I traded my old ride on, on it's last legs last year for a good lawn boy push mower with the intention of getting a new lawn tractor this year. I'm going to have a budget of around $2000 tops.
My question is, should I buy new or used? I have about 3 acres to mow, all hilly with trees here and there, fairly complicated. Ideally I would love something I could have a plow or snow blower on too for winter.
Obviously I don't have the budget for a new tractor and blower. I've seen used blowers in the $500 range, I'm a little wary of them though as they can take a beating and could just be more frustration. To be honest, I've never used a snow blower or plow on a lawn tractor so I'm thinking simpler is better, and reliability is important (I don't want to be out in freezing temperatures, fiddling with the blower, fixing it every storm). I also don't want to be out fixing the tractor every time I mow in the summer, which was what led to me trading the last one - I never mowed the entire lawn once last year without something breaking.
So I'm thinking 2 ways:
1. Buy a brand new tractor, forget about the blower, maybe put a snow blade and tire chains on it in the winter. Not sure how well that combination works, but might be good for smaller snowfalls. So I'm looking for some suggestions in the $1500 range (tax and stuff will eat up the rest of my budget).
2. Buy used, but decent tractor. Maybe score a deal with a snow blower already attached... I saw an older Bolens, with snow blower, in great shape for $1200. From what I understand they were a pretty good machine.
What would you do? Anyone with experience with snow blower attachments have any advice? Or plows?