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Old 05-24-2005, 09:10 PM
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First Impression: JD X495

Took delivery of a brand spanking new X495. 24HP diesel, 62 inch deck. Overall, it's pretty decent - gobs of power, nice grass discharge, good speed, real nice cut (so far - cuts just as nice as our eXmark Turf Tracer HP), good turning radius. The only design flaw so far is the vent screens. They put the engine in so that the radiator fan faces towards the operator - biggest problem with this setup is the fan sucks up all kinds of debris which makes it stick to all of the vent screens. This is a big problem since we are in dandylion season and all of the white fuzzy things coat the screens in a matter of minutes. I kept an eye on the temp guage and it climbed up to halfway with all the screens blocked, have to cintiually wipe all the junk off. Also in dry conditions it makes a huge dust cloud and there's a good amount of blowout out of the front of the deck. While cutting lush green grass this wasn't much of a problem. Will post pics of the tractor and the screen blockages if interested.
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:22 PM
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Sounds like you got a nice machine. I'm looking at a '89 JD 332 Diesel myself. JD has been putting engines in like that for 20+ years with the radiator at the rear. At the end of each day (or beginning) just take a small brush or low pressure compressed air and blow it out just like an air filter. Keeping the radiator clean is essential to keeping that Yanmar alive. If overheating becomes a problem have the radiator boiled.

Enjoy your new workhorse.
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:40 AM
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we also have an old 430...

The new tractor is replacing a 1989 430. THe thing has over 3000 hrs on it and still runs like a champ. It still cuts half decent but could use some new blades in a bad way. We're mostly going to use it as a backup and for leaf clean-ups. We also have a 1989 850AWD the thing is a major dog though. There is only 2 or 3 hp difference between the 850 and the 430. The 850 has over 2700 hrs on it....
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Old 05-25-2005, 09:21 AM
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I looked at a 430 yesterday with 700 hrs on it. I couldn't believe how rough it looked to only have that many hours on it.
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2004 Ford F-250 XL RC/LB 4x2 Power Stroke Diesel
2010 John Deere Z710A 48" cut
1999 John Deere GT-235/54" deck
1985 John Deere 212 w/38" deck
1983 John Deere 420 w/54" hydraulic front blade
1974 John Deere 140, 54" hydraulic blade, 3pt. hitch, tandem disc, plow, 48" deck
1971 John Deere 112, 38" deck, all original, down for engine rebuild.
1967 IH Cub Cadet 124 w/creeper box, disc, plow
1947 Economy/Power King Tractor S/N 590, fully restored.

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Old 05-25-2005, 09:52 AM
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Something we'd all enjoy out of this:
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2004 Ford F-250 XL RC/LB 4x2 Power Stroke Diesel
2010 John Deere Z710A 48" cut
1999 John Deere GT-235/54" deck
1985 John Deere 212 w/38" deck
1983 John Deere 420 w/54" hydraulic front blade
1974 John Deere 140, 54" hydraulic blade, 3pt. hitch, tandem disc, plow, 48" deck
1971 John Deere 112, 38" deck, all original, down for engine rebuild.
1967 IH Cub Cadet 124 w/creeper box, disc, plow
1947 Economy/Power King Tractor S/N 590, fully restored.

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Old 05-25-2005, 10:03 AM
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Dont forget to clean the screen thats right next to the radiator. Have to take off the side panels (left side I think) to access! Easy stuff really. I have the X595 and it anoys me some times having to clean the outside screens all the time. I found it pretty easy to just wipe over it with my hand on the fly. Had some jobs this year that I had to clean it after every pass. Its not a big deal really.

Really make sure you keep an eye on the temp cos I may of blown a water pump on mine from not being careful enough. It was covered under warrenty because it was a known problem with the earlier "models" (for want of a better word) I have over 550hrs on mine in 2 years (drought last year) and I still love it!

You should also blow out in between the hydro cooler (I think it is) and the radiator. You can sorta split them and put some compressed air through it. No big deal but something to remember.

If you take the deck off to put new blades on or sharpen frequently, make sure your carefull with the coupling. Keep it clean and lubed. Theres a little ball bareing in there that can be crushed or something which makes it very difficult to disconnect the deck.

Good luck with your machine. Im sure it will do you well. Mine does some pretty hard core work sometimes and I couldnt be happier!

I have some pics of mine if your interested. Heres one to show you what it gets up too!
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Old 05-26-2005, 06:39 PM
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Here are some pictures

X495
The second picture shows the blocked screens...
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:18 PM
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better pictures I hope

here's a profile view of the X495....
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:20 PM
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shot of the blocked screens

Here's a shot of the blocked screens I was talking about....
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Old 05-26-2005, 11:11 PM
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Looks like you need another screen on top of that screen.
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2004 Ford F-250 XL RC/LB 4x2 Power Stroke Diesel
2010 John Deere Z710A 48" cut
1999 John Deere GT-235/54" deck
1985 John Deere 212 w/38" deck
1983 John Deere 420 w/54" hydraulic front blade
1974 John Deere 140, 54" hydraulic blade, 3pt. hitch, tandem disc, plow, 48" deck
1971 John Deere 112, 38" deck, all original, down for engine rebuild.
1967 IH Cub Cadet 124 w/creeper box, disc, plow
1947 Economy/Power King Tractor S/N 590, fully restored.

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