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    Considering switching from an x495 to a 2305.

    Hello all, I'm hoping that some of you may have some experience with these units and can offer some comparative feedback. I'm struggling with making a decision here. I currently have an 05 x495 diesel with 62" mower and am considering selling it for a 2305 with a 62" mower, FEL and 3pt. Since my x495 has none of these accessories on it (I realize that I can add them).

    My priorities are mowing, general use of FEL for piling brush, maintaining 1300ft gravel driveway and firewood and using a rear blade on the 3pt for driveway maintenance.

    Obviously the 2035 has more functionality with having the loader and limited cat1 over the x495, however I'm wondering if it will be a down-grade on cutting grass as I do quite a bit of mowing. Not commercial mowing... It's just that I have 6-7 acres that I keep mowed around the house and barn. Any opinions on these two machines or recommendations? Would I be better of adding the loader and 3pt to the x495?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrist View Post
    Hello all, I'm hoping that some of you may have some experience with these units and can offer some comparative feedback. I'm struggling with making a decision here. I currently have an 05 x495 diesel with 62" mower and am considering selling it for a 2305 with a 62" mower, FEL and 3pt. Since my x495 has none of these accessories on it (I realize that I can add them).

    My priorities are mowing, general use of FEL for piling brush, maintaining 1300ft gravel driveway and firewood and using a rear blade on the 3pt for driveway maintenance.

    Obviously the 2035 has more functionality with having the loader and limited cat1 over the x495, however I'm wondering if it will be a down-grade on cutting grass as I do quite a bit of mowing. Not commercial mowing... It's just that I have 6-7 acres that I keep mowed around the house and barn. Any opinions on these two machines or recommendations? Would I be better of adding the loader and 3pt to the x495?

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    Everyone will have different opinions but I'm fairly confident you will be far happier with the capabilities and usability of the 2305 toting around a fel verses the x495. Once you have the 3 point capability it's almost a sure bet you will continue to find implements that you will want to use on it and the 2305 will certainly broaden your attachment availability over the x495. On the grass cutting quality, this is were you will see a lot of different opinions. I personally would say the quality of cut is well enough to be satisfied therefore allowing you to be overjoyed with all the superior factors the 2305 has with the fel being the main factor for the switch between the two tractors.
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    Jcrist,

    My vote is for the upgrade. My 2305 does a great job mowing and you are correct, the added capability will be well worth it. I say upgrade and don't look back.
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    I may be wrong but I was thinking the x495 is a 2 wheel drive only, if this is correct then the 2305 is even more of an incentive simply to have the MFWD when it comes to wanting a front end loader.
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    My 2305 does an outstanding job mowing with the 62 inch deck. Sometimes I would slip and let the grass get a little high and then I just need to adjust speed to get mowing quality. (I run the mulling kit) I bought mine used (400hrs) and the deck was in bad shape. I have replaced many of the deck components and she runs fine now. Previous owner primarily just used as a mower for 10 years. It took allot of penetrating oil and three days of wriggling around just to get the mid PTO shaft to release so I could drop the deck the 1st time. Not only was the release rusted hard the shaft sections were also rusted solid. Once off and greased they work like a champ now.

    The only issue I have in the summer is the seat gets really warm after about an hour. Hot air coming up under the seat from the transaxle.
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    What year 2305 are you looking at? I really like my 2305, and as one gets older a FEL is a god send...So I say upgrade, you will be very happy
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    Jcrist,

    Do you have any history on the 2305 and how it was used, hours, and maintained?
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    Unless your financially strapped, buy the 2305 and keep the X machine. You hop on one and let the wife (or whoever) hop on the other and you will have your acres mowed in no time.
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    The 2305 is grass cutting monster.
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    I'm with Randy , I was happy with the 2305, but look at the # of hrs, and when it was maintained. One thing you will want to check is the fan for the hyd stat . Make sure no blades missing on the fan , and that is doesn't turn when the engine is turned off. They make a after market fan guard well worth the money.
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