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"I have a 3 year old 19"self propelled john dere mower and have had to replace the needle bearings on the drive and told they had rusted due to me washing the mower down (*********) I have never in my 60 years of grass cutting had this problem with any other make mower and advised to wash them down. Are your products inferior?

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You are one of the unfortunate ones who purchased the John Deere BRANDED push mower.Deere's upper managment decided to use a lesser quality mower made by someone else and slap their logos on it,all to save some $.In all my years with Deere I have never seen so many pushers come back for warranty work.Look on the net and you will find your exact mower a different color for 40% less.

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