Hour meter for '03 Deere L110 - How much time on the tractor is normal?

Discussion in 'General Lawn Garden Tractor Forum' started by Flightsport, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Flightsport

    Flightsport Registered User

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    Mar 13, 2011
    Just about to go take a look at an '03 L110. Wondering what would be an appropriate amount of time on the hour meter for a woman that has used it since buying it new in '03, on about a 1/4 acre of flat terrain. Any ideas? Also, any other suggestions for what to look for would be helpful, as I'm a rookie at this. Thanks! Mike
     
  2. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Well, 1/4 acre shouldnt take more then at least a couple hours at a time ( used to take me 5-6 hours to do 2 acres) - so figure how many weeks a year the mower would be used ( figure once a week for 5-6 months- average mowing season) - then by how many years its been around ( 8 years). Probably like a couple hundred hours more or less ( couldve used it to haul a yard trailer around to clean in the fall ).

    Just check the condition of the tractor- has it been abused? Oil change and regular maintence?( check the oil- is it reletively clean) Is it with minor ( normal scratches) or all dented and rusty? Pedals all worn , seat ripped- stuff like that. Take it for a spin around the yard and test the mower, shut it off and turn it back on again.

    Sorta like buying a used car - haveta do an inspection and test drive and kick the tires.

    Ive gotten some truely wrecks of tractors that just needed some cleaning and work done - might not look pretty but run/mow awsome.
     

  3. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    I would say 350 hrs or less, and as dangeroustoys56 mentioned look for leaks, cosmetic damage such as the hood brackets. I mow 3.5 acres with mine about 12 to 14 times a season, and use it to move the trailer around it is 5 years old and only has 254 hrs on the meter.
     
  4. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Older woman.......... around 60s? I'd say even at 400 hours, usually women are so easay on their equipment. You could be fairly safe on this one! Any photos of it?
     
  5. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    Yep they are either really careful, or really careless my older neighbor lady chopped up a stepping stone with hers last year.:eek: I mean turned a 12"x12" concrete stepping stone into gravel.
     
  6. Flightsport

    Flightsport Registered User

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    Mar 13, 2011
    I had my chance and I walked away! I offered her $600, she wanted $700. It ran like a top, the oil was perfect. Some cosmetic issues: Seat torn in several places, 3 out of the 4 catch knobs on the inside of the hood were broken off, a bit of rust here and there, the lower chute to the bagging system was damaged beyond repair ($97 at JD Dealer). It only had 267 hrs on the meter! Now I'm regretting letting it go..... oh well, I'm sure another will come along. Thanks for all the help. Mike
     
  7. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Watch craigslist and your local dealers as folks trade up!
     
  8. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    Yep that is the way i track down needed lawn equipment, truck parts, etc.
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hrs are about right. Had my Cub 5-6 yrs and I've not quite reached 300 hrs on it. Mow close to an acre but mowing season is maybe 7 months long.
     
  10. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    Yep those are great hrs for that year model.
     
  11. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Wish i had hour meters on my 29- 40 year old lawntractors - be interesting to see what itd be - probably be all zeros again - LOL!
     
  12. Mickey

    Mickey New Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    My how times flies. Just took a look at the paperwork and see I bought the Cub in May 03.


    Is real easy to add an hr meter to any machine that doesn't have one.
     
  13. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010
    Yep they have the universal meters at most power equipment stores, and online.
     
  14. Panelman55

    Panelman55 New Member

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    Feb 10, 2011
    On these small lawn tractors I don't look at the meter. Because the meter will keep running if the key is left on. My kids and wife were all the time leaving the switch on , on my JD L120 and it was showing 420hrs which was not correct.



    Panelman55
     
  15. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator

    May 27, 2010

    Yep i have a neighbor that did the same thing it ran the meter until it killed the battery, and thats alot of non-use hrs.