Details about Scotts John Deere 2554 Garden Tractor MowerSee original listing
Sep 04, 2012
[ 38 bids ]
Pickerington, Ohio, United States
I bought this tractor from a person that was the original owner. This is manufactured by John Deere at the Moline Illinois location, it's not an MTD knockoff. Any part on this tractor can be ordered from a John Deere dealer, and some of the parts are shared with the green and yellow John Deere garden tractors. It's fairly heavy, weighing about 600 lbs not including the mower deck.
It has a 25 horsepower Kohler engine with fuel filter and spin on oil fitler. The deck is 54" 3 bladed and is made of heavy 11 guage steel. 283 hours on the tractor and engine. I have the original receipt showing the owner paid nearly $4,000 for this tractor about 10 years ago.
The owner lives about 2 miles from my house, and he mowed a 1/2 acre lot that had a lot of bushes and low hanging trees that eventually left a lot of scuffs on the hood and sides and some trim damage. He managed to hit a tree and partially break up the front end (bumper) of the hood around the hinge area. Even though the hinge mounting points on the hood show some damage, the hood doesn't "flop around" but sits well on the tractor while mowing, and you can raise and lower the hood without problems. There's a replacement hood on Ebay with an asking price of about $50 not including shipping, item nbr 370641726322. I saw the side trim for the fenders on Ebay a few weeks ago, or they can be ordered from the Deere dealer.
There are no issues with the frame, wheels, steering, etc. The engine runs great, no issues, no odd noises, uses no oil, etc. The mower deck is also in very good condition, no pulley noise, mows fine, the belts appear to be in good shape. The hydrostatic transmission also appears to be in great shape, forward and reverse using the two foot pedals with no issues, noise, etc. This tractor has a safety feature, if you put it in reverse, it'll shut the mower deck off (some of the green and yellow Deere tractors do the same thing), you'd have to disconnect/disable that feature if that's annoying.
I noticed the left front wheel was loose, so I replaced all front wheel bushings, axle spindle and grease caps, the other axle was in fine shape and didn't need replacing, they're all tight now and have no loose play (I have the receipt from the John Deere dealer for these parts.) I have the owner's manual; it calls for a 360 amp battery, and this tractor has a cheap 300 amp battery. It does start the engine, but hesitates occasionally or needs a second key turn to get it going; I believe the 360 amp batteries are typically about $35 - $40. I've noticed that if I hook a 20 amp 12v battery charger to the battery, it starts with no hesitation.
Overall, if I had to list concerns, it would be it shows some negligence or hard use from the previous owner; the front of the hood is damaged and missing headlights, the wiring connector to provide power to the headlights has been removed. The battery appears to be underpowered. The trim along the fenders are missing or broken. The seat has a small crack in the vinyl.
On the plus side, it runs great, the mower deck starts and stops and mows like it should. I'd say there's two basic alternatives for the prospective owner:
1. You can get a large garden tractor that can mow a lot of acreage for an excellent price. With another $200 - $300 into the mower, you could fix the cosmetic issues, but even as-is, it'll suffice as a large mower that'll handle a big yard.
2. If you're retired, unemployed or have the spare time, I suspect the most money could be made from parting the tractor out. The motor is worth at least $300, the transmissions in these units are expensive and is probably also worth at least $300. The mower deck is worth at least $150, and the rear wheels and tires are also probably worth $100 - $150. The rebuild kit from the dealer for one of these mower decks alone is about $200 or so. The gas tank, steering gear, front wheels and axles and some other parts might bring another $100 - $200 or so, but parting out a piece of equipment like this would take some work, and I don't have time to do that.
I've changed the oil and oil filter. I cleaned the air filter. All grease fittings have been greased including the mower deck.
I made a video of the starting the tractor, running the engine and starting/stopping the mower deck, I can e-mail the video if you want to see providing I have your e-mail address.
I won't be able to ship, local pickup only. I live in the Pickerington Ohio area (South East side of Columbus Ohio about 6 - 7 miles outside the I270 beltway.)
On Aug-29-12 at 08:38:45 PDT, seller added the following information:
It looks like there are quite a few folks "watching" the tractor and have been asked a few questions. The safety devices all work, if you get off the seat the mower blades stop, and as described earlier reversing the tractor will stop the blades. The parking brake works as it should. The front tire has a groove worn on the inside sidewall because there was so much play in the axle spindle that it rubbed the side of the axle support, but the tire doesn't appear to be in danger of rupturing and is still usable (I have fixed the axle and bushings as described earlier in the ad so it doesn't rub now.) The other 3 tires have no issues. The area under the seat I showed in the picture has some etching in the paint, it looks like something was stored there that left some deep scuffs in the paint under the seat; that's easy to see in the picture. I won't be able to do some kind of warranty on a 10+ year old tractor, it's being sold "as-is." I do have the video I can send if you want to hear the motor or mower deck operate. I did mow about an acre of my yard to verify it drives and mows as it should (it had 281 hours on it when I bought it.) The mower blades appear to be the "gator" or "shredder" type with flipped up serrated edges on the back-side that are supposed to help with mulching. Overall it's no beauty queen because of the broken trim, scuffs and scratches and hard use, but mechanically everything seems to be in great shape. I parked it in my garage on a concrete floor for about a week, no leaks were observed; it's currently stored in a building on my property (not being left outside.) Hope this helps, I provided a dozen pictures with the "zoom" feature to help show the tractor.
On Aug-29-12 at 10:44:25 PDT, seller added the following information:
Here's the Ebay item nbr for the left and right fender trim that I saw on Ebay earlier, they're about $20 not including shipping assuming they are the correct ones that'll fit: 200805497671 (do an Ebay search on that item nbr to find them.)