Deere x700 Signature Series Pros and Cons

This compelling video of the x729 using a Deere 45 loader demonstrated the potential of a front end loader on a large garden tractor.  It was this video which started me along the process of getting my own tractor. Ironically, it was also the video which convinced me to NOT get the x700 series. Take a quick look at the video, then I’ll explain below.

Unfortunately, the 45 loader is no longer offered on the x700 series. So, the above video might make you drool, but unless you buy this combination used, you are out of luck. In many ways, this makes your buying decision easier. If you think you would use a front end loader, you do not need to read any further. You should begin considering the 1-Family/1-Series (1023E or 1025R).


While the first video was exciting but shows a combination which is no longer available, this video shows that the x700 signature series CAN still be equipped to do some serious work.  This one shows Roy Rector tilling sod with his x748.  If you are interested in using the x700 series for more than simply mowing, I would recommend checking out all of Roy’s videos.

 

From my point of view, here are some advantages and disadvantages of the x700 signature series. Use these points to help you think about the different models, but be sure to study the Deere website and other online reviews before making a decision.

Large Garden Tractor (ex: Deere x700 Signature Series)

Advantages:

  • Excellent Engine Reliability/Longevity (better than x300/x500 (same as 1-series if you get the diesel)
  • Diesel available for increased fuel economy (same as 1-series)
  • Better than average lawn cut quality (better than 1-series, but how does one quantify???)
  • Tighter turning radius than larger tractors (especially with all-wheel-steer)
  • 3 Point Hitch and PTO available
  • Snow blower/blade available (vs. ZTR)
  • After-market cab available (vs. ZTR)
  • Rear wheel weights available (vs. ZTR)

Disadvantages

  • Not as maneuverable as zero turn mowers
  • 3 Point Hitch and PTO are expensive options
  • MSRP very near or above sub-compact when similarly equipped
  • Loader/Backhoe options not (no longer in the case of the loader) available

Deere provides their own ‘comparison’ page complete with recommendations for particular scenarios.
Deere 1-Series vs. x700 Signature Series Comparison
However, I don’t find their bullet lists very helpful.

Overall, I think it is fairly simple. If you plan to use your tractor exclusively for mowing, then the x700 or a ZTR is the best option.
If you wish to tackle other more demanding tasks, and willing to compromise slightly while mowing, then you should consider the 1025R or perhaps even larger.

8 Comments

  1. Hi Tim! I enjoy your videos, keep it up!

    I owned a X475 and 45 Loader for several years. It mowed amazingly well. The cat 1 3 point didn’t lift very high, and caused some contact with the ground when loading onto my trailer. The Loader bucket roll was controlled by the mmm and 3-point rock shaft hydraulic spool, so when rolling the bucket out it would tend to set the 3 point and mmm down and raise them up when curling the bucket in. It could handle the 45 Loader, but only being 2wd, had some traction issues even when weighted. It’s was essentially a gas powered wheel barrow, and you had to just keep that in mind when using it. I stepped up to a 1025r this winter, and am happy I did. The auto connect deck, independent Loader scv, 4×4, and operator station are amazing. As a farm kid as well, I like the rear 3 point control better than the x475. And your recommendation of the seat springs was very helpful, as I too am cheeseburger challenged!

  2. Thanks for the very informative comment! The 1025R is an amazing tractor, in the same footprint as an x700 signature series. For most folks considering this choice, I think the 1025R is the best choice.

  3. Hi Tim and Chris,
    I just recently purchased a 1025r largely from comments I’ve seen here and on YouTube from Tractor Time with Tim and others. I agree with everything you’ve mentioned in the post. I was looking at the x739 as I have 3.5acres (2.6 mowable) and the rest is 30ft Christmas trees to mow around. AWS was definitely appealing. In the end and with the help of both of your comments, the 1025r prevailed for the versatility. I was very much impressed with the seat option on the 1025r. I could sit there all day (and probably will even if the engine isn’t running). I haven’t changed the seat springs yet but most likely will shortly. I purchased a new this year Deere MCS system for the 3pt hitch with push button dump from the seat and powerflow connection. Can’t wait to see how that works. Thanks again for all of the advice, keep in coming!!

  4. I ran a X585 with a 45 loader for about 11 years. It was most helpful on our small horse farm. Just this last month I traded it in on a 1025R with a loader and 60in mulching deck (I mow about 6 acres).

    I have been reviewing your blog and YouTube vids for maintenance tips and add on goodies. Your efforts are most appreciated! Manufacturers definitely need to send you more free stuff to review!

    • Paul,
      I would love to hear your thoughts on the X585 vs. 1025R. I’m having trouble seeing why an x700 tractor would be a better choice for anyone than a 1-series. I’d like someone else’s perspective.

      There seems to be one advantage to the x700. It has a slightly smaller turning radius. ..but that is the only advantage that I can see among a slew of disadvantages.

      Tim

  5. New at this so here goes. We have a X728 that I used a 47 snowblower on which I modified the impellar which was (METAL) and it was great at blowing snow but I sold it and got a 54 inch to replace it but didnt know that JD changed the impellars to plastic on both the newer 47 and 54 my question is what to use to improve the impellar and what to use to attach to impellar take a look at them but you probably are aware of this thanks for any help given Arnie

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