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    J.D. maintenance kits ???

    I have used these in the past and they are super convenient but just thinking if there is a cheaper alternentive or do I just spend the cash have gone from a x304 $40.00 mat. kit to x730 $ 85.00 mat. kit.. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99srxman View Post
    I have used these in the past and they are super convenient but just thinking if there is a cheaper alternentive or do I just spend the cash have gone from a x304 $40.00 mat. kit to x730 $ 85.00 mat. kit.. Thanks
    I just bit the bullet and bought the kit. Of course I got notified by my MowerPlus app advertising 15% off the kits now that I got one. If you purchase one before 10/27/17 you can get the discount.

    You could have your local parts guy price everything in the kit separately and see what's cheeper.
    I just ordered a Stihl tune up kit from my local JD dealership. Parts guy told me it had to come from another store. No big deal because he also had to get me valve cover gaskets from the same store. When I went to pick everything up. The Stihl parts were in a little paper bag vs the fancy plastic container the kit normally comes in. The kit only includes spark plug, air and fuel filters. Then he informed me that I have like $3 coming back because the separate parts were cheeper. Go figure. lol
    The credit was quickly absorbed by other parts that I needed. The other store also sent 3 gaskets instead of 2 so I gave them back the extra one.

    Your other option is to search for cheeper and possibly substandard parts from the aftermarket. Not that I'd recommend this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    You could have your local parts guy price everything in the kit separately and see what's cheeper.
    If the maintenance kit is on-sale then it is probably cleaper than buying the parts separately. Otherwise it was only a $0.50 difference for my X500. If you are currently using JD oil then you are ok but if not you'll be paying for two quarts of oil you probably won't use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99srxman View Post
    I have used these in the past and they are super convenient but just thinking if there is a cheaper alternentive or do I just spend the cash have gone from a x304 $40.00 mat. kit to x730 $ 85.00 mat. kit.. Thanks
    80 bucks a yr aint bad but I understand what you mean. How many hrs and under what conditions are you operating? I would inspect the air filter and spark plugs. If they look ok just get oil, oil filter and fuel filter.

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    And.. If ya catch it on sale. ..aint nobody saying you have to use it all. That way you have extra stuff.. Spare plugs, air filter ect. I would be curious tho what the price would be separate if you caught it during a filter sale. Someone that's more anal than me outta dig this one up. Lol. Maybe we all can come out a lil cheaper!

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    At 15% off I get them for both my tractors whether I need them or not.They don't spoil or expire and they're cheaper sitting on my shelf than theirs.
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    I never bother with the kits because I buy oil by the case, and dont change the fuel filter every year (every 2nd year).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    If the maintenance kit is on-sale then it is probably cleaper than buying the parts separately. Otherwise it was only a $0.50 difference for my X500. If you are currently using JD oil then you are ok but if not you'll be paying for two quarts of oil you probably won't use.
    On my last tractor I used synthetic oil. However the Turf Guard oil from the kit never went to waste. I just used it in my JS61 walk behind mower.

    So far (210 hours) I have just been using the kit TG in my 14/540. Recently I was changing the oil in my girlfriend's POS MTD push mower. I just used the last of my B&S 30 weight oil in my JS61. While searching through the leftover jugs of car oil for something to use. She says that she wants the good oil that I use in the tractor. Later today we are going to HD to get her mower a new blade. She doesn't know it yet but she will be buying me another quart of TG. lol
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    JD 10P cart.
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    Stihl KM110 power head with pole saw, shaft extension, power scythe, curved shaft edger, 2 straight shaft cutters (string & blade).
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    I prefer AmsOil products for as many of the items as I can get . . . otherwise it's back to Deere for the parts. For the 1026R I'm able to get all but the hydraulic oil filter which I get get Green Farm Parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerld View Post
    I never bother with the kits because I buy oil by the case, and dont change the fuel filter every year (every 2nd year).
    I buy JD 10W-30 by the case as well and I use it in all my small engines. I change my X500 oil and filter every 25 hrs and I put the maintenance kit in every 100 hrs. With my usage that works out to two oil changes per year and a maintenance kit every two years. Not a waste of supplies by any means.

    When I installed my first maintenance kit I saved the foam outer filter from the air cleaner and washed it. Now at each oil change I check it and if it is dirty I swap it for the clean one. It really helps keep the paper air filter clean and the engine breathing well.
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