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    Default 425 or GT275

    One of the two machines below would be used to occasionally clear a portion of my camp driveway of snow in the winter (once a month or so). I use an IH Cub Lo-Boy to plow the majority of it, but there is a creek between the two portions that can't be crossed in the winter (there is a footbridge). One of the two machines below would be used in the summer for trim mowing. I currently have a 2001 JD Sabre 1742HS with 130 hrs that I would sell.

    1999 425 with ~750 hrs, 54" deck, 54" blade, rear wheel weights, bar tires (worn), and chains. Appears to be in good shape. $3700
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    1997 GT275 with unknown hours, 48" deck, 42" blade, chains. Good shape. $1600.

    Both machines would cut grass fine. My dilemma is how much difference would there be in snow plowing (yes, I realize the plow width and hyd lift/angle on 425)? Will there be a GREAT difference in plowing ability (of course, weights would be added to the GT275)?

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    The 425 is a heavier machine to begin with, and you can spend the same amount on weights for each, but make the 425 even better. The 425 hydraulics will spoil you. Having a 455, I'm partial to the 425, but they are great rigs.
    JD 790 w/70 FEL & 7 BH on turf tires
    JD 455 w/60" MMM & 54" front blade

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    By far, get the 425.
    You will be glad you did, and it will be an investment that you can get back at anytime. They are solid tractors.

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    Agree with other posters,
    that 425 is a much heavier machine,
    and also has the rear diff lock which
    will make it a better snow machine.
    also, it comes with hydraulic lift, power
    steering, tilt wheel, liquid cooling, cruise control,
    guess you could say it's fully loaded!

    the 425 will also has full hydraulic
    down pressure that you don't get on the
    GT, makes a big difference pushing hard
    packed snow with the blade


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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    I have both of those machines. Those are both great machines at pretty good prices. Have you got a need for hydraulics? You pay a big premium if you don't need it. If the 425 had the 47 snowblower it would be hard to resist.

    Chris

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    I think 1999 is beyond the plastic timing gear issue which would be a big plus on the 425.

    Chris

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    I have only used the 54 plow on my 425 once because as the local dealer says "The 47 snowblower is all the snow equipment you need" so I can't really tell you much about how it plows, I did use the 275 to clean up 6" to 8" drifts in the farm driveway. With bar tires and no weight and the 48" plow it struggled to move the drifts. I got it done but it was work. I think turfs and chains would be better. Plenty of weight would help.

    Chris

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    Quote Originally Posted by pennwalk View Post
    I think 1999 is beyond the plastic timing gear issue which would be a big plus on the 425.
    The upgrade came sometime between late '97 and early '98. I adapted a front JD318 weight bracket to the back of my JD455 by just drilling a few holes, as they have the same frame width. That bracket holds 8 suitcase weights. I also have inside and outside wheel weights that add ~125 pounds per wheel. I only use my 54" blade for snow and have never felt the machine to be lacking.
    JD 790 w/70 FEL & 7 BH on turf tires
    JD 455 w/60" MMM & 54" front blade

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    Thanks all for the advice! I ended up buying the 425. Will post more info and an interesting video this evening.

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    Default Re: 425 or GT275

    tlj
    Good decision.

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