Need Help Deciding Between 3 Machines
Posted July 18, 2012 - 02:30 PM
I am new to the forum, but needed help deciding on a GT. I have 1 acre to mow, and need a machine to clear my driveway in the winter months.
Heres the three-
Ariens GT20 MINT shape low hours time capsule condition. $1800
two stage blower included, no other attchments.
Ingersoll 3018, real clean, VERY nice shape $1800
Hydro driven vac assited bager, snow caster.
Toro Wheel Horse 520-H average shape $1500
Vac Assisted 3 bin bagger, snow caster.
I had my heart set on a machine with a diff lock. But thats none of these. I wonder if I need a diff lock for minnesota winters and a driveway with an incline?
The tractor that is the UGLIEST is the Ariens. I am sorry but it is not an attractive machine in my mind. But it is the one I am leaning towards given that it has a 2 stage blower, and it is in such amazing condition. My objections are that it is also the one that doesnt have a vacuum bagger (although I wonder how easy it is to make it a mulcher?).
What does everyone think?
Posted July 18, 2012 - 02:50 PM
If the Ariens is horizontal shafted powered and a hydro trans, I would take that even with out the bagger. Ingersols are ok but can have some real funky drivetrain issues, and if your not into hydraulics, then it might not be for you?
I can't comment on the wheelhorse, as I really have not seen enough to say, that being said, might mean they are very dependable, and that is my frame of mind on them, let's see what gets stirred up
Again, welcome aboard ,post lots of pics, and enjoy the comradery.
- 4running said thank you
Posted July 18, 2012 - 03:05 PM
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 03:45 PM
I can tell you from experience with a large GT (JD x475) that having weight on the wheels and a good set of chains is much more effective in icy conditions than a dif lock alone. The x475 had one and I rarely used it when plowing except with very heavy snow. If you are blowing the snow then the need for the dif lock would be less but you'd still want some weight and chains.
If the Ariens is low hours then that's a big consideration as well.
Posted July 18, 2012 - 03:48 PM
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 04:20 PM
Okay, now the Wheel Horse; that is the model that everyone wants and it will do you good, too. Almost all WH attachments from 1973 - 2006 will interchange between models and there are a LOT of attachments.
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 05:52 PM
I have to say that I have no experience with Wheel Horse or Ingersol. I had an Ariens smaller GT years ago and it was great.
Based on reputation, I would recommend the Ingersol. Those who have them seem to like them. Hopefully more of them will be along soon with some experience to back up the recommendation.