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    Default PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Hello, I want to purchase an additional toy to tinker with when I am bored. I am trying to figure out to do I purchase a 1982 John Deere 850 diesel 4 X 4 tractor or a new John Deere 855D gator. I know where I can drive the tractor for fun at parades, tractor meets, cruise the property, etc., however I am trying to figure out where gators are allowed to be driven other than private property. The bottom line, I am trying to figure out which toy would be more practical to own. Please help!

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    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Welcome to TBN!!!

    Do you have any actual work for a tractor? Mowing? Road maintenance? Snow plowing? If so, buy the 850.
    If you're just looking for a toy, I suggest you not be too concerned about "practicality".
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    I don't know the particulars, but there is a newer JD Gator running the roads here (Three Rivers, MI). Has factory cab, with glass windshield and doors, a wiper and turn signals/brake lights. Even has a license plate.
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Since I have two tractors, I'd buy the Gator!
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Those are two completely different machines. Each has it's own purpose, you should buy both!
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    No specific tasks that I would be buying the tractor for. Perhaps in the future, I "might" consider purchasing attachments such as the mower. I would not have a specific use for the gator as well. It seems that other than private property, there are not many places that allow casual gator use.

    Thanks for the welcome. I like the thought of having an "old school" looking John Deere tractor around to play with.
    Last edited by MrAgent007; 07-03-2012 at 09:48 AM.

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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAgent007 View Post
    I light the thought of having an "old school" looking John Deere tractor around to play with.
    1982 is "old school"???

    No one could even have imagined such a new-fangled thing when I was driving tractors full time.

    Terry

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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    I would go with the tractor. Some cops will let a tractor drive down just about any street any time you want to but they will send a gator straight home with a promise of a ticket the next time.
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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Can't picture either of those on the streets of Philadelphia

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    Default Re: PLEASE HELP! Do I buy a John Deere 850 Tractor or John Deere 855D Gator

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Kanzer View Post
    Can't picture either of those on the streets of Philadelphia


    Me neither...
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