Review By : Anonymous on Sep 1 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 30-Days
Implements : 300CX FEL, MX5 Rotary Cutter, 60" Box Blade, 72" York Rake
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Strengths Plenty of power for my needs, which include mowing, heavy brush cutting, clearing, loader work, box blade and snow. Plenty of power for my needs, which include mowing, heavy brush cutting, clearing, loader work, box blade and snow. Ergonomics are excellent with well-placed hand controls and pedals (far prefer twin forward/reverse to treadle), and diff lock is easy to engage. Seat and ride are comfortable (even w/o the air ride upgrade). Extremely strong hydraulic system with a huge lift capacity for both loader and 3pt. Very smooth e-hydro transmission, which includes Deere’s loadmatch system.
Weaknesses I do wish the position control were on the left side (where step is) so I can fine-tune 3-pt implement height from ground. Loader joystick prevents egress on right. While I have not needed any additional power for my tasks, I have yet to test certain PTO- driven applications, such as wood-chipping and tilling, and so I can’t fully evaluate PTO power. Regarding stability (since some others have voiced concern), the tractor does have a slightly narrow stature for its frame, but for most hill work I tend to avoid the issue by operating in an up/down manner, rather than side/side. Finally (and this is a more general JD comment), I am thinking of adding a grapple, which may cause me to wish I had chosen the skid steer quick attach option over Deere’s proprietary system, which is limited to fewer attachments.
Overall Glad I saved a bunch and bought this version (now discontinued as demand was low, but still available on some lots) at a great price. Power is fine; I easily run a Deere MX5 rotary cutter (med duty), despite having “just” 22 HP at the PTO, largely because it can easily lift this cutter’s massive 1100lbs with the 3pt. Generally find that I lose traction before power – I have the large R4s (filled in the rear). Loader lift capacity is great, and is equal to all others in the 3x20 series due to a strong hydraulic system. A very capable and extremely user-friendly tractor.
Parts : Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : Overall : 10