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post #1 of 23 Old 06-16-2019, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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New member- loooking for first JD

Happy to have found this site...At the end of the month Iíll be moving my family back to my childhood home on our small farm.

I have been looking at new and used John Deereís the X330 and X350.

Itís main purpose will be mowing, roughly an acre but Iíd like the also pull cart mulch. For reference my dad mowed the property for 20 years with his JD STX38.

Really looking for something tha is gonna last me as long as his did.

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-16-2019, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Re: New member- loooking for first JD

Also wanted to add Iíve found two GT235 for sale used locally for around $1600. But not knowing much about these tractors would love to hear from board members
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Welcome!

Even though they all look like tractors, the key thing to understand is the difference between a "riding lawn mower" and a "lawn and garden tractor". The least-expensive models are riding mowers, and the higher models are lawn and garden tractors. The big distinction is the transmission. Riding mowers have a trans that's good enough for mowing on flat yards, and as you move up the price scale, the trans is stronger to make the machine more capable of mowing hills/inclines regularly, pulling stuff around, and even using ground-engaging equipment (at the top end of the spectrum).

When you're looking at new models, you want to buy as much tractor as you can for increased capability. For example, in the X300 line, the models that have power steering have a transmission that's a step up from the one in the X300's that don't have power steering, and it also gives you the ability to change the trans fluid easily. ("Easily" meaning there's a drain plug underneath, so you don't have to remove it from the tractor to do it.) And of course power steering is a very nice feature I didn't know I needed until I got it! The X330 is kind of a strange combination of some of the X300 series features but without the Kawasaki engine. For that reason, I'd start looking from the X350 up. For an acre, a bigger mowing deck will save a little time. The 48" deck has more anti-scalp wheels than the 42" deck, and that's handy not only for helping mow evenly but also when it comes time to pull the deck out of the machine for service.

There are lots of folks here who can speak to the capabilities of the tractors you've mentioned and discuss the best options on the used market. The advantage of going with used is that you'll get a more capable tractor (maybe in the range of a new X500 or better) for a lower purchase cost.

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State your location and people on here will point you in the right direction as to what used models in your area would fit your needs.

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Is the property relatively flat? Any obstacles?

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Thanks for all the replyís thus far!

I am located in South Jersey 08086 zip.

The property is relatively flat. One hill and not many obstacles at all.
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What is your budget? Obviously you are considering used machines so I will toss this out there, take a look at a good used GX345 or an X485. If I were on any kind of farm I would want some "extra capability" with my machines. Even a 318, 322, or a 420 (older machines) would be about cost of the ones you are looking at and will give you way more capability.

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If you still want to stay in the X300 series , go look at this one:

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/grd...912395893.html

Or go see this one, but make sure the husband isn't home, because maybe the wife put this one up for sale while he was away................
https://newjersey.craigslist.org/grd...883800752.html

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post #9 of 23 Old 06-16-2019, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks....I should also mention Iíll be doing zero farming-plowing, ect.

I would like to have the ability to put snow blade on. To clear driveway.

Looking at older machines is tough- not sure what to look for other than low hours. Or what models are good models. Looks to keep it less than 3500, cost of a new X350.
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Re: New member- loooking for first JD

3500 is a good budget. Are you mechanically inclined? If so, being as you want to move snow, I'd suggest looking into the 345/gx345 and used x5 series like the x530 or x540. They are all garden tractors that will comfortably mow and clear snow without ever having to worry about damaging the machine.

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post #11 of 23 Old 06-16-2019, 06:31 PM
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Something like this will do the job. Not alot of good deals this time of year looking for used garden tractors, but the JD265 will do a nice job for you.

https://newjersey.craigslist.org/grd...890618333.html

Pair it up with this and you are set for mowing and plowing.

https://southjersey.craigslist.org/g...913358548.html

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JD 345 SOLD
JD GX325 SOLD
JD265 SOLD
JD 160SOLD

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I know this won't be a popular opinion, however I think you would be well served by a higher-end 100 series (E170/180) or S240. You've got mostly flat property, and unless the one hill is particularly steep I don't see it being too much of a problem. The K46 gets a bum rap from people on here, but for basic residential mowing the 100 series really are good machines. Keep the transaxle clear of debris, keep it at wide-open throttle, and don't treat it like a garden tractor and it should last you a good while. I loved my D160, which is a precursor to the current E170. When I moved to a new property that I knew was too much I decided to upgrade to a garden tractor, and now a woman not far from here has it.

Also, snowblowers are actually easier on these light machines than plowing is, so maybe you might want to look into one? We're REALLY good at spending other peoples money.

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If it is a farm how many acres? If you don't already have a tractor you need at least a SCUT if you can swing the cost.
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If it is a farm how many acres? If you don't already have a tractor you need at least a SCUT if you can swing the cost.
He is just using it to mow roughly an acre, and might want to move some snow.

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For mowing one acre with few hills and obstacles, you'd be fine with an X3__ series. If you have a long driveway, you might want to consider looking for a used X5__ series for plowing or blowing snow.

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