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Hi guys, I'm looking at doing some wheeling and dealing on a 2012 x500 with a 54" deck and 44" snowblower. Can anyone provide me with some concrete info on specs? Specifically if it has power steering, is the transaxle belt drive or shaft, any known issues with the machine to be cautious of, etc? The 44" belt driven snow blowers are 2 stage, correct? Tractor only has 195 hours on it and looks to be near mint condition, I'm actually working out a trade + cash for my x758. From what I'm seeing the x500's with 300-600 hours are going locally for $3500-4500, then add the blower, weights and chains and significantly less hours, I figure this is roughly a $5000 package. Guy is offering me the whole package plus $3500 for my 2013 x758 with a plow and 245 hours. I've had my machine up for sale for $9500 for a while, no serious buyers yet. Opinions? Thanks all.
 

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Hi guys, I'm looking at doing some wheeling and dealing on a 2012 x500 with a 54" deck and 44" snowblower. Can anyone provide me with some concrete info on specs? Specifically if it has power steering, is the transaxle belt drive or shaft, any known issues with the machine to be cautious of, etc? The 44" belt driven snow blowers are 2 stage, correct? Tractor only has 195 hours on it and looks to be near mint condition, I'm actually working out a trade + cash for my x758. From what I'm seeing the x500's with 300-600 hours are going locally for $3500-4500, then add the blower, weights and chains and significantly less hours, I figure this is roughly a $5000 package. Guy is offering me the whole package plus $3500 for my 2013 x758 with a plow and 245 hours. I've had my machine up for sale for $9500 for a while, no serious buyers yet. Opinions? Thanks all.
The X500 is a very solid machine. It has manual steering and the transaxle is belt driven. There are really no know issues with the exception of some have an erratic fuel gauge. The Kawasaki engine and transaxle are very reliable.

You can find additional specifications at TractorData.com - information on all makes and models of tractors
 

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You would be trading down to a much less capable machine. The x500 has no power steering, no power lift, no full time four wheel drive (x500 is 2wd), no hydraulics, a belt driven transaxle, and a weaker gas engine compared to your x758. The x500 snow blower is belt driven and the hookup would be more of a pain compared to a x758 snow blower.

While you didn't mention the hours/year of your x758, in my opinion it would seem the guy with the x500 would be getting a bargain.

Why do you want to trade down?
 

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Thanks for the info, jgayman.

Traction; I'm about done on my property as far as projects go that I used the blade for, so all I'm doing now with this big, expensive diesel four wheel drive tractor is mowing lawn and pushing snow 10 hours per winter. I just bought a side by side so I'd like to either put a plow on that or trade down to something like the 500 with cash and free up some capital. I'm looking to move out of NY state in the next 6 years and head south or west and buy some property around 60-100 acres. Then I'll need a much bigger machine to use to work the land so I'll look at a compact then. Looking to finish as much as I can on my house now and pay off as many bills as possible to prepare for moving out of state so the cash I'd get by trading down will do that for me. My tractor may be worth $10k at a dealer, but finding someone with a fist full of $100 bills that amount to that much to buy my tractor is proving to be pretty difficult, so trading down is the better option.
 
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