John Deere X300 and X500 Tractors
John Deere offers several tractors that are designed to provide a superior cut each time. The John Deere X300 and X500 Series tractors can help tackle any number of landscaping chores. While these machines have some similarities in their ability to give you a well-manicured lawn, they have some differences that set them apart as well.

Continue reading to learn more about John Deere X300 and X500 lawn tractors and how they differ from one.


Both tractor models are powered by John Deere iTorque power systems, a number of engine features, and an exclusive hood design that offers a great amount of towing capacity and durability.

The X300 is propelled by an 18.5 hp V-twin air-cooled engine, while the X500 features a 24 hp V-twin air-cooled engine. The flywheel alternator onboard on both models provides enough capacity to recharge the battery and power any electrical equipment that may be in use, such as lighting options.

Mower Decks

The Edge Xtra Decks on both the X300 and X500 use a three-spindle technology to increase performance. Both the X300 and X500 lawn tractors feature a removable deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool to make adjustment easy, stored below the tractor seat. The Exact Adjust leveling ports are standard on all X300 and X500 models and are located on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-key tool, their location provides easy access, eliminating the need to reach under the fender deck to simplify the overall process.


Both the X300 and X500 are supported by frames made from heavy-duty, 11-gauge, 0.12-inch-thick steel. The frames are reinforced and welded in the spots that call for more strength.

The rear hitch plates on both models can carry up to four 42-lb Quik-Tatch weights, which can be used to counterbalance heavy rear or front attachments. Adding weights to the tractors can provide greater stability, especially when operating on hills.


The heavy-duty sector and pinion steering system with quality bearings found aboard the X300 and X500 is designed to provide operators with precise control throughout the life of their machine. Operators can use the large, 14-inch diameter steering wheel for greater leverage.

The turning radiuses on the X300 and X500 tractors differ. The X300 features a turning radius of 16-inches and the X500 features a 22-inch turning radius. Despite these small differences, each machine can be easily maneuvered to improve overall mowing efficiency.

Operator Stations

The color-coded dash controls around the steering wheel allow for easy identification. The full-length foot mats and 15-inch open-back seats allow operators to ride in comfort for hours on end. The open-back seat design with suspension allows air to flow in and out to keep the operator cool during warm summer days.

The tractors’ fenders are equipped with a cup holder and tool tray to store essential devices or containers of all sizes. If operators need to plug in some electrical equipment, these models feature a 12-V outlet.

X300 and X500 Dimensions

The X300 is 43 in. x 72 in., with a wheelbase of 49.4 in. The total weight is approximately 616 lbs., with a 48-inch mower.

The dimensions of the X500 are a bit larger, 45 in. x 75 in., and a wheelbase of 51.2 in. This model weighs about 760 lbs. with a 48-inch mower. The heavier X500 models provide ample stability for mowing on hillsides, and when using attachments.