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John Deere 2305 Reviews



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Build Quality
rating
4.5
Features
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4.4
Performance
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4.5
Value
rating
4.4
Reliability
rating
4.6
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Dealers Suck
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5.00
Posted 11/20/2016
by John

"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!"

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John Deere 2305 Transmission
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4.20
Posted 07/13/2016
by Ron Kobryn

"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. Fan: $30. Mounting hub is wrecked: $150. Very disappointed in John Deere."

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John Deere 2305: Uses so far
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4.60
Posted 10/14/2014
by John Erickson

"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. "

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WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY
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4.80
Posted 09/16/2014
by Dustin

"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."

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2305 John Deere
rating
4.00
Posted 09/04/2014
by JoelH

"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. "

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2305TLB to a 1025R FLIB
rating
5.00
Posted 06/18/2014
by Kenny Richmond

"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."

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New to Me 2305
rating
4.60
Posted 03/28/2014
by John

"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."

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John Deere 2305
rating
4.00
Posted 03/16/2014
by jawbreaker

"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. "

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I Love My John Deere, Just Despise JD Dealer Network
rating
5.00
Posted 03/11/2014
by Chris

"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."

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2305 John Deere
rating
4.20
Posted 02/06/2014
by nick emenhiser

"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."

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JD 2305 HST Review
rating
4.00
Posted 02/03/2014
by Patrick R. Wilbur

"The 2305 is used on a 15 acre lot to plow snow/move dirt/rock/logs and mow lawns (3-4AC). It starts without being plugged in -20 to -25 C. I use a King Cutter 48 (RFM-48) finish mover. The mower works well on the flats, but it has barely enough power to mow up an incline, especially in 4X4. So, it is under-powered (-24.1 hp gross, -18 hp to PTO @ 540) and I should have got a 35 hp, but at the time, I do not know any better. I had to add chains to the rear (loaded) tires, as it could not move snow on frozen gravel roads (spun-zero traction). It works great with chains. It does not have a float feature, which I really need for plowing/grading. I will add 2 LED (front/back) lights and a tool box. I have a Superwinch 4500 lbs, hooked to a 2" receiver, to haul cut hardwood logs. "

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Great Compact Tractor
rating
5.00
Posted 02/01/2014
by James Mitchell

"I have used this tractor for all kinds of tasks and it has never failed to perform. I have it with the detachable front bucket which is highly recommended. It comes on and off with very little effort. My only complaint is the attachments for the rubberized covers for the hydraulic connectors have all broken. I also use it with a 48" belly mower and really like the mid-PTO which drives this with no belts. Sadly, my dealer did not tell me about the "drive on / drive off" version of the belly mower and I would surely have gotten that. The belly mower I have is a little hard to get on and off so I just leave it on all the time. I don't know if this model comes in 2WD but don't even think about it if it does. 4WD is essential for anything but level lawn mowing (and you don't need this if that's all you do)."

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My Tractor
rating
5.00
Posted 02/01/2014
by Richard Carpenter

"Nothing runs like a Deere."

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Fabulous Machine with Plenty of Power
rating
5.00
Posted 01/29/2014
by J.M. West

"I've used my 2305 for 7 years now for mowing, grading, box scraping, mulching, spreading gravel, hauling wood, pulling fence posts, pushing over trees and many more things I can't even think of. It's been a fabulous little workhorse. Guys I let borrow it are frequently amazed at its power for such a small machine. Definitely get the R4 tires and enjoy!"

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Great Machine!
rating
5.00
Posted 11/23/2013
by Daniel Diveney

"I replaced a International 154 with this tractor. I mow 2 acres and the 2305 has cut my mow time in half. I have 229 hours on the tractor as of this date and added wheel weights, wheel spacers, tool box, temp gauge, grill guard and a Cub Cadet/Yanmar CL100 FEL to the tractor."

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2305 With Curtis Cab
rating
5.00
Posted 11/23/2013
by Greg Crabb

"There has been no problems, it has over heated once because of grass clippings being sucked in the radiator screen, but it was probably a lack of maintenance on my part. Used to blow snow during winter on a 22,000 sq ft driveway, and has exceeded my expectations. Also used for pulling a 50 cu ft Peco lawn vac, thatching in spring and cleaning up leaves in fall and has performed very well."

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JD 2305
rating
4.20
Posted 11/18/2013
by Bill Boedeker

"This compact utility tractor has proven to be a very good performer for my use. I mainly bought it to plow snow, but I have used it and some attachments to do more jobs at home and at the Los Alamos sportsmen's club. I have a pulmonary disease so I run out of breath very quickly when I try to shovel. Also, I live on a loop and I plow the sidewalk all the way around it besides my driveways. I used a garden tractor for 10 years, but I still had to do some shoveling and as I said, I cannot do much of that. Also restricting my physical work is the altitude here which is about 7500 ft (New Mexico is not all desert). Maybe I'll get a backhoe attachment one of these days."

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Great Sub-Compact Tractor
rating
4.80
Posted 11/17/2013
by Daniel Carolan

"Great used tractor with 62" mower deck and FEL. I was a apprehensive about the rear PTO strength after reading blogs about expensive break downs. Have not purchased a bush-hog mower. The JD owners manual "recommends" a weight box when using the FEL. Luckily I found a 1950's Allis Chalmers 3-point blade (Cat 1). It is 3 times heavier than new Farm Store blades, has thread adjustable blade tilt (side to side, and blade forward/backward), plus horizontal rotation and reversal. The 5' blade body is 1/2" thick steel. Modified blade by lowering and reversing the side arm pins and lowering the top mount pin to allow this subcompact (limited Cat 0) to provide 12" of blade lift height. The 2305 has no problem lifting this blade, just wish I had better hydraulic control. Between the FEL weight and heavy rear blade, this is an great little earth mover. Mower deck is tough and provides a great level cut. - Dan Carolan"

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Very Happy
rating
4.00
Posted 11/16/2013
by sparkie

"Be this tractor I had a MF1010. The 2305 is a big improvement. I have had good luck so far other than the cooling fan for the transmission. It's a poor design with the fan being open for damage as well the oil filter right at the bottom of the transmission. I had a little issue with over heating with hay chaff in the rad. Overall, a nice heavy yard tractor. I have a tiller, bush mower, hoes, back blade, landscape rake and backhoe attachment. All work behind her great. I'm glad I bought it and would buy it again. "

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Praise For Front-End Loader
rating
5.00
Posted 11/16/2013
by Paul Ruffin

"I love everything about this tractor, but I am absolutely nuts over the front-end loader. I have used it for everything under the sun: moving rocks, bags of redi-mix, mulch, dirt, lumber--you name it. Other uses: knocking over small trees lifting things in the shop moving generators and lawn mowers and other large tools ETC, ETC, ETC! Hell of a piece of equipment."

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