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    Need advise on what to buy

    I have about 15000 sq feet of grass to mow. The back of my yard is 90 feet wide and the last 30 feet has about a 20 degree slope. I would like to use a sprayer and lawn aerator. What would you recommend. I was thinking an x380 or x570, are these both overkill for this size yard. Thanks any advise would be appreciated.

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    Hiya,

    My "normal" recommendation anytime a slope or ground engaging equipment is going to be used is to consider the x500 series the minimum. The transaxles in the x300 series are great for cutting a nice level lawn but I remember what my dealer said to me when I asked several years ago, he wouldn't sell me anything smaller than an X500 because he said slopes really kill the transaxles in the x300 series.

    He actually recommended an X700 series for my lawn, I ended up getting a used 2520 which was a great lawnmower but I sold that and now use my 3320 with an RFM and that's even better, mainly because it's air conditioned.
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    Thanks for the advise, I know that I can get away with a push mower for this size yard and rent or have someone do the core aeration. This is a second home for the weekends and In trying to justify a JD to my wife, im also getting tired of paying the lawn guys 120 a month for the yard work. I just don't want to over due it for this size of a yard (total of a half acre but only 15000 to mow.Also do the 25 gallon sprayers work very well. I have a few 25 foot trees to spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt220 View Post
    Thanks for the advise, I know that I can get away with a push mower for this size yard and rent or have someone do the core aeration. This is a second home for the weekends and In trying to justify a JD to my wife, im also getting tired of paying the lawn guys 120 a month for the yard work. I just don't want to over due it for this size of a yard (total of a half acre but only 15000 to mow.Also do the 25 gallon sprayers work very well. I have a few 25 foot trees to spray.
    I have less than 1 acre and recently faced the same decision. The yard is very uneven and I was constantly getting stuck with my old 175 Hydro. I went with the X500 based on it having a locking differential pedal. I've not gotten stuck once since using the X500. I have one of the 25 gallon JD sprayers which mounts right on the back of the tractor which works really well. I also pull a 920 lb. lawn roller.
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    Hiya,

    Afterthought, whichever model you end up getting, make sure it has a user serviceable transaxle so you can change the fluid and filters easily on your own. The one thing that kills transaxles is lack of maintenance, warm climates, slopes or towing implements hasentens the service life of the fluid. Also, "fill for life" transaxles are not designed for long term service. IIRC only the top model of the x300 series has a user serviceable transaxle and I think at that point your spending more than some x500's.
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    My x380 with 54” deck is mowing just over 82,000 sqft. It’s mostly flat with a very gentle slope over maybe 15% of it. There is rather steep ditch that runs along the road for about 150’ or so. On one side of the ditch the slope allows mowing parallel to the road. The other side is too steep however and the only way to mow it is perpendicular to the road, climbing and descending the steep bank. It’s a short climb and the x380 handles it fine. Takes an hour and forty five minutes if I mow fast...


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomd999 View Post
    Afterthought, whichever model you end up getting, make sure it has a user serviceable transaxle so you can change the fluid and filters easily on your own. The one thing that kills transaxles is lack of maintenance, warm climates, slopes or towing implements hasentens the service life of the fluid. Also, "fill for life" transaxles are not designed for long term service. IIRC only the top model of the x300 series has a user serviceable transaxle and I think at that point your spending more than some x500's.
    I believe it is only the X300-series models which have hydraulic lift / power steering.

    There is a $1600 difference in price between the X380 and X570 (both with 54" deck).

    Hard to believe I paid $5400 for my X500/48" just 4 years ago and now they want $6000 for the X570 which is basically the same tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I believe it is only the X300-series models which have hydraulic lift / power steering.

    There is a $1600 difference in price between the X380 and X570 (both with 54" deck).

    Hard to believe I paid $5400 for my X500/48" just 4 years ago and now they want $6000 for the X570 which is basically the same tractor.
    They are currently offering a $500 rebate on the x300 and x500 series, I would assume sales are slow due to the price increases.
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    My x380 has manual lift and manual steering. Neither of which I mind... power steering would be nice and if the deck were anything bigger hydraulic lift would probably help. If I were going to spend more money than I did, I’d buy a zero turn...


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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt220 View Post
    They are currently offering a $500 rebate on the x300 and x500 series, I would assume sales are slow due to the price increases.
    They always offer rebates this time of year. Back when I bought mine a rebate was in effect.
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