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post #1 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Deere x500 series

Anyone running an x500 series garden tractor? Experiences? Opinions?

I need something to mow a large, sometimes bumpy, lawn and move firewood around. No snow action planned.

Iíve read lots online and it seems the K72 transmission is the one to get for longevity.
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No, but they have a good reputation on http://www.mytractorforum.com/. The heavier-duty tranny, as you said, is important, especially with hills, and/or pulling stuff.

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Hello Lunta,

You will be better off investing in a high quality BCS 2 wheel tractor as it is all gear drive.
The BCS folks have a riding sulky and also a riding trailer with seat on the front of the
trailer to let you ride on the trailer while hauling wood.

My poor experience with the JDLA115 has soured me on this brand of low end lawn tractors.
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That's fair, but the LA series lawn tractors are very different than the X5-- series garden tractors. With very different transmissions. The LA are probably the lighter duty K46 Tuff Torq.

Edit, sounds like the LA115 has a TT T40J, which appears to be lower specs than the K46. Which is itself considered somewhat light-duty.

https://www.mytractorforum.com/12-jo.../topics/179888

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Thanks for the suggestion Leonz but I’m really looking for something manoeuvrable, both forward and backwards. And not too long, to get in to tighter spaces. Plus my wife needs to be able to use it easily.

My research on the Deere models has shown:

100 Cheap and ok for very light duty. No slopes and no pulling.
300 The entry level model of the “reasonable quality” range. K46 transmission non serviceable. Can fail if asked to do too much.
500 Like 300 but with better and serviceable tranny.
700 Big and robust, but pricing gets towards the cost of a “real” utility tractor.
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Those LA John Deere are made by Murray, a very poor quality tractor.
If you want maneuverability you should check into a Simplicity, they steer very well and make very tight turns, plus they are built better than John Deere.
The old Deere's were built better, ones 30 or more years old. The new ones are not built well at all, they got cheap with everything.
If you want a rugged tractor, look into an old Gravely gear drive walk behind or a 4 wheel tractor. Go for the ones built before Areins took over Gravely. Areins got cheap with everything and the quality is not built in anything made by Areins.
Those Hydro Gear transmissions are not made very well and won't hold up to much work, even their heavier duty transmissions. Hydro Gear uses low quality materials in their manufacturing and their engineers are not very experienced at what they are paid to do, but what do you expect for someone with a college degree in "No Common Sense".
The Hydro Gear transmissions used in John Deere are of lower quality than used in other manufacturers machines due to cost savings for John Deere.
J.D. tells the parts suppliers to manufacture their parts a certain way and that's what the parts supplier does, even though the supplier does not like to do that.
From a lot of experience, we try to stay away from anything newer made by John Deere.

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I thought the Deere machines were Tufftorq not Hydrogear?
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Simplicity Regent and Conquest models are available here. But only through internet or chain store. I am concerned about parts availability over the next 20 years, if there’s no dealer network.

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a friend of mine has a 500 series........less than 300 hrs of gentle use and the trans slips bad after it gets warm...wont climb the slightest incline.
i would look at kubota.

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Interesting, I had a different impression of them, from what I've read. Has he changed the transmission fluid?

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