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With all the knowledge around here what are the top few maintenance musts that will extend the life/pleasure (and costs/headaches) of ownership. I'm not a great do it yourself guy but I understand the importance of basic maintenance of these machines.
 

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With all the knowledge around here what are the top few maintenance musts that will extend the life/pleasure (and costs/headaches) of ownership. I'm not a great do it yourself guy but I understand the importance of basic maintenance of these machines.
Bsides the good advice Dave gave, use ethanol free gas if possible.
 

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All (both) x-series that I’ve worked on have a maintenance schedule decal inside the hood and an hour meter so it’s a big advantage from my older machines. After that it becomes tailoring for how you use them. Year round? Harsh conditions (hot, cold, dusty, etc.)? My 214 and 185 sometimes go a couple of years but these are machines that do less than 10 hours/year. The x310 works year-round doing mow and snow duty so that gets over maintained. So I’d recommend doing as much as you feel comfortable doing and paying for anything else. If there’s one maintenance “secret” for me it’s - cleaning. I’m not talking about detailing it after every ride but easy steps, give it a once over with the leaf blower every one or few mows, wipe down the engine compartment after an annual service. To me it just makes maintenance and troubleshooting so much quicker and easier.
 

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Aside from what has already been mentioned be aware of unusual noises or vibrations while using the machine and stop right away if you sense something wrong.....I open the hood and check the oil every time I use my machines and take a quick look around that there is no oil blowing out ot leaking, battery cables are clean and tight, coolant on liquid cooled is full...check underneath...any nicks on the blades?
 

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Did you buy this new or is this a new/used, how many hours, condition of machine if prior owned?
I kind of inherited, I believe it's around a 2010-12 year model and not sure on mileage It's pretty beat up but runs and cuts well. I'm in the foothills of the cascade mountains outside of Seattle so lots of rain and a good 4-6 months of not using it (although if it can attach a snow plow, I am thinking of buying one, If not then I might do a trade-in for a newer model)
 

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Aside from what has already been mentioned be aware of unusual noises or vibrations while using the machine and stop right away if you sense something wrong.....I open the hood and check the oil every time I use my machines and take a quick look around that there is no oil blowing out ot leaking, battery cables are clean and tight, coolant on liquid cooled is full...check underneath...any nicks on the blades?
Yeah the blades get pretty beat up cause the land is extremely rocky underneath but I know now how to access the blades and as a trained chef I know how to sharpen blades.
 

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If you don't have one, you can download (free) a pdf of the owners manual from Deere.
It will have a recommended maintenance schedule an some maintenance how-to's.
Manuals will be for specific serial number ranges.



Serial numbers by year and by deck it was born with.

X300 Tractor Select Series

(With 38X inch Mower Deck)
2006 Model (Serial No. M0X300A010001-040000)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300A040001-085000)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300A085001-120000)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300A120001-150000)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300A150001- )

(With 42X inch / 4X8 inch Mower Deck)
2006 Model (Serial No. M0X300C010001-040000)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300C040001-085000)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300C085001-120000)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300C120001-150000)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300C150001-180000)
2011 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M180001-220000)
2012 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M220001-250000)
2013 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M250001-280000)
2014 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M280001-310000)
2015 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M310001-339999)

(Less Deck)
2006 Model (Serial No. M0X300B010001-040000) (Export)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300C040001-085000)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300B040001-085000) (Export)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300C085001-120000)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300B085001-120000) (Export)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300C120001-150000)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300B120001-150000) (Export)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300C150001-180000)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300B150001-180000) (Export)
2011 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M180001- 220000)
2011 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300B++M180001- 220000) (Export)
2012 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M220001-250000)
2012 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300B++M220001-250000 ) (Export)
2013 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M250001 -280000)
2013 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300B++M250001 -280000) (Export)
2014 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M280001-310000)
2014 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300B++M280001 – 310000) (Export)
2015 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300C++M310001-339999)
2015 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300B++M310001-339999) (Export)

(With 42M inch Mower Deck)
2006 Model (Serial No. M0X300D010001-040000)
2006 Model (Serial No. M0X300E010001-040000) (Export)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300D040001-085000)
2007 Model (Serial No. M0X300E040001-085000) (Export)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300D085001-120000)
2008 Model (Serial No. M0X300E085001-120000) (Export)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300D120001-150000)
2009 Model (Serial No. M0X300E120001-150000) (Export)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300D150001-180000)
2010 Model (Serial No. M0X300E150001-180000) (Export)
2011 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300E++M180001-220000) (Export)
2012 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300E++M220001-250000) (Export)
2013 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300E++M250001-280000) (Export)
2014 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300E++M280001-310000) (Export)
2015 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300E++M310001-339999) (Export)

Less Deck (California)
2012 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300H++M220001-250000)
2013 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300H++M250001-280000)
2014 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300H++M280001-310000)
2015 Model (Serial No. 1M0X300H++M310001-339999)


There are deck manuals too.
 
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Getting a maintenance schedule together now is a very smart move on your part. Get a new notebook dedicated to the tractor parts and part numbers used for future reference, include hours on machine and dates parts were changed, grease intervals, engine maintenance (oil and filters spark plugs cleaning under shroud), belts/pulleys on tractor and deck, blades sharpened. I go a bit overboard on what I write down in my book but everything from when the deck was cleaned/greased, when I changed over for snow removal, yes I do rotate the tires left to right... stupid I know but if I ever sell it the new owner has something to read on the John.
 

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Don't forget the transaxle - the K46 is a little weak and heat is the biggest destroyer of it. I always use a leaf blower on the transaxle to blow off grass clippings and other junk. Keeps the fins clean and cools better. There is a way to change the oil in it fairly easily and it will greatly help it have a longer life. See this I wrote for my X300.K46 oil change with pictures
 
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