In the market for a new lawn mower? If you’ve ever shopped for a new lawn tractor or riding lawn mower, you’ve surely noticed that there are many options to choose from. Here at Papé Machinery Agriculture & Turf, we offer top-of-the-line equipment from leading manufacturers, and the X300 and S200 series are a part of our model lineup. With so much exceptional machinery to choose from, where do you start? We’re here to help you make the best selection for your project needs.
Let’s take a look at two of our most popular dealer exclusive John Deere lawn tractors: the X300 series and the S200 series, available only at authorized John Deere dealerships. Because these model lineups are dealer exclusive, that means that both series get the full support of the network dealers, so you can’t really go wrong. However, depending on your needs, the size and features of your property, and your price point, one of these top-tier lineups may be a better fit for you.
In this edition of the Papé Machinery Agriculture & Turf blog, we’ll evaluate the key differences between these powerhouse lawn mowers, helping you evaluate if the X300 or S200 series is right for you and your property needs.
Evaluating Your Needs
When it comes to deciding which lawn mower is right for you, you want to evaluate the size of your property, and the type of terrain you’re dealing with:
- How big is your property?
- Is the terrain flat, or are there hills?
- Will you be mowing around trees or bushes?
Having answers to these questions handy will help you best choose between different models.
X300 vs S200 Series
As we’ve emphasized, both of these model lineups are dealer exclusive, and are recommended by all of our specialists. However, there are some key differences to be aware of that will help you make your choice.
On the S200, the fuel tank is located in the back, under the seat. The fuel opening is a bit smaller than the X300, and has a 2.4 gallon capacity.
On the X300, the fuel tank is located on the side, and has a larger fuel capacity than the S200, coming in at 3.3 gallons. It’s easier to fuel up given its larger mouth.
If you’re looking for something that may be able to travel longer distances, you may be better off with the X300, which carries more fuel and is a bit more convenient to refuel.
On the X300, the fuel gauge is easier to see than the S200, and is always front and center. With the S200, the gauge is either between the legs, or, if you go up to the S240, will be on the right of the dash. With the base S200 model, the gauge is analog, but moves to digital at the S240 tier. The X300 fuel gauge is digital, which may be more convenient and user-friendly for some, though again, both are readily accessible and easy to read.
Both of these model lineups have the same deck quality, and are both deep decks. However, how you raise and lower the decks is where things differ. On the S-series, you need to use your arm, whereas with the X-series, you will raise and lower the deck with your leg. Raising and lowering the deck is relatively easy between both lineups, though the X300 wins as far as ease and convenience in this category.
Engine & Transmission
Both of these models have great engines with exceptional power and longevity. The S200 series comes in either 22 hp or a 21.5 hp engine. The 22 hp engine has an extra cyclonic air filter, which adds to its longevity.
For the X300, you get a bit more options–and a bit more power. You can choose from a 22 hp engine, 21.5 hp engine, or a 23 hp engine, which is the premium option from John Deere. So, if you’re looking for more speed, power and longevity, you may want to go the X300 route, but again, the S200 is a robust machine, and with the help of the extra cyclonic air filter, has built-in features for increasing longevity and durability.
Both of these model lineups offer K46 transmission, which can get you going up to 5.5 mph. However, with the X300, you can actually go all the way up to a K58 transmission, which can be helpful if you need extra speed, longevity, and power for navigating through more unpredictable or difficult terrain.
Driver Controls and Ergonomics
As far as the ergonomics of both lawn mowers go, these John Deere models are exceptionally comfortable. Both have a 15 inch high back seat. With the X300, however, you can get a more premium seat with the X350, for example, which features an 18 inch high back seat with a new leather cushion and thicker padding. This is great for longer mows and bigger jobs, keeping you extra comfortable for the labor ahead.
Steering and Maneuverability
The steering functions on both the X300 and S200 series are very similar, though with the X300, these models have the ability to add hydraulic assist or power assist. This creates a more automotive style steering experience, which can be super helpful for maneuverability. So, if you’re going to be navigating around bushes or more unpredictable terrain, we recommend going with the power steering option associated with the X300 series.
The S200 series ranges between 480 and 500 pounds depending on which deck you configure the mower with. For the X300 series, it’s going to be higher, which speaks to its larger build and bigger quality. With customizations, the X300 series can go all the way up to 700 pounds, which speaks to its larger, more durable frame.
Being a part of the model lineup, our equipment specialists love both of these series. That’s why they are both backed with exceptional warranties. However, there are some differences:
- S200: 3 year warranty or 200 hours
- X300: 4 year warranty or 300 hours
In addition to what’s outlined in this blog, you may have other considerations, such as price or accessories. Our equipment specialists are here to help you. Be sure to look at our X300 and S200 pages, and reach out to us for assistance on helping you find the lawn mower or lawn tractor for your property needs.
If you found this to be helpful, be sure to tune into more of our Papé Toolkit features, available on our blog and on our YouTube channel, and designed to help equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to make empowered buying decisions for your property.