New to the forum, so hello to all. I used to work my sisters farm as a kid 50 some odd years ago and had the opportunity to run JD, IH, and Ford tractors. Came back from Vietnam, bought a 100 year old house and a Sears GT18. The GT18 lasted almost 40 years and was till running when I gave it away. That's what brought me to JD and the X series. Couldn't get enough use out of an X7xx to justify the cost. so I bought an X580 which now has just over 24 hours on it.
I have plenty of sleeve hitch attachments and having to do 1/2 acre of lawn I decided to go for the JD mounted electric spreader, which has turned out to be an incredible option. Well built, and works as advertised. I also picked up a 3200lb rear mounted winch. What bothered me was having to lift the hood and plug/unplug connectors or run cables.
To eliminate the problem I manufactured a rear mounted distribution box with a 250A circuit and breaker for the winch, 20 amp circuit for the spreader, and additional 15/20 amp circuits for other accessories. My biggest need though, was for lighting on the back of the tractor.
I had considered buying the JD utility light kit(s) with the tractor then decided not to just because of the expense ($80ea.), and my particular needs. So I came up with a rear mounted distribution box that's fully water proof, connectors that are water proof, and fully fused circuits. The box can be whatever size suits your needs, but must be small enough so that the seat will slide, and in my case so that the seeder mounts. The lights are all LED and can be separately switch, but ate tied to the main lighting circuit controlled by the switch. Switch off, rear lighting is off.