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post #1 of 9 Old 05-11-2019, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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XT2 LX46/LX42 Question
I’m looking at a XT2 over a XT1, it’s between the XT2 LX46 with a 24 HP engine and a LX2 LX42 with a 22hp engine. I have a few steep inclines so a XT2 with better tires and a bigger engine is what I need. My question is should I pay more for 2 hp? Will it make a difference in climbing the hills? I don’t think I care about the difference in deck size. My local dealer wasn’t very helpful, I’d think he would recommend the higher priced mower. Any thoughts?
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The engine power isn't as important to pulling hills as the hydro/transaxle. Both of those have the K46 hydro which is considered a lawn mower hydro for flat lawns that should be used cautiously if pulling anything heavy.
Someone said a good rule of thumb is if you can pull it by hand then it's OK for a K46.

How much do you need to mow and how steep is it? Do you have plans for any other use for it?

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The engine power isn't as important to pulling hills as the hydro/transaxle. Both of those have the K46 hydro which is considered a lawn mower hydro for flat lawns that should be used cautiously if pulling anything heavy.
Someone said a good rule of thumb is if you can pull it by hand then it's OK for a K46.

How much do you need to mow and how steep is it? Do you have plans for any other use for it?
To add to what Steve said The K46 will handling rolling Hills(gradual) that are fairly easy to traverse But if the Super steep The Trans May not Last more that a few Years and if Price Is a factor In Your Purchase Look at XT1 GT50 It Has a K58 Trans which will handle steeper Hills a Bit Better or if Price and deck side Don't Matter Look at a XT2 GX54" D which has a K62 with a Manual engage Diff/lock Pedal

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I won’t be pulling anything, just cutting the grass. I have mostly a flat yard but each side has a 30 degree or so incline. It’s about 4 passes wide. The GT and GX are out of my price range but I understand the tougher hydro/ axle. I thought I had this mostly figured out but now I’m not sure. I’m thinking I need to landscape the hills out of my grass cutting plan. It sounds like it would be cheaper that replacing the hydro in a few years. The whole point of getting a new tractor is that I won’t have to worry about it major breakdowns.
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I won’t be pulling anything, just cutting the grass. I have mostly a flat yard but each side has a 30 degree or so incline. It’s about 4 passes wide. The GT and GX are out of my price range but I understand the tougher hydro/ axle. I thought I had this mostly figured out but now I’m not sure. I’m thinking I need to landscape the hills out of my grass cutting plan. It sounds like it would be cheaper that replacing the hydro in a few years. The whole point of getting a new tractor is that I won’t have to worry about it major breakdowns.
My previous machine was a John Deere D160, precursor to the current E170, and that has a K46 in the rear. My property at the time was a little less flat than yours. I had it for 7 years, put 100 hours on it, and never had a single problem. Now I always ran at WOT, serviced it regularly, sprayed it down with an air compressor after each use. So I took care of it, and it took care of me. I sold it last year so I could put a down payment on my XT3.

Oh and I regularly moved brush around with a lawn cart, sometimes wood and debris, and once a fire pit. That last one may have been ill advised, but it did it, and I never once had a problem.

The key, from what it seems, is to just ensure you don't overheat it. I really think the K46 will work fine for you. 👍🏻

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My previous machine was a John Deere D160, precursor to the current E170, and that has a K46 in the rear. I had it for 7 years, put 100 hours on it, and never had a single problem.
100hrs in 7 years is not much use at all. I would have put 600-1000hrs on mine in that same time frame.

One other thing this brought to mind is temperature vs time of use. When I had my wheelhorse with a K61 I could watch the hydro fluid rise in the reservoir as it got hot eventually overflowing out the top after 3hrs of mowing my hills.

3hrs was its limit and it was overheating just doing my regular mowing. I would probably have killed your K46 in a year.

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100hrs in 7 years is not much use at all. I would have put 600-1000hrs on mine in that same time frame.

One other thing this brought to mind is temperature vs time of use. When I had my wheelhorse with a K61 I could watch the hydro fluid rise in the reservoir as it got hot eventually overflowing out the top after 3hrs of mowing my hills.

3hrs was its limit and it was overheating just doing my regular mowing. I would probably have killed your K46 in a year.
Well, I mean your property is a bit more hilly than mine, and from the sound of it, OP's...

I just used it for mowing, and to haul a lawn cart, you know- lawn tractor stuff. My XT3 gets a whole lot more use, probably double what I had put on my Deere in the same time period.

From the sound of it, I think an XT2 with a K46 would do the OP fine. You just have to avoid overheating the thing, avoid that oil breakdown! The heaviest thing I moved was a stone fire ring, and I may have had a few adult beverages, and I may have loaded that trailer a bit more than I should have. I still had the brains to make a few trips though, and it didn't struggle.

Honestly that was a nice lawn tractor, perfect for what it was meant for- but any garden tractor is a whole different animal!

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Well, I mean your property is a bit more hilly than mine, and from the sound of it, OP's...

I just used it for mowing, and to haul a lawn cart, you know- lawn tractor stuff. My XT3 gets a whole lot more use, probably double what I had put on my Deere in the same time period.

From the sound of it, I think an XT2 with a K46 would do the OP fine. You just have to avoid overheating the thing, avoid that oil breakdown! The heaviest thing I moved was a stone fire ring, and I may have had a few adult beverages, and I may have loaded that trailer a bit more than I should have. I still had the brains to make a few trips though, and it didn't struggle.

Honestly that was a nice lawn tractor, perfect for what it was meant for- but any garden tractor is a whole different animal!
Not being obstinate here at all but what I was getting at was that it would be a good idea to know how much land and mowing TIME he might spend on the mower. I did a rough estimate on your 100hr/7yrs and got 1/2 hr 1X per week. 1/2 hr may not be enough to overheat a K46 even on hills and you were probably pretty safe even with your occasional overload.

If he's mowing for 2-3hrs at a time it definitely changes things. I wasn't comparing my land 1/1 to his or yours, just using it as a reference point. My K61 was fine for a couple hours but at 3hrs it was puking hydro fluid and overheated. At 1/2 hour it was cutting cartwheels and would never be stressed.

So @gwhamilton, how much land and TIME do you spend mowing?

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Thanks for all of the input. Half the fun is reading posts from guys who have in-depth knowledge about this equipment. I will spend only about an hour at a time mowing a quarter acre. I should mention I live in Minnesota and only mow from April to September.
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