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Buy a John Deere 100 Series Riding Lawn Mower, Get a Dump Cart (#317783) for FREE

While John Deere lawn mowers are somewhat expensive, if you are in the market for one, the free dump cart makes it a little bit more enticing. You can also stack this free offer with a 10% off Lowes coupon which can be generated. Just search the Forum for the appropriate thread. I was able to save $240 in addition to the $200 free dump cart that I was going to purchase anyways using the 10% off Lowes coupon.

No coupon needed for the free dump cart. Just add the lawn mower and the dump cart into your cart and it will automatically take off $199.

https://www.lowes.com/pl/Riding-l...4294965567

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I believe the baggers for these models also have a nice discount right now
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OP, what model tractor did you get?
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Didn't the John Deere ones get terrible reviews?
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Yea, ain't no where near what they use to be. Get your self a nice used model from the 90s and enjoy that thing for decades.
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I've had my La115 for 9 years, and I'd say it's a mixed bag. Engine runs like a champ, but I've had to replace entire mower deck 2 years ago @ $700 due to rust on deck and spindles wearing out. Also had to replace front wheels and tires, steering gear and pinion, battery cable, battery support bracket, all due to rust/corrosion. That's on top of regular service every other year for new blades, belts, oil changes etc, new battery every 4 years. (it was kept outside in the elements due to no garage until 1 year ago, so that has had an impact no doubt.)
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OP, what model tractor did you get?

E170 is the one I picked up.
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Didn't the John Deere ones get terrible reviews?
I read numerous different reviews on this Mower and several others. One of the primary reasons I purchased this one was one of the larger reviews that I read compared reliability at 3 years with regards to breakdowns for this Mower and multiple other brands of residential mowers. The vast majority of the other residential mowers had a breakdown rate of approximately 30 to 40% at 3 years while John Deere was only 20%. I've had a couple of other mowers of different brands and had incredibly bad luck with them. Therefore, I decided to give John Deere a try this time.
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As always, buy directly from a dealer if you can for far better support. Learn about things like air cooled vs water cooled, etc.
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I read numerous different reviews on this Mower and several others. One of the primary reasons I purchased this one was one of the larger reviews that I read compared reliability at 3 years with regards to breakdowns for this Mower and multiple other brands of residential mowers. The vast majority of the other residential mowers had a breakdown rate of approximately 30 to 40% at 3 years while John Deere was only 20%. I've had a couple of other mowers of different brands and had incredibly bad luck with them. Therefore, I decided to give John Deere a try this time.
I'm interested in your input. Not sure if we should discuss here or via PM. It would be my first riding mower.
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The way this season's shaping up I won't need to cut grass this year.
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I'm interested in your input. Not sure if we should discuss here or via PM. It would be my first riding mower.

Here is one of the articles referencing the reliability, but it is only a quick summary. There are numerous more in depth reviews and comparisons out there by people with much more knowledge than myself. I have a few prominent hills and slopes on my lot, so a zero turn radius mower wasn't ideal for me. Everyone's situation is unique.

https://www.consumerreports.org/l...or-brands/

I also preferred John Deere this go around because they are a relatively local company, with these tractors manufactured just down the road in Greenville, Tennessee.
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Thank you so much OP. I bought a John Deere D130 tractor on March 5 and they allowed me to do a return/rebuy and I just bought in the receipt. I walked out the door with the cart for free. Thanks again! TU!
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Yea, ain't no where near what they use to be. Get your self a nice used model from the 90s and enjoy that thing for decades.
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I read numerous different reviews on this Mower and several others. One of the primary reasons I purchased this one was one of the larger reviews that I read compared reliability at 3 years with regards to breakdowns for this Mower and multiple other brands of residential mowers. The vast majority of the other residential mowers had a breakdown rate of approximately 30 to 40% at 3 years while John Deere was only 20%. I've had a couple of other mowers of different brands and had incredibly bad luck with them. Therefore, I decided to give John Deere a try this time.

The L (now E apparently) series sold at big box stores is an "inexpensive" model manufactured solely for those stores and is not really sold at a real John Deere dealer (apparently they now sell D series). Their lowest models are usually D series (sold at a dealer). X is the next step up, advertised more as "garden tractors" which are better for PTO equipment (belt driven not shaft). Above that are legit tractors, like you're going to plant an entire farm - kind of tractor (And shaft-driven PTO).

That said, the lowest model at a dealer is going to be more $$ than the highest comparable model at a Lowes/HD because they are made better (or rather, the big box store versions are made to be more inexpensive). I guess that should translate to poorer lifetime, especially wear parts and steel integrity (e.g. thinner steel = more susceptible to rust/rot).

Anecdotally my X530 is 8 YO with zero rust, and I use it to snowblow in the winter so it sees a a lot of water (in addition to washdowns after mowing). No significant maintenance besides buying another set of mower blades, and the carb got gummed up once but that was a simple cleaning.

Bottom line.... generally speaking you get what you pay for.
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I've had my La115 for 9 years, and I'd say it's a mixed bag. Engine runs like a champ, but I've had to replace entire mower deck 2 years ago @ $700 due to rust on deck and spindles wearing out. Also had to replace front wheels and tires, steering gear and pinion, battery cable, battery support bracket, all due to rust/corrosion. That's on top of regular service every other year for new blades, belts, oil changes etc, new battery every 4 years. (it was kept outside in the elements due to no garage until 1 year ago, so that has had an impact no doubt.)
This is why I buy Craftsman when they go on sale. The one I bought 15 years ago still mows fine it just smokes kind of a lot for the first minute or two. It's the back up now that is relegated to mowing weeds/dirt a few times a year so that the newer one I have keeps sharp blades for grass cutting. That one is probably 3-4 yrs old and still going fine *knock on wood*. I think both of mine were under $800 delivered.

The repair costs for riding mowers is so much that basically I buy cheap and hope they will last and if they don't oh well. I put it on CL and someone will pick it up and I get another one. The higher range Deeres are nicer and may be worth it but the low end I just don't see the point in. Just buy a can of yellow and green paint and spray up a cheaper one and save yourself a ton of $ if you really want one that bad 😆
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