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    Default Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    I am looking to purchase a used garden tractor for mowing a 2 acre lot. I will also use the tractor for tilling and snow blowing. I dont know much about tractors and would like some advice regarding which brands and models I should look at.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    I'd look for a used Deere 300 series or if you are lucky to find one under $3000, a 400 series tractor. A Cub Cadet 2500 or 3000 series would be nice as well. There are other great trractors too, but those are what I'm most familiar with.

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    WOW! I thought some more folks would pop in here with recommendations. To add to my short list of before, I'd look at garden tractors a couple of years old from the following manufacturers
    Deere GT or GX or 300 or 400 series
    Cub Cadet 2500 series, 3000 series
    Simplicity and it's clones from AGCO and Massey Ferguson
    Wheelhorse 300 classic series
    Ingersoll 3000 and 4000 series

    And if your $3000 is just for the tractor (not including attachments) then you can afford a NEW Sears GT5000 (or whatever they changed the model nimber to this year) or it's clones from Husqvarna and Poulan

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    Joe,

    Thanks for your opinion. I too thought I would have gotten more responses. Anyway, a friend of a friend is selling a Scotts GT2554 with a 30" tiller for $3500. The tractor only has 70 hours on it and he only used the tiller once. I have read that John Deere made the Scotts tractors, but I'm not sure what the JD equivalent is to the GT2554. Do you think this would be a good deal? I feel the price may be a little high b/c I have read that Scotts tractors where heavily discounted by Home Dept. when they were discontinued, but I don't really know.

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    sounds like a perfect match for what you are looking for:

    used GT thread [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    That Scotts tractor is an excellent GT. Made by John Deere, they were made as strong as the Deere GT line of tractors- G100 series.

    I'd say see if you can work a few hundred off, but the name isn't as important here as the quality. That mower is a fine machine.

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    Another option is a used JD 325 at a local JD dealer. It is a '95 with 1300 hours for $2500. In general, how many hours will an average garden tractor last? Also, does someone publish a blue book or something similar for garden tractors? I have seen them for farm equipment but nothing for garden tractors. Finally, is there a web site that sets forth specs and such for discountined garden tractors? JD has good information for non-current models on its web site, but cub cadet and others dont have anything on theirs.

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    So what did you ever end up getting???

    I just picked me up a Scotts 2554 with the snow thrower on it... So far i Really like it, but I am comming from an 1965 cub cadet 70...

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    can you get Sabre and SCott's parts from a JD dealer still? JD was in cahoots with Homelite for a while. Do theystill sell Homelite parts?

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    Default Re: Best used garden tractor for ~$3000

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenRules
    can you get Sabre and SCott's parts from a JD dealer still? JD was in cahoots with Homelite for a while. Do theystill sell Homelite parts?
    Not sure about the sabre, but so far all the parts i've looked up(belts, filters ect...) are the same as the G100. Even the owners manuals look the same, other than the pictures. The Snow thrower i have is the same as the deere unit for the G100 also... So far I have no complaints...

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