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I brought my new John Deere 2520 home today, has a loader, backhoe, snow blade etc. This is my larger trailer, it's quite a load!
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Is your lawn tractor the X series ? I'm thinking of investing into one of those
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Oh that looks great! How do you like using it with the snow plow on the front?
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Is your lawn tractor the X series ? I'm thinking of investing into one of those
Yes it's the X500, I had an LA145 for about two weeks, just no traction. The X500 has Dif lock however I have never had to use it just the weight difference and tires make all the difference, I use the X500 in the winter for sanding and it works great. It has the Gator blades which I fell in love with last year, really happy with the results.

As for loving JD, they have served me well, the sales and service people always go above and beyond and they are 15 min from my home. I generally buy the best I can afford but only if i can get it serviced locally, with in the case of ZTR's limits me to Toro or JD.

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Oh that looks great! How do you like using it with the snow plow on the front?
It works really really well, it's made by Horst in Ontario and is a quick connect, I can go from bucket to plow in under two min's, it's 6' wide. I had John Deere put a divetor valve on, basically I press a button and it switches the Hydro from the curl on the loader to the angle on the plow or the Top and Tilt cylinder on the box blade, I just use the loader joystick rather than adding another control unit.

I have a rear blade for the 2305 which is 5 feet and a 60" blower which mounts to the 3 point hitch, I prefer pushing snow rather than looking behind.

Then on the Super H (1947 which I have owned for 30 years) has an 8 foot 6" blade and the 700 Kawasaki Brute Force has a 5 foot blade.

we have 70 cm of snow coming, storm is to hit Sunday, I will have all four units out and about clearing snow, big bucks in these big storms.
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When my Husqvarna reaches 500 hrs, i'm thinking of going to buy a John Deere X300. I don't see myself getting a X500 like yours. I don't see myself using is more than a mower unless I get bigger in the future. I love the warranty on John Deere... 4 yrs / 500 hrs.. WOW nothing beats that.
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we have 70 cm of snow coming, storm is to hit Sunday, I will have all four units out and about clearing snow, big bucks in these big storms.
WOW that is fantastic!

For the readers considering going the route of buying a tractor and a snow plow vs a pickup and a snow plow can you tell us why you might want to go with one over the other?

What would you say are the pros vs cons of each?
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For the readers considering going the route of buying a tractor and a snow plow vs a pickup and a snow plow can you tell us why you might want to go with one over the other?

What would you say are the pros vs cons of each?
The advantage of a truck is that you can cover greater distances faster, the cost would be far less that a tractor I have bought.

The advantage of a tractor is it will take the abuse of plowing and never bat an eye, therefore maintenance costs are next to zip, I have been plowing with the 1947 for 20 years and total mintenance is less than $500.00, a tractor will use far less fuel, I can plow for 8 hours on $28.00 +/- diesel, better traction, I have pulled probably 10 guys with plows on trucks out so far this season and that was with the smaller 2305 tractor. Another advantage is the loader, I can pile snow high and widen driveways, clean bus stops, fire hydrants and just picked up a contract for three fire halls.

Big advantage of these CUT's (Compact Utility Tractor) is the attachments you can get, all of which will expand your business and make you good coin, the average hourly rate around here is $105.00 and because you can do so many things there is good demand, I would take a tractor over a skid steer anyday as they are lighter and faster.

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