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Hey guys-
I have the opportunity to purchase a 2305 w/ 180 hours (this would be an upgrade from my x728 w/ FEL). Pros, cons, etc.? Any known model problems to be aware of, or things to look for upon inspection?
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Check the u joints on the drive shaft, the trans cooling fan. I think it is one great tractor that just don't give up.

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What year is it?

Earlier ones had transaxle/rear PTO issues

No folding ROPS. Will it fit where you want to keep it? But can be dealt w/ aftermarket

Should be very good price vs 1 series....

I love mine!!!!
 

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I owned a 2010 model 2305. Great tractor.

The driveshaft from the engine to the rear transmission has a couple hard to get to zeros to grease. These get overlooked. At 180 hours shouldn't be an issue, but you will need a needle point to grease them and you'll have to learn the right "method" to get to them.

The trans cooling fan is plastic and some have had them break from debris. I put 300 plus hours on mine with no problem. The 2210 before that had the same setup and 500 plus trouble free hours.

The earlier models had a weak bearing journal in the rear PTO that was susceptible to failure from shock loads. The later models were 'improved', but still could have an issue. If you intention is to use a bush hog, limit the use to a "heavy duty" mower. Stay away from places you could hit something like a big rock or stump and use a properly setup slip clutch. A tiller is good for normal soil, but I wouldn't recommend it for breaking rocky or rooted soil.

Other than that, :good2:

The ROPS will fit under a standard garage door by a couple inches, but just to be safe, measure it.
 

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Thanks guys. I'm told the machine is ~3.5 years old. I'll take a look underneath the machine, etc. to make sure fans are intact and there is no "slop" in the drives. The current owner tells me the machine has been serviced twice and he greases after every use. I guess I'll find out on Friday when I inspect/test drive it.

As far as price goes - what's a reasonable price for 3.5 year old 2305 w/ 180 hours and 200cx loader and 62" deck?
 

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I bought a similar year 2305 with the same setup for about $10k in April. After i put about 20 hrs on it (250 to start), rear end was leaking everywhere. Turned out it had a cracked transmission from previous owner. I ended up with a 1023e with same attachments but it took quite a bit of calling/haggling/frustration to get a fair deal. My little-experienced advice is watch the transmission/rear end closely. I really liked the 2305 for the 2 months I had it but I will also say, the new "green decks" on the newer scuts vs the "yellow deck" on the 2305 are no comparison. Green deck hands down!
 

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Thanks guys. I'm going to look at the machine tomorrow. He has it listed for $14k and comes with loader, 62" deck, JD 3pt york rake, snow plow and heavy duty tow behind trailer. What do you think?
 

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Think that is a fair price if condition is good, but surely would try to squeeze the price down abit. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
 

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When checking the fan , try spinning the fan or if there is any movement at all. The bracket that holds the fan to the shaft is apx $160.00 just for the bracket. Other wise sounds like a fair price.
 

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For comparison, in 2011, I bought a 2305 with 425 hours, 200CX, 62C MMM, mulch kit, ballast box, rear wheels filled, rear wheel weights, and chains for $8500. It now has 570 hrs, I couldn't be happier with it. Then again, I haven't used a new one! :)

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I bought it! The machine was exceptionally clean (looked barely used) with 177 hours on the meter. No leaks, smooth action and fan was intact. Only issue I noticed was the mower deck height - didn't seem as though there was a big difference between the various height levels on the control knob. I've read up here on GTT and seems like this is a consistent issue with this model. I'll have to take a closer look when I get it home tomorrow. I ended up paying $13k for the the machine, rear wheel weights, loaded tires, 200cx loader, 62" deck, never used JD york rake, barely used 54" snow plow/bracket/hydraulics, and a small road legal trailer for use with the machine.

I'll post a few pics once I get it home.:dance:

Next up is to get the X728 shined up and sold!
 

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Congrats, sounds like a really good deal.
 

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Congrats on new to you:greentractorride:
 

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Congratulations Big Cat.
 

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Thanks guys. Here are a few pics, although the machine is a bit dirty having put it to work as soon as I got it on replacing my outdoor wood boiler pipes. Oh and I cut the grass with it tonight (going from a 48" to a 62" deck practically cut my mowing time in half).

Question: The previous owner gave me 4 bottles of "Diesel Mate". I'm not familiar with diesels; should I add this to the diesel can?
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Really looks nice ! Good find !
 
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