Well after using a JD 180 w/38" deck since 1987 or so to do the majority of the grass cutting where its necessary or nicer to have a decent cut, and using my Ford 1720 w/54" bush hog to maintain the field and rest of ther grass I am certainly glad I sprung for the new GX335 w/54" deck this year. Only thing I can kick myself about is not buying it sooner. The larger Ford tears up too much grass with Ag type rear and ribbed front tires, and its certainly not manuverable or speedy, and then the cut is typical bush hog. The JD tried to do all it was tasked with however it was starting to tshow its age, and to be honest, it IMHO was not designed to do what I was asking it to do, even though it did it. It used to take me 2 days to cut what I usually cut, and with the amouont of rain fall this year it seemed like I was spending more time in the tractor seat and trimming grass than doing anything else. Along comes the GX 335. My total time is now reduced to approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cut what I cut before. Manuverability is superb, and ride is like a caddy compared to a Yugo. I can actually straighten up when I am finished, only takes about 1 full tank of fuel, no more sore left arm from deck raising and lowering, and sore shoulders from steering. Less time in the seat, more time in my shop tinkering on other projects. I can actually keep ahead of the grass, and my place has never looked this good, as I use the GX 335 to cut everything now. I can get closer to obstacles, make fewer passes and use less fuel.
The new tractor along with the speed in which I actually sold my old 180 left me ina sort of bind in regards to getting up my pinestraw, as the boot adapter will not fit the newer 54" deck, and I don't have everything or the amount of time to make a new boot to deck adapter for the new deck at this time, so its hand rakeing or windrowing it or blow the straw onto a tarp this season, but hopefully by the time spring rolls around the new deck boot adapter is ready to go and the vac trailer can once again be used. One more time doing it the hard way to get pinestraw up is a small price to pay for the ability to run a tractor in comfort and speed like the GX 335 gives.