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    I'm looking at purchasing a 2006 748 with 1000 hours on it.

    The question I have is ... has the 748 evolved much over the years or - is it for the most part the same tractor?

    Is there any red flags to a 2006 model year?

    Thanks - in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70cst View Post
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    I'm looking at purchasing a 2006 748 with 1000 hours on it.

    The question I have is ... has the 748 evolved much over the years or - is it for the most part the same tractor?

    Is there any red flags to a 2006 model year?

    Thanks - in advance
    The big change in later years was the hydraulically driven front axle.
    I don't know exactly what year that was, but it was several years after 2006.
    I have a 2006 X748SE that I bought new, and I really like it. It has 1200 hours or so on it, and has been very reliable.
    For my uses, I much prefer the NON hydraulic, mechanical driven axle.
    What is the asking price? I would by another one in a heartbeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    The big change in later years was the hydraulically driven front axle.
    I don't know exactly what year that was, but it was several years after 2006.
    I have a 2006 X748SE that I bought new, and I really like it. It has 1200 hours or so on it, and has been very reliable.
    For my uses, I much prefer the NON hydraulic, mechanical driven axle.
    What is the asking price? I would by another one in a heartbeat.
    $7200 ... I am assuming that it might be somewhat negotiable. I am going to talk to the seller today.
    There is also 2013 738 with 400 hours for sale but the asking price is $9600. Not sure I want to pay the extra $2400.
    I don't have a lot of yard - wooded lot (moved into the house last summer) - but I have three areas that my 345 would not go up and the back tire would spin causing yard divots.
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    I have X748 I bought 4 years ago with 650 hrs. and it now as 2100 hrs on it and I have had no real problems with it . I use for my snow removal and lawn maintenance business, I just keep it greased and do regular service to it. I like that I can switch from 4 wheel to 2 wheel drive, I found do snow removal I needed the front wheel under power when turning for pushing or blowing snow, the new models with the hydraulic front drive are not under power when you turn the front wheels. Hope this helps.








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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    I have X748 I bought 4 years ago with 650 hrs. and it now as 2100 hrs on it and I have had no real problems with it . I use for my snow removal and lawn maintenance business, I just keep it greased and do regular service to it. I like that I can switch from 4 wheel to 2 wheel drive, I found do snow removal I needed the front wheel under power when turning for pushing or blowing snow, the new models with the hydraulic front drive are not under power when you turn the front wheels. Hope this helps.


    2003 X495 4300hrs. 62C mower, 47 inch Blower
    2006 X748 2100hrs. Curtis hard cab, 62C mower, 47 inch Blower, 52 inch Broom
    LX 178
    1830 tractor with 146 loader

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    I was about to buy an X738 when I changed my mind and went 1025. From what I could learn the front wheel hydraulic drive system uses flow control valves at each wheel. Full time 4 wheel drive and when you turn the wheel mechanical linkage adjusts the flow control valves to increase the speed of the outside turning tire and decrease the speed of the inside turning tire. If they did their homework this will give you full time four wheel drive without any turf scrubbing or damage. Never got the chance to see how well the system worked but I have faith in the concept.
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    The 2006 was the first year for the 748 its sister the x595 ended in 2005.The only complaints I heard and this was 2009 + units is the radiators would leak when the frame twisted or flexed going over uneven ground like when mowing a ditch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    I have X748 I bought 4 years ago with 650 hrs. and it now as 2100 hrs on it and I have had no real problems with it . I use for my snow removal and lawn maintenance business, I just keep it greased and do regular service to it. I like that I can switch from 4 wheel to 2 wheel drive, I found do snow removal I needed the front wheel under power when turning for pushing or blowing snow, the new models with the hydraulic front drive are not under power when you turn the front wheels. Hope this helps.








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    2006 X748 2100hrs. Curtis hard cab, 62C mower, 47 inch Blower, 52 inch Broom
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    1830 tractor with 146 loader
    What!!! that's crazy talk, the front wheels are always under power with the hydraulic drives.
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    I just sold my 2006 X748 last week after 10 years of use excellent and reliable service. I am confident the new owner will enjoy the same reliability as mine was well cared for and regularly serviced. The mower deck would be the greatest area of wear and tear and if the spindles were not regularly greased, this is where they may be longer term reliability issues, albeit not major ones or huge cost.
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