Model year: 2009Date Purchased: 2009-05-14Number of Hours: 430
"Great machine but when there is a problem, managers circle the wagons and try to make you think you are the problem.
I have many John Deere products and love them all. My latest purchase was a loaded RSX860i side by side. Two weeks later, I received a letter from the dealer stating their store was closing in a week and that I will have to travel over an hour one-way to the nearest store for service. If I had known this, I would never have bought any of this stuff! This shows me that they don't care about the customer base in my area, if any!"
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Very functionalCons: Service sucksType of User: Commercial ConstructionLocation: USA PAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 2305 Transmission
by Ron Kobryn
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-08-07Number of Hours: 530
"To all of you replacing transmission fans, I had to replace mine but it was a factory installed fan that was not correct. It was half an inch deeper from the mounting hub to the blade tips than the replacement. Since it is off warranty, they tell me it is my problem.
The fuel gauge not working: fix on that is $800.
Mounting hub is wrecked: $150.
Very disappointed in John Deere."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Nice tractorCons: Poor customer serviceType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 2305: Uses so far
by John Erickson
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2014-02-02Number of Hours: 123
"Bought this John Deere sub-compact to address gardening, lawn care, snow removal, and hobby farming.
Came with 200CX loader. Used for many things.
Bought mid-mount mower from John Deere. Expensive but excellent.
48" Tiller for 3-point works well on garden
Bought cart (10P) and sweeper from John Deere. Both work well, but might go for bigger cart.
Bought old sickle mower (Ford 501), old Baler (Case 200), and 2-wheel rake (Enorossi). Was able to use the 2305 to cut, rake, and bale 3rd crop of alfalfa on 4 acres. Required some adjustments to attachments to fit sub-compact.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Versatility, reliabilityCons: Expense of attachments. Ability to work with standard equipmentType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA UTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2013-01-01Number of Hours: 307
"Again wow, I never had a tractor before and sine I have the 2305, I've never once thought "gee I need a bigger machine", this tractor is amazing. What pisses me off is to even compare this machine to a lawn mower sit on top type of machine, there is no comparing the two, apples and oranges. 24hp, 41 lbs of torque, these are just numbers, I mean compared to a car, my car has 250hp and can't do what this tractor can do, I know, the gearing is completely different, my car can do 240km and hour and top speed of my tractor with gps is 13km. Very capable machine, for hauling wood in a trailer, like 2 tons or more if your trailer can handle it, snow remove all is really fun and easy. I have a 3500lbs winch on the front bumper plate. I added 100w led lights on top of rops, lights up the whole street and then some. ebay has them great deal. 54 inch snow blower on back connected to pto. can clear a track across the lake for fisherman. I'm 6 feet tall and can use it all day long and am super comfortable. hmmm amazing pulling power and torque. i've had to replace a seal on the front wheel and bearings, oh well. i grade the driveway and added trucks worth of gravel with ease. pulled stumps, pulled my 2 ton car uphill with low rpms.....amazing what it can do. a must for all tractors also is a knob for the steering wheel for easy one handed turning. the excellent easy starting engine sips fuel and will last for 8 hours + of heavy work. cheap to run."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: re read my textCons: well from a engineering point of view i would relocate the bottom filter for the tranny and the newer machines have addressed this issue. move the front headlights to the rops. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND VTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
2305 John Deere
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-05-15Number of Hours: 250
"I purchased this tractor with a front loader to move thing around the yard and plow snow in the winter. I have had minimal problems with it. The first winter I had an issue with the cooling fan disintegrating and taking out the radiator. This thankfully was covered under warranty.
Other than the usual belts and battery I am in the process of replacing the fuel solenoid cut off. The tractor would not start and after using this site I was able to diagnose the problem. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Comfortable and easy to drive, the mower deck and bucket are relatively easy to install and remove.Cons: When the front loader is attached, the headlights shine on the bucket instead of the ground. Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA OHI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
2305TLB to a 1025R FLIB
by Kenny Richmond
Model year: 2011Date Purchased: 2011-07-28Number of Hours: 90
"These tractors were purchased for use in an urban environment for landscaping and snow removal. Sold the 2305 TLB and 54" SnoBlower, Forks and with a 12 ft. trailer for $19K. Purchased 1025R FLIB with 54" SnoBlower for $23K. 2 link Chains on R4's chewed up the concrete sidewalk surfaces, so this time going with Turfs-no chains. Both are wonderfully maneuverable in tight places.
Delivery with Turfs is pushed back to September due to the effect of Deere's published Discount. This time I'm going with a 16' trailer and broom, and Artillian 42" forks. Bro-Tek Thumb is on the way for landscape rock placement. Have to admit that the stories I read about the 2305 PTO housing kept me from using a 12" post hole auger, but I will use it with the 1025R for hedge/shrub rows."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Better seat in the 1025R; 12-volt receptacle for my Gerbings suit; Adj. steering column.Cons: Like the visual styling of the 2305 better, and hub extenders, not available for the 1025R.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA PAI also considered buying: John Deere 3720 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
New to Me 2305
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2014-10-01Number of Hours: 300
"I really can't write too much as I have only put 5 hours on the machine using the FEL for snow removal. I can't wait for the ground to thaw and dry out so I can get started using it more."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Started all winter in 0 degree temps, everything works as it should. It was easy to service as well.Cons: None so far.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 2305
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2006-02-01Number of Hours: 400
"I love the tractor, just despise the dealership and network. Also, don't like the way JD treated the old mom & pap shops about the time I bought my tractor, JD forced the little guys out of business to make way for these box store style dealerships filled with douche bags that really don't know a damn thing about tractors or farming. Really sucks! But, the tractor is great, next purchase I might consider John Deere, but I'm leaning toward Kubota. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Does what I expect.Cons: John Deere dealer network SUCKS!Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA OHI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
I Love My John Deere, Just Despise JD Dealer Network
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2006-02-02Number of Hours: 425
"My JD is great, but, shortly after I purchased my brand new tractor and a trailer load of attachments, JD changed up the way they conducted their business. Basically closing down the little hometown dealers to move their market presence on the "big box store" scene. Screwed the little guy by forced changes. About the way GM did some of their dealers. Then, Stihl buddies up with JD and their products are almost always offered in these big JD dealerships.
So, needless to say, I am done with JD and possibly Stihl. Will be a Kubota or New Holland next time around and will have to paint my implements to match.
Overall, a great machine, a few little issues, but I'm a hard tractor user and it really isn't the machines fault. I am strong on maintenance, so this does help counter the effects of my abuse."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable.Cons: John Deere dealerships, all the ones I've dealt with SUCK!Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA OHI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
2305 John Deere
by nick emenhiser
Model year: 2009Date Purchased: 2009-07-05Number of Hours: 180
"I have 2 acres of grass plus I mow the road side a ways, also have a small garden. In the winter I use my tractor to move snow. I would give it excellent ratings except for the following problems:
I had a small leak from the hydraulic lines to the bucket. Later a leak from the spin on filter that was loose for the hydro drive. I wish it had a temp gauge because I overheated it moving along the road. My fault because the screen got clogged with grass. The temp light came on and saved it though.
Recently the battery failed and since I replaced the battery none of the lights work. However, I love this thing for its performance and general reliability. For my jobs it works great. If you have more demands a little bigger tractor might be the ticket."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Performs very well, very reliable.Cons: Is a little small for some jobs.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA INI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS