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    Deciding on a X390 or not.

    Hi everyone.

    I currently have a D130 that's 5 years old and knock on wood, it's still mowing. I got it before we moved to the lake. It currently has 327 hours on it. It's maintained on a regular basis.

    We now mow 2 acres of sloped, nut not hilly lawn. No issues with the D130. I know this machine won't last forever and I'm starting the shopping process.

    I don't need a mower with attachments. However, I do want a mower with a 54 inch deck and a serviceable transmission. It looks like the X390 fits the bill.

    What are your thoughts on the X390?

    Thank you in advance.
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    We just bought a 2019 X390 last month. It was all the wife's doing. We went to our JD dealer looking at used. I was anyway! My wife asked if they had new ones to look at! Well, that's all it took!

    I don't even have 4 hours on it yet. The larger deck would have been nice, but the 48" Accel deep deck is just fine! First thing I'll do is remove the factory blades, and put Gator blades on the deck! So far, I have zero to complain about or nitpick. The Kawasaki engine is a powerful little beast for sure! The tractor rides pretty darn good, IMHO. Power steering is darn nice too! I was impressed with what it will climb, without any added rear weight. I am thoroughly impressed with our new lawn tractor!
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    The only reason the X390 has a serviceable transaxle is because of the power steering and hydraulic deck lift. Those two systems can introduce dirt so the fluid and filter need to be changed.

    Have you considered a base X570? You get a much better K72 transmission that still can have the fluid changed. You also have the simplicity of manual steering and manual deck lift. You also get a differential lock which can be a big deal when you have hills and slopes.
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    X390 will handle your needs no problems- users on this forum mean well but have a tendency to “oversell” won’t be long before someone tells you need a $ 15,000 X758

    For mowing duties the X390 is spectacular- power steering – best lawn tractor on market if you ask me!! And don’t let anyone tell you different the K58 can handle gentle slopes no problem,!! Much better than D130

    Only thing I would say consider—is snow removal – how much snow do you get at your current location- if its light ( a few snow storms of 6 inches or less) the X390 can handle that no problem. I assume you see no future needs for ground engagement ( tilling) if that’s the case go get yourself a X390, get the mulch kit - well worth the few dollars in added cost
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    I would make sure ergonomically the x390 suits you. Compared to the D130, it should have more room, but you still want the seating and operating positions to fit you well.....

    It seems like in each category, when you reach the upper models in the x3xx series, the price is close to or even higher than some of the series above it, like the x570 base machines. Its no wonder so many people struggle trying to decide......

    Researching the X390, because I know nothing about them, I ran across another series of posts on "another tractor forum"......all I can say is it reminded me in a flash why I am here on GTT and not over at the other site, where I also am registered, but rarely visit. The entire tone and just the conversations were surprisingly terse. Plus, when those posting are calling each other "Dude", I feel like I am stuck on Yahoo's news site or something similar.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SulleyBear View Post
    Researching the X390, because I know nothing about them, I ran across another series of posts on "another tractor forum"......all I can say is it reminded me in a flash why I am here on GTT and not over at the other site, where I also am registered, but rarely visit. The entire tone and just the conversations were surprisingly terse. Plus, when those posting are calling each other "Dude", I feel like I am stuck on Yahoo's news site or something similar.....
    Good info dude!




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    The Accel decks are great,look into the electronic mulch control.
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    I am not trying to take you off the topic of the X390. But I bought a 54" zero turn a few years ago and it has completely changed the way I think about mowing. It goes faster, trims better and cuts better than any lawn tractor I have ever owned. You do mention slopes which is not a strong suit of a ZTR but if you have not driven one, I recommend trying one. I know they are not for everyone and I even struggled with it the first few mows but now when I do try to mow with a tractor I feel constrained by actually having to turn around. If you are not doing snow or other attachments ZTRs do a great job.
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    About a year ago we went to the dealer specifically looking for a mower for the wife. Long story short, we decided on a X390, but didn't buy it at the time. Fast forward to a few months ago while at the dealer, they had a nice 2014 X360 with a 48" deck, which we ended up buying. My understanding is the X360 is the predecessor to the X390.

    I like it because of its simplicity. She and I both like the power steering and power deck lift. It does a nice job mowing. When we first got it, we mowed with side discharge and it did very well. Shortly thereafter JD had 15% off mulch kits so I added that to it, and am very pleased. The only other things I added were a front brush guard and a 12V accessory port.

    We only use it to mow and an occasional pulling of the yard cart. For what we needed, it's a fine piece of machinery. If you bought a X390, I believe it'll serve you well for what it is.

    Good luck Dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfishin View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I currently have a D130 that's 5 years old and knock on wood, it's still mowing. I got it before we moved to the lake. It currently has 327 hours on it. It's maintained on a regular basis.

    We now mow 2 acres of sloped, nut not hilly lawn. No issues with the D130. I know this machine won't last forever and I'm starting the shopping process.

    I don't need a mower with attachments. However, I do want a mower with a 54 inch deck and a serviceable transmission. It looks like the X390 fits the bill.

    What are your thoughts on the X390?

    Thank you in advance.
    Catfishin
    If this is going to be a new machine for you, then regardless of series buy a machine with power steering and power lift assist. That makes your choice either the X390, which is a great machine, or an X580 or 590. You'll not regret having the power steering or lift, and if you go with the 580/590 you'll be able to expand on your abilities if you wish. The K72 is a beast.
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