John Deere Equipment Comparison: X300 and X500 Riding Lawn Tractors

April 6, 2015

John Deere’s 2015 riding lawn tractor lineup features a number of capable machines that are designed to provide a premium cut and tackle any number of landscaping chores that might await you. The John Deere X300 and X500 are similar in their abilities to make a lawn dazzle, but they do have some differences as well.

To assist those looking to learn more about each of these models and how they differ from one another, we’ve put together an equipment comparison that walks through some of the critical features. Enjoy!

The Engines

Both tractor models are powered by John Deere iTorque power systems, a blend of engine features and an exclusive hood design that offers an impressive amount of towing capacity, even cooling and durability. The X300 is propelled by an 18.5 hp (13.8kW) V-twin air-cooled engine, while the X500’s V-twin air-cooled engine features 24 hp (17.9 kW) to add a little extra pop to the operator’s arsenal. The flywheel alternator onboard both models provides enough capacity to recharge the battery and power any electrical equipment that may be in use, such as a sprayer or lighting options.

The Frames

Both the X300 and X500 are supported by frames that are made from heavy-duty (11-gauge, 0.12-in. thick) formed steel, which are reinforced and welded in the spots that call for even more strength. The rear hitch plates on both models can carry up to four 42-lb (19-kg) Quik-Tatch weights, which can be used to counterbalance a heavy rear or front attachment. Adding weights to the tractors can provide greater stability, especially when operating on hills.

The Steering

The heavy-duty sector and pinion steering system with quality bearings found aboard the X300 and X500 Tractors is designed to provide operators with precise control throughout the duration of machine life. Operators can grab a hold of the large, 14-in. (36-cm) diameter steering wheel for greater leverage, however, the turning radiuses on the two models do differ. The X300 hosts a turning radius of 16-in. while the X500 features a 22-in. Despite these slight differences, each machine can be very easily maneuvered, improving overall mowing efficiency.

The Operator Stations

The color-coded dash controls surrounding the steering wheel allow for easy identification. Full-length foot mats and 15-in. open-back seats let operators ride in comfort for many hours on end. The open-back seat design (with suspension) allows air to flow in and out in an effort to keep the operator as cool as possible during those warm summer days.  The tractors’ fenders are equipped with a cup holder and tool tray to store essential devices or containers or all sizes. Need to plug in some electrical equipment? No problem. A 12-V outlet is standard on the X300 and X500 models.

The Mower Decks

The Edge Xtra Decks on both the X300 and X500 use a three-spindle technology to raise performance. Four-point mounting systems, wider anti-scalp wheels, 0.25-in. cut-height increments and an onboard deck-leveling system paired with the 3-mm deck stamping are designed to handle a large amount of material and provide excellent cut quality and uniform discharge (even in tough mowing conditions).

As mowing experts understand, a mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted to offer the best cutting performance. On both the X300 and X500, a removable deck-leveling gauge and hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy (stored below the tractor seat). The Exact Adjust leveling ports (standard on all X300 and X500 models), are on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the tool, their location provides easy access, eliminating the need to reach under the fender deck, simplifying the overall process.

Dimensions

The X300 measures to be 43 in. tall by 72 in. long, with a wheelbase of 49.4 in. The total weight of the X300 is approximately 616 lbs. (with a 48-in. mower). The X500 is a bit larger, coming in with a 45-in. height 75-in. length, and 51.2-in. wheelbase. This model weighs in at 760 lbs. with a 48-in. mower attached. The heavier X500 model provides ample stability for mowing on hillsides working with ground-engaging equipment like tillers.

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Hopefully this John Deere comparison helped identify what makes the John Deere X300 and X500 similar, yet different, pieces of residential lawn equipment.

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