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post #1 of 58 Unread 10-29-2019, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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X590 or X730?

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I know this thread has been discussed a gazillion times, just want to make sure I'm making the right choice.

Currently have a GT 225 that is 18 yrs old and still runs good and looks New. Maintenance on it is starting to point to replacement time.

The X590 is basically a replacement for my current GT, however I'm struggling with some of the quality of the machine compared to the X730. Example my GT has a heavy duty frame and overall heavy duty built compared to the X590.

The X730 has the heavy duty features that will last me a life time, it's just such a huge machine compared to the X590. I feel like the X730 is the best option for long term use.

My yard is only an acre with a 14% grade (very steep). My GT struggles to mow it especially in the spring when the grass is thick.

Leaning towards the X730, 48 inch deck (yes I know), possibilities would be a X738.

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Also when you consider the price the X730 is only about $2K more, which over 15-20 yrs of owning is not much. Seems like the dealers are willing to deal down more on the X700's.

Other advantages liquid cooled, PTO attachment capable (will never use), built like a tank, shaft drive deck (no belts!!!).
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You should get what you want- you seem to have you mind made up—the 700 series are most definitely the Cadillac’s of riding mowers for sure!! Not sure on a few of your statements, you say your GT225 is heavier built than X590—not the case at all- maybe you meant not as big as X730—and that is definitely true. The X590 is a big upgrade over a GT225—but I agree it’s no X730!! Also a big advantage of a 700 series is interest free for 60 months, if paying cash that advantage obviously goes away

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You should get what you want- you seem to have you mind made up—the 700 series are most definitely the Cadillac’s of riding mowers for sure!! Not sure on a few of your statements, you say your GT225 is heavier built than X590—not the case at all- maybe you meant not as big as X730—and that is definitely true. The X590 is a big upgrade over a GT225—but I agree it’s no X730!! Also a big advantage of a 700 series is interest free for 60 months, if paying cash that advantage obviously goes away
Sorry I probably didn't explain it very well in words. Yes the X590 is definitely and upgrade to what I have now, just trying to decide what's best for a long term purchase vs cost.

Appreciate your patience and feedback!
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Thoughts on a X590 belt drive vs X730 shaft drive? Some say belt driven decks have less drag on the engine, better cutting etc? I have no idea.
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Thoughts on a X590 belt drive vs X730 shaft drive? Some say belt driven decks have less drag on the engine, better cutting etc? I have no idea.
Not much difference on 730, especially if you go to 48 or 54 inch deck. The 730 is heavy-- but not crazy heavy like a X758- Either tractor will cut the grass like butter no matter how thick the grass is

The X730 is wider with bigger tires and will give you ( the operator) a better "ride" the X590 is a bit more nimble ( smaller turning radius ) so would be better suited if you have a lot of maneuvering around tree's flower boxes sidewalks etc, weighs less, so less concern about soil compaction - although like I said I dont think its that big a deal with X730

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Re: X590 or X730?

It would be hard to argue that the SGTs aren't great machines but 2 grand is 2 grand and an acre even with a grade seems well within the X590 spec. That said, I rationalize the SGT for snow removal but the truth is I just like it. Good luck.

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Thoughts on a X590 belt drive vs X730 shaft drive? Some say belt driven decks have less drag on the engine, better cutting etc? I have no idea.
Not much difference on 730, especially if you go to 48 or 54 inch deck. The 730 is heavy-- but not crazy heavy like a X758- Either tractor will cut the grass like butter no matter how thick the grass is

The X730 is wider with bigger tires and will give you ( the operator) a better "ride" the X590 is a bit more nimble ( smaller turning radius ) so would be better suited if you have a lot of maneuvering around tree's flower boxes sidewalks etc, weighs less, so less concern about soil compaction - although like I said I dont think its that big a deal with X730
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Re: X590 or X730?

OP,

I owned an X580 last year, bought brand new and fully rigged with front blade, deck, and powered integral sleeve hitch. I traded the 580 in to the dealer, recovered all of my costs, converted all of my attachments to 3pt and now drive an X738 I bought this past spring. I loved my 580, but truth be told, there is no comparison between the X5xx series and the X7xx series. The X7xx series is a whole new animal with far more expansion capabilities, hydraulic capabilities, etc.. I could go on and on, but the if I had the opportunity and had to choose between an X5xx and an X7xx tractor there would be no question in my mind at this point that the X7xx tractor would be the way to go. AND, if you want to go new then Deere's 0% deal puts the X7xx series within most peoples ballpark.

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I owned an X580 last year, bought brand new and fully rigged with front blade, deck, and powered integral sleeve hitch. I traded the 580 in to the dealer, recovered all of my costs, converted all of my attachments to 3pt and now drive an X738 I bought this past spring. I loved my 580, but truth be told, there is no comparison between the X5xx series and the X7xx series. The X7xx series is a whole new animal with far more expansion capabilities, hydraulic capabilities, etc.. I could go on and on, but the if I had the opportunity and had to choose between an X5xx and an X7xx tractor there would be no question in my mind at this point that the X7xx tractor would be the way to go. AND, if you want to go new then Deere's 0% deal puts the X7xx series within most peoples ballpark.

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One thing I'll add is its probably a good idea to price out the attachments you intend to run. For example, if you plan on a snowblower, my understanding was that the x7xx set up is over $3,000 vs. the x590 which can be bought for half that. There is buying overkill, and then buying really overkill. I looked at the x730 briefly, but at less than an acre of cutting I couldn't justify that for myself. I bought the x590 because that was overkill for my yard, and I really needed something that could handle snow blowing in the snow belt. I have a long and wide driveway. I have used shaft drive set ups and they are nice, but the added cost of the implements deterred me and truthfully, belts driven implements has always (knock on wood) worked for me. The x730 would have been nice, but it was way overkill vs the x590 which is just overkill. I probably could have gotten an x390 and saved myself a couple grand for my usage, but I wanted some of the features on the x590 and the differential lock was a must have item. At that point, going for way overkill, I couldn't justify the jump for almost 3k more to get into the x730 with a snow blower.
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