The John Deere X304 lawn tractor is probably the stand-out model within the X300 series of John Deere lawn tractors.
Of course, judging whether a particular lawn tractor or riding lawn mower can be considered to be the number one is not straightforward because, to a large extent, whether it will be good for the end user depends upon what that user needs the machine to do.
With John Deere lawn tractors it is even harder because there is a huge range and, not unsurprisingly, they are all designed to meet slightly different needs.
Therefore whilst it looks like I’m hedging my bets by only saying that the John Deere X304 is the stand out in the X300 series, there is a reason for that.
Because if you’ve got 5 acres of hilly and undulating ground to cut, this will probably not be the best lawn tractor for the job.
But, if you you have two acres or so and you need to cut round trees, garden beds or other features, the John Deere X304 really is a star. And you don’t have to take my word for it, Consumerreprts.org went a lot further than me. They rated it as the best lawn tractor amongst those produced by a range of manufacturers in a recent survey.
The key to the success of the John Deere X304 is really its all round usability.
It’s rugged enough to be considered a true lawn tractor and to handle the many attachments and accessories available for it. But it is modern enough to meet most international emission standards.
Thanks to its 4 wheel steer capability, the X304 is almost as agile and manoeuverable as a zero turn mower. But its tractor design means it can still operate on challenging ground.
As far as mowing is concerned, the X304 is well equipped for the job. Its 42 inch steel cutting deck can discharge clippings to the side or be converted to mulching or bagging operations, whilst the height of the deck can be adjusted to give the cut that you want.
This then is lawn tractor worth investigating if you are looking for quality, versatility and all round effectiveness.