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    Maintaining a new-to-me X540

    Howdy,
    I recently purchased a very clean X540 with 574 hours on the clock. I has the 48 inch deck, bagger and power flow. Besides the maintenance listed in the service section, what are some hidden things to take care of. Also, is 574 hrs a lot? I want this one to last me a long while! Any do's and dont's are welcome

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    574 hours is just getting started. The x540 has been discontinued for 5 or so years, so that would mean it only had, at maximum, 100ish hours/per year put on it

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    Just follow the maintenance schedule religiously and it should serve you well.
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    As advised, just maintain your machine! Personally, as for the engine oil change, I do my stuff annually, even though they don't see very many hours in a year. Where I say stuff, specifically, I'm talking about my Honda push mower, my 2520 CUT, and my new X390!
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    Thanks guys. This is the most expensive grass cutter I have ever purchased. I plan on getting my $$ worth.

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    Last year I picked up a 540 setup just like yours. 2011 with 370 hours. Superficially it looked alright. The price was right. Eventually I discovered that it had not been well maintained. It was used to mow a rough field down to the nubs on an alpaca farm. It was stored with the alpacas in a dirt floor barn. The dusty fiber coated everything except what they garden hosed regularly. It ended up needing a lot of deck work, PTO clutch, and a head gasket and carb rebuild. I ended up over budget though it is doing well for me. The head gasket was detected on a bleed down test when I took it in for a valve adjustment. I had some trouble with black oil after I changed it and ended up changing it again. The second time I dumped the oil immediately after a hot mow and that’s seemed to kick the gunk out of the pan. It has retained a nice color since. I’ve put 50 hours on it and have really enjoyed them. I put suspension under my XB200 seat, added arm rests and a spinner. It’s like mowing on a lawn chair.
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