Call the sales or parts department at a JD dealer and they can tell you what fits what. If you have a JD they might be good people to become friends with. Roger
Weight of the implement is not the issue. Unlike a snow blower, plowing is usually done at speed to make use if the momentum of the tractor/operator. When impacting an immovable object at speed, the force is transmitted up to the frame from the cutting edge. Yes, spring loaded tilt mechanisms help, but they need space for the blade to actually tilt. With a wall of heavy snow buiit up in front of the blade while plowing, that space is somewhat restricted.NJ.
what I am seeing are blades from the lightweight bigbox store JDs in 46" and 48", vs the 44 offered for the x304.
I have to presume my tractor which is built substantially stiffer & sturdier that the 105s & 110s that these blades came from, can handle a few extra pounds, **** I can mount on a 280# snowblower, the blades should be substantially lighter.
While you obviously disagree with the dealer, the reality is that he is bang on correct. As with anything applying a load, damage doesn't (usually) happen with the first application. Repetative applications are another matter entirely. See the comments above regarding axle torque.Dealers near me are concerned with selling new components.
Example - I asked about a ball hitch adapter to use to park my trailer as opposed to trying to use my subaru on limited tarmac or sinking it into the clay yard, and the only answer I got was, "you shouldn't do that, john deere doesnt offer one, it would damage the tractor".
I have some other instances, but no sense hammering the point.