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Hi guys,

I'm in the market for a lawn tractor for the 2 acre property we just purchased and moved to. Been lurking for a bit, researching, and have decided on John Deere.

I'm wondering which to purchase. I've already eliminated the big box store versions. The local dealer (Washington Tractor) has a modest sale on the X350 (-$200), but there are also some X3xx's on craigslist.

So the question is: Should I go for the X350 with it's better Accel Deep deck for a nicer mow ($3700 w/tax) or a 2015 X320 with more power/durability, but lesser mow quality ($2900)? I know neither of these is good for ground engagement, so will just be mowing or hauling some yard waste.

There's also a 2010 X324 locally for $2750, but the hour meter is non functional, so a bit worried there.

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Russ
 

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Honestly, I'd want power steering and hydraulic deck lift. I'd not consider the x324 with non-working hour meter. Maybe look for a nice used X3 with those features? I'd imagine it would only be a couple hundred more on the used market and a lot nicer -- especially the steering.
 

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Buying an attachment on CL is one thing,a hole tractor I'd pass.At least with the dealer you know it was gone through and will have some type warranty even if it's 30 days.I would defiantly get the Accel deep deck.
 

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It'd be nice to get the best of both worlds: A nice used lawn tractor that was both durable and had the Accel Deep deck.

I was wondering if someone with experience with both the Edge and Accel decks would weigh in and say "The Edge is good enough, definitely get the more burly X320."

Thanks!
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I love the Accel deck and the on demand mulching kit. It does a really good job. Unless you have a lot of slopes to climb, either tractor model should meet your needs. As you probably know, heat build-up is what kills the transmissions. The four year warranty on a new machine would provide some peace of mind, especially if you don't know how the used tractor was treated.

I chose the 2016 X350 lawn tractor because it was the biggest one that still has a 42" deck and the smallest one that offers the traditional Kawasaki engine. Otherwise, I might have splurged for the more robust K58 transaxle since my back yard is rather steep. I towed many 300+ pound loads of rocks 100 feet up the hill with no problem. I was told that as long as I keep the throttle up, go easy on the pedal, and allow time for cooldown after climbs, the K46 would last. It seems to be doing just fine after about 50 hours. I think it was a good decision. I read shortly after my purchase that putting an overly large tractor on a small surburban lawn often leads to perceptions of overcompensating...
 

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