Good thing it is no longer available
This is a good mower but very expensive to maintain. For the price of all the maintenance I could have purchased another mower from a Lowes or Home Depot. I live on a hill. This transmission is not one for hills. That was only $1300.00. The belt for the deck is expensive. Replaced 4 times @ $130 each time. I will not buy another John deere mower.
Worst mower I have ever had!
I mow once a week. I never mow a wet yard and yet even with brand new blades my grass seems to continually clump up. My shoot cover is up. I have 200 hours and I have gone through 5 belts because every time you back up it disengages the blades.
After 200 hours of using it for lawn cutting the seat material is flaking off. It was never left outdoors always kept in a temperature and humidity controlled space. I cannot believe such cheap material was put on a John Deere. Also, there is no gas gauge. I have to get off the tractor and try to find the gas level in the tank? Ridiculous cost saving by salesmen and bean counters not someone who ever uses a tractor. After having John Deere equipment for most of my life, I will never buy another.
Good Mower almost 5 stars.
We did have a cox countryman 28", so we have had the x300 John Deere 42" for 8 years and the mowing takes an hour and a half, instead of 4 hours with the Cox.
No trouble with the transmission as yet like others, but I do not use it for anything except mowing and only flat ground. has done approx.160 hours
Best thing since sliced bread, cuts even, just need to fine tune the mower-deck level, which is easy if you have any mechanical know-how.
We buy the service kits available at the dealer, and it has all parts required, except for tools and g...
Good, sturdy ride!
I inherited my 2012 X300 after my father-in-law passed away. He was an engineer and did his homework. I previously had a Snapper riding mower that was still going strong when I sold it after 20 years or so. The x300 is much bigger and heavier than any other mower I have used. It was relatively complex for me, but overall has been been solid and reasonably easy to maintain. My son uses it for his neighborhood lawn jobs. It's really too big for my lawn but it maneuvers well enough. I have read about x300 transmission problems, but haven't had any.... I suspect that the transmission problems others have reported could be due to accidentally running the machine in "hand-move mode" instead of running mode. There is a lever on the back that must be pulled or pushed to the correct mode or it would cause serious transmission problems. It would be easy to make a mistake.
it's the lowest cost ride on worth having
We bought new.
Don't be fooled by the hype it's the lowest cost ride on worth having and as such is just a good mower. We have 5 mowers. 2 finishing, 1 steep 4WD/paddock and 1 generalist - the JD is the 'generalist'.
Read for the BUT. This is the best low cost JD mower if it has a Kawasaki engine. Assuming it does - now the BUT bit.
1) from receipt on site ensure deck is levelled as per book and belts are correctly tensioned (I made the delivery guy do tis in front of me per the handbook - I read it out as he did it) wasn't happy but pr...oved all was correct on delivery. 2) ensure all grease points are greased and they show where they are and you grease them with your gun in front of the delivery 'guy' 3) your not stupid mechanically - if you aren't semi mechanical don't buy this mower 4) the area you intend to mow is relatively level and has lawn/grass less than 100mm long and not soaking wet at time of mowing. Anything more length or type of grass and you won't get a good cut and the mower gives a 'crap job' speed and cut wise 5) if towing loads (and I have towed in 'bit size chunks' in excess of 100 tons of soil, wood, steel) do it reasonable 'bite size chunks' guessing max 100kg/load assuming level to reasonable gradient up hill. Down hill I just load until I think the trailer arm will bend guessing 180kg.
2 burned up transmissions!! junk!
I bought an x300 thinking I was buying a quality product. I was wrong! Junk! With 60 hrs my tranny started to go. I could only mow for 20 minutes and the tranny wouldnt move the mower. So I bought a new tranny from JD dealer. That one went too. Ill never buy a JD again. Their customer service said they admitted their engineers put to small of a tranny in this tractor. Of course nothing they could do for me. JUNK JD JUNK!
Purchased this mower for 2,200.00 I have only put 30 hours on it and it had 32 when I bought it. The transmisson went out already. Can you believe it I called dealer and told them the guys name was [name removed] he offered no help at all.ripoff.sickening you would think they would offer me some type of help.
dont buy a John Deere,very unreliable
Bought my x300 new,it has already been back to dealer twice with the same problem. The mower belt has been failing around every 50hrs. Dealer says caused from a stick getting caught,but not the case. Bit of a joke really.This time was at my cost. Nearly $800 later because of other damage when last belt broke.For $6000 not the best cut either won't buy another JD. As for JD warranty and back up/customer service, almost no existence after they have your money and it leaves the shop. Will be trading in asap
Excellent Mower with one exception
A good overall mower from John Deere. It runs quiet, cuts well and is reasonable stable on sloped hills with a comfortable ride on rough farm yards. BUT, If you are serious about lawn care then the John Deere x300 series may not be the right option for you.
Having difficulty after 2 years with the transmission - we will see if JD fixes this or charges me for it.
Good Tractor except for the weak Transmission
Bought ours about 5 years ago to mow our sloping 2.0 Acre block. Always felt a bit precarious sitting up so high on sloping ground but it did the job Ok for 4 years (only around 155 hours of mowing in that time)
Unfortunately a few months ago it stated dropping a bit of Transmission fluid and wouldn't go up hills when hot. The Local agent sort of fixed the problem by replacing the transmission fluid and sealing the leak (but still not performing very well up hills when hot!) So I went to discuss the $245 repair bill and they admitted it nee...ded an expensive new transmission! They also admitted they had a similar model traded with the same problem. Anyway, to cut a long story short I decided to trade it on a John Deere 255 Zero Turn Mower and they absorbed the repair bill in the changeover which I thought was ok at $2700. But still feel the X300 transmission should have lasted longer than 155 hours. The X300 is supposed to be a mid range "heavy Duty" model! The standard battery they come with could be better too.. It started to need a charge at about 18 months and by the time the warranty expired (2 years) I had to buy a new after market one which was heaps better and was still cranking much better after 3 years and even on very cold mornings. Oh, and the seat material splits after a couple of years even when stored in a weatherproof shed!
Great mower, lousy transmissions, Google "X300 K46 transmission problems" and see for yourself. Dealer says they are built to a price and you get what you pay for. I paid NZ $6500 two and a half years ago, dealer will give me NZ$3600 now with 250hrs with the replacement transmissionthe. The next step up is the X320 at NZ$10,300. Trouble is JD warranty is for 4 years or 300hrs. One free transmission in that time then you are on your own. So If the replacement transmission blows, I pay for the next one at around NZ$1800 inc. freight. Its dec...ision time, Husky? Kubota?Cub Cadet? you choose !! X300 . Great looking machine, and easy to clean and keep nice. Very heavy deck, compared to some, and a quiet Kawasaki twin motor. Used to mow a 2 acre rural block. This is the model I bought in New Zealand to replace an earlier JD a Sabre 17hp Kohler 42" deck. I have had two JD's and both of the seats cracked within a few months. Water gets into the sponge and you get a wet bum if the rain gets in. The first JD was a 17hp Sabre which did 400hrs and had two K46 transmission replacements. The dealer put water in the tyres, which was supposed to help with the traction on the slight slopes on the property. The X300 replaced this machine and performed brilliantly until 200 hrs when the transmission started to slow on any hill after warming up. All hills had to be tackled when transmission oil was cold. Still under warranty so the second transmission has just been fitted. The X300 shares the same K46 upgraded version of the Tuff Torq manufacture. Its decision time, am I through with JD, Im not sure, the next step up is an X320 which has a K58 transmission, but both of these transmissions are so called sealed for life and dont reqire servicing for the life of the mower, but I cans see me with a perfect mower, but two lousy transmisssions. You choose ????
Questions & Answers
Why does our JD x300 mow for an hour or two then just shut off and refuse to start?
I have not experienced this problem. I have not had any problem with the engine. I assume that it is either a fuel or ignition problem. I only use high test gas without ethanol. and add a little sea foam. This is expensive but a lot cheaper in the long run than taking the carburetor apart to clean it. You should be able to determine if it is one of the above easily by removing the spark plug to see if it sparks when you turn the engine over. If it does then check the carburetor to see if it is getting fuel.
Which motor is in this machine?
How old is it?
How many hours has it done?
Has the servicing been done?
Maybe new spar plugs or other electrical parts have failed,
How far well the seat adjust?
Trying to put a wheel back on after punctured tyre repair...having trouble...any hints?
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