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    X738-X758 Dilemma ( western NY ) Need Input

    Ok, so here is my deal. I currently have a Great Dane 61 inch ZeroTurn mower. Its 2001 with 1000 hours on it. I LOVE the lines it leaves ( no stripe kit on it ) and the speed in which i can mow.

    That being said i am possible looking into a X738 or X758 with 54 Inch deck or 60. I want the blower for winter ( easy and fast ). i want fuel injected for easy cold starting.

    So this is my dilemma: will the x7 leave lines like my zero turn and cut grass as good? I know that it will not be as maneuverable ( I dont think ) but what is cut quality like? I would sell the zero turn and my current snow blower so the deere would replace both pieces of equipment. I have never used a john deere riding mower. Any input /advise would be great!

    PS my wife says to stick with what I got- But I want something newer. I just dont want to give up the look and quality of mowing. I am sort anal when it comes to the grass. Thanks
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    I just got a X739 with a 60" deck. It is the 4x4 all wheel steer model. I have mowed the yard twice with it.
    The X739 is almost as maneuverable as a zero turn. The X738 & X758 will not be any where close to as maneuverable as a zero turn.
    As for mowing, I could not be happier with how well the 60HC deck cuts the grass. The last time my yard looked as good after mowing as it does now was back when I had a 455 with a 60" 7 Iron deck.
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    I think it depends on your lawn's condition. When I lived in the city I had a 345 and 54" mower. Lawn was mostly weed-free and pretty smooth and flat. I thought the 345 mowed wonderfully. No uneven cuts, didn't leave anything standing. Moved to the country on 10 acres and traded the 345 for a x758. The lawn here is pretty bumpy and the grass is mostly crabgrass and dandelions. Thick stuff. Plus, I often can't get to mowing until the grass is 6" high. The x758 often leaves uneven edges and some grass or dandelions standing. But people say the x7-series is an awesome mower. So I have decided that everything is relative. If I'd be mowing my city lot with my x758 it would probably be WAY better than my 345 did. If I was mowing my new property with the 345 I'd probably think it did even worse than the x758. How well an x7 will do on your lawn is probably related to similar factors. If it is smooth, nice grass it will probably be everything you hoped for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    I think it depends on your lawn's condition. When I lived in the city I had a 345 and 54" mower. Lawn was mostly weed-free and pretty smooth and flat. I thought the 345 mowed wonderfully. No uneven cuts, didn't leave anything standing. Moved to the country on 10 acres and traded the 345 for a x758. The lawn here is pretty bumpy and the grass is mostly crabgrass and dandelions. Thick stuff. Plus, I often can't get to mowing until the grass is 6" high. The x758 often leaves uneven edges and some grass or dandelions standing. But people say the x7-series is an awesome mower. So I have decided that everything is relative. If I'd be mowing my city lot with my x758 it would probably be WAY better than my 345 did. If I was mowing my new property with the 345 I'd probably think it did even worse than the x758. How well an x7 will do on your lawn is probably related to similar factors. If it is smooth, nice grass it will probably be everything you hoped for.

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    Ditto,lawn condition is a big factor with any mower.I would try the two AWS and the regular to see how they handle.
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    For the past year have mowed with a 54" deck on a x738, before that I mowed with a x585 and 54" deck. Yard looks great no complaints
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    zero turn ++++

    After mowing w/ GT's for 40 yrs., last one my '11 X720SE(which only is used for snow duty and hauling firewood), my Ferris IS2100Z is an absolute pleasure to mow with.
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    *** UPDATE****
    So I went to local dealer today- they had a x500 series with 54 innch deck brand new that he let me demo cutting with. I have to say I was not that impressed. the cut was ok- It was a total different experience from my zero turn great Dane stander. He didnt have a X738 with a deck on it to mow with. He did have a x738 with no deck. So i Drove it after I mowed with the x500 series. What a difference between the two machines!! X738 to me felt more nimble to turn and I really felt the power steering. Bigger machine for sure but felt more nimble. The x500 series with the 54 inch deck I mowed with was belt driven- X738 is shaft. So I still have not been able to demo a X7 to mow with. Would there be a big difference if i mowed with the X738?? I am still soo on the fence with this purchase-
    I don't want to drop all this money and not be happy with the end mowing results. I guess i really need to mow with the X738 to get a better Idea. If I don't make a decision today i lose the 500$ off incentive.
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    Hiya,

    Questions:

    1) How many acres are you mowing?
    2) How much is your average snowfall per storm and is it dry fluffy or heavy wet snow?

    If your area is small, and you get mainly dry fluffy snow the gas powered may be a better choice, if your mowing a large area or you get heavy wet snow, get the Diesel, the difference in torque is significant. Also, with proper care on both, the Diesel will outlast the gasoline engine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Massi1 View Post
    *** UPDATE****
    So I went to local dealer today- they had a x500 series with 54 innch deck brand new that he let me demo cutting with. I have to say I was not that impressed. the cut was ok- It was a total different experience from my zero turn great Dane stander. He didnt have a X738 with a deck on it to mow with. He did have a x738 with no deck. So i Drove it after I mowed with the x500 series. What a difference between the two machines!! X738 to me felt more nimble to turn and I really felt the power steering. Bigger machine for sure but felt more nimble. The x500 series with the 54 inch deck I mowed with was belt driven- X738 is shaft. So I still have not been able to demo a X7 to mow with. Would there be a big difference if i mowed with the X738?? I am still soo on the fence with this purchase-
    I don't want to drop all this money and not be happy with the end mowing results. I guess i really need to mow with the X738 to get a better Idea. If I don't make a decision today i lose the 500$ off incentive.
    Ha, come over and mow my back yard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj82tj View Post
    Ha, come over and mow my back yard...
    Damn I wish I had an offer like that to test out someones gas and diesel units LOL

    I found a local dealer that had both the X738 and X758 in stock however a deck was not mounted on either. Like you I wanted to see, hear and feel them. I started the X758 and took it for a spin around the dealers gross field and found that it accelerated well, turned much better than I expected, and rode better than I thought it would. I had the salesman take it for a spin as well so I could hear it as a bystanders much like my fiancé or neighbor would be. I then had him pull around the X738 and I could hear it coming more so than the diesel one. I had him take it for a spin rather than myself and while it did sound nice and idle well, I was less impressed with the volume emitter. Granted the sound will change once that 3 blade deck is spinning but from this point the diesel was a deeper tone so it didn't sound as loud.

    The dealer that had both in stock was off by $2k and then $1k after negotiating. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to make me stay. I headed to my local local guy that was more flexible. The downside is the X758 is by order and not stocked.

    Waiting game begins.....X758 with triple power flow 14bu bagger and the 17p cart.
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