Review By : Kprime on May 31 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $2,000.00
Years of Use : 30-Days
Implements : Cart.
Purchased From : Lowes
Strengths Starts easily. Turns very easily. The deck is easy to change levels. I like the cruise control. The seat is comfortable; I give the seat and A+. I bought the seat cover and love the carry pockets as well as the cup holders.
I mow a 2.5 acre lot that is very rough and non-uniform. It used to take me 6-7 hours to mow with a self propelled walk behind (22" Honda, Quad II). Now I mow the whole thing in 2 hours. I often have to skip mowing for several weeks due to travel. I am beyond impressed with the power. Previously, in the spring, when I skipped mowing for 2-3 weeks it would take me 8 hours to mow. I would have to go at the slowest speed and stop frequently to clear the grass chute. OMG, first time I tackled that kind of grass with the LA 145, I was pretty dang impressed. Granted it was not to smooth of a cut, but then I did not expect it to be. However, it never once even slowed down the engine. The deck did not clog even once. It cut 12” (and higher) grass and weeds without taxing the engine even the least.
I also tow a lawn cart around the yard to collect my chainsaw messes, gather leaves, and carry rock and dirt.
The headlights put out a useable amount of light. I usually run late mowing and am still working when the sun goes down. Did I mention this thing is easy to turn? ?
Weaknesses The smoothness of the cut does not equal a single or double blade deck. At times it leaves strips between the blades and has a variable unevenness. I had a lawn care company in the mid 80's. I would not get away with mowing lawns with this kind of cut. However, on the ranch, just mowing the rather large 2+ acres "lawn" the unevenness isn't really noticeable. Although pretty and sort of like a park, my lawn is not a show lawn.
I suppose durability will be the real kicker. Some parts seem very durable and some seem questionable. I guess, I won’t know this one for quite some time.
Overall Ok, I am a new owner. I have 10 hours on the tractor so far. However, I did a lot of web searching for reviews before I bought. I found it hard to learn about riding mowers and pick one out based on reviews. Because of my struggles I decided to be sure to come back and add my reviews whenever possible.
In the mid 80s I owned a lawn care company. I am very familiar with mowers and their respective engines. I have rebuilt small engines hundreds of times.
I share responsibilities for a ranch yard. The first year, I hand mowed it. However, after rearranging some of the fencing the yard got a lot bigger this year (doubled). I was spending 8 hours per weekend last year trying to keep up with the mowing (6 hours) weed eating, gardening, flower beds, and irrigation system. This year I decided to get a riding mower so I could spend less time mowing and more time on improvement projects.
So far I am quite pleased with usefulness of this little tractor. Caring for this yard is my hobby now. I love yard work. I spend all day most Saturdays working the yard. I use the tractor to tow everything around and mow. Later I plan to add an aerator, seeder, fertilizer and leave vacuum attachments.
I wanted to buy this from the John Deere dealer but he did not stock them at the time I was looking. So I went to Lowes. The price was the same either way. I would have preferred to support the local JD dealer, but it didn't work out this time.
I feel fairly sure that when it comes time to replace this mower, I will buy another John Deere, but I will spend a bit more and move up the line and buy a 300 series.
Parts : Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 9 Financing :
Reliability : 6 Overall : 1