I've got a 19-year-old GT262 with a 48-inch deck that I think I'm finally ready to let go. Question is, what would be an appropriate replacement?
I've been very happy with the 262. I mow 3.5-4 acres of a 5-acre parcel that's got some hills and lots of trees to work around (not to mention my wife's flower beds). I'm also to the point that I'd like to stop shoveling out a 150-foot lane, so I'll want to add a snow blower to the front (a blade would be acceptable, but I don't think any of these small garden tractors has the weight or power to handle a heavy Ohio snowfall).
So, I'm looking for suggestions.
I keep hearing that the D series machines (I was considering the D160 or D170) won't last as long as the X series (looking at the X300 or X320). I can't seem to find any comparisons to my nearly 20-year-old tractor. Is the GT262 equivalent to a D series tractor or an X series tractor (in quality of build and expected longevity)? Is the X series worth the extra money (smaller engines but longer warranties and a bunch of extra features I probably don't really need)?
I will, of course, talk to my local dealers (we're fortunate to have two within 15 minutes drive), but sometimes a user's perspective is less biased.