The tractor is powered by an iTorque power system, a combination of engine features, and an exclusive hood design that provides superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability.
A large 726-cc (44.3-cu in.), 14.1-kW engine at 3100 rpm has plenty of power and torque for superior performance. The larger, more powerful engine also allows the engine to be operated at a lower 3100-rpm speed for quieter operation.
Key engine features include:
A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer:
Large fuel tank and convenient fuel gauge minimize the number of stops for fuel and chance of running out of fuel:
The 107-cm (42-in.) Accel Deep Mower Deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:
Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:
Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to quickly exit the deck, reducing the amount of recutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:
Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:
The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:
Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:
MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy:
The 42A Mower Deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:
Smooth contour of flat-top deck stamping has few places for material to catch and collect.
Mower wheels are double captured:
Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.
Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
The MulchControl system of the 42A Mower Deck is standard equipment and makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:
An optional 250-L (7-bu) Cut-and-Throw Rear Bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 107-cm (42-in.) Accel Deep Mower. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.
The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:
This rear bagger chute (ordered separately) is required, along with the 250-L (7-bu) hopper, to provide a complete rear bagging system for an X300 Series Tractor equipped with a 107-cm (42-in.) Accel Deep Mower Deck (42A):
MulchControl provides an advantage in the following mowing situations:
MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings. The operator has all the benefits of mulching with the ability to change to side discharging or bagging when needed.
While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:
The 42A Mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mode to another:
The mower’s cut-and-throw design allows bagging with the addition of the bagger chute and hopper - no blower is required.
With the standard MulchControl system, changing from side discharge to mulching or vice versa is done with the simple flip of a lever.
A convenient handle is included on the top section of the chute to make installation and removal easier. A fill indicator tells the operator when the bags are getting full.
The bagger chute is securely held in place at the front and rear to provide a tight seal between the mower deck and the chute. The rear latch is adjustable to allow for the optimum setting for easy use and a tight seal.
The innovative design of the 107-cm (42-in.) Edge Mulch Deck sets a high standard for mulching grass and leaves:
An on-deck storage position is provided to store the material gates.
The underside of the mower deck is contoured and free of obstructions:
Ordering information: 5377M - 107-cm (42-in.) Edge Mulch Deck (42M)
The optional MulchControl system makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching, but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:
MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:
MulchControl puts the operator in control of the clippings.
While in the side discharge mode, MulchControl still mulches about one third of the material. Therefore, the side discharge mode is essentially a partial mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:
When bagging with MulchControl on a 48A or 54A Mower Deck, the MulchControl baffle can be opened or closed with the Power Flow™ blower installed. The Power Flow blower runs without material when the baffle is closed.
When bagging with MulchControl on a 42A Mower Deck, the cut-and-throw rear bagger can be used with the MulchControl blades. However, the rear MulchControl baffle (A) needs to be removed to install the bagger chute. The baffle is held in place with two carriage bolts. To return to mulching, the chute needs to be removed and the baffle replaced.
MulchControl includes everything needed: baffles, mulch blades, and a handle. MulchControl is included in base equipment with the 5378M 42A Mower Deck used on model year 2016 and newer X300 Series Tractors. MulchControl is an optional field-installed attachment for remaining applications.
|BUC10704||107-cm (42-in.) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action)||Model year 2016 and newer X300 Series Tractors, Z300 Series ZTrak™ Mowers|
|BUC10705||122-cm (48-in.) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action)||S240 Lawn Tractor, model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors, Z300 and Z500 Series ZTrak Mowers|
|BUC10706||137-cm (54-in.) Accel Deep MulchControl (lever action)||Model year 2016 and newer X300 and X500 Series Tractors, Z300 and Z500 Series ZTrak Mowers|
Hydraulic power steering is standard equipment:
The hydraulic lift control lever is positioned on the dash near the steering wheel for quick, easy, and precise fingertip control of equipment. Implement float, which allows an implement to follow the ground contour, is built into the lift linkage.
The Tuff Torq® hydrostatic transaxle encloses the hydrostatic pump and motor rotator groups in the same housing with the differential and axle housings. This design is very efficient and reduces the number of sealing surfaces to minimize the potential for leakage. Transaxles used are based on the specific tractor requirements:
Kanzaki K58 – X380
Combined with the foot controls, the hydrostatic transmission functions similarly to that of an automatic transmission in an automobile, so the term automatic is often used to describe it:
A freewheeling valve control is conveniently located near the tractor rear hitch plate for good visibility and easy operation.
Kanzaki is a registered trademark of Kanzaki Kokyukoki Manufacturing Company.
Tuff Torq is a registered trademark of Tuff Torq Corporation.
The contoured dash has clean, attractive styling and ergonomic controls for easy use:
|A — Caution / stop||
G — Service
B — Power take-off (PTO)
|H — Engine speed|
|C — Battery charge status||I — Engine speed symbol|
|D — Park brake||J — Best cut range|
|E — Operator presence||K — Fuel gauge|
F — Hourmeter
A rotary dial knob makes adjusting the mower cut height quick and easy:
Instrument display has the look and feel of a modern automobile. A power-up sequence cycles lights and gauges to indicate they are working:
Twin Touch foot pedals control the speed and direction of travel:
Cruise control is standard equipment:
Depressing the brake pedal applies internal wet-disk brakes (increased durability and longer life) for safe stopping.
A parking brake control is conveniently located for easy access; it holds the brake pedal securely in locked position.
The heavy-duty electric PTO clutch is operated with a convenient dash-mounted switch.
The PTO clutch is designed to operate through many on/off cycles.
Mowing while backing up is strongly discouraged.
An operator who deems it necessary and chooses to keep the mower engaged while backing up, must bring the vehicle to a stop, then push the yellow, RIO button as the reverse pedal is depressed slightly. The operator can then release the RIO button and the mower will continue to operate.
This procedure must be repeated the next time the operator chooses to keep the mower (or other PTO-operated equipment) engaged while backing up.
The frame is made of heavy-formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength:
Front axle is made of nodular cast iron:
Replaceable bushings are used at the front axle pivot and steering spindles of models with power steering:
Front steering spindle diameter is 19 mm (0.75 in.) for strength and long life:
A heavy-duty equipment mounting system is used:
Smooth, rounded contours present a modern, styled appearance:
Headlights are standard equipment on all models:
The operator station is designed for operator comfort and ease of using controls:
A 46-cm (18-in.) high-back, cut-and-sewn seat delivers a comfortable, smooth ride and excellent support for the operator:
The seat suspension is adjustable, without tools, for the weight of the operator:
A cup holder and toolbox are located on the fender for operator convenience:
A mid-vehicle, 12-V fast connector, located under the tractor’s fuse box, is included as standard equipment to reduce initial installation time for some attachments that operate on 12-V power from the tractor:
The one-piece hood opens easily to permit checking and servicing the engine:
The engine fuel and oil filters, the oil check/fill tube, and the oil drain tube are exposed for serviceability when the hood is opened.
A mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted front-to-rear to give the best cutting performance. A removable onboard deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy. They are securely stored under the tractor seat.
Exact Adjust leveling ports are provided on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-shaped tool, they provide convenient access to allow quick and easy adjustment of the mower for the best-cut quality of cut.
The Exact Adjust feature is standard on all Select Series™ X300 and X500 Tractors:
Consult the operator's manual for the correct adjusting procedures for each tractor model. Basic adjusting steps to properly level the mower deck include:
NOTE: The adjusting tool supplied with the tractor is an 8-mm ball-hex key, part number M162737. The rounded end allows for some misalignment with the bolt as the deck is adjusted.
Riding Lawn Equipment
|Engine power||At 3100 rpm, 14.1 kW|
|Transaxle type||K57 hydrostatic integrated with transmission|
|Transaxle control||Twin Touch™ pedals|
|Lift system type||Hydraulic power|
|Cutting width||107 cm
|Power||At 3100 rpm, 14.1 kW|
44.3 cu in.
|Type||Overhead valve (OHV), full-pressure lube, oil filter|
|Cylinders||V-twin, cast-iron liners|
|Choke/speed control||Separate levers, automatic choke return|
|Air cleaner||Dry, replaceable|
|Oil change||No-tools oil drain with replaceable filter|
|Fuel delivery||Pulse pump, carburetor|
|Fuel gauge||Gauge on dash|
|Fuel tank location||Rear|
|Fuel fill opening||On left fender, 7.6 cm
|Fuel tank capacity||12.5 L
3.3 U.S. gal.
|Charging system||Flywheel alternator, regulated, 12 amp|
|Taillights or reflector||No|
|Rear work lights||No|
|Type||K57 hydrostatic integrated with transmission|
|Control||Twin Touch™ pedals|
|Cruise control||Yes, lever on dash|
|Oil cooler||Fins and fan on transaxle|
|Oil filter||Yes, internal, replaceable|
|Forward speed||0-8.6 km/h
|Reverse speed||0-4.9 km/h
|Brakes||Internal wet disc|
|Weight bracket||Optional front and optional rear each hold up to two Quik-Tatch weights, 19 kg
|Front axle||Cast iron|
|Spindle bushings||Metal, replaceable|
|Hood material||Fully enclosed, molded-in color material reduces sound, will not rust or dent|
|Fender deck material||Stamped steel|
|Floor mats||Sure-grip rubber|
|Storage||Yes, under seat and covered toolbox|
|Service interval decal||Yes|
|Equipment mounting||Yes, heavy duty|
|Four-wheel steer||Not available on this model|
|Steering wheel||35.6 cm
|Tilt steering wheel||No|
|Turning radius||55.9 cm
|Uncut circle radius||42A: 76.2 cm
42M right: 68.6 cm
42M left: 78.7 cm
|Seat back height||46 cm
|Fore-aft adjustment||While seated, slide rail, 15-position, 17 cm
|Seat suspension||Two coil springs, three-position no-tools adjustment for operator weight|
|Mower cut height||13 positions, 2.5-10.2 cm
|Cut height increments||0.64 cm
|Preset cut height||Yes|
|Type||Side discharge and mulch options|
|Cutting width||107 cm
|Construction||Stamped steel deck shell|
|Mower deck material||12 gauge
|Mower wash port||Yes|
|Mower drive system||In-line belt, electric PTO|
|Mower wheel adjustment||Four-position, tool required|
|Mower level adjustment||Exact Adjust ports and onboard deck-leveling gauge|
|Type||Slide under tractor|
|Front draft arms||Attached with spring pins at two points|
|Rear draft arms||Two pins and spring clips|
|Mower wheels rotate||No|
|Drive system||Single belt: 42A
Dual belt: 42M
|Meets ANSI standard||Yes|
|Meets OPEI standard||Yes|
|Backup protection||Reverse Implement Option (RIO)|
|Notes||Hydraulic power lift for superior convenience and ease of use
Power steering for exceptional maneuverability and comfort
|Rear bagger||42A: 2-bag, 250 L
|Powered material collection|
|Mulching system||42A: Standard mulch kit|
|Front blade||112 cm
|Snow blower||112 cm
|Rear power take-off (PTO)|
|Spreader||Tow-behind, 80 kg
|Front bumper||Styled bumper option|
|Rear receiver hitch|
|Overall length||182.9 cm
|Width with mower||42A: 128 cm
42M: 112 cm
|Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)||42A: 131 cm
|Width without mower||96.5 cm
|Weight||42A mower, no fuel: 261 kg
42M mower, no fuel: 270 kg
|Manufacturing location||Horicon, Wisconsin, USA|
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