I purchased a new X394 last Fall and have accumulated 20 hours mowing time so far. My previous AWS lawn tractor was the JD X304. The X394 that I have has a few negatives about it ,and for those reasons I would like to hear from other X394 owners to compare their experiences.
Three disappoints at this time:
1) The transmissions inability to hold the tractor stationary when neither pedal is being depressed on a slight incline-this wasn't the case for the X304-it held. That fact leads me to believe that the hydrostat in the X394 isn't up to the task;a more powerful hydro is needed.
2) Leak down of the hydraulic deck lift- within minutes of raising the deck,then shutting off the engine,the deck will(very) slowly lower(not visibly,but upon restarting,the deck can be raised once again to it's original highest setting.
3) Occasionally,upon cold start ups,a significant cloud of blue smoke emits(Acceptable for a 60 year old pushrod single cylinder engine,but not in this vehicle).
Overall,the X394 is,in my experience so far,a 'decent' lawn tractor-certainly not'very good/great';and even less so for the price tag of $7K when equipped with the grass catching 'system' as mine is. The X394 continues the 'tradition' of more plastic/less steel when compared against even the lowly X304 I owned. What tempers my criticism of the X394 is the fact that there are no alternative brands of the same AWS design.
So,all of that said ,fellow X394 owners,please share your ownership experiences......