I think most of us have to many hobbies and not enough time.
I ended up with a 92' with a v-twin 18 hp on it with deck, plow, snowblower, and all manuals for $200. Needed a battery...I didn't think motorcycle batteries were that much!
I wanted to stay away from a hydro, but gears were turning in my head for a future spot in the garage...you know, something for hard labor,lol. I'll find a deckless beast pretty cheap roaming the yard sales this year.
That sounds like it fits the bill and can't beat that price.
When I first got into GT's I thought the same thing about staying away from hydro's for hard work but if you take a look at the larger hydro GT's (JD's, Cub's, Bolens, Allis/Simplicity) and you'll see they can push/pull/dig just as hard as geared units... plus they are more user friendly.