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  1. I’m thinking about a 520LXI ?

    Hey Peacemaker-Jack: GREAT looking machine! In my opinion the 5xi series is one of the finest garden tractors ever engineered. All the best!
  2. Maybe selling my 520XI

    The Mahindra Max26 the OP mentioned is, in my opinion, a great tractor. I encourage your interest in this model.
  3. Maybe selling my 520XI

    Wait for the right CUT with a Front End Loader. I almost bought a small New Holland without loader a few years ago. (I learned that buying a FEL for the New Holland was not going to be cheap). At the 11th hour my local Mahindra dealer took in trade an immaculate, low hour CUT with FEL. I bought the machine and have never looked back. It is the best small tractor I've ever owned. I had two 522xi machines with Kwik Way loaders which I sold to fund the CUT purchase. These were great machines and I had a strong emotional attachment to them, but I knew it was time to move to Four Wheel Drive. Good Luck!
  4. 5xi Snow Cab - NOS

    I have one last, New In Box, 5xi Snow Cab. $850
  5. 5XI Max Weight for Back Axle

    I've read that you need weight BEHIND the rear axle to take weight OFF the front axle. Wheel weights and loaded tires won't accomplish this.
  6. Anyone have a Ford Flex ?

    My wife and I bought our 2010 Flex brand new. It is an SEL version with AWD. It is by far the best vehicle we have ever owned. (Between the two of us we've owned about 40 different vehicles over the past 40 years). Our Flex is about to hit 97,000 miles. With one exception, our Flex has always been serviced by the local Ford dealer we purchased it from. The car has needed no repairs other than brakes, tires, fluid changes. On trips we are able to get about 24 MPG at highway speeds. This week we had our third transmission fluid change. I discussed with the technician a driveline component called a PTU. As I understand it, this helps coordinate the AWD function of the car. On our car the PTU is considered sealed for life, however the fluid can be, with some difficulty, pumped out and replaced. It has a small capacity at about 18 oz. PTU failures may often be the result of aggressive driving and the the resultant increase in PTU fluid temperature which could "cook" the fluid making it very thick. Starting with 2013 models, the PTU was redesigned with a drain plug to facilitate fluid changes. The Flex did indeed benefit from some Volvo engineering. The car is considered safe and strong. It is quiet and smooth and the ride height is not too low or too high. A comfortable car to enter and exit. Much like the family station wagons of my youth, this car is well suited for day to day transport of things. It is also an easy vehicle for our 70 pound dog to hop in and out of. If you have not driven one yet, do so. One drive and my wife was sold!
  7. WH T 523dxi or 522xi

    Hello, PM sent.
  8. 520 lxi owners

    Make note of the ENGINE Model and Serial Number. Early LXI machines had a trouble prone PLASTIC CAM GEAR (premature wear/failure) Kawasaki engine which was upgraded to a steel cam gear in later builds. With the engine serial number you will be able to search the web to determine which version engine is in the machine you are looking at. Not the end of the world if it has a plastic cam gear, just factor in the cost of repair as as you evaluate the machine and its asking price. Other than the cam gear, the machines are virtually bullet proof and the liquid cooled Kawasaki is likely, with proper maintenance, a 2000 hour engine.
  9. 1996 520 H Photos....Really!

    Nice tractor. At the risk of sounding nit-picky, but wanting to be historically accurate, don't 1996 model 520h machines have gold themed decals, badging, and wheel covers? Again, you've got a great machine there.
  10. ct fellow members !

    Watching the Blizzard forecast for New England I thought of Rick_in_CT having sold his fine 522xi / Two-Stage snow fighting package last week. Rick will your remaining 5xi with the snow blade be your primary weapon for this big storm? Or have you already purchased the new equipment?
  11. NEW HORSE!!

    Congratulations Jared ! One of the best garden tractors of all time.
  12. 522xi's will need a new home soon

    U-Ship or Fastenal could get that tractor to Michigan at a pretty reasonable price I bet.
  13. Making Hay w/520H and Loader

    Great story and photos. Just another benefit of owning a Wheel Horse. When it comes time to sell one, the proceeds can be used to fund a new chapter in your passion for all things tractor related. Perhaps this thread or a new one can be expanded to share other member photos/stories of calendar year 2014 Wheel Horse related projects undertaken and or completed.
  14. New (to me) 523Dxi

    David, Welcome to the 5xi family here at Red Square. I've sent you a PM. - Challenger
  15. Moral decline

    Thanks for expressing this sentiment.