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.....