John Deere 2305 Reviews

2.00 star(s)
TripleR

2305 John Deere
Unhappy 2305 Owner
Model Year: 2008

Overall I have been very disappointed in this tractor. We bought it with the 62” deck for use on one of our farms for lawn mowing primarily. Upon the dealer’s recommendation, we had the hydraulic independent deck lift kit installed. We had problems from the beginning with three trips to the shop to have it repaired. The deck height control knob also would not hold the deck in position. The final trip to the dealership was one month after the expiration of the warranty and we were charged $1000 to put a new hydraulic cylinder and fix the deck height adjuster. We have ongoing problems with it overheating and must stop regularly while mowing to blow the debris out of the pre-cleaner screen and radiator. The seat is also somewhat uncomfortable and requires a shim in the back to keep the seat from tilting back too far. When it is operating properly, it has plenty of power, gives a very good quality cut and is very stable on slopes. We were contemplating replacing one of our Kubota's with a John Deere, but subsequently bought a new BX2660. We still have the John Deere as we can’t get out from under it for a reasonable price.

Pros: Good power, stable on slopes, & good quality cut.
Cons: Poor deck lift and height control; constant overheating; uncomfortabe seat.

5.00 star(s)
Anonymous Poster

2305 John Deere
Customer service is what sold me.
Model Year: 2010

Moscow Idaho is an agricultural area so having a JD dealer here made it a contender. A lot of my neighbors have Kubotas, but had a hard time getting service calls until they were "in the area". I've had a JD LT 160 for 3 years to mow my lawn (2 acres with hills) and JD Columbia Tractor in Moscow gave me the same service as a $200,000 combine. When it came time to buy a compact tractor I did plenty of price comps w/ Kubota, Case, Bobcat, and New Holland but JD won hands down. I bought a 2305 w/ a loader & 50" bucket, 54" mid mount mower, Land Pride 60" rear blade, chains, and ballast for my R-4's for $14,000 out the door. Only Kubota came close, but I didn't need a back hoe. JD service is the best in the business and they take pride in that. These days it's hard to have someone call you back once they make the sale. I only have one issue w/ raising the loader and tipping the bucket at the same time, but one call to Columbia tractor and the service guy Gene is coming out in the next day or two to check it out. I have no worries that whatever it is they will make it right. This thing is a great machine with power to spare for the size. I've yet to raise the RPMs above 2000 to push snow with the bucket while dragging the rear blade for clean up at the same time. It is quieter than my gas powered LT 160 and I can keep a beverage in the cup holder for an hour without losing carbonation. That might sound like no big deal, but once you operate a Kubota you'll know what I'm talking about. The HS tranny is smooth as silk. No jerky movements when transferring from forward to reverse like the competitors. If you live in cold climates, an engine block heater is a must, but even when I've forgotten it's started with no problems - just required more warm up. The bottom line is JD has been in business for this long not because of the name but for the solid performance and customer service. I've checked the resale and there is no doubt that if I ever have to sell it I'll lose very little money- not that I ever will.

Pros: Smoothest operation, little vibration, and quiet as any diesel in this category.
Cons: I haven't used the mower deck yet, but unless that suprises me, nothing.

5.00 star(s)
tlenig

2305 John Deere
John Deere 2305 Backhoe
Model Year: 2010

The 2305 is a very capable personal compact. This little tractor will handle most anything a home owner can throw at it and then some!

Pros: Great attachment selection - FEL and BH very easy to attach and unattach.
Cons: I had to start an exercise program now I dont have to manually run a shovel!

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3.00 star(s)
MyThreeSonsMowing

2305 John Deere
Unhappy w/ Overpriced 2305 Doorstop
Model Year: 2010

Bought to do landscape work and move snow - FEL/54" blade & backblade. At 111.0 hours, radiator perforated in 3 locations, catastrophic loss of coolant and blown motor. JD Corp. blames ice formation on fan blades for perforating radiator. Since ice was the "cause" there was no warranty coverage! Flexible mounting of radiator seems issue #1, as too much play results in fan spindle making contact w/ water pump driving blades into fan. It would seem to make more sense to rigid mount and eliminate rocking issue of radiator, just me and common sense talking. Issue #2 - if the fan is sucking air through why is it designed to allow for ice formation and then leading to FODing of my radiator? Seems a better design is called for.

Pros: Good little workhorse in good weather.
Cons: Not solidly built for cold-weather operation.

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5.00 star(s)
Anonymous Poster

2305 John Deere
JD 2305
Model Year: 2009

I bought this one to help out around the acerage. It is the perfect size for my yard. It was a repossession with 132 hours used by a horse farm to move manure. It came with a 62" mower deck I will probably never use. It fits my needs.

Pros: Perfect size, compact but still ag ready.
Cons: None yet.

5.00 star(s)
Zcontrolman

2305 John Deere
Go Green!
Model Year: 2010

I looked at this as a utility tractor, one size fits all. It mows with great mobility around the small lawn, It operates with the brush cutter 3pt hitch through my woods like a cat. The FEL has great use, since I put the teeth on it, it removes roots and rocks with ease. Good power. 4 wheel works great, even in my slippery muck back area. I was advised well by the dealer on what to expect this machine to do and it has exceeded my expectations. I would like to see a brush attachment for the FEL. Overall, I am more than happy with this tractor. Take a good look.

Pros: Great Power & manuverability, simple controls design, & easy on fuel.
Cons: 3 pt hitch could use more controlability, more attachments.

4.00 star(s)
pt019493

2305 John Deere
2305 Compact
Model Year: 2006

Two problems to date: 1) Flashers failed 2) Fuel injection pump failed with 300 hours after 4 years.

Pros: Versatile.
Cons: The injection pump failure.

5.00 star(s)
ms77

2305 John Deere
John Deer 2305 Review
Model Year: 2010

So far I have been satisfied with the tractors performance and the easy front loader hook up. I use mine for mowing and general dirt moving work with the front loader, also have a blade for drive way leveling.The only problem I have encountered so for is it tips on uneven ground when using the front end loader,You have to be real careful to keep it from turning over when on uneven ground.

Pros: Easy attachment hookup.
Cons: Unstable on uneven ground.

4.00 star(s)
JD230511

2305 John Deere
Very Impressed with this Little Tractor!!!
Model Year: 2011

Well to start with I was looking a at JD 3005 and decided it was a little more than I want to spend at the time of purchase. So my dealer showed me this 2305. I was impressed with it. It came with a 200cx FEL and the 62C MMM. It cut my mowing time down by about 40 minutes. I use to mow with a JD Z445 but due to the rough yard I have I decided I need something else, and sold the zero to my mother and stepdad. I'm not crazy about the 3 point hitch and mower deck work together but I have learned to deal with it and when I need the tractor for other reasons then mowing I take the deck off. I really want a bigger model i.e. 2520 2720, but the boss lady said the 2305 would work for a few years. The price I paid was amazing! There is a long story with it but I will make it short. Bought a brand new tractor at a used price - $12900. That sold me there. The only attachments I have is a rear blade. This tractor handles it well. Instead of of buying sub compact attachments I bought one size up. Weights a little more than the sub compact stuff stuff but the tractor handles it with ease. Over all I'm happy with my purchase. Size of the tractor is just right, Hydro controls make using the loader a breeze.

Pros: Ease of use, size of tractor.
Cons: None so far!

5.00 star(s)
JD230511

2305 John Deere
Very Impressed With This Tractor
Model Year: 2011

I was looking for a larger model (JD 3005), but my dealer didn't have any and I had seen this (JD 2305) and I will say I'm impressed. Even know its small in size it thinks big. It will be around for a while, or at least till the better half lets me get a bigger one.

Pros: Small size but it thinks big!
Cons: Limited liftting capacity.

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