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#1 cumberland OFFLINE  

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Posted July 23, 2015 - 01:31 PM

I'm looking at a X739. Anyone familiar with or better yet have one?
I'm open to other models also, but my 3+ AC is rough and VERY hilly. 80% is hilly. 1/2 of that it pretty rough. Presently mowing with a cub 2186 w/ 54" deck. It's about to take its toll on it. The deck is bad to clog also. The Deere decks seem to be a better design. I'd like to stay with 54" for maneuverability. I don't think the big box D170 would hold up after a season or two. Any suggestions for a durable, reasonably priced Deere that can handle hills & rough terrain is appreciated. I'm also not opposed to used if I can find one good shape with little use.
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Posted July 23, 2015 - 01:45 PM

If your mowing area is rough, I would skip the newest Deere offerings. The deck on the newest X7 tractors have some design flaws, most notable being the scalp wheel mounts are breaking under not exactly rough conditions.

If you can find a low hour X729, I think it would turn out better in the long run.
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Posted July 24, 2015 - 02:39 AM

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Posted July 24, 2015 - 06:23 AM

Before buying new, have a good look around for used x585, older x700etc. I know they had a diesel version available for a while. I'm not sure if they still make it. Have you looked at the Simplicity mowers. The big ones are very similar to the 700 series. The other thing to look at is the 1023/1025 SCUT as well as all the other scuts out there. You generally get more for your money with them. Rear PTO, 3pt. hitch, awd, rops, 2 range trans. is all standard equipment. 


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Posted July 24, 2015 - 08:55 AM

Can't speak to the new stuff but the seminary I attended has a 4110 that is over 10 years old and has over 3000 hours on it.  It is used for everything from mowing grass (60" deck) to snow removal and other work with a loader on the front.  It has a two range hydro trans with foot controls.  Yanmar diesel just keeps going.  The other thing to remember is that this particular machine is used by students who are on work study and has flipped over several times while mowing steep hills.  

I was thinking about the 1025 machines like Brian suggest as they are a more versatile machine.


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Posted July 25, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Thanks guys, I've got it narrowed down. I Think? To the 1023E. I test drove a 1025R yesterday w/ fel and liked the extras for about same price of X700's.
Now I'm trying to justify the cost difference of the 1023 vs 1025. It's $1500-2000 more for 1025 w/ 1.5 more hp, better seat & floor mat, cpl extra lights, , cruise control, 12vdc plug and the. 3 pt control ( select control vs position control?) the 3 pt lift control would be most important if I understood the difference better & benefit. Most the other stuff doesn't matter much to me. The 1025 does have 3 hp more at the pto also. I will be getting the H120 loader with either one I chose. $750 rebate right now + 60 months @ 0%
I'm just not sure I see the benefit for the extra cost. ? Any thoughts?

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Posted July 25, 2015 - 12:19 PM

If you do dirt work with the 3 point, the position control would be worth having imo.

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Posted July 25, 2015 - 01:00 PM

Here's s link I found for comparisons. I'm still undecided if the extra $ is worth it or not. Still having a hard time if the 3 pto hp and position control equals the cost. The better seat and floor mats nice, but I'm used to metal or plastic seats little to no rubber mats. The other stuff just seems like fluff I'd likely not use anyway. Cruise? Haven't gotten that lazy yet, plus 80% of my mowing is on hills & tricky terrain. I could always add a light if needed. Yet the salesman told me he sells 12 to 1 of 1025's to 1023's. I'm already at over $16k
http://blog.machinef...tility-tractors

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Posted July 25, 2015 - 01:10 PM

This link has my attention a little more. It explains the pto draft control more precisely. Not that I'm going to be doing high precision work, the position control is sounding more like the way to go.
http://jdtechtalk.co...-control-types/

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 06:37 PM

Just when I thought all dealer pricing was within $100 of each other, I found one $1951 less than another. Guess it pays to shop. Used one seem to hold there value steering me back to new. Especially with the 60 month 0% financing going on now.

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 09:14 PM

I shouldn't be looking in a Deere tractor forum or reading topics when someone asks opinions of Deere products.

 

I might get myself in trouble.  :oh_shucks:

 

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 09:17 PM

I shouldn't be looking in a Deere tractor forum or reading topics when someone asks opinions of Deere products.

 

I might get myself in trouble.  :oh_shucks:

 

Ben W.

 

 

I am only here to see why your posting here..... 



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 05:33 AM

I shouldn't be looking in a Deere tractor forum or reading topics when someone asks opinions of Deere products.

I might get myself in trouble. :oh_shucks:

Ben W.

?? Sounds like you may have had some problems? I've had and sought out mostly cub cadets, but seem to have gotten the most trouble free use out of a Deere I have.
It's kinda funny and sad that you can go to any make in the forums and see about all the same long list of problems they're having.

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Posted July 27, 2015 - 05:45 AM

Just when I thought all dealer pricing was within $100 of each other, I found one $1951 less than another. Guess it pays to shop. Used one seem to hold there value steering me back to new. Especially with the 60 month 0% financing going on now.

Not exactly correct. That's the cash discount price. (-$1250). Hover it's still around $700 less. Only problem it's 2 hours from where I'm at and 6 hours from where tractors going to be used at.

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 09:53 PM

Now that I'm in town where I'll be using the tractor, I think I've decided on the 1025R with auto connect deck and H120 loader. Does anyone mow with the R4 tractor tires instead of the turf tires? I hate to give up the traction, but don't want to tear up the yard either.




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