Review By : james w on Dec 13 2008 12:00AM
Price Paid : $2,500.00
Years of Use : 180-Days
Implements : 42 inch snow thrower
Purchased From : dragoons
Strengths i bought mine used in upstate new york;from dragoons farm supply,seem to be a well run quality dealer.i have a cottage in ny and decided to buy it there because they had a good selection of used machines,and they are nice people.brought it home to montreal to clear snow,42 inch snow thrower onboard.its a 2004.looked it over well and it seemed to have been a well cared for machine.did some research on the computer and feelings were mixed about cub in general.if you bought the machine at a dealer it seems to be less troublesome.did not know much about garden tractors when i bought it.we have just gone through a major week of snow including a period of freezing rain that turned the snow into a frozen crust.the little tractor performed amazingly well,powering through every thing i could throw at her.i have several snow clearing contracts, nine all together.they consist of long double driveways and the machine has worked extremely well.always starts on the first go.seems to be well built and rugged.i have changed the oil,filter,trans axle filter and fluid,and cleaned,greased and lubed every part of it.cleaned the engine fins,quite a bit off old grass trimmings..an have maintnanced the heck out.ive been a mechanic for 20 years and iam a maintance fanatic and have had few problems with the machines i have owned.it had 197 hours on the clock when i bought and now has 209 so i have only owned it for a short period of time,however if its recent performance is any indication of its long term reliability it should prove to be a fine piece of equipment.with the suitcase weights and tire chains i have had no problems even with sloped driveways.the deeper the snow the more she seems to like it,you can hear the blower and engine change the sound they make when you hit the deep stuff,,, its almost like an extra turbine drive kicks in and just chews through the drifts.our problem here is the large city snow plows continualy block you back in every time they pass,and the streets my contracts are on are in the same situation.the snowbanks they create consist of heavy large volumes of compacted snow.the machine just powers through with minimal effort.parts and belts seem to be well priced at dragoons and in stock.
Weaknesses cant say yet,nothing to report.
Overall the tractor should almost pay for itself this year with the few contracts i have...
Parts : 8 Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 9 Financing :
Reliability : 7 Overall : 7