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I finally decided to break down and buy a new tractor. I decided on the X500 based on my needs and availability of dealer support (approx. 5 miles from the house). Do you have any comments good or bad for me about this model tractor? This will be my first John Deere. I plan on going and making the purchase after work tonight.

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Charlie
 

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I just got my x500 yesterday. I spent a lot of time on here asking questions and this is the model I chose. The main thing these guys will ask you is...what do you plan on using it for?
 

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Charlie,

What uses do you have planned? :)
 

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This will be for mowing and snow removal for now, however I am sure that other chores could get added in future. I have a Bolens 1476 with a 33" tiller that is nearing retirement age.
 

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This will be for mowing and snow removal for now, however I am sure that other chores could get added in future. I have a Bolens 1476 with a 33" tiller that is nearing retirement age.
That is Sad Charlie ... Have you owned it long ?
 

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The X500 is a fine machine and should serve you well. I almost bought one (I test drove it) but ended up with the X540 but only because of the power steering due to my arthritus. The X500 steers so easy I still almost bought it. I know I plan on keeping my X540 for a long time. Good luck. :fing32:
 

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Charlie,

You have excellent taste and have chosen a great machine, at least IMHO. :thThumbsU But for real you won't be dissappointed in the capabilities of your new machine. I use the heck out of mine and so do many other with out complaint. Treat her good and she will be good to you. :biglaugh:
 

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My X500 was delivered three weeks ago today. I only have 6 hrs. on it but can't find anything to complain about. It's a pleasure to use. Maybe gas consumption could be better @ 1 gal. per hour but I can only compare it to my old LT155 that preceded it - a trouble free little mower that went 11 years before the X500. Actually, before the X500 I bought one of those orange tractors w/ a funny name that, contrary to reputation, had too many issues, probably a lemon. The dealer gave me a refund.

I keep looking for excuses to use the X500 but it's been dry in PA lately.
 

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Well Guys,

I had been reading posts for some time and figured that this would be a good tractor for my future needs, but it sure helps when the comments are all positive. My needs fell between the 300 and 500 so I went a little bigger. Yes I have had the bolens for quite some time, and will not be parting with it. This may actually give me an opportunity to start a restoration on it. Besides, everyone should have a back-up tractor. Has anyone got a preference on the snowblower attachment?

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Charlie
 

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Charlie,

Good deal and welcome to the x500 club.
 

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Have the dealer throw on the HDAP tires. The X500 is an awesome machine indeed. We now have 14 hours on ours and I just wish I had more lawn to mow I love using it so much. But deffinately get HDAPs if you're using it in the winter or have challenging terrain... they're beasts. ****, I'd get them even if I had a small flat lawn. They turn heads!



My only complaint is I can't leave it running on the grass or it'll leave a nice big ugly brown spot because of the way it blows heat away from the engine. But I've heard this is not a John Deere problem, but rather a problem with just about any tractor today because they have to keep the heat from melting the plastic hoods. Nothing is made like it was back in the day...
 

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Have the dealer throw on the HDAP tires. HDAPs if you're using it in the winter or have challenging terrain... they're beasts. ****, I'd get them even if I had a small flat lawn. They turn heads!

Nothing is made like it was back in the day...

:ditto:

HDAPs should just be standard equipment but JD knows we like them like way too much for them to give them away as part of the standard package.
 

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:ditto:

HDAPs should just be standard equipment but JD knows we like them like way too much for them to give them away as part of the standard package.
my dealer didn't add onto my bill, they just swapped them out when I said I really felt I needed them given my terrain. I was EXTREMELY impressed with the dealership I dealt with. Their level a service was amazing. They even came out to my house to look over my property and assure me the X500 was exactly what I needed and that I didn't need more, but also couldn't go less. They were great.
 

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my dealer didn't add onto my bill, they just swapped them out when I said I really felt I needed them given my terrain. I was EXTREMELY impressed with the dealership I dealt with. Their level a service was amazing. They even came out to my house to look over my property and assure me the X500 was exactly what I needed and that I didn't need more, but also couldn't go less. They were great.
:congrats: to your dealer

My dealer had my X500 outfitted straight from the factory with them on it. Lord knows a good dealer sure makes a whole heck of a lot of difference when it comes to true customer happiness and loyalty. A great dealer, through effort, attention to detail, and outstanding customer service, can make your worst tractor nightmare feel small, but a bad dealer, taking you through the ringer and making you jump through hoops, can make your smallest tractor problem your worst nightmare, making it and you feel 100x worse than what it really is...
 

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:congrats: to your dealer
A great dealer, through effort, attention to detail, and outstanding customer service, can make your worst tractor nightmare feel small, but a bad dealer, taking you through the ringer and making you jump through hoops, can make your smallest tractor problem your worst nightmare, making it and you feel 100x worse than what it really is...
I agree 100%. Unfortunately, I feel like a have a pretty good dealer. He does so much volume I didn't get a great deal. I felt like I payed about $400 to much but it was still below SR. He did, however, have the x500 and my attachments (when they arrive) delivered to my home for free. He's sending my attachments with a tech who lives in my area who will deliver them when he goes home. He could have made me come pick them up. I live 45 minutes away so I thought that was pretty nice.
 

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Good to hear the comments made , I'm in columbia SC and we have 2 really good dealers here for JD's. I have an old 212 and love it. I just call the dealer and order my parts when needed and they get them ordered right away and call me when there in. that was great to see they deliverd that far away , show they relly care about their customer. :congrats:
 

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mikeemc,

I am originally from Orangeburg, do they still have the big farmers market down there close to Williams-Brice Stadium.
 

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mikeemc,

I am originally from Orangeburg, do they still have the big farmers market down there close to Williams-Brice Stadium.
Yes they still do.
 

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Hi

Congratulations on the new tractor. Price isn't everything and your dealer sounds like they are offering great service, which in the long run will be worth a lot to you.

Brian
 
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