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John Deere L130 Review



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You Get What You Pay For Posted by Roger Yates on 07/23/2014

For those planning on buying the lower priced John Deere "D" series models. You get what you pay for. I purchased the L130 model from Home Depot in 2004. At $2,499 it was the highest price point of the "low-end" L-series.

The PTO clutch self-destructed at 200 hours-fortunately under warranty. The hydro-static transmissions used in these entry-level tractors are the cheapest models. My 1-1/4 acre property has some fairly severe (40-degree) slopes. After 6-years and 450-hours of use the K-46 transmission burned out. Rather than buy another low end model (good for 5-6 years), I decided to buy a transmission upgrade kit for $1,200.

The transmission is a K66 which was the transmission used in John Deere tractors in the $9-12,000 price range. This transmission has performed flawlessly.

If you are buying a low end John Deere, at about 400 hours be prepared to spend $200-300 annually on replacement parts. Belts (normal), pulleys, blade spindles, front axle beam, drag links, PTO clutch, bearings, springs and tires.

At 625 hours, I just rebuilt the mower deck and steering linkage---hoping to make it through the mowing season. Next year looks like something new and better built. I'll consider a higher end Deere, but only after a lot of research.

Those "Big Box" low end models are only good for small, flat yards. Maximum 400 hours use without major mechanical issues.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 2004 Date Purchased: 04/20/2004 Number of Hours: 625
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Better than the "Off Brands". Cons: Don't expect more than 400 hours use without major mechanical issues. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 Acres Location: United States Indiana I also considered buying:
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