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post #1 of 24 Old 11-05-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling capacity for X500 john deere?

Wondering how much would be OK for my X500 to pull in lawn maintenance work. I have a trailer with a 1200 pound load limit. Don't want to hurt the trans or engine. Any thoughts?
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Re: Pulling capacity for X500 john deere?

you don't want to pull anything that weights more than the tractor very often, or it will push you downhill or even on flat if t weighs enough...


assuming a 1200 lb load limit means it is probably closer to 1850+ with the weight of the trailer WAY to much for a x500 series to be able to stop. It will pull it just fine!

Now if just for a single move, going very slow on flat surface, probably can get away with it.

I used mine to move my sea-doo trailer with sea-doos on it, weighs over 3000 lbs. it pulls it just fine but stopping is another matter. I was on flat ground and drove only 1-2 mph for 200'... not advised but if you are careful you can make it work assuming a properly balanced trailer with little tongue weight...



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The older 140's must have a better tranny? I have seen them loaded with some serious weight's on the back of them! The x500's can handle a 18 metal & 17p cart seems like a pretty decent load. JD 18 steel cart 1650 lbs according to JD website..

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on flat ground the X500 won't even know it is there except when stopping. i pulled a pecan tree log with mine. 15' long, 3' across at the big end and a little over 2' across at the small end i don't know the exact weight but it was easily close to what you are asking, and this was dead weight being dragged. I was not even at WOT, though i should have been for tranny cooling purposes. the X never even grunted.

common sense should prevail anytime you are pulling/towing. make sure you have plenty of room to stop and never tow anything dowhill that weighs more than the tractor can stop. if it has a hard time stopping it on flat ground, it has no chance on even a small hill.

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Re: Pulling capacity for X500 john deere?

The X500 can pull, but braking capacity is the weak part.

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Re: Pulling capacity for X500 john deere?

I appreciate the quick responses. I was assuming that a 1250 pound plus the weight of the trailer (150lb) would not hurt the mower. I will not be pulling or stopping on extreme grades, it's all in my home yard. If need be, I can stop short of loading to capacity. I'm new to the X500, and am learning it's capabilities.
Don't mean to start another thread, but what plugger would you recommend? I have a great aerator, but would like to get a plugger. I am in a new home that was only built Dec. 2011, so the yard will be four or five years out before it looks great. My land is what we in the south call "buck tallow", old yellow and red clay that you could use for silly putty. I'm using K-31 grass seed, and has done fairly good for one application. Didn't mean to start new thread, but I guess I did.
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Re: Pulling capacity for X500 john deere?

Pulling that much around a flat yard shouldn't hurt anything. I pulled a 3600 lb. rental wood chipper around my property a couple of years ago with no ill effects. I regularly pull my little cart around my yard loaded with wood, which is usually around 700 to 1000 lbs, depending on the type of wood. I've pulled my larger trailer around full of wood as well, and that's around 2000 lbs. full. Just go slow and give yourself plenty of slowing down room when coming to a stop.

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You will run out of traction before you run out of power if pulling something like a log or sliding load. But anything on wheels like a trailer, you better not pull more than what the tractor weighs or you won't be able to stop it. It's not the brakes themselves, but a traction issue.
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You will run out of traction before you run out of power if pulling something like a log or sliding load. But anything on wheels like a trailer, you better not pull more than what the tractor weighs or you won't be able to stop it. It's not the brakes themselves, but a traction issue.
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The X500 can pull, but braking capacity is the weak part.

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