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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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I'm not concerned about it being a scam. I've spoken to the seller, she got the tractor in the split, nothing out of the ordinary about a woman getting everything in a divorce.

Not concerned about driving a 6000 km round trip to pick up an old 330 either.

Any advice about the X300 transmission or things to check during an inspection?
No worries, I thought you were being an internet smart ar5e !

I'm a long way from NH!

I did ask the PO about her previous lot, she said mostly flat but that there was a ditch at the front of the property and the tractor did just fine on the grade. I think she was telling the truth because I pitched the question in a way that would suggest I wanted to hear about it's hill climbing abilities.

I guess if I can get the price down some more I should go for it. I've been looking all year for a tractor and people want crazy money for machines in way worse condition than this.

I will inspect per sadixon;s post and change the tranny oil in spring. Even though it's supposed to be non-servicable, I've read a few articles about removing the unit and emptying it out.

Is the recommended oil just 5w50 engine oil? Or transmission oil?
Well I now own an X300. Seems like a pretty honest machine and we were able to negotiate the price to a point where I'm comfortable with the risk. I definitely have "K46 phobia".

We will see. With the 20 hours a year of mowing that I'm going to be putting on it, its probably going to be just fine. Thanks for the help yesterday.

Will make an effort to get the tranny oil changed before the snow comes. Failing that, first thing in spring...
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