I have a JD 110 which I use for mowing, and a JD 300 w/tiller attachment which I use for tilling. Both spend as much time either in the JD shop or in my garage being repaired by me as they do in actual use, so I'm thinking of replacing both of them with a single JD tractor that has both a mower deck and tiller attachment. It looks like a JD 500 is the minimum machine required. My questions are: what is the scoop on the reliability of the JD 500? Is it relatively easy to install/remove the tiller attachment on a JD 500? (it's a major hassle on the JD 300). Is there a better solution that is not going to cost me $10K+ ? Thanks for your thoughts!
Our farm is 2.3 acres, with 16,000 sq ft of garden.