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First post as I'm researching my entry into aquiring a riding lawn mower. Never owned one as I've used a walk behind to date. My property is relatively flat and around less than 1/2 acre. Current mower is a self propelled Honda mulcher/bagger. Visited the local JD dealer today, Shearer Equip, and the discussion evolved to the 350R model with the dedicated bagging system.

They acknowledged they sell very few of these, maybe two a season at this location, and by searching the forum it appears this is not a popular model. I assume price has something to do with it along with bagging as most owners don't perform that on a normal basis? At a minimum I was considering the X350 and the 350R piqued my interest. I'm looking to act before Feb 28 to take advantage of the rebate offer.

I relaize I can only figure out my needs but wanted to get opinions of users on things I may not be thinking of or disadvantages of this particular design versus say the x350 side discharge and bagger attachment. I bag most of the time now since I have a place to dispose of clippings.

I don't see myself using this equipment in any other duty than mowing and willing to pay for a nice piece of equipment that I would own for years to come. Thanks in advance for any input.

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I would stay away from the 350R. Its a weird rascal to work on and not a big seller so not many dealers have techs that have ever seen them.
I would go with a standard X350. They are a nice machine and I see very lil issues other than just routine servicing.
But I will tell you.. Nothing will leave a nicer cut than yur bagging push mower.
If you buy the 350, stick with the 42 deck and buy the mulch option.

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I have seen one or two 3xxR's in for annual service, but have never set one up in my two years. It is a unique set up, so there is more to go wrong and when it does, tougher to fix.
 

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I can't help with your question, but welcome from northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thanks for being a Marine.
 

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Hi all,

First post as I'm researching my entry into aquiring a riding lawn mower. Never owned one as I've used a walk behind to date. My property is relatively flat and around less than 1/2 acre. Current mower is a self propelled Honda mulcher/bagger. Visited the local JD dealer today, Shearer Equip, and the discussion evolved to the 350R model with the dedicated bagging system.

They acknowledged they sell very few of these, maybe two a season at this location, and by searching the forum it appears this is not a popular model. I assume price has something to do with it along with bagging as most owners don't perform that on a normal basis? At a minimum I was considering the X350 and the 350R piqued my interest. I'm looking to act before Feb 28 to take advantage of the rebate offer.

I relaize I can only figure out my needs but wanted to get opinions of users on things I may not be thinking of or disadvantages of this particular design versus say the x350 side discharge and bagger attachment. I bag most of the time now since I have a place to dispose of clippings.

I don't see myself using this equipment in any other duty than mowing and willing to pay for a nice piece of equipment that I would own for years to come. Thanks in advance for any input.

Joe
Well there May not be Popular here or on these type of forums They are very Popular In Europe and surprising they do sell well here in the states it actually a big reason Deere Has kept in in production for the states. The X350R does Limit you on some winter attachments such as no rear suit case weights, The winter Cab is Not compatible with it either It can still use a Blower or Blade for snow removal. But that said at the Price for the X350R I would suggest Looking at the Very Popular X370 which is about $400 less and You get Hydraulic Lift(for mowing deck & front Mounted attachments) and Hydraulic Power steering Plus You get a serviceable Transmission (meaning you can change transmission fluid with out have to remove the whole Transmission to service it) which you would have to do with a X350 or X350R The K57 in the X370 is a slightly better transmission as well than the K46 which is in the X350/350R. Now if You were to Buy the X370 with a Bagger it would Only be $145 More than a X350R at MSRP:bigthumb:
 

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Well there May not be Popular here or on these type of forums They are very Popular In Europe and surprising they do sell well here in the states it actually a big reason Deere Has kept in in production for the states. The X350R does Limit you on some winter attachments such as no rear suit case weights, The winter Cab is Not compatible with it either It can still use a Blower or Blade for snow removal. But that said at the Price for the X350R I would suggest Looking at the Very Popular X370 which is about $400 less and You get Hydraulic Lift(for mowing deck & front Mounted attachments) and Hydraulic Power steering Plus You get a serviceable Transmission (meaning you can change transmission fluid with out have to remove the whole Transmission to service it) which you would have to do with a X350 or X350R The K57 in the X370 is a slightly better transmission as well than the K46 which is in the X350/350R. Now if You were to Buy the X370 with a Bagger it would Only be $145 More than a X350R at MSRP:bigthumb:
Buying a regular X350 over an R would also be $1,200 less. More than enough to cover the cost of a rear bagger.

Getting one with a stronger transmission would be better.

Power steering and deck/plow/blower lift is worth the extra cost to me. It pays off even better with when lifting a blower or blade.
 

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Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons :greentractorride:
 

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Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons :greentractorride:
X354 also comes with a sealed K46

Only Non sealed transmission In the X300 line are X370, X390 & X394

X330 sealed K46
X350R sealed K46
X350 sealed K46
X354 sealed K46
X370 serviceable K57
X380 sealed K58
X384 sealed K58
X390 serviceable K58
X394 serviceable K58

The sealed transmission can be serviced But the whole transmission has to be removed from the tractor

With X370, X390 & X394 You Can drain & refill transmission fluid & change internal filter without removing it from the Tractor

Hope this helps Devil Dog:bigthumb:
 

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X354 also comes with a sealed K46

Only Non sealed transmission In the X300 line are X370, X390 & X394

X330 sealed K46
X350R sealed K46
X350 sealed K46
X354 sealed K46
X370 serviceable K57
X380 sealed K58
X384 sealed K58
X390 serviceable K58
X394 serviceable K58

The sealed transmission can be serviced But the whole transmission has to be removed from the tractor

With X370, X390 & X394 You Can drain & refill transmission fluid & change internal filter without removing it from the Tractor

Hope this helps Devil Dog:bigthumb:

Thanks Master Sgt! :bigthumb:
 

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Thanks all. After this input I'm leaning towards the X370. Like the idea of a slightly more capable transaxle even though I may not need. The x354 looks interesting with the 4 wheel steering also. Decisons, decisons :greentractorride:
The X390 is $1,400 more than the X370. For that you get.
More powerful engine.
Slightly better transmission.
Bigger wheels and tires. Bigger wheels usually ride better.
Greater top speed.
Tilt steering.
Larger mower decks. Choice of 48" or 54" vs the 370's smaller 42".
A wide deck will cut flatter on smooth ground.
A narrow deck will cut better over rough ground.

4 wheel steering is love it or not. Plus adding extra complexity to the tractor. Definitely demo one before pulling the trigger.
It also takes retail price up to $6,100.
 

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I kinda want a x350r myself. I like it’s small size. The rear discharge is what I like about it the most. Sure you can add the power flow system to better tractors , but that adds to the width. My 1026r works fine for mowing and fall leaf cleanup at home . But it is way to big for mowing at my place up north because it doesn’t fit between the trees.
 

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I’ll be the odd man out but at these price points and the fact that you only want to mow have you considered a zero turn? Theee garden tractors are slick and work with a bunch of attachments but if you just want to mow get a bad to the bone dedicated machine

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I’ll be the odd man out but at these price points and the fact that you only want to mow have you considered a zero turn? Theee garden tractors are slick and work with a bunch of attachments but if you just want to mow get a bad to the bone dedicated machine

Brett
Brett,

Did consider zero turn but the wife didn't think much of that idea. She will be using for those times I'm away traveling.
 

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Brett,

Did consider zero turn but the wife didn't think much of that idea. She will be using for those times I'm away traveling.
I was in the same position until my wife took it for a spin and now it’s a fight on who gets to mow. I wanted her to demo it before buying it and she was afraid she’d look silly. Rolled the dice and ordered it and glad we did.

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I was in the same position until my wife took it for a spin and now it’s a fight on who gets to mow. I wanted her to demo it before buying it and she was afraid she’d look silly. Rolled the dice and ordered it and glad we did.

Brett
They look like fun, if I can say that about cutting grass. :good2:

Checked out the one in your signature and that is some kind of beast :thumbup1gif: You must have a lot of grass
 

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Brett,

Did consider zero turn but the wife didn't think much of that idea. She will be using for those times I'm away traveling.
That was My same Problem I wanted to get the wife a zero Turn(She hates all zero turn with a Passion) So I bought her a Cub Cadet 2206 back in 2002 when I retired from the Army. I tried to get Her a Deere at the time she won't have Deere of any kind either. Her Family was one of the Biggest Massey-Ferguson dealers In Canada and we Had No Massey dealers close by at the time still don't. But she Now wants to upgrade Her 2206 to a Cub Cadet XT3 GSX Not that she will be mowing Much anymore she did Most of the Mowing between 2005 thru 2012 When I traveled a Lot as a Civilian Military Advisor for Uncle Sam. The wife won't even have a Cub with a steering wheel zero turn either now. The reason I suggested a X370 was a Better Trans and the Fact That with a Bagger(MCS) the Machine is shorter Than a X350R Great when Backing Up if You happen to back into something less likely to damage the Object Hit or the Tractor itself. I use to Have a Neighbor with a X300R and He and his wife were Never Happy with it and he and his wife Both had a few accidents Backing with it I think the Bagger top got replaced More than Once. Plus they used the X300R in the winter for snow removal with a Blower. They didn't Like the Fact they could only use wheel weights at his age they were a Pain to deal with. They finally bought a X310 the last year of Production before the X310 became a X370:bigthumb:
 

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That was My same Problem I wanted to get the wife a zero Turn(She hates all zero turn with a Passion) So I bought her a Cub Cadet 2206 back in 2002 when I retired from the Army. I tried to get Her a Deere at the time she won't have Deere of any kind either. Her Family was one of the Biggest Massey-Ferguson dealers In Canada and we Had No Massey dealers close by at the time still don't. But she Now wants to upgrade Her 2206 to a Cub Cadet XT3 GSX Not that she will be mowing Much anymore she did Most of the Mowing between 2005 thru 2012 When I traveled a Lot as a Civilian Military Advisor for Uncle Sam. The wife won't even have a Cub with a steering wheel zero turn either now. The reason I suggested a X370 was a Better Trans and the Fact That with a Bagger(MCS) the Machine is shorter Than a X350R Great when Backing Up if You happen to back into something less likely to damage the Object Hit or the Tractor itself. I use to Have a Neighbor with a X300R and He and his wife were Never Happy with it and he and his wife Both had a few accidents Backing with it I think the Bagger top got replaced More than Once. Plus they used the X300R in the winter for snow removal with a Blower. They didn't Like the Fact they could only use wheel weights at his age they were a Pain to deal with. They finally bought a X310 the last year of Production before the X310 became a X370:bigthumb:
If I was ever going to buy a Cub Cadet that would be the model to get. At least it has a diff lock. Not sure if I would like a lever operation over the usual pedal kind most tractors have. Might be nice for moving deep snow where you need it a lot.
However for wife use it would be easier to do transmission and lawn damage from it being left on.
 

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They look like fun, if I can say that about cutting grass. :good2:

Checked out the one in your signature and that is some kind of beast :thumbup1gif: You must have a lot of grass
I think I probably mow an acre or so around the house. It was one of the smaller diesels I could find and trying to get as much equipment over to that as possible to keep from having issues with carbs or bad gas. It has taken my lawn mowing duties from 1.5hrs to 30mins or so. I’m starting to lawnmower mow more now that it doesn’t take so long vs running the bat wing over it

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Brett,

Did consider zero turn but the wife didn't think much of that idea. She will be using for those times I'm away traveling.
Before you decide, let your wife take a spin on a ZTR. She might just change her mind.
 
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