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    Looking to buy a Deere

    Good morning, Merry Christmas.

    I am looking to get a lawn/garden tractor and was hoping for some insight from the experts. After doing some research, I want to go with a John Deere. I will most likely be buying a used machine.

    I own 2 acres in NH, half of which is wooded. I'd be looking for a machine that can mow and also snowblow. I don't have any immediate need for any other implements currently, but the option would be nice.

    Other forums and articles have lead me to stay away from machines made for Home Depot or Lowe's (the LA and LT) series. Do you believe there is truth to the claim that those machines are inferior?

    There is a dealer down the road from me that has a 2007 X300 for sale with 550 hours on it. They are asking $3200 for the machine. It has a 44" snowblower, 42" deck, and a bagging system. Does this seem like a decent price?

    Is there anything specific I should look at or be concerned with when I go take a look at it?

    Thanks for any insight you can offer, and hopefully I'll be on the forums soon as an owner.

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    That price seems high to me for a 11 yr old machine with over 500hrs. I would take the 3200 and put it towards a new x3 or x5 series. Not sure if you are paying cash or financing. Used lawn and garden units are at 9.5% now. If paying cash put that 3200 down on a new machine and your payments would be pretty small for 48mo.
    The big box machines are what they are. Still way better than a Troy Bilt but lacking in some areas compared to the X series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcopterdoc View Post
    That price seems high to me for a 11 yr old machine with over 500hrs. I would take the 3200 and put it towards a new x3 or x5 series. Not sure if you are paying cash or financing. Used lawn and garden units are at 9.5% now. If paying cash put that 3200 down on a new machine and your payments would be pretty small for 48mo.
    The big box machines are what they are. Still way better than a Troy Bilt but lacking in some areas compared to the X series.

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    My personal opinion: If OP can't get into at least the X350 series new (paid in cash), skip Deere altogether. He'd just be paying way too much for that green paint. It's nice and all to say "parts availability", but on these ultra-cheap machines, after ten years it's rarely worth fixing them up - UNLESS you can get a salvage units to peel off parts from it.

    Go look at the mid-level Cub Cadets, or entry level Kubota's. My M-I-L just purchased the Cub Cadet XT2 (comparable to the S240) with a Kawasaki Professional series engine / K46 transmission. So long as dealer service is reputable, OP would likely come out ahead.
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    $3200 is what that X300 sold for new and really it's just a D140. It's the base model X series and doesn't really have anything to offer over a 100 series JD has.

    If you have two acres and need to snow blow I would look for a used X7 or a used 5x5 series. They come with full hydraulics and power steering. Attachments are plentiful. If $3200 is all you have spend then you might want to go a generation older and look at 4x5 series tractor. Make sure the cam gear has been fixed or its newer than a 1998. With that generation you can find a good running GT and a snow blower.
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    What is the terrain of you 2 Acres Property?

    Is It Flat?

    Is it Hilly?

    Flat terrain You Can get away with a X300 series Though Used I would recommend a X320 or a X360

    Really the X300R, X300, X304 and X310 are 3/4 of an acre and Less Machines

    The X320, X324, X340 and X360 are Your acre Machines

    But if you have a Hilly Yard, I recommend a Used X500 series such as a X500, X520, X530, X534 or X540

    The X500 will give You the a lot Versatility for Your size of Property with out going overboard such as a X700 or Sub Compact might be

    Understanding that You don't Need these other attachments: The X500 Can Take a 30inch Mechanical Tiller or a 42inch Hydraulic tiller. The Hydraulic lift Models Can use up to a 47inch Blower You Can get a Integral Hitch(sleeve Hitch) either Manual of Hydraulically lifted(depending on if You Go with a Tractor that has Hydraulic lift).

    All X500 series Have diff/lock which Can help if extra traction is needed when Blowing snow which You won't get with a X300 series tractor.

    The X500 series Is a Perfect Machine for a 2 acre Property The X500 and a X300 series share the same frame Just different Hitch Pates and Depending on models some of the X500 series tractors have a Built In front weight bracket. The X500 series Have a serviceable K72 Transmission. The X300 series either Had a K46 or K58 transmissions. The X310 & X360 have serviceable K58's Meaning You can change the Transmission fluid with out removing the Transmission from the Tractor.

    But for Used and Your Property size I would recommend a X500 series as the Minimum Tractor you should be looking for
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwoytek View Post
    Other forums and articles have lead me to stay away from machines made for Home Depot or Lowe's (the LA and LT) series. Do you believe there is truth to the claim that those machines are inferior?
    I think "inferior" is a poor choice of words. The LA/LT/L/D/E-series of machines have all been sold by HD, Low'es and Deere Dealerships. They are lawn tractors and not much more than that. I think many people have to high expectations of them and try to use them as garden tractors and they were never designed to be used that way. The transmissions in them just aren't meant for that sort of use. If you've gt a 1/2 acre of flat lawn they're fine. I own a D160 so it isn't as if I hate these things but they are what they are.


    There is a dealer down the road from me that has a 2007 X300 for sale with 550 hours on it. They are asking $3200 for the machine. It has a 44" snowblower, 42" deck, and a bagging system. Does this seem like a decent price?
    Personally, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't buy anything below the X340 if I planned on using it for anything other than cutting grass. $3,200 for an X300 with 550 hours on it seems high to me, even with the blower and bagger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    What is the terrain of you 2 Acres Property?

    Is It Flat?

    Is it Hilly?

    Flat terrain You Can get away with a X300 series Though Used I would recommend a X320 or a X360

    Really the X300R, X300, X304 and X310 are 3/4 of an acre and Less Machines

    The X320, X324, X340 and X360 are Your acre Machines

    But if you have a Hilly Yard, I recommend a Used X500 series such as a X500, X520, X530, X534 or X540

    The X500 will give You the a lot Versatility for Your size of Property with out going overboard such as a X700 or Sub Compact might be

    Understanding that You don't Need these other attachments: The X500 Can Take a 30inch Mechanical Tiller or a 42inch Hydraulic tiller. The Hydraulic lift Models Can use up to a 47inch Blower You Can get a Integral Hitch(sleeve Hitch) either Manual of Hydraulically lifted(depending on if You Go with a Tractor that has Hydraulic lift).

    All X500 series Have diff/lock which Can help if extra traction is needed when Blowing snow which You won't get with a X300 series tractor.

    The X500 series Is a Perfect Machine for a 2 acre Property The X500 and a X300 series share the same frame Just different Hitch Pates and Depending on models some of the X500 series tractors have a Built In front weight bracket. The X500 series Have a serviceable K72 Transmission. The X300 series either Had a K46 or K58 transmissions. The X310 & X360 have serviceable K58's Meaning You can change the Transmission fluid with out removing the Transmission from the Tractor.

    But for Used and Your Property size I would recommend a X500 series as the Minimum Tractor you should be looking for


    This is everything I would have told the OP as well. I own the X580 and could have bought more of a machine, but would not have bought less of a machine. And, every time I think I've found a need for a larger machine I prove myself wrong. X580 or X590. Great way to go for 2, 3, 4 acres or less.
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    Wow. First of all, thanks for all the information and insight.

    I signed up expecting a few pointers on what to look at on the X300 down the road, but now I have more questions. My original plan was to offer $2500 for the machine with the deck and the snowblower, but perhaps that isn't the best option for me.

    Looks like I have some more thinking/looking to do....

    To answer the question about the property and needs: 2 acres of level land, some marsh, and about half of it is wooded (for now). I have a push mower to take care of about .75acres and a 22" snowblower for my drive. I want a lawn/garden tractor to tackle the mowing and the snowblowing. I hope to do some major landscaping work and some lawn rehab and eventually expand the lawn by about .25 acre. I don't need a big machine, but I was thinking that a smaller Deere would cover all my needs.

    Thanks again.
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