JD X-320 or X5xx series? 1st time buyer
Hi all, new member here, and I've gotta say,GREAT FORUM !!!!
I'm looking to buy my first ever lawn tractor, and I've been researching relentlessly for the last few days, trying to make up my mind. I'd like a little help, and please pardon my terminology if I state things incorrectly.
First off, I'm 63, and just coming off a back injury. Mowing my lawn with a push-mower has become increasingly difficult this year, hence my reason for considering a tractor/mower.
My lot is 27,00 sq.ft. with some very steep slopes. I'll probably mow those slopes with a push-mower and a rope, so I'll primarily be using the tractor for mowing roughly 18,000 sq.ft of flatter surface. There are a few shallower-sloped areas I'd like to do with the tractor, if possible.
As for snow removal, I'm currently using a Honda 11/32 snow-thrower w/ tracks, and I'm very happy with that solution.
I've done quite a bit of reading in the last week or so, on this and other forums, regarding machine selection, and I'm beginning to focus on some specific points. I've narrowed down the field to a few John Deere models(X-320 X-5xx), and here's where I need some help;
Locking differential; This is something I'm very curious about. If a want a locking differential, do I necessarily have to go with an X-5XX series model, or can I get(or install) this feature on an X-320?
I tried to find which trans-axle is used in the X-5xx series, but was unable to find that specific info. Anyone know that??
Also, is the K-58 trans-axle on the X-320 "serviceable"? My understanding is that the trans-axle on the X-5xx series is serviceable. Is that correct?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. It'll be greatly appreciated.