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$1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

I just bought a D105 John Deere for $1499 list (Free 2 year service plan)
17.5 HP. 42" width. 1.5 acres or less

The sales guy was trying to upsell me on the X300 series for $3500
22 HP 54" width.

It seemed like a huge jump in price (over 2x), and I just need a basic tractor for a yard (not a farm or something) I have about2 flat acres I mow. I don't think I need frills like auto transmission, etc I'm used to a very old basic tractor anyway. Was it a mistake to decline?

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Re: $1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

No point in spending more for the x300. Tranny is the same in both and the weak link in both.
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No point in spending more for the x300. Tranny is the same in both and the weak link in both.
Not the same transmission. D105 is a gear tranny while the x300 has the k46 hydro.

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I just bought a D105 John Deere for $1499 list (Free 2 year service plan)
17.5 HP. 42" width. 1.5 acres or less

The sales guy was trying to upsell me on the X300 series for $3500
22 HP 54" width.

It seemed like a huge jump in price (over 2x), and I just need a basic tractor for a yard (not a farm or something) I have about2 flat acres I mow. I don't think I need frills like auto transmission, etc I'm used to a very old basic tractor anyway. Was it a mistake to decline?
You did good. I like the D105 for what it is. Pretty sure you cant get a x300 with a 54" though.

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Oops, missed that ! Then you definitely got the better deal !
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Re: $1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

Having used both, the x300 is a superior machine in terms of build quality and features. But for just mowing, both will get the job done

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if your just cutting grass with it. It's all you need! I had a Dynamark for over 10yrs. and it cut the grass just fine! I stepped up because the local driveway blowing service got to slow arriving and I needed to tow some toys around!
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You should be just fine with the D105, I just ordered one myself a week ago, waiting for it to come in .
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You should be just fine with the D105, I just ordered one myself a week ago, waiting for it to come in .
Congrats on the new purchases to both of you.

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Congrats on the new purchases to both of you.

Now Jim, you know we expect a full detailed write-up...

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Re: $1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

You bought what you needed, that's what matters. Do the proper maintenance and don't abuse it and it should last you a long time.

I compared a X340 to the big D170 at Home Depot for awhile. The X340 was hands down a better built machine. But I NEEDED the heavier machine for my rugged Kentucky property. If I had a flat residential yard to mow the D woulda been just fine. Besides I don't see the X300 as a huge step up from the Ds. A X320,40,60 is a different story.

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Re: $1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

If the d105 has the old peerless gear drive.....it'll last longer and be more trouble free than the t40j/k46 the x300 model has in it. Basically when buying a lt/gt the transmission should be a primary deciding factor as to the model you choose.

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D105 is the new CVT tran. Good tractor, and good choice. Enjoy!


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Re: $1499 vs $3500 (Deere D105 vs. X300) Worth it?

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If the d105 has the old peerless gear drive.....it'll last longer and be more trouble free than the t40j/k46 the x300 model has in it. Basically when buying a lt/gt the transmission should be a primary deciding factor as to the model you choose.
It's Not a peerless it a Dana 4360-134 with a added Variator in the D105 Deere hasn't used Peerless gear transmissions since the STX yellow deck series. Starting with the STX Black deck they went to Dana for there Gear Transmissions In there Lawn Tractors. The Gear driven transmission for the 240, 260 GT242 & GT262 were Made by Tuff-Torq

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