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Quick advice needed, inspection of used X300 with 210hours

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I'm going to look at a used 2009 X300 tonight. It has been used to mow 3 arces and to push a snow blade in the winter. Machine looks mint in the pictures and seller claims the machine was babied, stored in doors from new, and always serviced at one of two dealers in the area. No paperwork on that though as she is selling due to divorce and and the papers are with hubby. The machine is her's though. (I hope)

The concern from what I've read is the K46 tranny. From what I read, towing loads and working the machine on hills will kill that tranny, I would imagine pushing snow would too although the cold ambient temperatures might save it. I suspect the failure is caused by heat right? 210 hours is a tad more than I wanted, I feel like the machine could go for years or die next week, I've read about machines dying at 100 hours, but then you have no idea what they were being used for.

Any pointers on what to inspect for and thoughts on the future longevity of that tranny would be much appreciated. For what it's worth, I'd expect to put 25 hours on it a year, cutting slighty sloping lawn....
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Your right, it's the heat that kills the K46. I would feel better with a blower than a blade. 200+ hrs on a 5 year old tractor doesn't seem bad and wouldn't worry me. Other than checking the oil, and starting and running the tractor, look for smoke on startup, and while running. Try the tranny, full speed uphill? Full speed reverse? Let the tranny warm up and check it again. If she won't let you run it long enough to bring the engine and tranny to full temp, walk away.

If you do buy it, then change the tranny oil to 5W-50 synthetic at your first opportunity.

The oil should be synthetic engine oil. JD fills those tranny's with 10W-30 dino motor oil, but TuffTorq recommends 5W-50 full synthetic.

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