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    Unhappy X530 Hydraulic Lift --- poor engineering!

    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?

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    That does not make sense to me. I have an x540 with no such problem and I can't imagine the design is any different than the x530.

    I'd recommend calling Deere customer service.
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    My daughters FIL x585 (10+ yrs old) mower stays up one week to the next. I've come in and forgotten to lower the deck , the next week it is still in the raised position . Hard to believe they changed the x530 to a one way cylinder like the series 1 . I believe I would be calling another dealer and asking them about your problem. Just a thought.
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    My X540 will drop but it takes a few days at least. I normally lower the deck/blade when I park it any way.

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    They all basically work this same way. When you have the deck in its most up position you are to use the lock up setting. Some are worse than others because of seal leakage. Here is a thread where I explain it a little more. Lift Thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    They all basically work this same way. When you have the deck in its most up position you are to use the lock up setting. Some are worse than others because of seal leakage. Here is a thread where I explain it a little more. Lift Thread
    I don't think the garden tractors use a locking mechanism like the SCUT/CUT. They just use the cylinder to hold the deck in position.

    Unless of course you changed the grass height knob to the highest setting every time you park the tractor which would be a PITA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Unless of course you changed the grass height knob to the highest setting every time you park the tractor which would be a PITA.
    Yup, just like the SCUTs. That is how my 2305 works. The highest setting is labeled lockup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Yup, just like the SCUTs. That is how my 2305 works. The highest setting is labeled lockup.
    Hmmm... the X530 manual makes no mention of such a feature. I have a X500 but looked at the X530 before my purchase and didn't remember seeing this.

    As per the manual:

    Transport Position (I assume transport position would also be used for Park)

    Holds mower above ground level while traveling to and from worksite.

    1. To place mower in the transport position:
    Models with Mechanical Lift

    • Push forward on lift pedal.
    • Pull up on mower lift lock lever to lock deck in transport (raised) position.
    • Remove foot from lift pedal and mower stays up.


    Models with Hydraulic Lift

    • Pull up on hydraulic mower lift lever to raise mower deck.
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    So, how is mower cut height maintained?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    So, how is mower cut height maintained?
    Mowing Position

    Mower floats along ground contour while maintaining desired cutting height. The mower will always float up and back down onto the depth stop.

    1. To place mower in mowing position:

    Models with Mechanical Lift

    • Press lift pedal, making sure mower lift lock lever is in lower position; select cut height on knob and release pedal to lower deck.


    Models with Hydraulic Lift

    • Pull up on hydraulic mower lift lever to raise mower deck. Select cut height on knob. Press down on hydraulic mower lift handle to lower deck.



    This is why I mentioned in my earlier post that one possible method would be to change the cut height to the highest position every time you park it. That is a bit of a PITA and according to the manual it is not required for transport.
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