I'm looking to buy my first tractor and stumbled upon the vast information on this forum. I have 1 acre, with a large driveway that I would like to be able to plow. I don't think I need a snowblower attachment. I want to buy something quality, long lasting, and buy it once. I know that I don't want anything from a big box store and am always looking for value and thus am very open to something used. I have a few areas with some steep berm areas with a few trees to mow around. I think a 48 inch deck would be ideal due to the berm areas and several steep areas and risk of scalping. Don't want to spend much more than 4k but I would if the right deal came along.
Aside from what I can find new, I have stumbled across a few used possibilities that I am curious about:
1.) 2011 x500 48inch deck with 210 hours, front blade, and trailer for $3k
2.) 2011 x534 54inch deck with 430 hours, front blade, and trailer for $4k
3.) 2010 x700 62inch deck with 660 hours, front blade, and trailer for $4.7k (I would definitely need to try to sell the 62inch deck and pick up a 48in)
Any of these seem like a winner or should I keep looking? The x700 is probably ridiculously overkill for my needs right now but I keep thinking it is just a little bit more for something much nicer and don't know where to stop, haha.
Anyways, any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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The X700 series is Just fine for 1 acre
Is the X700 a Private sale or Thru a dealer?
If it's a dealer selling it getting rid of the 62inch for a 48inch will be a lot easier.
Now some thing to Keep In Mind the 48inch deck Made for the Current X700 signature series Made 2012 to 2018 will actually fit On the older X700 Model which Open You Up to Be able to add the Manual Mulch Control to the 48inch deck The 2019 48inch deck Might be a Problem to Mount On the Older X700 series.
I ran a X485(older Version of X720/X730) for 11 years with a 48inch deck. Just Love the Cut I should Have kept the 48inch deck when I Bought My used X748 with a 54inch deck But I was going to get the deck roller attachment(stripping Kit) Never have done that In the almost 5 years I have Owned the X748 with 54inch deck
660 Hrs Is Nothing for a X700 series Tractor
With the X700 series You get Both Hydraulic Lift and Hydraulic angle with the front Blade The Hydraulic angle Beats the Manual angle On the X500 series front Blades I have a 54inch Blade with Hydraulic angle On a X748 and a 48inch Blade with Manual angle on a GX335 which it Can Be a PIA to Get the 48inch Blade to angle to Max angle Left and Right (same angle Kit for GX300 & X500 series 48inch Blades)
The X700 series really Opens the Possibilities to You it is the Most versatile garden tractor your looking at. Some Options that You May not Have considered the X700 Model Open You Up to Be able to Use a Limited Cat 1 3point Hitch and a 540RPM rear PTO Nice for Running PTO Powered equipment such as a Back up Generator. It also Opens You Up to a Optional Loader or a Johnny Bucket Sr(which has Hydraulic Lift and Dump) the X500 series allows You to use a Johnny Bucket Jr which Utilizes electric actuators for Dump & Lift).
Some Have mentioned a Older 300 series such as a 318. Keep In Mind the last 318 was Made 27 years ago and Some High ware Parts are No Longer available from Deere such as the Front axle spindles Now PA318 is running a 322 as His Primary Machine That said He Loves to tinker with His Machines. I personally would not have a 300 series Made 1983 to 1992 as My Primary Machine I think You right to Look at a newer aged Machine unless You Love to tinker with Older Machines
The X534 is Kind of a Limiting Machine do to it's AWS. Which the AWS doesn't really effect the Versatility of a X700 series with AWS . The X534 does have hydraulic power steering and hydraulic lift But Your stuck with Manual angle for the Blade
The X500 series Utilizes a Manual spring assist Lift and Manual steering has a Optional electric Lift Kit for Front Mounted attachment. One You Have tried Hydraulic power steering and hydraulic lift you will never want to be with out them The especially handy in winter months.
I would Look at the X700 series first It really the Perfect Tractor for a 1 acre lot I use to use Mine on a 5.5acre Lot and now use My X748 On a 3.9 acre Lot But It Primary Job today is Not Mowing as a I have a 2018 Cub Cadet XT3 GSX for that. The X748 does Mostly 3 point work and Loader work Now.
At My Old House I used to used the X485/X748 to Maintains Neighbors Yards that were a 1/2 to 3/4 acre Lots and it Handled Mowing On the Lots as well as there snow removal. I had a residential sub division that Bordered My 5.5 acre Property On one side had a Lot of Neighbors who didn't enjoy Yard work.
That is why I say a X700 Model is Just Perfect for a 1 acre Lot
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