JD X380 or X500 series

ChuckBJr

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First Post - thanks for having me - I have a 1/2 acre FLAT lot and I move a 1000 lb Jetski on a trailer (with wide tires) about 150 ft (out and back) once or twice every month or so during the season (May-Oct). My wife and I were pulling/pushing it around for a year or two then I picked up and rebuilt a '89 Monkey Ward Transmatic (variable pulley drive) and it is happy to pull the ski around the house and mow, but some parts are getting difficult to find so I was thinking a JD X380 would be a good choice due to the K58 hydro. Stopped by a JD dealer and they were more comfortable with a X500 series due to the K72 hydro (selling up? or should I be worried the 380 won't be enough). I will also be adding a FEL as I will need move sand to the bulkhead (about 200ft) after severe storms - not the norm and at the moment the transmatic has no issues with the task pulling a trailer load - I am just getting older and shoveling a yard or two of sand (many trailer loads) at a time is getting less enjoyable fortunately it doesn't happen often. I realize the towing capacity of both tractors is 600 lbs but what I have read is that the weight relates more to stopping power than pulling ability and I have no hills to deal with while towing or mowing.
What I was told on tractorbynet was to get a SCUT but that is WAY overkill for my lot and needs and garage space.("No one ever complained about having too big of a tractor"....but I would add if money is no object that is true).
Observations, suggestions welcome.
Thanks Chuck
 

bkeller500

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Just some thoughts take the selling price of the 380 and subtract it from the X500 series. now divide that by 120.......that's how much a month more the X500 will cost you assuming you keep it 10 years. Pulling 1000 lbs is not a overwhelming task for the 380 unless it's uphill all the way. The bigger rear tires on the x500 will help if the ground is saturated with rain water and soft. You might find a good used X500 on craigslist or Facebook that will work well for you.
 
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