Overall, the X530 is a highly capable lawn tractor. I've owned mine for just over a year and I've been completely satisfied with tractor's ability to mow and plow heavy snow with the front blade. I especially appreciate the locking differential, which is one of the main reasons I decided on the X530. And the power steering is a real pleasure.
But I am VERY disappointed with the hydraulic lift. And I consider this a huge downfall. It will not hold my mower deck, or snow blade, in the upmost position for any length of time. I can mow my lawn, then raise the deck, drive out to the end of my driveway to get the mail (about 100 yards), and by the time I get back to the house the deck has fallen to the point that my deck wheels are riding on the ground.
Same story with my snow blade. If I want either implement to remain in the upmost position I have to keep reaching for the lift handle to raise them again. My previous tractor was a JD 345 with the hydraulic lift and this was NEVER an issue. When I'd raise the deck or blade, they would remain UP.
I was confident that this was a defect that would be handled under warranty. But that was not the case. When I described the problem to my local JD dealer (the dealer I purchased from) they picked up the tractor and had it for more than two weeks before they brought it back and told me that this issue was not only normal, but "allowable"?! They said that they raised the deck and let the tractor run for several minutes, and the amount of distance the deck crept down (lowered) was within John Deere's allowable specs! Perhaps my frustration has much to do with my experience with the 345 hydraulic lift, that never budged over 15 years of ownership, but I absolutely wish that my dealer had told me that the deck or blade would not remain in the upmost position after raising it... because I absolutely would NOT have paid for the hydraulic lift feature.
I still can't believe that this defect is known and tolerated by JD... or maybe my dealer's service department is just inept?
Has anyone had a similar experience?