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    X350R experience and opinions

    Hi all,

    First post as I'm researching my entry into aquiring a riding lawn mower. Never owned one as I've used a walk behind to date. My property is relatively flat and around less than 1/2 acre. Current mower is a self propelled Honda mulcher/bagger. Visited the local JD dealer today, Shearer Equip, and the discussion evolved to the 350R model with the dedicated bagging system.

    They acknowledged they sell very few of these, maybe two a season at this location, and by searching the forum it appears this is not a popular model. I assume price has something to do with it along with bagging as most owners don't perform that on a normal basis? At a minimum I was considering the X350 and the 350R piqued my interest. I'm looking to act before Feb 28 to take advantage of the rebate offer.

    I relaize I can only figure out my needs but wanted to get opinions of users on things I may not be thinking of or disadvantages of this particular design versus say the x350 side discharge and bagger attachment. I bag most of the time now since I have a place to dispose of clippings.

    I don't see myself using this equipment in any other duty than mowing and willing to pay for a nice piece of equipment that I would own for years to come. Thanks in advance for any input.

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    I would stay away from the 350R. Its a weird rascal to work on and not a big seller so not many dealers have techs that have ever seen them.
    I would go with a standard X350. They are a nice machine and I see very lil issues other than just routine servicing.
    But I will tell you.. Nothing will leave a nicer cut than yur bagging push mower.
    If you buy the 350, stick with the 42 deck and buy the mulch option.

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    I have seen one or two 3xxR's in for annual service, but have never set one up in my two years. It is a unique set up, so there is more to go wrong and when it does, tougher to fix.
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    I can't help with your question, but welcome from northeastern Pennsylvania.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joec63 View Post
    Hi all,

    First post as I'm researching my entry into aquiring a riding lawn mower. Never owned one as I've used a walk behind to date. My property is relatively flat and around less than 1/2 acre. Current mower is a self propelled Honda mulcher/bagger. Visited the local JD dealer today, Shearer Equip, and the discussion evolved to the 350R model with the dedicated bagging system.

    They acknowledged they sell very few of these, maybe two a season at this location, and by searching the forum it appears this is not a popular model. I assume price has something to do with it along with bagging as most owners don't perform that on a normal basis? At a minimum I was considering the X350 and the 350R piqued my interest. I'm looking to act before Feb 28 to take advantage of the rebate offer.

    I relaize I can only figure out my needs but wanted to get opinions of users on things I may not be thinking of or disadvantages of this particular design versus say the x350 side discharge and bagger attachment. I bag most of the time now since I have a place to dispose of clippings.

    I don't see myself using this equipment in any other duty than mowing and willing to pay for a nice piece of equipment that I would own for years to come. Thanks in advance for any input.

    Joe
    Well there May not be Popular here or on these type of forums They are very Popular In Europe and surprising they do sell well here in the states it actually a big reason Deere Has kept in in production for the states. The X350R does Limit you on some winter attachments such as no rear suit case weights, The winter Cab is Not compatible with it either It can still use a Blower or Blade for snow removal. But that said at the Price for the X350R I would suggest Looking at the Very Popular X370 which is about $400 less and You get Hydraulic Lift(for mowing deck & front Mounted attachments) and Hydraulic Power steering Plus You get a serviceable Transmission (meaning you can change transmission fluid with out have to remove the whole Transmission to service it) which you would have to do with a X350 or X350R The K57 in the X370 is a slightly better transmission as well than the K46 which is in the X350/350R. Now if You were to Buy the X370 with a Bagger it would Only be $145 More than a X350R at MSRP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    Well there May not be Popular here or on these type of forums They are very Popular In Europe and surprising they do sell well here in the states it actually a big reason Deere Has kept in in production for the states. The X350R does Limit you on some winter attachments such as no rear suit case weights, The winter Cab is Not compatible with it either It can still use a Blower or Blade for snow removal. But that said at the Price for the X350R I would suggest Looking at the Very Popular X370 which is about $400 less and You get Hydraulic Lift(for mowing deck & front Mounted attachments) and Hydraulic Power steering Plus You get a serviceable Transmission (meaning you can change transmission fluid with out have to remove the whole Transmission to service it) which you would have to do with a X350 or X350R The K57 in the X370 is a slightly better transmission as well than the K46 which is in the X350/350R. Now if You were to Buy the X370 with a Bagger it would Only be $145 More than a X350R at MSRP
    Buying a regular X350 over an R would also be $1,200 less. More than enough to cover the cost of a rear bagger.

    Getting one with a stronger transmission would be better.

    Power steering and deck/plow/blower lift is worth the extra cost to me. It pays off even better with when lifting a blower or blade.
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    Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons
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    Quote Originally Posted by joec63 View Post
    Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons
    X354 also comes with a sealed K46

    Only Non sealed transmission In the X300 line are X370, X390 & X394

    X330 sealed K46
    X350R sealed K46
    X350 sealed K46
    X354 sealed K46
    X370 serviceable K57
    X380 sealed K58
    X384 sealed K58
    X390 serviceable K58
    X394 serviceable K58

    The sealed transmission can be serviced But the whole transmission has to be removed from the tractor

    With X370, X390 & X394 You Can drain & refill transmission fluid & change internal filter without removing it from the Tractor

    Hope this helps Devil Dog
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    X354 also comes with a sealed K46

    Only Non sealed transmission In the X300 line are X370, X390 & X394

    X330 sealed K46
    X350R sealed K46
    X350 sealed K46
    X354 sealed K46
    X370 serviceable K57
    X380 sealed K58
    X384 sealed K58
    X390 serviceable K58
    X394 serviceable K58

    The sealed transmission can be serviced But the whole transmission has to be removed from the tractor

    With X370, X390 & X394 You Can drain & refill transmission fluid & change internal filter without removing it from the Tractor

    Hope this helps Devil Dog

    Thanks Master Sgt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joec63 View Post
    Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons
    The X390 is $1,400 more than the X370. For that you get.
    More powerful engine.
    Slightly better transmission.
    Bigger wheels and tires. Bigger wheels usually ride better.
    Greater top speed.
    Tilt steering.
    Larger mower decks. Choice of 48" or 54" vs the 370's smaller 42".
    A wide deck will cut flatter on smooth ground.
    A narrow deck will cut better over rough ground.

    4 wheel steering is love it or not. Plus adding extra complexity to the tractor. Definitely demo one before pulling the trigger.
    It also takes retail price up to $6,100.
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