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I just read on Deeres web site that dealers will start selling Honda mowers and snowblowers in 2012.Deere will no longer sell JD branded push mowers or snow blowers.Opinion in some ways I think this is a good move for Deere.But I also think they where making a very good push mower with the 14sb models then they stopped making them.I know over the years Deere has farmed out there push mowers and snow blowers to other companies to make like Toro ect.Im just sad to see that Deere seems to be making less and less equipment at there own factories.Like there Frontier equipment brand is all made by other companies to Deere specs.Just my opinion
 

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I agree with Mark. It's too bad that Deere is building less and less. One reason I buy Deere is because it's American made. Fewer and fewer things are being made in the US, which doesn't bode well for the long term economy.
 

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I'm not saying that Honda doesn't make good lawn equipment. My point is that too many American companies seem to lose their edge and give up on the markets and let a foreign company take it over. To me, this is a bad trend.

I have a '94 14SZ pushmower that I bought new. It is built like a tank and will last practically forever if I take care of it. John Deere once made great push mowers. I've read some reviews on the new John Deere push mowers and they are mediocre at best. Why did John Deere stop producing well built push mowers and later give up on the market altogether? I asked my John Deere dealer this same question and he doesn't know either. He said that John Deere should have kept building mowers like mine,

Again, this is a bad trend and I hope it doesn't spread to other John Deere product lines.
 

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Michael the new mowers are made by Snapper an American company. When JD started with push mowers the bought relabeled Toro Whirlwinds and that was the early 1970s. I have both a first year 1970 and a 1971 of those. I also have a 14SB and a 14SE which I would agree are the best mowers JD has built but both of those are Kawasaki powered so it is not like JDs use of other companies or foreign vendors is anything new. A couple of pictures. Roger







 

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I dont know that deere ever built their own walk behind snowblowers. My 522 was built by Simplicity. The new ones are built by some other brand as well.
 

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I would guess the carburetor needs to be cleaned. I would recommend taking it apart and letting the carburetor sit in carburetor cleaner overnight. You can buy a gallon can at F&F. Spray stuff will probably not do it. You probably need the kit to replace the gaskets. Welcome to WFM. Roger
 

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Welcome to WFM Jim. Roger gave you some good advice for every old tractor. I would also replace the fuel line and filter, and check that you get good gas flow from the tank. You can also unscrew the gas cap when it's acting up, to be sure the vent works. If those are all good, it probably is a clogged float needle. Carb kits are cheap too.

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