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.