Review By : K. Hodges on Mar 15 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $13,500.00
Years of Use : 180-Days
Implements : 54" mower deck and Power Flow collection system.
Purchased From :
Strengths I moved up to this from a J-D 325 GT and it's like going from a Model A to a Mercedes. I mow about 9 acres total and bought the X748 with a 54" deck as there are a few tight spots a wider deck wouldn't have fit through. I also bought the SE version, and the optional seat is worth the extra cost. I have some lower back problems and the seat can be adjusted for operator weight and works very well to smooth out the ride. I debated whether to buy the X748 or the slightly larger 2305, because of the standard 3-point lift and rear PTO on the 2305. The way J-D sets the price points, to get the X748 with both lift and rear PTO, it makes it more expensive than the 2305. I want a rototiller for gardening, and decided to get the hitch and PTO after I had used the tractor for a while. I'll end up paying about $1000 more than I could have gotten the 2305 for (with same mower deck), but when I bought the 748 last fall, incentives were better for it than for the 2305 (for my purposes) I find it to have plenty of power, and it uses about the same amount of diesel that my GT325 uses in gas (and it's a smaller and less horsepower model). I kept the 325 and use it at my Mother's house, which saves the trouble of towing the 748 every week to mow. I bought the Power Flow system with the caster-mounted cart to pick up leaves, and it is awesome how clean it gets the yard. It even pulls acorns out of the grass. I have put 85 hours on the tractor so far since buying it in Oct '08, using it only for mowing and leaf vacuuming and I love it.
On hills the 4WD is wonderful, and I like the tires that come on the SE. They are still easy on turf, but have amazing bite in dirt and clean themselves well. Spinning them in grass WILL tear the grass out by the root, but if on a hill and using 4WD, the wheel spin is almost non existent. There is a rear axle lock foot pedal that makes both rear wheels pull (positraction) and it does work, but turning with the axle locked will also tear the turf.
Weaknesses None, really, but if the prospective buyer plans to do much more than mow or pull tow-behind implements, I'd recommend getting the 2305 instead, as it already has the rear lift and PTO and is probably aimed at the crowd who want to do more than just mow. The size difference is so minimal that maneuvering the 2305 isn't an issue, they'll both go in the same spots. The added weight (couple of hundred pounds) of the 2305 might be an advantage for doing FEL work, although a loader is available for the X748.
The cart that I got with my Power Flow could be a bit bigger, but I like the way the casters keep it directly behind the tractor when turning. That needs getting used to, be sure to watch where you are relative to trees, if you get one I have had a problem with the gas-filled assist cylinder on the cart coming loose (it helps tilt the cart when emptying the contents), but the system is easy to mount and remove (takes less than 5 minutes either way) and I recommend it if you have a lot of leaves in the fall.
I will probably go with a rototiller of different "parentage" than J-D, the paint J-D uses must be pretty expensive, because I think their implements are overpriced and seem no better quality than many others. However, I will always own J-D tractors.
Overall I am entirely satisfied with the X748, it is my 4th J-D lawn tractor. My first two were ancient when purchased and I just finished wearing them out. My 325 hasn't missed a beat and I have asked it for quite a bit in the 6 years I've had it. I sold a Yanmar "paddy tractor" that I had for 10 years, to buy the X748. I know from experience how good the Yanmar engines are, I never did anything more than change the fluids over 2000 hrs. on the old paddy tractor without a SINGLE failure
Parts : 8 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : 9 Overall : 9