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Hi All...looking to upgrade from my trusty X300 to something a little more suited to my needs. I primarily use my tractor to mow in the summer and blow snow in the winter (44 inch blower). now, though the X300 has been a wonderful machine, it does struggle on my driveway's incline in heavy slushy snow because of the way the differential is set up (one wheel spins, the other goes nowhere), even with chains and weights. Also, the fact that the rear end isn't serviceable worries me a little. I'm looking to upgrade to something with a selectable locker in the rear end. from what i can tell, the X500 is the cheapest model with this feature and also (correct me if I'm wrong) the rear end is serviceable (change fluid, filter).
can ayone think of other models that have the same features that are within the same price range? I mean, sure I'd love to get the 4x4 X7** series model but $11,000 isn't in the cards right now. plus, whatever i get needs to be compatible with the snow blower.

I'm pretty sure i will go for the X500. I ws just wondering if there was a model I overlooked.
thanks!
 

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x500 is exactly what you need and you can still use your 44 blower, bolts right up the same as your x300.
 

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Wow....that transaxle alone is worth what it's going to cost me for the upgrade!! thanks for the information! Should have a new x500 in my garage, well, as soon as the local guy can get one for me!
 

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The X500 does not have a external Filter But the trans can be drained and refilled without any Problem Now Tuff-Torq Does Make a Removable Internal filter Kit for this Model of K72 used in the X500 Model In goes In front of Item 30 & 31 in the Diagram Below


Now the X530 & X540 Come with the Internal filter I'm Talking about Here is a Picture Below with the Filter Kit in a K72 which is Item 29 That same style of filter is also use in the X360 & X310 That have a k58

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The X300 has the K46 transaxle. The X500 has the K72.
Click on link to compare the specs:

http://tufftorq.com/level3.asp?ID=1
Not sure why the difference in torque on the comparison chart at the supplied link as compared to the K72 specific data. The comparison chart says K72 has only 310 lbs of axle torque but the datasheet and web page for it says it has 405 lbs.

http://www.tufftorq.com/images/TTC-L&G-K72.pdf
http://www.tufftorq.com/level4.asp?ID=5

Edit: Also just noticed that the axle weight in the chart appears inaccurate too. The chart says 697 lbs max vehicle weight, same as K46. The max static load rating for the axle of the K72 is 1011 lbs. And this makes more sense since the K46 is a 3/4" axle and the K72 is a 1".
 

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X500 should help out your situation. I'd consider getting the HDAP tires and adding wheel weights (and/or filling the tires) to improve traction. You're not the first one to need a X300 to X500 upgrade so don't worry, it is a nice upgrade!
 

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I'm pretty sure i will go for the X500. I ws just wondering if there was a model I overlooked.
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I was considering a X500 until I went and looked at one, those things are huge and there was no way I needed that for my 1 acre of property with lots of mature trees. The maneuverability of a 500 compared to a smaller tractor with a tighter turning radius was a huge factor. In the end it's whatever works best for you your budget and what you need it for. I'm still looking but for now the X310 is at the top of my list.
 

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I was considering a X500 until I went and looked at one, those things are huge and there was no way I needed that for my 1 acre of property with lots of mature trees. The maneuverability of a 500 compared to a smaller tractor with a tighter turning radius was a huge factor. In the end it's whatever works best for you your budget and what you need it for. I'm still looking but for now the X310 is at the top of my list.
You Know the X300 & X500 are Built On the same frame though the X500 is 3inches Longer and 2.5inches Wider and Only 2inches taller and the X500 & X530 Models Both have a X300 series Hood There really Not that different size wise and You can Put a 42inch deck on a X500 series if You wanted to:thThumbsU
 

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You Know the X300 & X500 are Built On the same frame though the X500 is 3inches Longer and 2.5inches Wider and Only 2inches taller and the X500 & X530 Models Both have a X300 series Hood There really Not that different size wise and You can Put a 42inch deck on a X500 series if You wanted to:thThumbsU

I was looking at the X540, was it the tires that made it seem so much wider and what about the turning radius. Just something about the X540 that seemed really big compared to the my X300. Maybe it was the 54 inch deck?
 

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Turn radius X500 series 22inch and the same for the X310 or X360 The manual steer X300 series is 16inch for the 2wd/2wheel Steer and 15inch for the X300 AWS models. But the deck size and Bigger rear & front tires do make it Look bigger Well a X500 with a 48inch deck would cut 1 acre in about 40Minutes. But I guess since you have 1 garden tractor You don't need another 1 It's Just me I tend to buy Garden tractors for there Versatility over a Lawn tractor:thThumbsU
 

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You Know the X300 & X500 are Built On the same frame though the X500 is 3inches Longer and 2.5inches Wider and Only 2inches taller and the X500 & X530 Models Both have a X300 series Hood There really Not that different size wise and You can Put a 42inch deck on a X500 series if You wanted to:thThumbsU

good info sarge, thx... didn't know you could use the 42 deck on her..
i just like the 42 inch deck the best..imo, better cut and no need for a power flow..
~Mowes
 

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The X500 would be a great tractor for you. If you want pwr steering and pwr lift (which would be nice with the blower) take a look at the X530.
 

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The X500 would be a great tractor for you. If you want pwr steering and pwr lift (which would be nice with the blower) take a look at the X530.
heh hydraulic lift? didnt know that was an option. Guess I didn't read up on all the models as closely as i should have. Ah well, time to revise the budget just a smidge :fing32:
 

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heh hydraulic lift? didnt know that was an option. Guess I didn't read up on all the models as closely as i should have. Ah well, time to revise the budget just a smidge :fing32:
Now keep in Mind they also make a electric lift Kit for the Blower & Front Blade on the X500 Model Because if You Don't Plan on using it as a Garden tractor I.e. Tiller Or sleeve Hitch work which is Nice to Have Hydraulic lift for those activities Because You can Make More Minor adjustments than with the spring assist which with the 30inch tiller it a little Harder to set the depth of Till fast with the foot Pedal spring assist:thThumbsU
 

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thinking more on it, to be honest, I've had no problem using the foot pedal for raising the blower on the X300. wether ot not I'll need the hydraulic lift for other accessories is an unknown at the moment. Where we live now, I won't be using it in the summer for anything more than mowing grass and towing around my little 10p trailer because of the small size of the lot we live on. But, we are looking at buying a bigger lot and building on it in the next year or so. If/when that happens, i may be thinking about some extra implements like you mentioned. So, I guess what I'll probably do is try to get as good of a deal as I can on the X500 and maybe the X530 and weigh the extra cost against practicality. Either way, i'm havin me a new rig by the end of the month! ;)
 

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With the expectations of a bigger building and lot I would go with the X530 and in the long run you'll probably be much happier. slkpk
 

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:ditto:

One more thing to consider is your attitude/behavior toward your purchases. Some people enjoy getting the latest and greatest every few years or so while others like buying something with the intention of holding onto it for as long as possible. Nothing wrong with either view.

I started looking at a x320. I planned on buying something that my young (6 and 4) boys will be using years from now. I then went to the x5xx series for the stronger/servicable tranny and locking diff. Ended up with the x530. I like the fact it has the internal filter in the tranny and HDAPs. Hydo lift and steering are nice too.

Whatever you decide, you won't go wrong with green and yellow!:fing32:
 
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