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From what I have seen so far, this has to be the most informative tractor site on the net. Need advice on new JD purchase: I am trying to decide on whether to buy a 09 X320 w/ 65 hours for $2900 (from dealer) or a 99 GT235 w/ utility cart included for $1800 (private individual). I have 1.5 acres and some 30 degree slopes in backyard. May want to add a snowthrower on it too for the MI winters. Any recommendations?? Thanks!
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Welcome elrod, good to have you with us and thanks for the kind words. I don't have an opinion on this, both are fine machines and doubt you would go wrong with either one. Moved this into the JD forum for you so hopefully some of the other guys will be along with their thoughts, enjoy and best wishes in your upcoming purchase :fing32:.
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Thanks Jim. It's great having knowledgeable folks such as yourself helping me along with the process!
How many hours are on the GT235?
:MTF_wel2: Elrod from fellow Michigander :fing32:

I'm not a JD guy but with all here that are I'm sure they can help you.

Good luck with your purchase and welcome to our sickness.

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Mike, I'm in Oxford. How about you? As for Bruce's question, the ad didn't list hours, so I will call the owner. Do you know if the 99 unit has an hour meter??
Welcome! I'm in the Brighton area.

It should have a hour meter.
Thanks Donald. Congrats on the incoming X500. If you decide you don't like it, please send it my way. I'll even offer to drive it home!!
Welcome to the Forum:MTF_wel:
Between the 2 remember one is a lawn tractor(X320) the other is a Garden tractor (GT235) The price is Fair for both machines. If it were me I would go with the GT but that because I need a machine that can run a tiller as well If your plan is just mowing and Snow blowing the X320 would be fine. If you want the versitility such as tilling or using sleeve hitch implements IE rear blade or Plow The X320 takes a 44inch two stage snow blower( which now has electirc lift for it as of 2011) The GT235 takes a 42inch single stage blower But can take a aftermarket Bercomac 40 or 44inch two stage blower and bercomac makes a fine product and is usually lower in price than Deere.
The 1999 model GT 235 did not come standard with a Hourmeter but could be added.
The GT200 series are some of the best Entry level GT's made
The X320 has a K58 sealed trans the GT235 has a K71 serviceable trans. (trans fluid can be changed) Hope this give you some Idea Between the two models your looking at.:thThumbsU
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Sergeant, you are a wealth of info. Thank you for the great suggestions. :thanku: So, if I just plan on mowing and throwing snow, either machine would fit the bill, although the GT might give me more options down the road. Plus, I like the K71 serviceable trans vs. a sealed one.

I just have to decide if I want to spend more on an 'almost' new X320 or save a grand on an older 99 GT, which could have 800 hours on it. Should I just flip a coin??:banghead3
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