I used to have a x738 with a 54" plow widened to 62" and pushed 2 feet of snow on a flat driveway with no weights or chains. Rarely ever used the diff lock, maybe a couple times. I now have a 1025r and it's a great machine but not as nimble or maneuverable as the x738 was but suits my current needs. Sure it has a lot more options available but doesn't do any good if you aren't using them, I loved my x738 and am sorry I had to let it go but just outgrew it. I would say if you are going to use a snow blower and cut some grass the x738 will definitely do the job they are a snow moving beast.I have a lake cabin in Minnesota that I am trying to figure out snow removal for. The drive way is long, about 350ft and is gravel. Over the 350 ft, it rises about 20 ft, so there is a bit of a grade there. It is also a narrow driveway, so a blade is not an option, I need a snow blower. I talked to my local John Deere dealer and have narrowed my choices down to two, the X739 with four wheel drive and the X584 with four wheel steering. The X739 is about $8500 more expensive but I get four wheel drive. Do you think it is worth it? Any advise is welcome!
Just pop onto Youtube and search "x738 Snowblower" and you will see most everyone has no weights or chains and what a beast the tractor is.