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post #1 of 19 Old 05-18-2017, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

My '02 LT155 has given its all. 15 years. 656 hours. While the 15hp Kohler still runs great, the Freedom 42 deck is rusty swiss cheese. The K51 axle, despite synthetic oil changes at 250 & 500 hours is starting to get noisy and a little weak in reverse.

I perused what I could buy new with my budget ($3,000) and was not impressed. A new D170 is $2,800, and it comes with a K46 transaxle. Ugh. I'm not going down that road again. I wanted a serious upgrade from my LT155. It was time to shop used.


I found this X540 at a Deere dealership about an hour away. It's a 2009 with 446 hours. 48" deck. It was dirty, but had good maintenance records, and didn't appear to be abused. I pulled the trigger.....

I spent a weekend cleaning it up, replacing a few minor parts, and HO-LY CR-AP!!! What a tractor!





I've only mowed twice with it, and we're still getting to know each other but my initial impressions are WOW!

Bear with my while I blather on about my love for this tractor, as my wife, son and family are sick of hearing about it.


The power steering blew my mind when I test-drove it around the dealer lot. It's definitely a luxury, but I love it. Same with the power deck lift. Try to pry them away from me now that I've experienced both. I've tasted the good life, and I LIKE IT!

The Kawasaki engine. What can you say? Having a liquid-cooled twin under the hood of your tractor is just plain bad-a$$. I have some hills in my yard and this thing never even grunts.

The thing I love the most is that K72A transaxle. Big. Beefy. And you don't have to drop it to change the oil! Replaceable filter! Locking differential!

Is it overkill for my 1.3 acre yard? Yup. Don't care.

You tell people you bought a used tractor and they look at you like you're nuts. But I feel like I stole this thing. SO MUCH TRACTOR FOR THE MONEY. Shhhhhh.....let the sheep buy the shiny crap parked out in front of the Home Depot. I'm going to get by with this old used tractor.....
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-18-2017, 08:42 AM
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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

Super Nice x540! I've always like that style x500 series. I'd take one of these used over a D series any day. Also I don't think its overkill for your yard I use my 332 and 160 and Farmall on the 3/4 of an acre my house is on all the time, but I also have several more acres in the surrounding area I use them on a lot.

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Great score! There are never any good used higher end GT's in our neck of the woods or I would be gushin' a little also.
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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

I am the ultimate overkill tractor guy. I have about 1/3 acre of grass, possibly even a bit less. It's broken up into 8 sections on my 100 x 425 lot. I cut 2 of the sections, aka The Show Grass, with a push mower.

I have a GX335. The GX series is what the X500's morphed from. I have a 42C deck which barely sticks out beyond the tires. A 48" deck won't fit the squeeze by the greenhouse and also I wanted a non-powerflow bagger so the 42C is it.

Operating these machines is a joy. The power steering really works good for me because I have a LOT of back and forth, sharp turns, K turns, etc to get it done. There is also one small steep section that would tough on a lesser machine.
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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

Enjoy! Looks like a fine purchase. I never got the whole "You bought a used tractor???" thing. Maybe its because I'm a farm kid and fixing things doesn't bug me much at all. It can be kind of fun sometimes!

I have to say though, I would have made the dealer detail it for me...unless you want to just get it home as fast as possible and get to know her!

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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

Very Nice!!! Congrats!! I usually try to avoid buying new when you can let someone else take the new cost depreciation hit for you. Enjoy the heck out of it, and gush all you want, my wife just rolls her eyes at me when I start to brag about a deal I got..lol ( Tho she wants me to wait and smile while she tries on 20 new articles of clothing for me. )

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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

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My '02 LT155 has given its all. 15 years. 656 hours. While the 15hp Kohler still runs great, the Freedom 42 deck is rusty swiss cheese. The K51 axle, despite synthetic oil changes at 250 & 500 hours is starting to get noisy and a little weak in reverse.

I perused what I could buy new with my budget ($3,000) and was not impressed. A new D170 is $2,800, and it comes with a K46 transaxle. Ugh. I'm not going down that road again. I wanted a serious upgrade from my LT155. It was time to shop used.


I found this X540 at a Deere dealership about an hour away. It's a 2009 with 446 hours. 48" deck. It was dirty, but had good maintenance records, and didn't appear to be abused. I pulled the trigger.....

I spent a weekend cleaning it up, replacing a few minor parts, and HO-LY CR-AP!!! What a tractor!





I've only mowed twice with it, and we're still getting to know each other but my initial impressions are WOW!

Bear with my while I blather on about my love for this tractor, as my wife, son and family are sick of hearing about it.


The power steering blew my mind when I test-drove it around the dealer lot. It's definitely a luxury, but I love it. Same with the power deck lift. Try to pry them away from me now that I've experienced both. I've tasted the good life, and I LIKE IT!

The Kawasaki engine. What can you say? Having a liquid-cooled twin under the hood of your tractor is just plain bad-a$$. I have some hills in my yard and this thing never even grunts.

The thing I love the most is that K72A transaxle. Big. Beefy. And you don't have to drop it to change the oil! Replaceable filter! Locking differential!

Is it overkill for my 1.3 acre yard? Yup. Don't care.

You tell people you bought a used tractor and they look at you like you're nuts. But I feel like I stole this thing. SO MUCH TRACTOR FOR THE MONEY. Shhhhhh.....let the sheep buy the shiny crap parked out in front of the Home Depot. I'm going to get by with this old used tractor.....
Last Year I Picked Up a 2012 X540 for a friend for $4.600 That was $400 less than asking because he didn't want the 48inch deck as He was Going to be using a 42inch deck to cut His 1/3acre It was replacing his Simplicity Regent. He Just wanted a Hydraulic lift as he gets up In age and He also Put a 44inch Blower On it.

I Bought a 2004 GX335 myself the Plan at the time was to use it to mow My Old Property Until I got it rented Well a Friend is Mowing the Old Property now for Me so I use the GX335 with a 42inch deck to cut My new 3.9 Acre Property as My X748 is in Loader Mode and My 1025R Hasn't arrived yet Noting wrong with used all My tractors I own except for 3 In My signature were Bought used. I bought My 2012 X748 In 2014 to replace a JD X485 I bought New In 2003.

Congrats I think You'll be very happy with the X540

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Re: Bought a used X540. May I gush a little?

Congrats on the mighty 540! I have one for sale now that is a dead ringer for the one you just bought. Even the rear tires are the same along with the bush guard. The only thing that I changed was the pin on one side of the bar that holds the guard on. I didn't like the two pin setup since I knew losing one pin would be easy to do and the other thing is that the bar was hard to pull out because there was nothing to hold on to. As you can see in the picture, I added a big steel ring on one end and now when I want to check the engine it is really easy to pull the bar out. The X540 is my favorite tractor of the nonhydraulic port models. It is a pleasure to drive and operate.
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Congrats and well bought. Nice to see units bought at a fair price from time to time. There's tons of the older x500's series units out there on the market with a lot of life in them for a fraction of what a new one cost.
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Sweet!!! Gloat away, we won't mind at all! As long as you share more pics! That is a steal!

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I paid $2300 for mine but it had a cracked hood. That was $317 from the dealer so I was at $2600 right away. The seat was OEM and in great shape and all I had to do was change all of the fluids, plugs, and filters which added another $100. There are deals out there but you have to have patients.
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I found this X540 at a Deere dealership about an hour away. It's a 2009 with 446 hours. 48" deck. It was dirty, but had good maintenance records, and didn't appear to be abused. I pulled the trigger.....

I spent a weekend cleaning it up, replacing a few minor parts, and HO-LY CR-AP!!! What a tractor!

I've only mowed twice with it, and we're still getting to know each other but my initial impressions are WOW!

Bear with my while I blather on about my love for this tractor, as my wife, son and family are sick of hearing about it.

The power steering blew my mind when I test-drove it around the dealer lot. It's definitely a luxury, but I love it. Same with the power deck lift. Try to pry them away from me now that I've experienced both. I've tasted the good life, and I LIKE IT!

The Kawasaki engine. What can you say? Having a liquid-cooled twin under the hood of your tractor is just plain bad-a$$. I have some hills in my yard and this thing never even grunts.

The thing I love the most is that K72A transaxle. Big. Beefy. And you don't have to drop it to change the oil! Replaceable filter! Locking differential!

Is it overkill for my 1.3 acre yard? Yup.
For your yard you have the perfect machine. Congrats, she cleaned up like new!

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gd9704 - I am certainly jealous. That is a beautiful GT.
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I love the 2011 X540 I restored last year, runs great with 775 hours, so you'll be fine for a while for sure. I am replacing the drive belt since the tractor did so much heavy work and has a few rips and chunks .

So Congrats

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Sweet! I'd like one of those.
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