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I've been getting prices on an x360 and an x530. The x530 is going to be about a $1000 more. Should I spend the extra?

For mowing the 360 would be more than adequate. I have about 1/2 an acre to mow. I've already bought a 44" snowblower off craigslist so I will be using that. I blow my 2 driveways plus an elderly neighbors. All are concrete. I don't know if the diff lock will be needed that much. As far as other uses I will probably pull a lawn sweeper and a thatcher, maybe a cart with some dirt occasionally.

I don't want to say that money isn't an issue but $1000 over the life of a machine is pretty small so that isn't a major factor in my decision.
 

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I think you would be just fine with the 360, if you were mowing an acre or more or gardening I would go with the 530. I take it by your user name you are from the CF area?
 

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Not sure on the 530 but I have rebuilt 4 engines this summer out of the 540's they are breaking the pto bolts and taking out the crankshaft, infact I will be finishing one up in the morn.
 

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there was just a thread on this a couple days ago http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=151893

I went for the X530... to me it was worth the money. I do a lot of mowing though... I have 1100 hours on my 1997 GT242... that's probably 2 or 3 times more hours than most people would put on a mower.

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Not sure on the 530 but I have rebuilt 4 engines this summer out of the 540's they are breaking the pto bolts and taking out the crankshaft, infact I will be finishing one up in the morn.
That is scary. What kind of hours are on these?
 

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If you plan on keeping the tractor for a long time then I would go with the X530. The diff lock is great to have when needed and nothing sucks more than being stuck in the cold and snow. slkpk
 

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I would say its worth the extra. If you are going to keep it for 10 or 20 years the 1000 bucks will be peanuts for the comfort and extra tractor your getting. I kid you not the power steering is a must.
 

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The hours on these 540's have ranged from 41 - 141 hrs. these machines are used daily and mow alot of grass but still. JD won't admit there is a design flaw on the machine but they are having me change the belt tension on the mower deck, so far I have not had any come back so it must be working.
 

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I asked my dealer why he had a used virtually new X540 for sale!!??
He said the customer gave up after the third engine. He said the engine PTO belt tension ( or something like that ) wreaked the engines.
I ***-u-me my X520 is vulnerable since it is the same engine as the X540. ???
 

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I hope the 25 HP air cooled engines in the X500 and X530 aren't prone to the same problem?

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I asked my dealer why he had a used virtually new X540 for sale!!??
He said the customer gave up after the third engine. He said the engine PTO belt tension ( or something like that ) wreaked the engines.
I ***-u-me my X520 is vulnerable since it is the same engine as the X540. ???
Don't scare me like this. I hope it was just that particular tractor was a lemon.:hide:
 

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I would think the air cooled are a completely different situation.
I would like to hear Engine Techs take on this first.
 

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I blow my 2 driveways plus an elderly neighbors. All are concrete. I don't know if the diff lock will be needed that much.
Here is your differential lock answer.
http://www.tirechain.com/Garden-Tractor-V-BAR-Chains.htm

I think the differential lock is over rated.
I bet you would never use it on your property.
Sure, if you are in mud, it might be worth it, but who in the world wants to get their Deere muddy:biglaugh:
 

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I have only seen this problem on the 540's nor have I seen any bulletins from JD on any other machines. Seems that changing the belt tension measurement by 5/16 has made the difference. A new tension rod,the spring and one bracket seems to take care of the problem. I do know that they made changes on the line to rectify this situation.
 

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The 360 would be all you need. Honestly, for 1/2 acre with minor intentions of ground engagement (which the 360 could do) there is no reason that a x500 would be necessary even after 20 years. IMHO
 

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Get the X530 you will thank yourself later. I think it will last alot longer. It has a much larger trans-axle and is deffanitly worth $1000 more. Later you can use it for a garden pulling a sleeve hitch with plow, cultivators, discs, grader, box blade, and more! Plus it is a better platform if you want to add a Johnny bucket. http://www.johnnyproducts.com/J_Bucket_HTMs/JBpage_Jr_John-Deere-GTLX.htm
 

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I've been getting prices on an x360 and an x530. The x530 is going to be about a $1000 more.
A X360 lists for 5100
A X530 lists for 6800, with a 54 inch deck, are you getting a 48 inch deck on the X530?
I see more than a grand here??
 

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Kingwood990 Yours would have done that a long time ago you got like a million hours.
and I bet it was only on the 2010 models ( don't know that for a fact though)
 

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right now there are a total of $450 discount on the X360 and $800 on a X530.. but that is still a $1350 difference not $1000... altough they could have a X530 they want to get rid of for a bigger discount?
 
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