I didnt think about getting pics of each, good idea. I will remember that should the chance to revist the dealers arises. With the cost associated with a new garden tractor, reviews should be conducted to help potential buyers make a good choice.
What criteria should be used to classify it as a GT? Since no list has been made, this is a starting point of sorts. I dont have connections at each or any mfg to ask for a unit to test, so we are limited to numbers available such as frame thickness, transmission data, ect, combined with an in person visual of the tractor being considered.
Reasons behind the rank
Engine=because they are all good. I liked the sound of one over the others, but that is just my ear.
Deck= the material is over 1/8 inch thick, enough to weld to if it needs a patch. it is the only one that was designed with wheels that rotate 90 degrees to allow for rolling and not dragging during removal.
Frame= it looked like it was part of a car frame and thick. I did not have calipers to check it nor all of the units side by side to go over and over.
Price= self explained
Versatillity = what GT would perform the given tasks that make it a garden tractor and allow for other areas of operation should the owner decide they need a machine to venture into.
Dealership Availability= coast to coast, self explained
Transmission = need more data to review
Avalable attachments = self explained
Resale = self explained
Ease of attachment hook up front= need a unit or owner to comment on this
Ease of attachment hook up rear= need unit or owner to comment
Fuel usage = how many gallons per hour is used pulling a 400 lbs roller or plow? is this a good test?
Available financing= JD, CC, Sim all have it. Ing you have to find someone that will finance the purchase at a decent rate.
other areas that may be important that should be included such as warranty or attachment cost for example???
I will see about getting some pics. Any owner of a given tractor could and should post this. I will take my calipers next time.