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post #1 of 19 Old 07-19-2019, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I have an old Scotts S2046 that needs a lot of work. I am looking to get a new tractor and I am looking at the S240 48 inch or the x350 48 inch. I know the frames are different, but I am not doing anything crazy with it. I have 2.5 acres, mostly level but when you get near the road it does incline quite a bit. when I ride along the ditch I have to lean towards the road to keep on the seat. I am looking to haul around some mulch, gravel, brush, etc. I don't plan on plowing or snow blowing with it. I do have a lot of roots to go over so I need to be able to easily lift and lower the deck quite a bit. would it be worth spending the extra $800 for the x350 48 inch? I like the one touch mulching ($321) but the x350 puts that out of the price range. The S240 is $2899 and the X350 is $3699. what is your guys thoughts on the 2?
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How much of the 2.5 acres is grass that is mowed? I personally own a X585 Garden tractor. Which is the old x728 and currently the x738. I would look into the X5 series for yourself. The ride quality alone if you're going over ruts would be a major factor. And they X5's (not sure exactly on which models) has hydraulic lift for the mowing deck, so easy quick up and easy quick down for the mower deck and it will handle the incline you described better than the X3 and S models.

I am not sure on the price point on the X5's but I would be willing to spend the extra and be comfortable.

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X580 and X590 have hydraulics, and nothing beats power steering. NOTHING!!

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I suspect either tractor would suit your needs. The X350 is just heavier and more substantial frame, and the controls are nicer. You're going to have to go to a dealer where you can sit on both of them. Otherwise same seat, same mower deck, same engine and transmission. Other than the frame, they're very similar. So it's really personal preference, what you want to compromise on.

I went through a similar process and ended up with an X370... so I assure you that if you really think about it you can really talk yourself into spending more money.

I have the manual mulch kit on mine, and it really works amazing and is easy to use. I would only go with the one touch if I had to switch between mulching or not frequently, like one part of the yard grew better than the other part.

You could consider the X350 with the 42" deck... that's 3299 and kind of in the middle. It's a smaller deck, but I'm actually amazed at how fast I can run my X370 with the mower engaged.

But really you have to look at them in person and decide.
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Nothing against your choices or anybody else's recommendations but I'd go for the X370, power steering and hydraulic lift, all for $4000 now til July 31st at your John Deere dealer! What's not to like???

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I would look for something with a 54" deck for that much mowing. Does it have to be new or can it be used but not that old?

Buy something like this one: it's a better machine then any of the X300 series tractors.
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That 345 looks like it was very well maintained!

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If you have ditches to mow stay away from the 54 inch deck. It is impossible to mow a rounded ditch bottom with a 54 inch deck. They are great on large flat areas but are not so good on lumpy yards with uneven ground. I have the 390 and it is the same as the 370 which will more than handle your areas. The other guys are right in that once you have had PS and deck lift it is hard to go back. I would take my time and look for a used X370/X390 and snap it up when it comes up.
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Since the original poster asked about the S240 and the X350 and if he is on a budget and can not really afford the more expensive choices, I recommend in his case is the S240 as he seems to want to mulch with it and the S240 pushes it right up to what he can and does afford. We are great at spending everybody's else's money here when these questions appear but it is his money and for someone that has a older lawn tractor the S240 is light years ahead of what he is currently using. The other thing is after a few years if he decides he wants even better then he can always upgrade to a X series tractor.

I have the X590 with the 54" deck and yes it is difficult to use on ditches and the such but you actually can get a 48" deck for this tractor but one thing to consider if you go this way is the 48' can not get as close to objects in the yard and this garden tractor has a fairly wide tract with the wheels and tires that it uses. I am thinking that with the 48" and the X series tractor is the better choice for long term durability and it has a great engine in the newest Kawasaki V twin. The thing is I would be very tempted to go up to a power steering equipped model as it is only a few hundred dollars more then manual equipped models.

I have had two garden tractors with the power steering and hydraulic lift for the decks and I am getting older and sure appreciate the power steering as it is so easy to maneuver over the five acres I have to maintain at my home. That few hundred dollars difference is a world of difference when in tight quarters and I never thought much about it when I was using pervious lawn and garden tractors but it is a world of difference in ease of operating after several hours. Yeah it does add a bit more if something breaks but these are now carrying much longer warranties then in years past and as long as it is not abused warranty issues are taken care of by the dealers.

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The S240 is a pretty good lawn tractor and you can get the mulch on demand feature given your budget and needs Id go with the s240

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2.5 acres with a 48 inch deck? So, six hours or so to mow it? Think I would be looking for something a bit meaner.....
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Michael is right, I don't have the budget for an x370 or higher. I don't have the cash for craigslist right now, so I am using jd credit with their 4.99% interest. the x350 is only $12 more a month over the s240 48. so tempted to go x350. It was only taking me about an hour to mow on the scott 46 inch, but now I have to mow at 3.5 to 4 inches or it wants to stall out. (im only mowing just under 1.5 acres right now) if I turn it off, I cant get it to come back on for 30 mins or so. (the wierd part is i had some water in the carb in the spring which caused surging, but it started every single time no matter what. After that got fixed it was back to not starting for 30 mins after i turned it off). plus the rear tires have dry rot and the deck is rusting out, which I couldn't find a deck for and I don't have welding equipment. So monday I will know 100% which one i am getting between the s240 and x350.
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2.5 acres with a 48 inch deck? So, six hours or so to mow it? Think I would be looking for something a bit meaner.....
6 hours? What are you going 1 MPH-- not even close to 6 hours,

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2.5 acres with a 48 inch deck? So, six hours or so to mow it? Think I would be looking for something a bit meaner.....
6 hours? What are you going 1 MPH-- not even close to 6 hours,
Musta thought he said 4.8 inch deck.

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X580 and X590 have hydraulics, and nothing beats power steering. NOTHING!!
I can think of one, and only one thing that beats power steering. "I have people for that".

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