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    x540 series vs x720/730

    ok so here is my question
    dont want to spend a lot of money for starters
    my mom is in assited living near me. her home is 2 hours away and i still want to keep the house yard mowed up
    have a x485 1100 hours on it currently. it needs a fuel filter and the main u joint (or so the dealer says) estimate $1000 TO FIX
    there is about 2 hours of mowing each week and i have one if her old neighbors kid mowing it as i dont have time
    so A do i suck it up and fix the x485
    B do i look at a X540 a couple years old with some warranty?( what will resale be on this if somehting happens to mom)
    c try and find a newer x700 series as i know they are tough
    i'm willing to spend a total of 4-5000
    ideas thoughts
    thanks

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    How much would it cost to hire a lawn contractor to do the lawn?

    $4k-$5k will go a long way paying someone else to do it not even counting travel expense back and forth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    How much would it cost to hire a lawn contractor to do the lawn?

    $4k-$5k will go a long way paying someone else to do it not even counting travel expense back and forth.
    My thoughts exactly. When you consider equipment costs, maintenance and fuel it sometimes makes everyone question why we mow our own lawns sometimes.

    Also, why the X540 vs X700 decision? Why a X540? Unless there are some details you left out it seems you could be mowing this lawn with a much less expensive machine... even a X300 or X500 or perhaps even less.

    Given the choices you listed, fixing the existing tractor is probably the most prudent choice.
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    Well for starters I have looked into hiring it butWOW $100 a time and this yard in the spring needs it almost every 5 days so at minimum for $2000 a yr and that goes long way to purchase . Yard is about 2 acres
    Just scared of a older used mower a teenager going to be running
    I am partial to liquid cooled especially since a kid running it not to over heat
    More suggestions?

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    And hate spending that much on that old mower cause what’s next?

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    What about a riding mower instead of a garden tractor for just mowing.

    A new e,s or x350 plus fixing your x4 it under budget and mowers can stay at each house.
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    Fix the X485. It's a phenomenal garden tractor. Equivalent to the current X700 line.
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    If the mower is going to stay on site and the kid running it, I would buy a 100 series or a red yellow orange equivalent. Even a good used on would foot the bill. Or.. Better yet if junior has his own ride, a few extra bucks for wear and tear might seal the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcopterdoc View Post
    If the mower is going to stay on site and the kid running it, I would buy a 100 series or a red yellow orange equivalent. Even a good used on would foot the bill. Or.. Better yet if junior has his own ride, a few extra bucks for wear and tear might seal the deal.

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    If it's the u-joint on the driveshaft, have you ever thought about changing it yourself? If the shaft is in tact, u-joints are typically $25.00 to $35.00 bucks.
    I'm not familiar with the x485, but I'm about to change a pto u-joint (cross bearing) on my x738. Not a difficult job. Perhaps I'm over simplifying this and don't totally understand the problem.

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