So, I sold my Bolens HT23 tonight... didn't get quite as much as I would have liked, but it's going to a good home.
Now, I have just about enough money to get a SCUT... and, whereas before I could hardly find anything, now I've come across several, and am having a hard time making up my mind.
So, I thought I'd turn to this august body of accumulated wisdom and seek your opinion.
Here are the selections so far... prices are within $1000 of each other, hours are in the 800s, with the exception of the JD770, which has 1430. All have front end loaders, all are 4x4s, all have power steering, all have a ROPS.
Yanmar YM1610D Power shift trans
Kubota B2100 Turf tires, but includes a rear scraper
JD770--gear drive 4 speed, 2 range, has canopy.
Kubota B7200 Hydrostatic, has customer-added power steering. It's the cheapest of the lot--$4,500 whereas the rest are in the $7,500 to $9,000 range.
Kubota B2400 Hydrostatic. Has cab and grapple on bucket. Also has 2 speed steering, which were sometimes problematic, esp. when used with a FEL.
NH 1715. Gear; includes tiller. The longest and heaviest. It and the B2400 are the most expensive of the bunch at $9,900.
ALL of them are out of state except the Yanmar and New Holland. Freight will range from $700 to $1,200.
I'd actually like to find something relatively short, but all of these are about 103" long, and a 58-60 inch wheelbase.
So, oh wise and noble ones... what say ye??????