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"I bought this machine with a blower only to clear snow so it is only used no more than 10 hours per season. It has been through 3 starters and 2 belts. The cable for the chute is always frozen and the blower switch broken. This is the worst machine I have ever had. I thought I was buying a quality machine but got more junk from China. They really dropped the ball."
"It looked good but the seat ripped within 6 months and the transmission failed shorty after. The battery lasted one year. All the belt idlers started whining after two years. The snow chute cable is an instant freeze any time it gets cold Engine fan recall - in the fall when I removed the engine shroud to clean the cooling fins from debris I noticed the fan was installed incorrectly. When I mentioned this to the service department I was flatly accused of lying/ The tire sidewalls also all cracked within two years"
"I mow about two acres with mine. I had an L-100 before this one that was dead at about 7 years. This one is going strong still. The good: The Kawasaki motor is flawless. I can't praise it enough. As long as you run non-ethanol gas and Stabil for ethenol if using ethanol gas, you should be okay. If you gum up the carburetor, you can replace the whole thing pretty cheaply if you are handy. It holds enough gas in the tank that I can usually mow my place twice before refilling it. It turns on a dime, and with regular maintenance, continues to turn very easy. It has a much more solid steering gear than the box store models, and mows like a champ if you keep the deck adjusted properly (also easy if your handy). It also cranks in any weather Mississippi has to offer, has a superior warranty, and the tires have held up great. I love the deck wash out connection. It is a joy to use, and after years of box store products, just feels absolutely superior, almost like a real little tractor. The transmission works smoothly and climbs and descends hills great (for a while). The bad: Taking it to a dealer for repair is outrageously expensive. The battery got a dead cell, and while jumping it off I fried the little brain box under the dash at the top. It was around $180 (the little box is about $80 just for the part). I am handy enough that I can handle that on my own next time. When it fries, it won't run again without it. It has a lighter duty hydrostatic transmission, the same one in the cheaper L and D series from your box stores. If your yard is flat, it will last forever. If you have hills and bluffs, it will not, and it's a costly repair (that warranty can be a blessing). If my trans-axle dies again, I am handy enough that there is an upgrade out there for about $400 more than the OEM that has twice the strength, goes a couple miles per hour faster, and is tough enough for heavy ground engagement!!! If John Deere would have spent the extra $400 and used that heavy hydrostatic trans-axle from the factory, I would have praised them to the moon. The seat's vinyl and doesn't hold up either, and it's about a $150 replacement cost for another seat. Don't hit something and break your hood to pieces, That's $1000... All in all a superior product but it isn't perfect, and repairs out of warranty.....well....I hope you are handy."
"I purchased my X300 new in 2013. I've been through 3 seats. The current one split open after only 4 months. I finally purchased a cover to hide it. Now I'm hearing an odd noise; sounds like it's coming from the transmission. After going through two of the 100 series way too soon (kept blowing head gaskets), I stepped up to the 300 series. I think the problem is simply John Deere quality. It charges a premium for quality that is not there. I shall not be purchasing anything else from John Deere, and that's a fact!"
"Basically, I'm responding to a seat issue on the X300. Here it was mentioned that a seat split in just 4 months. That's unacceptable. I had the same problem, many others have as well. Just look at the number of used models advertised with split or cracks on the seat covering. Mine split after 2 years and the dealer refused to replace it. A letter to John Deere produced a new seat but that didn't last any longer than the first. This is a definite issue with this product, and it is one the factory has ignored for years. My tractor was ordered with a pure mulching deck. I had problems with that and had to fight to get it replaced a year later. Witness the fact the deck is no longer made. Despite the noted issues I liked the product enough to buy another X300 series model. But I must say I ran my Wheelhorse for 25 years and was happy to part with this one after ten. Sadly IMO there just isn't anything better in this price category."
"In April of 2015, my mother and I both went to our John Deere dealer and we each purchased a new X300. Hers is a 42-inch and mine a 46-inch. Otherwise, they are the same mower. We have both had problems. At 212 hours, the engine locked up on mine. It was still under warranty, so the dealer picked it up, and fortunately, it wasn't the engine. The electric power take-off had locked up, causing the engine to lock up. It was $100 for the pickup and delivery, out of my pocket. My mother's X300 has about 600 hours on it now, so it's out of warranty. So far, the steering has messed up, which cost her out of pocket to have fixed. Once that was fixed, she was mowing along one day, and the transmission started making a hellacious noise. She called her repair guy again. It wouldn't even drive itself onto his trailer. They had to push it onto the trailer. That ended up being a worn spline, failed pulley, and another $160 repair. There's a reason you spend this much money on a mower. It's supposed to last for years. Between mine and my mother's X300's, it's looking like John Deere isn't what it used to be. The Kawasaki engines are the reason that I've bought John Deere mowers and used them for many years. I'm not impressed. I'm to the point that I'm considering selling mine, which only has 216 hours on it, before something else happens. I've praised the reliability and durability of John Deere mowers for many years. I am so disheartened over these last two purchases."
"In 2012, when I had a problem with the mower and took it to the dealer for warranty work, they told me that the deck was bent so badly it could not be straightened. They wanted to charge me $1,100 for a new shell and put the parts from my old mower in it. A few months later I had the mower looked at by an engineer and checked and there was nothing wrong with it. It now has almost three times as many hours as it did then and is working fine. What a bunch of crooks!"
"I bought this tractor with intentions to use it for cutting 3/4 of an acre and hauling some tree debris with the trailer. My first use was to haul some brush to a burn pile. I used it for four trips to the burn pile when the transmission started whining loudly. I took it back to the dealer and they had the transmission replaced. I had only used it for less than an hour. When I got it back, I went to cut grass, and only cut for a half hour before the deck belt shredded. I took it back to the dealer and they are looking at it now once again. The machine only has 1.9 hours logged on it of which I've used 1.2 hours. I've only used a half a tank of gas since I bought the machine. I've had to haul it back twice already. Very very very disappointed! I expected much more. I don't need to move fast, I just needed to mow, period."
"I bought my lawn tractor in 2009 when we moved to this bigger house with all the lawns and woods. I must say that I use the tractor a lot like a brush-hog sometimes and it really does the job. I did have the power take-off belt fly off the pulley once when cutting through deep brush and I have had to be careful with the seat because of the splitting of the plastic. But, I have loved it.. It always starts up just fine and it has always cut the grass well even without having the blades sharpened. Until today. When I went to cut the grass for the last time of the season, my power take-off wouldn't engage. This could be any number of components because of all the safety interlocks. I thought it was a blown fuse, but when I checked, all of the fuses were okay. I really don't know what to do next. but luckily there are lots of helpful videos."
"This is quite simply the best lawn tractor you can buy. It is very solidly built ad turns on a dime to get in and around objects. Not only does it turn superbly, but it does so without tearing up the turf. I bag and the lawn looks like a carpet after a mowing. Even wet grass is no problem for the X300. The Kawasaki engine is silky smooth and quiet. I can't emphasize enough how quiet this engine is. The seat is extremely comfortable. I cant wait to get out and mow again with this unit. Do yourself a favor, if you are considering a lawn tractor- buy the X300. It is quite simply the best lawn tractor money can buy !!"