I recently purchased a new to me JD X360 with the Edge Xtra 48" deck. It had 62 hours on it and I paid $2400 for it. It looks brand new top to bottom. It cuts our lawn just how we like it - short and smooth putting green quality with no scalping. Even in turns the grass is cut smooth. We were really shocked at how well it can cut short and smooth with no scalping. Its bad for the grass, but we do not cut it high or a even normal cut lenght, we like our grass cut short as in putting green short (our in ground pool attracts snakes).
We love the power steering/tilt wheel, hydraulic deck lift, serviceable transmission, etc. The 22hp Kaw V twin has more than enough power. Its also the quietest riding mower we have ever used. Its fast, has very easy steering and convenient controls and very maneuverable. The X360 provides the best putting green quality mowing we have ever experienced for our lawn. For us, its actually fun mowing the 1.5 acre lawn with it. Yes, we love it.
Yet, having said that, I am considering a low hour 1026R or 1025R to have an all in one. I love the look of the 1 series and really like the low ride height (I used tractors as a kid and owned a bigger Yanmar tractor). The latest style hood on the 1 series and all the latest JD tractors look mega nice. Infact, because of the hood design, I think my wife would think my tractor is sexy! LOL! I love the ideal of a low seat height, heavy, diesel powered, riding mower sized 4 wheel drive tractor, that can help me with all I need to do on my place.....and look good doing it. LOL!
We would prefer a 1026R or a 1025R as we want cruise for mowing. I have seen low hour 1026Rs and 1025Rs with the mower and frontend loader in the $11,000 to $12,000 range. I have also seen a new 1025R with a mower and frontend loader for $15,699 + tax until the end of January. Which route I would take really depends on the lowest monthly payment I could get with at least the mower and frontend loader.
Besides mowing we also need landscaping, concrete debris removal, brush hogging, fence building and tilling on our 20 acre place. I can pay rather cheaply for these services, but it would be less fun. LOL! However, I would not be able to keep both the X360 and the SCUT. A critical factor for us is the cutting quality of the SCUT.
I have read reviews and watched vids of SCUT mowing with mixed results. Some say they mow great and have the power to cut through anything. Some reviews state they mow good IF on the high setting only. Others say they mow just "ok". Yet, others state the mowing is of very low quality and or uneven in straight aways and turns and or leaves strips. Some users say the deck needs the front roller my X360 has. There are videos of how to install a front roller on the 1 series decks?? Some say the deck setup is to blame or not setting the anti-scalp wheels correctly or an unlevel deck. Yet, some have tried to re-adjust everything (and or had the dealership try) and the mowing quality is still low. While others state that it does not maneuver as well as a "sports car" like X series mower but more like a heavy truck. Some report that changing to turf tires will reduce tearing the lawn but will have less grip for the frontend loader.
As with anything, some will have a bad experience and report that they are all bad and some that have spent a lot of money may rationalize that its better than it actually is. I need to know the truth....without me actually test driving one. Haha....eh.
Can someone that has mowed with a JD X360 or similar JD (with roller on front of deck and 4 anti-scalp wheels) AND a 1025R/1026R tell me the truth about a comparison of short cutting abilities?
In a nutshell, I need to know if a 1025R or 1026R can cut a lawn SHORT and SMOOTH like a putting green with NO SCALPING, like my X360 does? Thanks for any insight.