Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

To trade or not to trade....


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-06-2011, 12:46 PM
shorthorn shorthorn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Illinois
Age: 34
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 6
shorthorn is on a distinguished road
Default To trade or not to trade....

3 years ago, I bought a brand new John Deere X320, with the 48" deck. Love the tractor to this day. At the time, I didn't go with the X500 series, because all I was doing was mowing grass, and the X320 does that very well. The last 2 years though, I have been pulling around a Trac-vac 880, plus doing some other "garden tractor" type work with it. It has always done so without complaint. Now I have been reading on different forums about the weak transaxle in the X320 (tufftorq K58) and its failures... And perhaps I am imagining it, but I feel that the mower is getting slower and slower. I am afraid I am slowly destroying a $2,000 transaxle by over working it.

So, My local Deere dealership has for sale two garden tractors that have me thinking... My 2008 x320 is a 48" deck, manual steering, manual deck lift, air cooling with 370 hrs on the clock...

One of the trade possiblities is a 1999 345 with 310 hours on it... Power steering, hydraulic deck lift, 54" deck and liquid cooled. I would have to put about $500 bucks with my mower towards this.

The other is a 2002 GX325, 350 hrs, manual steering, hydraulic deck lift, 48" deck, air cooled. Would be about an even trade.

Would I be crazy to trade a 2008 mower for a 2002 or 1999? Would the 345 and the gx325 be expected to last longer / be built stronger than my newer x320?

What would you guys do?
__________________
John Deere '08 x320 w/ Mulch Kit
John Deere SB14 Push Mower
Troy-Bilt 4 cycle straight Shaft Trimmer
6x10 Open Trailer
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-06-2011, 05:46 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Well first off, is the tractor actually being damaged? I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't think that the feeling of it slowing is a sign it is being damaged.

I could be wrong but I would figure it would work until a failure and then stop working.

Have you asked the shop if there are any signs of the transaxle being damaged?

Can this be something you take apart to look at to see?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-06-2011, 08:16 PM
shorthorn shorthorn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Illinois
Age: 34
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 6
shorthorn is on a distinguished road
Default

All good points Steve... I don't know if there is any way of dissassembling the unit to check it. The more I think about it the more I think it is a bad idea... I think I am going to to with it longer and see what happens.

As I said I really like this mower, and have no other concerns with it.
__________________
John Deere '08 x320 w/ Mulch Kit
John Deere SB14 Push Mower
Troy-Bilt 4 cycle straight Shaft Trimmer
6x10 Open Trailer
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-06-2011, 09:12 PM
1955_Chevy_6400 1955_Chevy_6400 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 3
1955_Chevy_6400 is on a distinguished road
Wink Spend the $500! Trust Me!

If it was me, I would either keep it, or trade it for the '99. When you test drive them both, you will probably think "Well, for power steering I am paying $500, but I don't have to have that". Trust me, it sounds to me like your buisness is expanding, and the tractor you choose will be your go-to tractor on your job sites, you WILL be glad you spent the $500. It may not seem like a big deal when your test driving them, but when your driving it all day, you WILL feel the difference! There is no chance in life unless you take one!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mower Trade in Value Deathcat1 Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 7 02-11-2011 10:43 AM
trade or not jeffery9076 Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 9 01-21-2010 05:52 PM
Trade Shows legendlawn General Talk 4 01-14-2010 11:54 AM
Trade Show? grasshopper fl Community Assistance 7 07-15-2009 11:03 AM
Another Trade With Another Business landonkade Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 13 11-07-2008 02:36 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 303
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by SGL1
22 6,179
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
120 8,178
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 03:16 PM
by kslawn
2 454
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-19-2014 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 836
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,001
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,362
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 359
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,768
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 209
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 473
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 924
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 296
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 652
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 439
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-16-2014 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 435
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,211
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,889
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,110
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 797
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 390
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 475
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 409
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,104
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 881
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,015
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 374
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 322
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,791
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 632
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,275
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,281
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 800
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,546
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,028
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,621
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 503
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,245
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,317
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 711
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,004
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,789
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,092
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 693
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 633
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 729
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 742
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 995
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,068
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 983
» Popular Tags
2wd apartment complex article marketing bid birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections collections subcontractor customers decorating ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes holiday lighting how much to charge installation kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mow new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax running a business savannah scag schedule seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro trimmer rack truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:51 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:51 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy