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Looking at getting a JD X380 in the next couple weeks. I'm conflicted on options though...

Currently I push mow - mulch or bag, no side discharge. Two dogs and a toddler, kind of liking the bagging idea to keep from dragging grass into the house this summer.

The other concern, my shed is about 1-2" short of allowing the tractor in the shed with the discharge chute down. If I had the bagger with that turbo-blower-device on the side, will I fit into the shed? if not - how easy is it to pull off quickly if I choose to add the bagger?

Do I really consider adding the mulch-control kit AND the bagging option? Or do I just stick with side discharge? or side discharge and bagging? I really wouldn't mind having the bagger just for leaf collection alone (I get a lot of leaves).

I'm also considering the JD Multi-Tool (thatchorator deal...aerator & dethatcher). For the cost, versus renting from HD 2x a year @ $25 a pop plus having a $50 deposit each time, I'm thinking long term I might as well.

Thoughts on all this?
 

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My baggers I take on and off because they don't fit in the shed.Easy on and off nothing to worry about.
 

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Do I really consider adding the mulch-control kit AND the bagging option? Or do I just stick with side discharge? or side discharge and bagging? I really wouldn't mind having the bagger just for leaf collection alone (I get a lot of leaves).
It appears you have an answer to your bagger question. Here's some additional context for the mulching option.

I'm a big fan of mulching -- I haven't used side discharge or bags in years. If the cost is acceptable, keeping the mulching option would definitely be superior to side discharge.

We haven't had problems tracking the mulched clippings (they're small enough to work themselves down into the grass quickly) but with dogs & kids, you might have to mow more often. I'm very happy with my X350's Accel deep deck mulch kit (simple lever to switch from mulch to side discharge). It mulches leaves well, too, as long as the residuals aren't thick enough to smother the grass -- and aren't where your crew would track them in. It's amazing how many leaves you can shred with a couple of passes and not have to haul them. You'll get a lot of earthworms as a bonus. If you're not absolutely sure about fitting everything into the shed, you could try out mulching and add bagging later if needed.

Congratulations! The X380 is a great tractor (my brother has one). If you're considering making your own accessories as well as buying, check out the link in my signature block below.
 

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Another thought...

If your lawn isn't overly large or steep, you could consider stepping down the the X350 with a 42" deck and use the savings to buy more accessories. Unless you really need the K58 transaxle, this could resolve all of your concerns.
 

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My baggers I take on and off because they don't fit in the shed.Easy on and off nothing to worry about.
Perfect - I came across a youtube video last night that it looked like that power flow deal comes off easy, so im not all that worried now too.

It appears you have an answer to your bagger question. Here's some additional context for the mulching option.

I'm a big fan of mulching -- I haven't used side discharge or bags in years. If the cost is acceptable, keeping the mulching option would definitely be superior to side discharge.

We haven't had problems tracking the mulched clippings (they're small enough to work themselves down into the grass quickly) but with dogs & kids, you might have to mow more often. I'm very happy with my X350's Accel deep deck mulch kit (simple lever to switch from mulch to side discharge). It mulches leaves well, too, as long as the residuals aren't thick enough to smother the grass -- and aren't where your crew would track them in. It's amazing how many leaves you can shred with a couple of passes and not have to haul them. You'll get a lot of earthworms as a bonus. If you're not absolutely sure about fitting everything into the shed, you could try out mulching and add bagging later if needed.

Congratulations! The X380 is a great tractor (my brother has one). If you're considering making your own accessories as well as buying, check out the link in my signature block below.
I get some pretty hearty leaf coverage in the fall, on my push mower it doesnt clean it up enough when mulching so I used the bagger for that. Thanks, I can't wait to buy it - thinking of running out and getting the paperwork done this weekend.

Another thought...

If your lawn isn't overly large or steep, you could consider stepping down the the X350 with a 42" deck and use the savings to buy more accessories. Unless you really need the K58 transaxle, this could resolve all of your concerns.
I looked at the 350 - but all the research I did suggests I really should get the 380 with the upgraded hydro. I have a pretty good incline in my yard, and want the thing to last forever.
 
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