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    Just over 3 acres, what do I need

    I just purchased a house with just over 3 acres of land. All of it is field grass at this point, but there will be about an acre worth of blue grass planted immediately surrounding the home. At this point, I intend on mowing all of the land, but know that we will be putting a garden in come spring at some point. Any suggestions on which X series would provide all of the small property utilization? i.e. will want to procure attachments over time for tending to the garden, moving snow (light amounts, just to clear the drive way), and general lawn work. I was thinking the X-300 series, but have heard that moving up the X-500 would provide me with more flexibility to expand upon the many uses of that may arise on a property of this size. There is a chance that I could acquire the other 4 acres that are attached to this property currently. Property is predominantly flat, yet there is a nice slope down towards the creek that makes up about a third of the lot.

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    What do you need? More money I think I'd be considering a diesel 700 series.
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    Just over 3 acres, what do I need

    I would be looking very hard at the 1 series tractors. They are more versatile than the X700 series.

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    Make sure you get enough tractor the first time, many stories of owners taking an expensive hit trading in for a larger series machine due to not enough research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    What do you need? More money I think I'd be considering a diesel 700 series.
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    I would be looking very hard at the 1 series tractors. They are more versatile than the X700 series.

    Sound advice from both. I think it depends, do you want a more comfortable mower or will the other tasks start becoming more of an issue? I did all the tasks of mowing, tilling and snow blowing with my 112. That and a bit more with the 400, just faster and more comfortable. The 2038r does these and more yet but again faster and with less fuel. The comfort is much much better with the larger tires and longer wheelbase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I would be looking very hard at the 1 series tractors. They are more versatile than the X700 series.

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    See, I look at this differently... I would look at buying a nice commercial duty ZTR since you want to mow 3 acres. 3 acres is a LOT to mow if ya ask me. A ZTR will get the job done quicker and will likely look better. Next, I would buy a USED 2 or 3 series with 3pt and a loader.

    Used commercial duty ZTR: $5k (that'll get you a nice one around here)
    Used 2 or 3 series: $12k (I've seen 3032E's up for $15k)
    Cheaper than a new 1025R...

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    The x300 is not well suited to ground engagement attachments, just towing and mowing. My X304 was very good at mowing around obstacles due to the all wheel steering...but I had other tractors in the herd for other 'real tractor' tasks.

    My 2004 model X495 diesel was roughly equivalent to the later x700 series -- But I still would not use this class of tractor for serious FEL work.

    The CUT class of tractors is the best all around solution to small acreage, particularly if you live where you have moderate to heavy snow removal tasks.

    SO -- the short version of my post is what others have said above about CUT tractors... You can make a beautiful yard with nothing more than a classic 140, 318 or 322 with proper attachment (I know and I have done it...) but it is a lot more work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSwan87 View Post
    See, I look at this differently... I would look at buying a nice commercial duty ZTR since you want to mow 3 acres. 3 acres is a LOT to mow if ya ask me. A ZTR will get the job done quicker and will likely look better. Next, I would buy a USED 2 or 3 series with 3pt and a loader.

    Used commercial duty ZTR: $5k (that'll get you a nice one around here)
    Used 2 or 3 series: $12k (I've seen 3032E's up for $15k)
    Cheaper than a new 1025R...

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    Again, more good advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckv View Post
    The x300 is not well suited to ground engagement attachments, just towing and mowing. My X304 was very good at mowing around obstacles due to the all wheel steering...but I had other tractors in the herd for other 'real tractor' tasks.

    My 2004 model X495 diesel was roughly equivalent to the later x700 series -- But I still would not use this class of tractor for serious FEL work.

    The CUT class of tractors is the best all around solution to small acreage, particularly if you live where you have moderate to heavy snow removal tasks.

    SO -- the short version of my post is what others have said above about CUT tractors... You can make a beautiful yard with nothing more than a classic 140, 318 or 322 with proper attachment (I know and I have done it...) but it is a lot more work!

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    Wow. Thought I was looking at homestead magazine for a moment. Very nice work.
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    With the X300 series you can find attachments like a snowplow or blower, mulching kits, baggers, etc...

    The X500 series gives you a few more available attachments like a rear tiller.

    The X700 series gives you a real PTO drive system and teh possibility of adding a 3 point hitch. That opens up a ton of possible attachments.

    The 1-series makes the PTO and 3 point standard equipment.

    The higher you go, the more options you have and, generally speaking, the more capable those options are.

    I'd classify the X300 machines as "lawn tractors". Their primary purpose is mowing lawns leaf clean up, moving small amounts of gardening materials. etc... I wouldn't want to try to use one on field grass more than once. Until you get that tamed, you need a rough cut mower which kicks you up to the X700 series as a minimum.

    I'm not going to throw away your money here but I think you need to do more research and think long and hard about your specific tasks. Then think about how much $$$ you are willing to put into it and how to want to get there.
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