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    Purchasing a used x540

    I am entertaining the idea of trading my gt235 in for a used x540. Is there any common problems or things to look over before purchasing? The 540 is a 2013(?) and has 114hrs. It looks brand new. Even under the deck looks mint. I'm pretty confident in it but wanted to post to get some feedback.
    John Deere Current: X540, 425, GX345, GT262,
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    Sold: 650-FEL, MMM, BrushHog, GT235, LX172

    Ford: LS45 Work in progress fire damage

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    I have a 2009 540 with 342 hours. It has served me well with no major issues. If the price is right, I'd take it home.
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    I think it's a fair to good deal. There's (2) x540 that are year newer, one with 600hrs and one with 400hrs. And they're asking $5500 for those and for the one I'm looking at they're asking $5200. How well does this mow at top speed? I mow once a week. Also how does it do on slopes? I have a ditch I mow. It's probably right on the edge of what shouldn't be mowed lol. I have to lean on the edge of the seat to keep traction.
    John Deere Current: X540, 425, GX345, GT262,
    2520-FEL,

    Sold: 650-FEL, MMM, BrushHog, GT235, LX172

    Ford: LS45 Work in progress fire damage

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    The speed depends on the depth of the grass. Mine mows well under all conditions. You just can't go all out through very tall grass. I have deep ditches and mow with no problem.
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    I had for a few weeks last summer. Great machine. Really enjoyed my time with it. Mine was a dealer loaner, and very used. It looked rough around the edges and had obviously been used hard. Possibly for commercial work. Everything worked great on it despite the abuse, until the PTO stopped engaging after a while and they took it away and brought me something else. It wouldn't have been a very expensive fix if it were mine. If the one you're considering looks brand new, or just really nice, then it wasn't used for commercial work and was probably well taken care of and you won't have any issues you couldn't also have with a new unit. That one is very low hours and is almost new. If the price is good, I'd go for it. There are no more liquid cooled engines in the X500 lineup, so they won't be around forever.
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    I have under 200 hours on mine and it's performed very well. The diff lock and power steering make it a joy to use. Mine came with HDAP tires which help with traction but I think regular turf tires would have been adequate considering the effectiveness of the diff lock. The original front Carlisle HDAP tires were terrible and almost immediately wore unevenly. I replaced them at 50 hours with a pair of 16x6.50-8 Kenda Terra Tracs that have been absolutely flawless.

    Aside from the front tires, my only real gripe is the fuel gauge stopped working at about 70 hours. It appears this is a very common problem but I'm not inclined to spend the time or money to fix it as I always top off the fuel before using. Lastly, mine usually starts with a big puff of smoke which is common for this engine. Some people incorrectly believe the rings were not properly seated because the operator failed to follow recommended break-in procedures. I adhered to the manual and Deere's guidelines religiously and many others have reported the same issue. One way to avoid this is to turn the ignition key over once or twice without the choke before starting with the choke.

    One warning-- NEVER jump start a dead battery on an X540 or you'll be buying a $100+ ignition module. Don't ask me how I know.
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    Lots of good info. Feeling pretty good about purchasing. Just got to check with the boss lol


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    John Deere Current: X540, 425, GX345, GT262,
    2520-FEL,

    Sold: 650-FEL, MMM, BrushHog, GT235, LX172

    Ford: LS45 Work in progress fire damage

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    If and when you get her home, post up some pics..Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod330 View Post
    I have under 200 hours on mine and it's performed very well. The diff lock and power steering make it a joy to use. Mine came with HDAP tires which help with traction but I think regular turf tires would have been adequate considering the effectiveness of the diff lock. The original front Carlisle HDAP tires were terrible and almost immediately wore unevenly. I replaced them at 50 hours with a pair of 16x6.50-8 Kenda Terra Tracs that have been absolutely flawless.

    Aside from the front tires, my only real gripe is the fuel gauge stopped working at about 70 hours. It appears this is a very common problem but I'm not inclined to spend the time or money to fix it as I always top off the fuel before using. Lastly, mine usually starts with a big puff of smoke which is common for this engine. Some people incorrectly believe the rings were not properly seated because the operator failed to follow recommended break-in procedures. I adhered to the manual and Deere's guidelines religiously and many others have reported the same issue. One way to avoid this is to turn the ignition key over once or twice without the choke before starting with the choke.

    One warning-- NEVER jump start a dead battery on an X540 or you'll be buying a $100+ ignition module. Don't ask me how I know.
    My 2014 has around 250 hours. Everything above is my experience. Except my fuel gauge never gave me problems.
    I think that the liquid cooling is a big advantage especially on hot days. Just remember that you need to service the system.
    Bouncing in the seat is my limiting factor as far as speed. The deck will usually take it.
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    Purchasing a used x540

    Well here it is! And with in about 10mins I had it covered in mud 🤬 All I can say is the diff lock works great!


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    John Deere Current: X540, 425, GX345, GT262,
    2520-FEL,

    Sold: 650-FEL, MMM, BrushHog, GT235, LX172

    Ford: LS45 Work in progress fire damage

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