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Newbie here

Looking at a JD x300.
My lawn is flat and abut .6 of a acre.
I use a Toro walk behind and love the mulching abilities.
I was in a M/C accident and my leg is healing.

So it's time for a rider! BUT I need good mulching!

My dealer said for 3k " x300 he will install a mulch kit for me and deliver it free.

I originally was looking at a D120--1699.99 but understand the X300 is built better, trans better and longer warranty.

Any pros and cons on the X300---

The X310 is getting up in price too much.

Thanks!!!!

Stashu
 

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:welcome: to the forum, stashu!

Darn, sorry to hear about your motorcycle accident! I'm a rider as well and always hate hearing about stuff like that.

Anyway, when it comes to the JD X300, you won't be dissapointed. They are really nice machines to run that have a real sense of quality built into them all around. They are a far far cry from any of the lower end box store machines. No comparison. Everything from the smooth and quite running Kawasaki engine to the easy to use hydrostatic transmission makes them a pleasure to opperate.

As you mentioned, you also get the JD warranty, parts network and also the "promise return" as well that allows you to return the machine and get a full refund after xx number days.

If you can justify the cost, you won't be dissapointed.
 

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Thanks for the info!

Been riding over 40 years, motorcross, dirt, hill climbs, etc. 1st road accident, car pulled out in from of me---cuts, bruises, and a fractured kneecap. Actually I was lucky as my riding experience helped.
Anyway this is the reason for getting a rider.

Transmission OK on the x300??---heard different opinions, same as the D series???? not sure??? but I am learning about JD
x310 better trans?----but also way too much more $$ wish they had a 500.00 rebate as before
Thanks

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I bought an X300 about six weeks ago and I like more every time I get on it. I have only a half acre and it is broken up into many little sections because of a pond, sheds, gardens and many trees. The maneuverability is outstanding! I'll wear out the steering wheel before I'll run out of gas. I love the transmission, except for the PTO's safety cut-off when I step on the reverse pedal - I am finally use to it and won't by-pass it now but I really do not like it. We had a serious rain a few weeks back and I had a lot of water flooded around my pond. The X300 handled the wet grass (under water) even on a grade. Maybe my 260 pounds had something to do with it.

I like the machine and the dealer support is fine.

I just ordered a mulching kit for it.

Hope your knee heals fast.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the info!

Been riding over 40 years, motorcross, dirt, hill climbs, etc. 1st road accident, car pulled out in from of me---cuts, bruises, and a fractured kneecap. Actually I was lucky as my riding experience helped.
Anyway this is the reason for getting a rider.

Transmission OK on the x300??---heard different opinions, same as the D series???? not sure??? but I am learning about JD
x310 better trans?----but also way too much more $$ wish they had a 500.00 rebate as before
Thanks

Stashu
Sorry to hear that! Yeah, that is definitely a scary thing and something every rider fears. It sounds like you've got quite a bit of riding under your belt though! Heal up quick.

The transmission in the X Series is definitely more robust than what you'll find in the D series. As far as common transmission problems go, I haven't heard of any in these machines. As long as the machine is not going to be used outside it's capabilities ie; towing more than it can handle etc, you shouldn't have any problem with it.
 

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You'll definitely like the X300 over the D120 except you'll have a bigger price tag. You would also have the option of the John Deere D160 or the D170 which have the identical transmission as the X300 has. The D160 would cost about $2600 and the D170 would be around $2900. Both of those have Briggs and Stratton engines that are of a little lesser quality than that of the kawisaki in the X300, but I thought I would share those options in case you would be interested in a sightly lower cost tractor.

Hope this helps!

BTW, The X310 has the better K58 transmission that is definitely better than the K46 that the X300 and the D160 and 170 have.
 

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Here's some additional information about the differences between the D170 and the X300 and between the X300 and the X310.

John Deere D170 vs X300 This page is simply a comparison of the statistics of the two tractors not actual reveiws based on hands-on experiance, nut I believe it will give you a good idea that the D170 and X300 are very similar tractors.

John Deere X300 vs X310 Notice the comment in post #7 about the difference in the two transmissions.
 

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Thanks to all for your help

Dealer should have the x300's in Thurs/Fri for me to look at.

Stashu
 
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