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I was just mowng the front lawn and got stuck in a spot that is a little tricky but I don't think I should have any trouble with it. I do believe the X300 is a great lawn tractor and does a great job at what it's meant for but boy do I hate this wimpy K46. I wish JD didn't gimp this trator with such a wimpy transmission. For the $3,000 they are asking for these machines you would think they would have an upgraded trans over the home depot L100 series or the craftsmen LT that are around half the price. If I could get a second chance at buying a tractor I would have bought the older 265 that I could have got for much less and I wouldn't be gettIng stuck in my front lawn. There is at least one forum member here who told me to buy the 265 and I know whoever it was is saying "I told you so" right now. I wish I knew if the K66 L130 upgrade kit would work for my X300 because I'd be tempted to do it if it did.

The only good thing about this situation was after my wife helped me get the X300 unstuck I told her I needed a Garden Tractor instead of a lawn tractor she only rolled her eyes instead of saying no way or something. It's a start. Maybe I'll put the X300 on craigslist to see if anyone is interested.

Sorry for the rant but I think I feel a little bit better now.
 

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maybe you need different tires? Ags to mow the front with...

:wwp: of it stuck.
 

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What do you mean by stuck? Stuck as in the wheels quit turning and you were at a standstill?

Stuck as in the wheels were turning but you were not going anywhere?
 

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What do you mean by stuck? Stuck as in the wheels quit turning and you were at a standstill?

Stuck as in the wheels were turning but you were not going anywhere?
Wheels were spinning but I wasn't moving. I know that in this case the K46 is doing it's job by spinning the tires and it's more of a traction issue but because of the whimpy k46 I can't put more aggressive tires on it. I'm sure that if I had some HDAP tires on I would have been fine but long term have those tires on would probably kill the k46. If I put wheel weights on I would need to drill holes in the wheels and again the added weight may not be good long term for the trans. Anyway you look at it this tractor is gimped due to the light duty transmission and I'm just talking about mowing my lawn, not hauling or plowing.
 

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Wheels were spinning but I wasn't moving. I know that in this case the K46 is doing it's job by spinning the tires and it's more of a traction issue but because of the whimpy k46 I can't put more aggressive tires on it. I'm sure that if I had some HDAP tires on I would have been fine but long term have those tires on would probably kill the k46. If I put wheel weights on I would need to drill holes in the wheels and again the added weight may not be good long term for the trans. Anyway you look at it this tractor is gimped due to the light duty transmission and I'm just talking about mowing my lawn, not hauling or plowing.
The tires on my X320 lost grip and spun going up a hill too. My tires are appreciably wider than yours.

Sometimes that's just the way it is. HDAPs would be nice for those situations, but 98% of the time the turf tires are all I would need or really want. For that other 2%, I'll go in a diff't direction or take out the ol' Echo and whack it down.
 

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The spot is up near the road and the tricky part is at the edge of my lawn where it's just bushes and trees after the grass and there is a utility pole there too. There is a small slope there and I was mowing sideways towards the edge of the lawn and backing up towards the driveway when I got stuck right at the edge and couldn't backup anymore. I couldn't go forward because I would have been in the bushes. So I was backing up a SLIGHT slope when I lost traction and had to have my wife drive while I pushed it out. I try to get a picture up of the spot after work.
 

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The tires on my X320 lost grip and spun going up a hill too. My tires are appreciably wider than yours.

Sometimes that's just the way it is. HDAPs would be nice for those situations, but 98% of the time the turf tires are all I would need or really want. For that other 2%, I'll go in a diff't direction or take out the ol' Echo and whack it down.
The funny thing is that I don't have any hills here that I can't climb going forward on my X300. Where I get into trouble is backing up anything more than the slightest hill or slope like today. I saw a video that one member posted not long ago of an X500 w/ HDAP's backing out of a ditch. If I tried that on my X300 I wouldn't be going anywhere except to find someone to pull me out with their truck. I have a realy nice Echo trimmer too and I think I will just have to use it a little more often until I can upgrade to something more heavy duty.
 

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I think I will just have to use it a little more often until I can upgrade to something more heavy duty.
It's obvious that you are looking for an excuse to buy a bigger tractor, go for it!

If not, how much air is in your rear tires? Maybe you need to drop down to 8psi or so.

You should also be just fine putting more aggressive tires on it, the k46 tranny isn't terrible.

Chris
 

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If it makes you feel better, I got my Deere 316 stuck in the mud last night and I had 100 pounds of wheel weights, plus my 285 in the seat. Had to use ALL of my 285 to push it out onto dry ground.
 

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Sorry to hear about this...not fun.

I used the excuse of my x320 getting stuck multiple times to upgrade to the x500 - night and day differences with traction. If the grass is a little wet or on the long side, it doesn't take much of a hill to spin one of the wheels.
 

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Yeah deck was fine it was a loss of traction issue.
 
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