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What Is the Difference Between a 300X & 300Cx Loader?

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Front-end loaders are used with tractors to load, carry or move material such as crops, dirt or rocks. John Deere 300X and 300CX loaders are used with John Deere compact utility tractors. These two loaders share many core features, but each model has its own set of optional attachments, and each model is compatible with particular series of John Deere compact tractors.

Features Common to the 300X and 300CX Loaders

Both the 300X and 300CX loaders use John Deere Quik-Park mounting for installation and detachment. Each has a loader boom that is contoured for increased driving visibility. For easy hookup and detachment of other tools, each loader uses the John Deere Quik-Change Attachment Carrier. The mounting frame of each loader bolts to the tractor to provide additional strength for the loader.

Optional Attachments for the 300X Loader 300CX Loaders

There are four optional attachments for the 300X loader: a materials bucket, a tooth bar (used with the bucket for tougher digging), a cutting edge and a floating- or fixed-tine pallet fork. There are five optional attachments for the 300CX loader: the four attachments used with the 300X loader, and a skid steer attachment carrier.

Tractors Compatible with the 300X Loader

The 300X loader can be used with tractors in the 3000 series of compact utility tractors, including models 3005, 3032E, 3038E, 3320, 3520 and 3720. When used with these tractor models, the lift capacity of the 300X loader ranges from 815 lbs. to 2,530 lbs.

Tractors Compatible with the 300CX Loader

The 300CX loader can be used with John Deere compact tractor models 3320, 3520, 3720, 4005 and 4105. When used with these tractor models, the lift capacity of the 300CX loader ranges from 2,200 lbs. to 2,500 lbs.

Safety Features for the 300X and 300CX Loaders

The 300X and the 300CX loader each has a set of safety standards that are specific to a particular tractor and loader combination. Please check your tractor and loader operator manuals for guidelines on minimum tractor ballast, approved front tires, approved front tread width, approved rear tires, approved rear tire tread width and adding/removing ballast to rear tires.


Carol Iaciofano has developed classroom and online courses for many technology companies. She coauthored the book "Digital Deli" and writes for publications including "The Boston Globe" and "The Boston Herald." Iaciofano has a B.A. in English and music from University of New Hampshire and a Certificate of Computer Science from Wesleyan University.

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