Hi guy, I'm new guy and looking for advice on my first GT. I'm going to be moving from a house in town to a new house that has about 2.5 acres of grass to mow and 7.5 acres of woods. I need something to mow with, help me get firewood out of the woods, till the garden and push or blow the snow off the gravel driveway.
I would love to go to the John Deere dealership and drop 20K on all new stuff but that's not in the budget right now. I have been looking at the JD 318, 400, 420 and the 430. I would like to have a gas tractor so I only have to keep 1 kind of fuel in stock at the house but I might go for a diesel if the deal was right. Itwill be a few months before I'm able to get anything but I like to research things a lot before I dive in head first.
Ok now for the questions. What is the difference between the tractors I listed above? Did they make a tiller and blade to fit all of them? If so model numbers would be great! What kind of things should I be checking for when looking at one to buy? Check compression wear items? Is there any other tractors that will do what I need that are green? And one other thing, I have been looking at this Bolens 1256 on Craigslist just to get me buy till the right JD comes along but I'm not sure if it's a good deal or not, it's pretty old http://limaohio.crai...4322691160.html.
Sorry I have so many questions for you guys to think about but I have looked at other GT sites and it looks like all the knowledge is here and this place seems more friendly.
On a side note I would love to get something that runs good but needs to be restored. I have restored a couple cars (Mustangs) and loved every minute of it. I think a resto on a GT would be a lot of fun.