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  1. #11
    Veteran Member Runner's Avatar
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    John Deere 2520, 1989 John Deere 185, 1960 Panzer T70B

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    I still use my 1989 185 all the time-img_1596-jpg for mowing, tree spraying, fertilizing, etc.
    Runner

  2. #12
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    Branson 2400H

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    I Still have the 73, 112 electric for mowing and plowing snow. It has been delegated more for back-up use than main tractor since the mower deck is getting wore out again. Lighter snow falls it is the Go To since the 2400H would never get warm before I was done plowing.
    Artificial Intelligence will never overcome natural stupidity.

    Branson 2400H MMM & FEL

    JD 112

    BX1850 gone but not forgotten

  3. #13
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    I still use a 83 420 to mow and blow snow and push dirt around. I have thought of upgrading to a X 700 series machine but can't justify the cost when the old 420 is such a good machine.

  4. #14
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    IN
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    '06 3520, '09 997 ZTR

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    My neighbor is still using his 318 with the 42" mulching deck - the one with twin blades per spindle. Wish Deere offered twin blades on my 997's 72" deck - other
    manufacturers like Scag and Dixie Chopper have been offering them for sometime. Though, it takes him about 4 hours to cut versus my 1.5-2 hours for the acreage
    amount of grass.

    I thought about a 748/749 BUT Deere refuses to offer a 7-Iron deck for it.

    OOPS! It might be the 44" deck - I'm a tad out of touch.
    Last edited by hpc; 10-23-2012 at 08:17 PM. Reason: wrong deck description

  5. #15
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    Pacific NW
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    John Deere 3320 John Deere X739

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    Still using my 25 year old 318 with a powerflow on about 1 acre of grass, its all original except for the normal wear items.

  6. #16
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    JD 112 and JD X485

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    Still mowing with my 1968 112, bought from my dad in 1996. I had the motor rebuilt 8-10 years ago, put a new carb. on it about 5 years ago, and 1 new set of blades on the deck. Other than that, it's all original. I just bought a used X485, but haven't used it yet.

  7. #17
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    Kubota B2320 John Deere 318

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    My '86 318 is currently going through the smoke elimination project (rings, pistons, valve job) at 1600 hrs. Then back to mowing and snow removal on a regular basis. I'm the 2nd owner and the guy I bought it from treated it like a museum piece.

  8. #18
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    John Deere 165

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    Quote Originally Posted by 317140 View Post
    I still use a 73 140 to do a lot of my mowing. I have rental property and it is easy to transport. I repowered it with a Briggs Vanguard 18hp engine this spring. Now it mows terrific and has plenty of power. I also mow with my 317 and for big areas I use my 3520. But the one that I always head for first is my 140.
    I'm using a 1987 JD 165. Its on it's second engine, but it still does a great job. I use it to plow snow in the winter and also have used it to haul a lot of top soil. I'd have a hard time replacing it because it just does a great job.

  9. #19
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    Kubota L3650

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    Quote Originally Posted by botamike View Post
    Who all shuns the new stuff and mows with an older JD garden tractor from the 110rf's thur the 200 and early 300 series machines. I know of many 318's still in use, looking for older yet. I am looking to get a 110rf and put it back to work mowing my yard and tilling my garden. Mike
    I use a 1988 John Deere 285 to mow about 2 acres of lawn and with a snowblower attachment to move snow from an 8000 square foot driveway

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    Allis Chalmers 920 Diesel

    Default Re: Who still mows with vintage JD garden tractors?

    Got my project tractor sold tonight. Waiting to hear back on a nice 214 with the little 39" mower deck. Deck looks a bit ratty but when I spoke to the seller last week, he said it mows nice and the 214 needs nothing. Cant find any afforadble 110 round fender tractors localy. I emailed on one thats on CL, but never heard back. Mike
    Head Technician, Quality Outdoor Power, home of Simplicity, Snapper/Snapper Pro and Scag mowers
    Allis Chalmers 920 Diesel

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