It was asked of me a little while back for a review on my new 2012 X540 lawn & garden tractor.
I have been waiting till I ran out the first tank of gas that the dealer provided by on delivery, so here we go.
As most of you know I traded off my 2011 1026R to get caught up on some bills before my wifes Carpel Tunnel surgery. She has had the first hand done and is going in on 06/22 to have the 2nd hand done, so far so good and she is doing good.
Now back to the subject at hand , 1st of all the X540 is no comparison to the 1026R head to head, however on it's own and on a level playing field it is a great machine. It has a 4.4 gal gas tank that I got 5.9hrs of run/mowing time. This is good and bad. with the 1026R and it's 5.5 gal(I think)tank, I got a consistant 10hrs of work time, and I worked it a lot harder than the X540. So far the fuel consumpsion is my only complant on the X540, but I may be a little biased to diesel.
Now as far as the mowing, I do miss the sound of the 60" 7 Iron deck when you turn on the PTO, but the cut & finish of the 54" deck on the X540 is as good, if not better than the 7Iron deck. Reason being is it seems to float over the grass and not scalp as easiely as the 7Iron use to do, meaning I don't have to watch the deck as close to try to beat it and react to it before it scalped a area.:empathy3:
I do have the 48" snow plow and angle kit but have been too lazy to pull the MMM off and do the install for the blade. It dose seem like a nice set up and looks like it should do a good job of clearing snow. One draw back to the X540 IMO is that it will only work one implement at a time. I do see me getting a sleeve hitch in the future and either buying some or building some rear implements on my own. The front end seems a little lite and seems to slide or skid a little when turning sharp left or right, so I will proboly pick up some suit case weight to fix this problem. The little tractor has some great promise and is doing a great job for me. I admit I miss the FEL on the 1026R the most and the fact that when I had the 1026 that I looked for stuff to do with it.
The X540 does a great job for what it is, to be honest, I feel anybody wanting a great machine for mowing, a little snow removal and all around good yard machine this is a good choise. The X7xx machines are great machines, but when you consider prices, if you need a FEL or 3ph and pto, it only makes since to go to the 1023E or 1026R. You gain on price and work load capabilties.
I hope this review helps anyone in the market for a new lawn & garden tractor. I will try to post some pictures as they become avalible.