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#1 Johndeere720 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Hi guys,

JD 425 at $2400 with 900 hours vs X540 at $4500 with 800 hours.  Which is better deal price, better machine.  Somewhat price conscious.  Both with 54" deck - would like to add a blade.  Mowing 1 acre. 

 

Thanks, Mark



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Posted March 01, 2016 - 03:07 PM

I vote the 425  if you are going to use it for anything other than grass cutting and I think it is the better deal of the 2.If I were only going to cut grass I would go with a 540 but that one sounds a little on the high side.They are both great machines and will probably give you the same dependability and longevity but the 425 is up for the task of ground/snow work far better than the 540.


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Posted March 01, 2016 - 05:43 PM

Comparing those prices to what I see here in MN, the 425 is a bargain and the X540 is on the high end of average.

 

Personally, the only way I would choose the 540 over the 425 is if I had no time or desire to work on the machine is something should break down.



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Posted March 01, 2016 - 08:41 PM

My vote is the 425. better machine.



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Posted March 02, 2016 - 01:08 AM

The 425 is the more capable/heavy duty machine but will likely be more coin to outfit a complete package than the 540.  Likely you could  buy a brand new blade for the 540 for what you will pay for the quick hitch to mount a blade on the 425 and you still have to pony up for the blade, and if you would like a blower someday, well get out your wallet for the 425, used 47 blowers and hardware are usually hella spendy compared to a new 44 blower for a 540. Check to see if the 425 has had the cam gear replaced as certain years used a plastic gear and if you have to send it out that's a spendy job.  If you don't need a loader, 3pt hitch, or rear pto go with a 540, that one is pricey get em down or find a better priced one.  If hydraulic lift and power steering are of little desire just get an x500, they are likely to be a bit more budget friendly than an x540 but the hydraulics and power steer are a blessing with a blower..



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Posted March 03, 2016 - 04:45 PM

Thanks guys.  I went ahead and got the 425 for $2100 (got them down). 

What makes them so much better built than the X540?  Both have Kawasaki engines, right?    Can you put a manual lift blade on a 425?

It is a 1997 - would that have the cam gear replaced?  Owner didn't know if it was replaced or not as he is not the original owner.  Did JD have a recall on that and fix, or was it only if the owner had it replaced?

 

It has a 60 inch deck.  I would like to go to a 54" deck in time (to better fit between trees). 

What model decks fit on this?  Will newer 54" pto driven decks fit on this?

 

Thanks, Mark



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Posted March 03, 2016 - 08:30 PM

Congrats, Mark. We would love to see some pics of the new 2 u tractor.

 

As for build quality, the 4x5 is the big boy of the lineup for those years. Kinda like comparing a GX325 to your new machine.

 

Any front implement for the 425 will be hydraulic lift. 

 

Plastic camshaft replacement was only done under warranty, if necessary. Yours would of had one from the factory. The only way to know is paperwork or tear it apart. I don't recommend that. You could look at the water pump and see if it looks newer that the rest of the parts in there, for some reason they always replaced the pump if they do the steel cam upgrade. 

 

You can choose from the 60, 54 or 48" deck. I don't believe the newer decks work under your 425, but I will check and also find the model #'s of compatible 54 decks.

 

In the spring, run a CL ad wanting to trade your 60 for a 54" deck. Someone out there wishes they had a 60 instead of their 54.

 

(EDIT: I almost wrote "wishes they had a bigger deck" in that last line. I'd have to edit and make fun of myself for that)



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Posted March 03, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Congrats on the new machine!  I wouldnt say either is better, both are quality machines just one is a bit more capable than the other and for lack of better words more suited to a commercial duty cycle whereas the other is more suited to the homeowner duty cycle. 



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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:27 PM

The 425 is a great machine.  I have one with 1900 hours.  Only issues I have had was the cam and one hydralic hose.  It now has a sputtering problem that I currently trouble shooting. Its a great machine I put about 110 to 120 hours on per year.  I push snow in the winter, pull fire wood out and mow about 1 1/2 acres.  

When you get a blade put some wieght on the back end.  Fluid in tires ,wheel wieghts or hang some weights something like that, 300 or 400 lbs with tire chains and it will push like crazy.






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