I had the PTO and 3 pt on my X738, traded that for a 1023e, and can state the 3pt and PTO on the 1 series is far stronger and more capable.
Your X7 isn't heavy enough for a back hoe that will do any real digging, and a post hole digger (auger) is problematic due to the limited lift height on the X7 lift. It won't go high enough for the auger on most diggers to clear the ground. However, if all you want is to garden and need a tiller, or use a compact tractor-sized box blade or other 3-point implement, the X7 will do it.As the title suggests, I have a 2007 X728 (with 662 hours). I currently have it equipped with a 48" deck, 45 loader, click-n-go brackets and ballast box, soft cab, front quick hitch, and 54" blade. This tractor runs perfect and cuts great, but I find myself wishing it had a 3 point hitch and rear PTO for additional work (tilling, auger, backhoe, etc.).
Do any of you have an X-series with a rear PTO and 3pt? If so, how does it compare to what a 1 or 2-series can tackle? I'm tempted to see what my local dealer would give me for a trade-in value and upgrade to a 1 or 2-series, but respect your feedback more and would like to hear any recommendations and opinions.
I currently have around $11K invested in my current setup.