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post #1 of 19 Old 06-07-2018, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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First Riding Mower Recommendation

Hello,

I just bought a house and have never owned a riding lawn mower before. I have a lawn that is ~1.3 - 1.4 acres. The front and backyard is flat but the front slopes down at the end of my property and an entire one side of my property is a slope that leads up into the woods. From doing my own research I was originally looking at the X350 48 inch deck but then after reading about the transmission thought that I may need a X570, especially since it has the differential. However, I cannot afford the X570 at this time, and it may be another month or so before I budget enough to buy the X350. I am looking for what you all would recommend since you are much more knowledgeable on the matter. I do want to use the mower as a snow plow or blower in the winter to clear the driveway in the winter, which is also on an incline. I also want to be able to haul a small cart around my yard for mulch, landscaping needs, etc. I have been push mowing this for the last few weeks and it is difficult and time consuming. Also, I don't have to have a John Deere mower so any other models that you all think would be better for my situation would be welcomed. Should I push mow the rest of the mowing season and then buy an X570 next year, save and get an X350 in 4-6 weeks, buy a cheap riding mower for the time being and use it, or do you all recommend a different mower? Thanks!
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Re: First Riding Mower Recommendation

definitely move to the x5 series Deere. I would do whatever you need to until you can swing it, but it will allow you to do everything on your list without having to worry about damaging it.

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Re: First Riding Mower Recommendation

Before you can even start a discussion like this, what is your budget?

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Re: First Riding Mower Recommendation

Another question is; Do you need to buy new or are you comfortable with something used and doing some maintenance/repairs? If it’s the latter I would look at something to get you by for the time being....just about any cheaper riding mower will do, until you can save enough for what you really want/need.


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Well since we're spending your money why not go for the X758 (just kidding!) You might want to look for a X485, 455 or something a little bit older still in great shape but will give you that capability without spending quite the same as new. If set on new then the X570 is a very capable machine.

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I'm in a very similar situation. Check out my very recent thread where we talked through this (pasted in Url below)

Main choices seem to be:
Cub cadet xt3 gs
Simplicity conquest
John Deere x500 series

I did a lot of research...

Strongly considered all of those ... I ended up with x580 and it stretched my budget. No it annihilated my budget. But I hope and expect it to last me 20 years.

I opted for big blower (47") at the same time of order so it had the same warranty as the tractor (48 mos). If bought separate blower only had 12 month warranty.
I also got the mulch kit (there's a promo now which is $300 towards it) and a 54"deck

If you go 48" deck, 44" blower and no mulch kit you could do better than me $ wise

Note I had a 2007 troy bilt Bronco (big box store model for sure) that I paid $300 for that definitely afforded me some time to save...

Agree you could make due like that for awhile.

Also, I'm not handy and I like the peace of mind of new+warranty, and there isn't a lot used by me anyway, but there is something to be said for that route depending on what your local Craigslist looks like. You may even end up with a better machine.

My thread, so recent I haven't even accepted delivery yet.

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I would suggest a used X530 or X540. Great tractors. Use the same accessories as the newer X5__ series tractors. And they have locking differential, hydraulic lift, etc.

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Re: First Riding Mower Recommendation

Without seeing your ‘slopes” hard to say. Guys on here mean well but for most part completely oversell (easy to say when it’s not your money) they pretty much jump to X500 series almost immediately and before long you will get recommendations for a x700 series

But if budget is a concern the X380 is a solid grass cutting machine. It has the K58 which will handle slopes much better than K46. If you post pictures of your slope, it will be much easier to recommend. A flat 1.5 acres lot a K46 and X350 will last 20 years. As you add slopes to equation the K46 becomes problematic. The X380 will handle mild slopes no problem, more severe slopes may require a multi terrain X500 series for added traction ( a locking differential )

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It was the snow removal on an incline that made me suggest x5 series.

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Im with you Nick, find a way and going to the 590 for efi is not a bad idea either. Deere usually gives 3 times the credit line you need.

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Hello,

I just bought a house and have never owned a riding lawn mower before. I have a lawn that is ~1.3 - 1.4 acres. The front and backyard is flat but the front slopes down at the end of my property and an entire one side of my property is a slope that leads up into the woods. From doing my own research I was originally looking at the X350 48 inch deck but then after reading about the transmission thought that I may need a X570, especially since it has the differential. However, I cannot afford the X570 at this time, and it may be another month or so before I budget enough to buy the X350. I am looking for what you all would recommend since you are much more knowledgeable on the matter. I do want to use the mower as a snow plow or blower in the winter to clear the driveway in the winter, which is also on an incline. I also want to be able to haul a small cart around my yard for mulch, landscaping needs, etc. I have been push mowing this for the last few weeks and it is difficult and time consuming. Also, I don't have to have a John Deere mower so any other models that you all think would be better for my situation would be welcomed. Should I push mow the rest of the mowing season and then buy an X570 next year, save and get an X350 in 4-6 weeks, buy a cheap riding mower for the time being and use it, or do you all recommend a different mower? Thanks!

i would push mow this year and get an X570, or even an X 500 would do. They have a much stronger and more reliable transmission in them.

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For the same Price as a John Deere X350 with a 48inch deck. You could get a Cub Cadet XT2 GX54 D XT2 Enduro Series 54 in 26hp Kohler engine | Garden Tractor | Cub Cadet It comes with a 54inchFabricated deck Has a K62 with Pedal operated Diff/lock. Cub Just Came Out with a very sturdy Front Blade this past spring For snow removal or Moving Loose Material . I don't Own One Personally. But the wife & I Bought one for a Neighbor at our Old House who was Going to Take over the Mowing & be a care Taker of our Old House Until we rented or sold it. He has 200+ Hrs On it In about the Last year While it doesn't have the K72 of the X570. It has been a decent Mowing and snow removal Machine He take Care of our old 2.5 acre Yard The other 3 acres I have rented to another Neighbor who Farms it along with His Farm. My friend also Mows several 3/4 acre yards with it so about 10 acres a week and the GX54 D has been working fine. It will handle Your Yard It Has a 3 Year Unlimited Hour warranty Plus a 5 year Frame & Front axle warranty. So it could be a Perfect stop gap machine.

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It shouldn't be too hard to find a used x500 series for around $4000, depending on your local market. It will likely have about 400 hours. Depending on the machine, you might still be able to find one under warranty. You can always troll the the market for accessories later.
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I almost bought a 2017 x570 with 42 hours on it for $4500, but it was more than I needed, and more than I wanted to spend. I think that was a really good price though. I bought my 2014 x300 with 105 hours for 2050 and think it is plenty for my 1/3 acre yard and I could buy 2 for the price of that x570
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Your question will be different from the age of the person that your asking...
My answer would for a first time buyer is to get something in good shape from the 60 or 70's. And don't buy a ridding mower. Go for a garden tractor. Something with 5 lug bolt on back wheels. Any good brand name will do.
Then you will know what you really want when you buy your second tractor.


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