Thanks for the reply Caseguy.
My question is based on the assumption that all of the tractors are in relatively equivalent condition. I suspect any of the tractors will be overkill for the lion's share of the tasks asked of them, primarily mowing a medium sized suburban lawn and plowing a relatively short driveway. I can accept that with a vintage machine I probably won't be walking in to the local mower dealer or tractor supply for certain machine specific parts, but what I want to avoid is a tractor with a known, failure-prone, proprietary component. I don't want to be bidding against the entire GT
community for one of the last parts that everyone will need to keep mower X working.
For me, the more common standard components the better. I don't have any experience with GT
's but I worked as a mechanic for years so I'm comfortable doing pretty much any repairs myself.
My yard is actually small enough to push mow, if you've got the time. Takes about 1.5 hours. I no longer want to spend the time it takes though. As a compromise to moving to a house with a smaller yard I'm getting a rider. I want a tractor versus a dedicated mower because they're statistically more reliable and the ability to add attachments (such as a snow blade (cardiologist has said no more shoveling snow, ever)) increases the utility of the purchase. I want a vintage tractor because in my opinion they're cool. It feels a bit silly to use a rider on a lawn this small so if I'm going to use a rider on a lawn that doesn't honestly need one I can at least use one that makes me happy because it's cool.
Since I'm using the GT
for a task that will in no way tax it, with care, proper maintainence, and maybe a bit of luck, it should last me the rest of my (hopefully long) life. Unless I manage to buy one with an oddball part that breaks and either can't be replace or costs a fortune to replace because you have to have a new one custom machined.
I know that the evenings refreshments have kicked in and I'm rambling a bit
, but I just wanted to give a bit more info on where I'm coming from as a potential GT
As an aside, not a Simplicity or A-C, I found what looks to be a very nice Sears super 12 with deck, blade and dualies that I think might make a gorgeous bit of overkill puttering around my little suburban lawn.