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    X320 vs X500 or larger

    I am looking at the X320 vs the X500 or X530 series. My questions are really what benefit would I get of one over the others. I plan on getting the 54" deck and don't really know whether the power difference justifies the larger price of the X5. I have 3.5 acres, but this will mow only the 3/4 acre around the house. I have an area the I will continue to mow with my 62D on my JD2320 that is field grass. The tractor is just a little heavy for my main yard around the house. I borrowed my neighbors X530 and it was the best cut I've had on the yard yet. Is the power steering that important to these small lawn tractors? I don't ever plan on putting any attachments on this, so I don't need to consider moving up to the X7. Any help is appreciated.
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    I only mow 1 acre. I purchased an X500 over a X3xx for one reason only - differential lock pedal. I have hills and dips and my old rider was constantly getting stuck. Now when I get a bit of wheel spin I touch the diff-lock and off I go.
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    The non-power steering garden tractors are not hard to turn, in my opinion. One thing to think about is whether or not you want hydraulic deck lift. I don't think either the 320 or 500 have it
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    Unless your yard is as flat as a pool table the diff lock is priceless. The power steering & deck lift is worth the upgrade to the X530 in my opinion. The transaxle also comes with a serviceable filter that you don't get with the X500

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    The X320 is not a garden tractor, its just a lawn tractor. The X500 and X530 are garden tractors with much heavier transaxles capable of ground engaging equipment... much much heavier duty. The power steering and hydraulic lift are very nice on the X530 but for just mowing the X500 should do just fine. The power steering and hydraulic lift really come in handy for snow removal.
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    I had these exact same questions when I was in the market a few weeks ago. I thought I could get by with a X3**, and liked the price. However, my yard is quite hilly and has some wet areas. Even my chained 4052 has found some spots where the diff lock was necessary. At the end of the day I decided differential lock was a must and then the woman decided she might mow the grass (AKA we need power steering), so we now have a week old X530. It was only a good $3,000 more than I originally set out to spend, but that first cut and leaf chomping chore put a huge smile on my face.
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    Thank you for the feedback.
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    Hiya,

    Why can't you use the 2320 for around the house? I use a 2520 with a 62D for my mowing. The money spent on another lawn/garden tractor will buy a really nice MCS and some other nice toys errrr.... attachments for the 2320, just saying...

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    The older you get the more you'll love power steering and deck lift.
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    Always easy to spend other people’s money,. Truth is unless you have very hilly property ( does not have to be pool table flat) the X320 will work like a charm - I do agree power steering is not necessary but once you get used to it , nice to have. I’d probably look at an X360 – or X530. I’d probably wait till Jan 2nd when Deere announces its new X3xx and X5xx series , the 2015 models will have huge incentives
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