Not yet, I have been looking most of year deciding what to buy, but am glad I waited. I drove the JD300 and have used there lawn tractors. They are nice but the price for a machine to mow a large city lot seems over priced. Sometimes a company can charge more than they need to not that its not worth compared to what's out there. With the redesigned CC it sounds like the gap has closed. I do like the option of a manual PTO but want to wait and see the variations in the X2 which seems to be the level I am interested. I called the dealer and they are waiting to see the allotment they will get for this fall. I liked the CC 1042KW and the X2 should be better. Like all things time will tell, that's not to say there wont be some issues like with any new model that's being introduced.Hunter have you bought one. You could see if it lives up to your expectations as yours seams to be pretty high.
I don't think they will have them til spring, for a couple reasons. (1) A CC rep told me they were showing the new XT series last week to Farm & Fleet and the dealers just saw them about a month ago in Nashville, I think it was. (2) All of the TSC's / etc. around here still have the 1000 series, in many cases quite dusty from sitting outside, so I'm guessing they will want to blow those out first.Next time I'm at Home Depot or TSC I will have to look and see if they have these tractors.
(Although I may be a little late, they already have snow blowers out)
Well the 2500 & early 2000 series Cubs where Garden tractors they took a electric lift sleeve Hitch & a 30inch Hydraulic driven Tiller or In the case of the early 2000 series 28inch Belt driven PTO Tiller. I'll just be Happy if they actually Build a OEM sleeve Hitch for the XT3 I couldn't Understand MTD Marketing the Current 2000 series as a Garden tractor when they didn't produce a tiller Or a sleeve Hitch for them. Yet when they Introduced the Line at a Dealers show In 2011 They Had a Sleeve Hitch & a Tiller Mounted On them. Yet once Production Came MTD choose not to Manufacture either for the Current 2000 series line:thThumbsUGot a little information from the dealer today. They could place orders the last couple weeks for immediate delivery and spring delivery. They appeared to be limited to a max of 8 units for immediate delivery and my smallish local dealer took all 8.
I asked if they were a supplement to the 1000 / 2000 series but they are replacements. It looks like the XT1 is low end lawn tractor, XT2 is medium lawn tractor (or one of the high end 1000 series) and the XT3 is a replacement for the entire 2000 series. He said he is still getting information from Cub Cadet but mentioned it is a ground-up platform change, with better pulleys, belts, less play in the steering, etc. Stamped and fabricated decks, limited slip on some models. Believe based on the pictures that the XT3 is still shaft drive. He also said that the current line up is a mix of Tuff Torq and Hydrogear but that all the XT's will be Tuff Torq. No word yet on which ones.
He expects them to trickle in to his dealer in the next week or two so if you want to see one they are coming soon.
I hope they designed the XT3 to be a little closer to a garden tractor than the 2000 series. They called the 2000 series a garden tractor but to me a garden tractor has the possibility of running a 3 point and hydraulics. I don't expect either of these but who knows.
For the comparison of the unofficial lawn tractor the JD300 as the standard it has a 12 gauge stamped deck the same as the Cub Cadet. For those just starting to read this thread comparing the two riders both also have Kawasaki motors, K46 Trannies, Both e coated before powder coated paint for a start.Because only ONE company has invested in the press and tooling to stamp a deck from 7gauge/commercial thickness steel, and that is John Deere.
That's why stamped decks are cheaper to make they just keep getting parts out of the same equipment. I am surprised they haven't modified it for better lift to mulch the grass. Maybe they have but its not obvious.Hokie if you ever get to go on a tour of the JD Horicon stamping plant area you would just love to see that press. When it is working you can feel each stamp in the floor. The other interesting thing about that press the guide told us is JD has been using it since they started stampin decks in 1964. I don't know how long the dies last but that is a very good investment in the press. 50 years old this year. Roger
For mass production the same press could have many dies put through it and make any number of parts. The dies do cost a lot but they are used thousands of times if set up properly before any PM is needed I'm pretty sure. Most all mass produced parts are made this way as parts made in forms or jigs are very labor intensive and you don't get the volume of a press. The thing I like about stamped decks are the smooth lines for air or grass flow. I miss understood I thought they ran the same deck, that would makes sense since the decks now compared to wha0-15 s ago are a lot deeper.They have made 10+ deck designs useing that machine(maybe 20). The dies are what makes the deck not the press. The press just stamps them in the dies. When I was there about 5 years ago they were by changing the dies making 3 different decks. I am sure the number they make now is more and I suspect the dies are kept on the chance of needing to use them again. For example the last 2 years of the first 200 series tractor JD made a 2 blade hi lift deck using the basic shell that was first used on the 108 to 116 series. The press is the cheap part (only millions) and the dies are the expensive part and the dies need continual repair and up keep. Roger