first time on the forum. I'll be moving into a new house in a month and I'll be needing a tractor of some sort to mow and also keep the garden. This is 5 acres, about 4 of which I'll need to maintain. At the very least, I'll need to mow it. Part of the grass is cut like a lawn and the rest is tall weeds that will need to be cut.
I am going to want a big garden that could get up to 1/2 acre or more. So, I thought a rear-towed rotatiller would be a good idea. I wasn't sure if one would be powerful enough to initially break up the turf. I'm guessing for the first planting, multiple passes would be required and it would probably be very slow going. Anyway, there seems to be a giant price jump from the largest of lawn tractors up to compact tractors. I'd love a nice John Deere Compact Tractor but I don't have $20k or more to spend with attachments. So, I started looking at Sears and others that might have the pull behind, motorized rotatillers. I was trying to get as much power as possible, like in the 27 hp range. Are there GT's that come with rear PTO's such that I might not need a powered rotatiller? Or would it be better that it's powered separately anyway?
Thanks for any suggestions.