Trying to keep this decision based in reality because 15 years ago we succumbed to John Deere fantasy. (Mr. Beef, we watched your video series on buying a JD, so we know you understand.)
Hubby and I are in our seventies. We have seven acres we maintain here in New England. The lot is mostly field surrounded on three sides by stone walls and forest on the fourth. Two acres flat at the top slope down (three acres) to a two acre field. On the flat section up top we have a tiny cottage with foundation plantings, a one-car garage with a 12 x 10 shed attached, and a dog yard that is an eighth of an acre. The soil is poor; the grass is nothing special. In our forty years here we have done nothing more than lime the field and feed the older maples and oaks.
Fifteen years ago the neighbor who had been brush-hogging the field passed away so we traded in our little JD for a 4310 with center mower deck (72”), bucket (430 loader), hydraulic power pack bagger (S1323), 47 backhoe, post hole digger, 72” blade, and 3 PT spreader. Considering the fact that neither one of us is mechanically inclined (We don’t even change the car oil ourselves.), and we were both working jobs with long commutes, you can reasonably ask, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!?”.
A few weeks ago our John Deere dealer came out to replace the potentiometer and we started talking. The 4310 with 72” mid-mount mower is great for mowing the field but is getting heavier and bigger every year for Hubby to maintain. We prefer the mowed look/feel to the brush hog trip hazard, but can’t manage the dog pen and cottage area well so a Honda walk-behind and hand-held rake do duty for that acre. The $4700 bagger long ago stopped working because the motor just didn’t stay fixed. I really miss it for fall clean up. Hubby loves the bucket to carry fallen tree limbs and barrels of fall leaves to the brush pile. Every other attachment remains untouched. Nothing is protected from the elements. The plan for building a barn got set aside somewhere between hip replacements and carpal tunnel surgeries.
The dealer suggested replacing the 4310 with a 2000 series. When we went to the showroom to look at it we decided it was jumping from the frying pan to the fire. Hubby has the idea of cutting a pass through from the garage into the shed so the next machine can be kept out of the elements, but it has got to be small enough to fit in the space, along with built-in cabinets and hanging tools.
We looked at the x790, but think even that is more machine than we need. We plan to mulch mow; pick up leaves in the fall, and transport fallen tree limbs to the brush pile. Period. Hubby prefers the walk-behind snow blower. Gardening is just one raised bed.
We looked at the x590, thinking a garden cart could replace the 4310 bucket. The trouble is twofold: Hubby hurts just sitting on the x590 because the deck requires a leg/hip spread that is painful (don’t know if the x790 would be more comfortable.), and a 54” deck for the field is too big for the around-the-house tasks. But he says he’ll suffer through if it is the best option.
I suggested we consider:
- buy a 100-series mower with 42” mulching deck and a bagger (NOT powered with a blower) for around the house and to maintain a walking path around the seven acres for daily walks with the pup;
- keep the 4310 with mid-mount 72” mower and bucket — paying the local dealer to strip the extra hydraulic lines (which always seem to leak) for the unused attachments, service the thing so it is ready for use, buy a cover to protect it somewhat, and just let the dealer service the humongous beast & deck (spring & fall?). Drag the unused accessories to the curb with “Make Me an Offer” sign so we can put “PAID” to this boondoggle.
1. Any idea what 100-series would work?
2. Is there another tractor that would replace both? (I had hoped the x790 could be equipped with a 48” deck that would be a compromise but I guess it is not wide enough for the wheel base.)
In a perfect world we’d have one machine to do it all that could be housed in the shed.
Hoping knowledgeable people might help us make a good decision.
Well think you have the Model wrong as there is No X790
I am Guessing It was a X750
Keep In Mind the X700 series You Can get a air ride seat
I ran a 48inch deck for 11 years On a X485(older version of the X730) on 5.5 acre and You can still trim with it. Don't let the dealer kid You and say You can't trim with a 48inch deck.
There is a aftermarket Loader available for the X700 series 2013 John deere x ultimate
But that said since You not to Handy If You Just need to Move fallen tree Material from point A To Point B and not over You stone walls there Is this Innovative Tractor Attachments LLC ? Bringing great tractor ideas to life!
And here is a Bagging system that Deere/ Superior -Tech came out with https://superior-tech.com/mcs-20CNG.html
You can dump it from the seat and it Mount very simply and it has a Integral storage stand for Taking it off & on the Tractor.
The X700 series Can also be equipment with a Rear PTO and a Limited Cat 1 3point Hitch.
Now since Your Husband still does Use a Loader. Did You dealer suggest a 1025R Because You Can get a 54inch deck with that and Just a Loader and the ROPS Roll Over Protection Structure does fold down and it will fit In a 1 car Garage.
Both the X700 series and the 1 series tractors(1023E/1025R) have drive over auto connect decks except for the 48inch deck On the X700 series which You still use the auto-connect to mount But You still have to roll the 48inch deck Under the Machine then drive forward and it Mounts like the drive over Auto-Connect 54inch and 60n Inch decks
I would Measure You shed Opening though to see if a 54inch will fit In there with the Mowing deck Chute Up.
The 1 series tractors(1023E/1025R) our the same width as the X700 series tractor But the 1 series is about 2 feet longer than the X700 series That way You could still have a Loader Capable tractor.
Attachments are a lot easier to mount and Dis-mount On the Modern Deere Compact tractors
With the Modern Compact tractor You Can even go with a 3 point Grooming Mower same as a Belly Mount Mower except It runs Off the Rear PTO and they do Have a 48inch Rear 3 point Mount grooming mower that with fit on the 1 series tractors(1023E/1025R) and with the New Quik-Knect
Putting and a 3point Implement is very easy.
But if You think you can do without a Loader
The Look at a X738, X739 or X758 with a air ride seat and a 48inch deck
X738 Electronic Fuel Injected Gas engine and has All Wheel Drive
X739 Electronic Fuel Injected Gas engine and has All Wheel Drive and All Wheel Steer
X758 Diesel engine and has All Wheel Drive
Hope this gives You some More Ideas for Downsizing the tractor:thThumbsU