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Thoughts on trading the x300 in for a 1025r with 60" deck....or should I keep the x300 and have both machines?

The 1025r would have other duties, like tilling, loader work, etc. But, do I need to keep the x300?
 

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Thoughts on trading the x300 in for a 1025r with 60" deck....or should I keep the x300 and have both machines?

The 1025r would have other duties, like tilling, loader work, etc. But, do I need to keep the x300?
IMO get rid of the 60" deck and go for the 54" IMO you'll be a lot happier . :dunno:

60" deck is a great deck and a heavy deck, if you have a sloping yard or hilly go for the 54"
 

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Take all factors into consideration, 1025r mower complete setup 2k+/- that’s already a basic zeroturn$$$. Then if you get a blower or sweeper you will have to take the mowers autoconnect stuff off for the attachments driveshaft. I have the 54d but don’t ever plan on getting front pto driven implements & love the mow quality over the cub-cadet garden tractor. What is the x3 worth on trade? Allot of the Deere specials are only valid if you have 2 attachments etc. you’ll be happy either way!
 

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Take all factors into consideration, 1025r mower complete setup 2k+/- that’s already a basic zeroturn$$$. Then if you get a blower or sweeper you will have to take the mowers autoconnect stuff off for the attachments driveshaft. I have the 54d but don’t ever plan on getting front pto driven implements & love the mow quality over the cub-cadet garden tractor. What is the x3 worth on trade? Allot of the Deere specials are only valid if you have 2 attachments etc. you’ll be happy either way!
I don't see myself using any front mounted attachments. I live in the south..very little snow. Scrape blades work fine around here. I think the x300 might get around $1200....and I don't have time to sell it myself, which I know would bring closer to $1800. I really enjoy the x300 and it's 42" deck, but I also like the versatility of the 1025r.

Area to mow: depends....
Home is only .25acre
Farm is 100 acres, would use it there for mowing some areas around the shed/driveway/roadside etc....maybe 2-3 acres.
Also, my 13 year old has his little side business mowing a few yards, he could use the 1025r for that as well.

Other uses:
Garden tilling
Spraying
Blade work
Loader work
Trailer towing
Tree work/debris removal
 

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I’d keep the x300 if for no other reason than to mow your 1/4 acre yard. I have 1 acre, have a 1025r, and just bought an x370. I think the 1025r is too big for mowing my 1 acre
 

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Keep the x300 for mowing. It is a better mower than the 1025r and will be easier to use for mowing purposes and it is easier on the lawn being a thousand pounds lighter than the 1025 also. Can you mow with the 1025r? Sure you can but you will see tires and weight create unnecessary stress on the lawn especially when the soil is wet. Check out Tractor time with Tim on YouTube to see how he mowed his lawn with a 1025r. It can be done but I specifically decided against a 1025r for mowing my lawn because I would never be happy with the results.
If you are going to be cutting a field the 1025r will be very capable and worth the cost of a brush cutter on the back or the mower deck if the ground is clear and fairly flat. If you go that route You will want to remove the deck while using the front loader.
 

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I guess I have a little different point of view. I have a 1025 with a 60D non-autoconnect deck and am happy with how it mows. We mow 5 acres less house and buildings. Also have 150+ trees on the lot. The 1025 mows faster and is surprisingly more maneuverable than the 42" White lawn tractor we also have. Did just get a zero turn to replace the White and the zero turn being a dedicated mower is even nicer to mow with. Mowing for us is a 2 mower job to get it done in less than 3 or 4 hours. As far as the autoconnect I specifically didn't want it because I do have a blower. But connecting the deck 3 or 4 times a season hasn't been that big of a deal with the drive over. Just have to reach up to connect the drive shaft.
 

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I mow my 1 1/2 acres with a 2305 and a 60C. It’s great at making quick work of the yard and the finish job looks awesome.

The problem is that a deck that wide doesn’t do well with undulating yards. There just not enough forgiveness with a deck that wide and you will buzz areas even when trying to be careful. My yard is a fresh yard in its first year after they cleared and built the house. Long term I plan on rolling the yard out. Right now it’s a noticeable problem.

The other issue is collection systems get pricey on the bigger units.

I don’t have any problems with the tires on the sod nor on the seeded area, unless I don’t let it dry out.
 

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Thoughts on trading the x300 in for a 1025r with 60" deck....or should I keep the x300 and have both machines?

The 1025r would have other duties, like tilling, loader work, etc. But, do I need to keep the x300?
I would. I like having multiple machines for various tasks. Yes, some can make the argument that its another machine to maintain, etc. but really, how much time do we spend "maintaining" these machines? A couple of hours a year changing fluids and hitting them with the grease gun. If you can store both machines and can afford both machines, keep both machines. I have a 455 which I bought new, I have a 1025r without the MMM and I have a Commercial Zero turn mower that I absolutely LOVE for mowing. That's 3 machines for just me. But I use them all.

In my case, I have several neighbors who pay me to either plow snow, mow with my zero turn or mow with the rear 3 point mower on the tractor, loader and box blade work, loader and pallet fork work, etc. In reality, my neighbors recouped 85% of my entire investment in my 1 series and all implements, attachments and accessories in the 2017/2018 winter and the balance was reimbursed to me part way into this past winter. My commercial zero turn already has paid for itself mowing a couple of neighbors lawns each week.

Your mowing tasks would be a large part of the decision as to whether to mow with the 1025r or not. The tight areas, the terrain, etc. would be important considerations. If you are happy with the mowing result, keep the x3xx. If things change later, you could always sell the x300.

Decisions like these are multi faceted and your facts are unique to your situation. You know how you see a couple and think "What does she see in him" yet they are perfectly happy? Same with these types of decisions. While we all may have opinions, these opinions are based upon our set of facts, which could be very similar or very different.

Plus, the reality is the dealer is not going to give you what your machine is worth on trade. The have to give you at least 25%less than what they plan to sell it for and realistically, it could be 30% off what you could sell it to a private party. Also, if you have any attachments for the x3xx, you usually get pennies on the dollar on trade.

Lot's of things to think about. Just know that on an outright purchase, you likely get a little better price on the new machine verses having a trade in.

Looking forward to hearing what you decide and seeing the pictures of anything new.......:good2:
 

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I traded my x730 in on a 1025r. Both with 60" decks. In a perfect world, I would have loved to keep it but I already have an older LX255 and just couldn't justify having 3 machines. That being said, the 1025r does a GOOD job mowing my 3+ acres of lawn. Is it as nice as the x730? No. Is it acceptable? Yes. The turning radius is just about as good but it does bounce a little more especially over bumpy spots.
 

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I realize this is a 1-series discussion but I went through a similar decision process when getting my 2720. I decided to keep using my X500 for lawn duties and it was the best decision I ever made. Other than the obvious price of the MMM and associated components, it's nice not having to fiddle with a deck every time I want to mow or use the tractor for ground engagement duties. It's nice to be able to just jump on the X500 and mow - regardless of the current configuration of the bigger tractor. It's also nice to just hook the 17P cart to the X500 for small tasks around the yard.
 

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My opinion:

1) Keep the x300
2) Trade or sell outright the x300, and buy a zero turn with the proceeds and the saved money by "NOT" buying a mower deck for the 1025R.

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My opinion:

1) Keep the x300
2) Trade or sell outright the x300, and buy a zero turn with the proceeds and the saved money by "NOT" buying a mower deck for the 1025R.

:dunno:
Ok, if I keep the x300 (which I admit I really like). How should I equip the 1025r? Loader and tiller? Loader and box blade? Loader and rotary cutter? I have two rotary cutters on other equipment, but a 4ft with independent PTO would be nice.
I do not have a tiller on anything else we own at the farm.
WE do not have a box blade, either. Other thoughts if we don't get the mowing deck?
 

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Ok, if I keep the x300 (which I admit I really like). How should I equip the 1025r? Loader and tiller? Loader and box blade? Loader and rotary cutter? I have two rotary cutters on other equipment, but a 4ft with independent PTO would be nice.
I do not have a tiller on anything else we own at the farm.
WE do not have a box blade, either. Other thoughts if we don't get the mowing deck?
Most of us NEED forks.
 

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Ok, if I keep the x300 (which I admit I really like). How should I equip the 1025r? Loader and tiller? Loader and box blade? Loader and rotary cutter? I have two rotary cutters on other equipment, but a 4ft with independent PTO would be nice.
I do not have a tiller on anything else we own at the farm.
WE do not have a box blade, either. Other thoughts if we don't get the mowing deck?
If you decide to keep your x300, since you already have rotary cutters on other equipment, I would get the 1025R/FEL and box blade. A box blade is an extremely versatile piece of equipment for working the land and gravel driveway maintenance, to name a few.
 

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I like have both of my machines . The older I get , the more I like a backup plan . :bigthumb:
 

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Ok, if I keep the x300 (which I admit I really like). How should I equip the 1025r? Loader and tiller? Loader and box blade? Loader and rotary cutter? I have two rotary cutters on other equipment, but a 4ft with independent PTO would be nice.
I do not have a tiller on anything else we own at the farm.
WE do not have a box blade, either. Other thoughts if we don't get the mowing deck?
I will chime in from my experience with my 2305.

A box blade and four 40 pound weights will get you started and work well in lieu of a ballast box. Someday you may want a Heavy Hitch or hang some weights off the front if you have the loader off. Weights and shipping never get any cheaper. See if your dealer will work a whole bunch into your deal. They cost way more later on.

Pallet forks are really useful. I waited a dozen years too long to figure that out. There are lots of options and I don’t think Frontier and dealer financing are a must.

I got a 5 foot land scape rake with my tractor. It’s not seen a lot of use Though I’m glad I have it. I’m finally started to see some projects for it again.

The 1025R has position control which the 2305 and 1023E both lack. The box blade and rake really benefit from position control.

Some sort of three point Hitch carryall is pretty handy. You can pick up a frame of some sort and build something deck or box like.

Get your tires loaded.

Good luck, have fun. Be patient. If you like your X300 now then you will appreciate keeping it.
 

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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the responses. After spending yesterday on the farm mowing with the 5300 amd MX6, I quickly noticed a need for a smaller tractor. We have drainage ditches between fields that are filled in and ivergrown with brush. Many areas along side have overhanging limbs. The 5300 and MX6 can handle much of it, but I was thinking that the 1025r and 48" cutter could really get in there and clear that stuff out better.

So, with all this in mind, we will probably keep the x300 for lawn mowing. The 1025r will get a Frontier RC2048 rotary cutter, loader with bucket and toothbar, and perhaps a boxblade. Not sure when I will make the purchase....perhaps in July or August. I will keep you posted!
 
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