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  1. #21
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    2010 Kubota L5740 HST and 2016 Simplicity Prestige

    Default Re: X340 or X500

    I saw the pictures that you posted. I don't want to tell you how to spend your money...but the transmission on the x500 is going to take the torque you need along with driving the blades while you're mowing the grass (next year). Have you looked at tractorhouse.com for machines on there?
    Safety first!
    Proverbs 1:32
    "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
    Keep your ROPS up, your bucket low and plenty of weight to counter your FEL...

  2. #22
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    Deere 110tlb, 4520, x749, L130

    Default Re: X340 or X500

    Nice yard with some slight roll to it, the X360 should work well for you. I don't see any need for a mower larger than an X360 in your case.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: X340 or X500

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    Nice yard with some slight roll to it, the X360 should work well for you. I don't see any need for a mower larger than an X360 in your case.
    I don't have an x360 but both the 360 and 500 have the power to drive a 54 inch deck when it comes to mowing and that's very very very nice.
    Safety first!
    Proverbs 1:32
    "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
    Keep your ROPS up, your bucket low and plenty of weight to counter your FEL...

  4. #24
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    Default Re: X340 or X500

    OOPS...I meant the 340 not the 360.
    Safety first!
    Proverbs 1:32
    "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
    Keep your ROPS up, your bucket low and plenty of weight to counter your FEL...

  5. #25
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    JD L120

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    I figured...but I think my yard is hillier than the pics show. But I still think the 340 will be fine for me. I really like the traction pedal on the 500, though. Heck, my L120 lasted 6 years before problems set in.

  6. #26
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    JD 2320; 4520

    Default Re: X340 or X500

    Having been in your shoes and having folks tell me the same, it seems as though you are psychologically leaning to the X500 series but have not yet reconciled it in your mind. My advice with these machines is that they do last a long time with good service, which means two things: first, if you buy something you really do not want you will be stuck with it a long time unless you trade, which is always an expensive proposition, and second; these machines over several years offer very little difference in price per year, so a difference of $2-3 thousand dollars is not that great when spread over time and use. Looking at your pix, either a larger 300 series or the 500 series would do fine, but if your question was if you could justify a 500 for your yard, the answer would be yes. If I had your lawn and property I would be getting a 540 and not looking back, though there are some negligible differences in some areas to the higher numbered 300's which I have noted in previous replies.

    John M

  7. #27
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    Default Re: X340 or X500

    So......................which one are you going to get??? We're all waiting!
    Safety first!
    Proverbs 1:32
    "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
    Keep your ROPS up, your bucket low and plenty of weight to counter your FEL...

  8. #28
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    I'm going to get a new x500. Big question is when is the best time to buy it. JD has the $500 off until Feb 28th. I can not afford the plow right now so I plan on killing my L120 this winter. When is the best time to maybe get a few bucks off the price from my local dealer?

    Should I get the other tires instead of the regular turf type? Any other options I should consider?

  9. #29
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    I'm fairly certain I'll be buying an x500 as well unless I get a huge Christmas bonus and get the 534. I also noticed the feb 28th deadline and my thinking is at least to wait until the middle of January. Dealers will be ordering new machines then and I think the x500 is still a safe bet to be in stock just about anywhere. Do you live near any tax free states? I'll be making a two hour drive to new Hampshire since Taxachusettes voted down a proposal to cut our sales tax in half. I've seen them as low as $4999 so that's what I'll be looking to spend.

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    Default Re: X340 or X500

    Quote Originally Posted by rexwagon View Post
    I'm going to get a new x500. Big question is when is the best time to buy it. JD has the $500 off until Feb 28th. I can not afford the plow right now so I plan on killing my L120 this winter. When is the best time to maybe get a few bucks off the price from my local dealer?

    Should I get the other tires instead of the regular turf type? Any other options I should consider?
    X500 with Turf tires are fine...even on the slope I have pulling the commercial DR Power Vac. The X500 is great....the DR Power VAC is another story.
    Safety first!
    Proverbs 1:32
    "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them,And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
    Keep your ROPS up, your bucket low and plenty of weight to counter your FEL...

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