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With John Deere usually being the innovative manufacturer it got me to thinking about the hydrostatic controls on the older garden tractors and when they decided to switch to foot operated controls. An example I can think of would be the dash lever controlled hydrostatic on the John Deere 140. I think the controls are great but when it comes to operating a snow blade or a plow on the back it can be tedious trying to operated three things with two arms.

At what point did John Deere switch to foot operated hydrostatic control?
 

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With how operator friendly John Deere made their tractors I am really surprised they were not one of the first to use foot operated hydro control. Their foot pedal control on their compact utility tractors is terrific in my opinion. I haven't had a chance to operate any of the jd garden tractors with the foot control yet. Hopefully sometime soon.
 

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I have to agree with olddude. Dad's 2305 has the forward/reverse foot control, and it is so much nicer than shifting gears like on the round fenders. One hand on the steering wheel and the other on the 3pt. Doesn't get any better than that.
 

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Welcome aboard Scott! Glad to finally have you with us. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, and feel free to look around. Looking forward to your posts and getting to know all about you.
 

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Forgive me if I'm not asking this question in the correct thread, but can anybody tell me if a model 70 lawn tractor was ever offered with any type of hydraulics? I recently bought another lawn tractor, that was made by another manufacturer and color, so I won't mention it. I'm thinking of changing something's over to my 70, just to make it better for my personal needs, and even though it would be considered "customizing", I think it would be pretty cool. I won't give out my idea as to what I'm planning, just in case it doesn't work out. However, I'll post it when I'm done, and know for sure it will be operational. :D
 

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gtcollector,

No. Hydraulics were never offered on the 70 or 60 lawn tractors. It could have easily been done though, and I'm not sure why John Deere didn't give it consideration. It would have been nice to have the hydraulic option for those of us that use our tractors primarily just for plowing snow. I'd be interested to see what you come up with when you're done.

On another note, I know that the model 70 was once thought about being offered as part of the Patio Series line up, but was eventually canned. Deere was going to offer the fifth model, but since the 110, 112, 120, and 140 weren't taking off like they had hoped, they decided to just sell off what they had in stock of the bigger models, and not offer another model. However, even though the 70 tractors weren't offered in dogwood white, some of the attachments were. I don't have any personally, but I have seen white 32 snowthrowers, 40 blades, and 34 mower decks at various shows already. Some collectors look for these attachments, as there are considered somewhat rare, and sometimes can be very pricey. Myself though, never really got into collecting the patio series line up, so these white attachments just don't interest me. Personally, I think the patio series is way over rated, and just can't justify spending more for a colored seat or hood, then you would just for the tractor alone. Just me two cents worth!
 
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