Saturday, my neighbor/buddy and I each brought home new X370’s.
Twins! Mazel Tov!
Anyway, we bought the mowers, snowblower attachments, weather cab enclosure for the winter, and rear baggers. We went during the dealers open house, so we got a pretty good deal. Saturday, since it was raining, we rented a U-Haul 6x12 enclosed trailer and headed off to the dealer. We had to make 2 trips, as there was no way to squeeze both tractors, plus the snowblowers, plus the big boxes. No big deal, we had all day to do it. We got everything unloaded, returned the U-Haul, and were back in the garage to set them up by 2:00. We did spend quite a bit of extra time at the dealer, chatting with the GM and sales guy, and we had a couple hot dogs. The dealer was great (North Country Tractor-Pembroke, NH). They had everything ready for us, and their staff all chipped in to help load the trailer both times. It was kind of funny, like an army of guys come out of the building with the boxes etc.
We had requested that the dealer set one up with snowblower attached, and one ready to mow. That way we had one to look at to figure out how to remove the snowblower and attach the deck. Yeah, I am not even sure that we had to do that. It was incredibly simple, although we did cheat and watch a quick video on YouTube. That process took us less than 15 minutes. Big difference from my former LA135.
Once we had both tractors set up with mower decks, we started putting together the baggers. I figured it wouldn’t take very long, but I was incorrect. The first one took a couple hours, mainly because we tried to set the mower deck up with the necessary parts while the deck was still attached. That was a PITA. We did have to remove the deck anyway, to install the baffle that comes with it. The second one went way faster, since we learned a bit doing the first one. Taking the deck off to install everything made it really simple.
After that, it was time to celebrate with a couple (OK more than a couple) cold beers.
Sunday we took some time to make sure the decks were level. Checked the tire pressure first, then made the appropriate adjustments. It is so simple now, nothing like the PITA that was leveling my LA135. Then once the grass dried a bit, we each did a test mow in our respective yards. All I can say is…this thing is an amazing lawn tractor. The power steering is insanely smooth and makes steering a breeze, effortless. A spinner knob on the steering wheel is an absolute must (already installed). The mowing performance was more than satisfactory. The power deck lift is also pretty sweet, although the real test will be when using the snowblower attachment.
The garage was pretty full when we got back
And here are the twins