w/54"bucket; 60" mmm ; 260 BH/w 12" bucket; ballast box; rear weights; front quick hitch w/angling kit and 54 " blade ;3pt rear 60" blade ; JD 47" frt snowblower ; Original Tractor Cab;Bush Hog 47" tiller and 15" Middle Buster

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