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If I never have to mow with my 1025R again, it will be too soon! :)

Just kidding. I enjoy mowing with it on the open parts of my land, but trying to get near/under things and trying to mow side slopes was killing me. So I got this guy here.

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Basically stole it (got a pretty sick deal). I forgot what it's like to mow with a dedicated mower. Makes the 1025R feel like a cumbersome tank.

Of course, it can't exactly run a brush hog, which is what the 1025R will be doing for the next couple of weeks.
 

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Sweet :thumbup1gif:

What size deck? My wife wants to replace our 20 yr old craftsman. Sure would love to buy her an X series, if I can get a good price on one.
 

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If I never have to mow with my 1025R again, it will be too soon! :)

Just kidding. I enjoy mowing with it on the open parts of my land, but trying to get near/under things and trying to mow side slopes was killing me. So I got this guy here.

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Basically stole it (got a pretty sick deal). I forgot what it's like to mow with a dedicated mower. Makes the 1025R feel like a cumbersome tank.

Of course, it can't exactly run a brush hog, which is what the 1025R will be doing for the next couple of weeks.
That new x590 weighs just about 1/2 of what the 1 series does with the MMM deck on it. It weighs 654 pounds with the 54" deck according to Tractordata.....

When I ordered my 1025r, since I was getting the Mauser cab, I decided to not order a MMM. I find for my lawn and others which I am now mowing in our neighborhood, the weight of the 1 series with the cab, etc makes tire ruts in many of the lawns because of all the rain we have had this spring. I have been running my 3 point sprayer or the 3 point fertilizer spreader on 8 lawns in my neighborhood and I am glad I don't have to mow them with the 1 series with the cab on it due to weight, but also getting close to reduce or elimnate the trimming would be much tougher.

Instead, for mowing I bought a new 60" Commercial ExMark Lazer, Zero turn mower. I have NEVER regretted the decision.....Not only does the ExMark cut like a champion, it's far faster, its cut is outstanding and it helps me clock the hours on something other than the 1025R. I didn't want the 1 series near trees, etc. and the ExMark is ideal for that.

I bought my ExMark new last September (2017), it already has 112 hours on it. It has a 5 year, 1,500 hour full warranty......:good2:

I bought my 1025R new at the end of October (2017), and it has 194 hours on it as of tonight. I put 165 hours on it plowing snow. Since March, I have put just under 30 hours on my 1 series.

For my needs, the equipment set up I have is working ideal. I also still have my 455 diesel lawn tractor with the 60" deck which is what I mowed with and plowed prior to this equipment.

Also, the best part is that between the snow plowing work in the neighborhood and now the mowing work in the neighborhood, my neighbors will have reimbursed me the cost of all this equipment completely by time both machines are one year old. They are happy and so am I.....:yahoo:
 

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What size deck? My wife wants to replace our 20 yr old craftsman. Sure would love to buy her an X series, if I can get a good price on one.
As far as I know, it only comes with a 54" deck. Although it's the same size as the deck on my 1025R, it feels like a much bigger deck because of how far it sticks out.

As for good deals, look for leftover last year's models. If I told you what I paid for this X590 (which retails for almost 8K), you would murder me.
 

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As far as I know, it only comes with a 54" deck. Although it's the same size as the deck on my 1025R, it feels like a much bigger deck because of how far it sticks out.
The X590 is available with either a 48" or 54" deck.
 

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That new x590 weighs just about 1/2 of what the 1 series does with the MMM deck on it. It weighs 654 pounds with the 54" deck according to Tractordata.....

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The 2017 is 800lbs with the deck, so yes, about half of the 1025R with deck.

I also had problems with ruts, both last year and this year, in the "wet season," which is May and early June. The ground has dried up now, so it's better. I got to mow with an X540 last "wet season," and to be honest, it too tore up the ground, though not as much. And its turf tires didn't make big ruts, unlike the R4 tires on the 1 series. So that's part of why I got the 590, but it's not the whole story.

My land is very irregular, and there are a lot of side slopes. If I put my butt crack on the edge of the 1025R's seat and hang out over the side like I'm racing a tiny catamaran, I can mow some of those side slopes without being utterly terrified. Some, but not all. This thing? Bah! Bring it on, it says. I have to lean for some of the scarier ones, but those would have rolled my 1025R for even thinking about going there.

Also, ROPS. I HATE ROPS when I mow (but only when I mow...and also when I crash it into my garage door). It's the worst thing for mowing. I LOVE not having the #$%[email protected]$% ROPS in the way.
 

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The X590 is available with either a 48" or 54" deck.
Ah, so it is. It's the 580 that only comes with the 54" deck, according to JD's website. Odd.
 

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....As for good deals, look for leftover last year's models. If I told you what I paid for this X590 (which retails for almost 8K), you would murder me.
No, but I'd let you buy the drinks :cheers:
 

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As far as I know, it only comes with a 54" deck. Although it's the same size as the deck on my 1025R, it feels like a much bigger deck because of how far it sticks out.

As for good deals, look for leftover last year's models. If I told you what I paid for this X590 (which retails for almost 8K), you would murder me.
You know, I see that all the time in court cases as a self defense claim.

"Your Honor, when he told me what he paid for the x590, which retails for almost $8,000, I simply had to kill him. After all, what else was I to do?"

Amazingly, the judge has the bailiff remove the handcuffs and sets the defendants free on the spot.

(Actually NOT....)

Trimming with the edge of the deck is severely under rated and often over looked. Anytime you can use the mower to get under the edges of trees and over the edges of drives and walks, it dramatically cuts down on the string trimming.....

That's why I love the 60" decks on my JD 455 as it sticks out about 10" on the left side beyond the tires and on my Zero turn, close to the same. Plus, who doesn't like having and using a big deck......?

(carefully note the spelling..:laugh::lol::flag_of_truce:...)

Some claim you cant mow with the larger decks without scalping.....That's a matter of operational proficiency and setting the deck up correctly. My yard has rolling terrain by design and I don't have any issues with scalping with either the old tractor or the new Zero turn.

String trimming is MY LEAST FAVORITE part of lawn work. So anything I can do to reduce or eliminate it is a priority. I chemically edge many of the things to eliminate just enough grass around the light poles, posts you name it to get the edge of the deck in there to handle the cutting.

On the typical lawn I cut, I spend about 3 to 5 minutes tops with string trimming. On my own lawn, despite mowing arounf multiple landscape bed areas, retaining walls and over 35 trees, I have it down to ZERO string trimming, which is great. While I simply can't tolerate grass growing tall around objects as it looks sloppy and un-kept, I also don't want to spend much time with the string trimmer. Avoid having square corners in landscape designs and it dramatically cuts down the string trimming.

We have some members on GTT who spend HOURS with string trimming weekly or monthly. My goal is to spend less than one hour combined all season using the string trimmer.......:good2:
 

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Great choice Mike. The X5xx machines are absolutely fantastic. I'm on my 12th year.

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Some claim you cant mow with the larger decks without scalping.....That's a matter of operational proficiency and setting the deck up correctly. My yard has rolling terrain by design and I don't have any issues with scalping with either the old tractor or the new Zero turn.
Scalping is a form of landscaping! It's like grading land! If there are high spots, well, you cut them down with the mower blades and next time, they will know better than to try to rise up.

As for zero turns...I want to love them. I really do. But they are just so weird and awkward to drive. I know you can get used to them, I did, briefly, but I just never enjoyed it the way I do a suicide knob on a zippy little tractor.
 

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Hi Mike -

Congrats on the x590! I just traded in my x590 for an x758 as I plan to use the tractor for additional duties such as snow plowing. Also, I have some steep slopes in my yard where the 4x4 will come in handy.

It sounds like you'll be using the x590 exclusively for mowing. That machine is perfect for that! I had the 48" Accel deck on mine and the cut quality was fantastic. It's a pretty nimble machine and was able to squeeze into some tight areas.

Congrats, good luck, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
 

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Hi Mike -

Congrats on the x590! I just traded in my x590 for an x758 as I plan to use the tractor for additional duties such as snow plowing. Also, I have some steep slopes in my yard where the 4x4 will come in handy.

It sounds like you'll be using the x590 exclusively for mowing. That machine is perfect for that! I had the 48" Accel deck on mine and the cut quality was fantastic. It's a pretty nimble machine and was able to squeeze into some tight areas.

Congrats, good luck, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Thanks Paul!

Oh man, you're going to love your 758. What a fantastic machine. I still miss mine all the time. Piece of advice, if you live in a place that gets a lot of snow, or can get a lot of snow...forget snow plowing. Get the blower. Just do it! Get the three point option and put a light weight back blade on it, blower on the front, and no amount of snow will be able to stop you.

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Mowing wise, it's not quite as nimble as the X590 but I don't think it's noticeable going from the one to the other. If you ever mow with a 1025R then you'll notice it big time.
 
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