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I picked up an X530, the air-cooled version of the X540, with only 288 hours on it. It needs new front tires and some TLC but runs very well. I mowed my yard with it when I got home and it is a beast on hills. My X390 is nice but this bigger tractor is a nicer fit for a big guy like me. It has a couple of dents on the rear fender that I will have to work on but the plastic crap is all good! The PO must have used it for parking lot duty because the outer lip on the edging side of the deck is worn away. I plan to weld a 5/8 inch bar around the entire edge end. It has new belts and spindles and also new blades. I bought a GX345 from a college that used big JD's for the campus and the GX for the parking lot duty and its outer edge was worn away too. The guy I bought it from, his brother works at the JD plant in Moline and just sold him an X758 for $3000! Pressure washed it when I got through mowing and I think I got more grass out from under the belt guards than I did from my lawn! It also has the mulcher installed on the 54-inch deck. It did a nice job under the trees that have started to shed. I like the new gadget where with a lever you can switch from mulch to discharge with a simple flick. Pictures later. Down boy down!
 

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Congrats. You will enjoy it for sure.
I have a 2015 X530 with 260hrs and its great.
Hey on those front tires i have a suggestion.
I upped to 18 inch on the front. 18x6.50x8.
Get them here. https://www.millertire.com/products/lawn-garden-tires/18x-6-50-8/18x6-50-8-carlisle-turf-saver-4-ply/
The stock is 16x6.50x8.
It makes the tractor sit level and steers way better and smoother ride.
Also liked the extra 1/2 inch or so it lifts the tractor.
I plow snow with mine and noticed how much higher the blade lifted.
Just a thought for you.
Theres alot you can do with that tractor.
 

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Congrats and good luck inspectorudy.
I bought my X530 new in 2015 and I still love it. Has a little over 100 hrs now.
I really like the power steering and hydraulic lift.
My only complaint is the seat vinyl has cracked again. Time to replace it while the warranty is still in effect.
Enjoy!
 

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I hear you about the seats. Mine is fine except I can see some spots that the glued surfaces of the cushions are getting a little gap between the seat pan and the cushion. I am going to address it soon with a good black caulk.
 

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Today was a big day for getting things done! I changed both front tires out and got the first coat of green on the rear fender. The fender had several dents that were caused by the fender hitting something as it moved forward. They were along the edges of both fenders. I have been spraying sand/filler on it over a series of days and then sanding it after each coat. I also beat the dents out with a hammer and dolly. It's been a while since I have had to use a hammer and dolly. It is kind of rewarding to see the dents magically disappear. I was having trouble with the installation of the new tires on the rims so I went to YouTube and looked up Harbor Freight mini tire changer. I realized my mistake and it was not using the pyramid-shaped disc that needs to be on the shaft when installing the new tire. It is not needed when removing the old ones. If you do not use it, the bead installer bar will not stay down on a horizontal plane and slips out of the rim. While they were off and the new tires installed I repainted both rims. I have found that it is a lot easier to paint them AFTER the new tires have been put on. That way I don't bugger up my newly painted rims. Also, I can spin the tires/rims after I install them and it keeps the new paint from running. I spin them about 3 to 4 minutes each while holding a heat gun. They come out looking like brand new. The engine looks like new and the deck is in good shape except that I will have to weld on a rub bar on the trimming edge. The PO must have done a lot of concrete curb scraping while he mowed because the lip is worn off. No rust under the belt covers but there was enough grass under there to feed a herd of cows for a week! I doubt that the PO ever took them off. This mower has the mulching kit installed and it does a great job. I have found that if I mow often during the leaf fall I can mulch all of them without having a big mess. I used to wait until they were all down but then the mulcher was overpowered and could not mulch the leaves as fines as I liked. By doing it frequently the leaves disappear! I also did the plastic hood with McGuire's rubbing compound and then the Ultimate compound and it is so shiny that it hurst my eyes! Just remember when you use rubbing compound that you can't press really hard or you will leave swirl marks in the hood. I now have 6 nice JD's for sale next Spring. I might offer a JD Day and line them all up in my yard. My HOA will sue me if I do! I'll post a picture of the X530 so you can see the improvements. Man, I love working with this stuff! To see a great tractor come back to its glory is a sight to behold.
 
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