So I am retiring after 26 years in the Marines and finally got that plot of land I always wanted. I know little of tractors and the like, but am slowly learning out of necessity. I bought a Bolens 1220 with a blade, snow blower, mower deck, trailer, tiller and generator for a couple hundred without knowing what I was getting into. It was an emergency purchase intended to knock down the neck hi grass prior to showing the property to my wife.
Well, the bolens did what it needed, until the HH120 blew a head gasket. I replaced the head gasket and got her running again, until she quit again, to find that the SSI is not producing a spark. During all of this, I bacame addicted to these things called "garden tractors," which frankly I couldn't pick out from a go-cart a few months ago. Now that I am fully hooked, I plan to repower the Bolens over the winter, but in the mean time search for another GT to reliably meet my needs. Here's what I need it to do, and hopefully you guys can point me to some makes/models and can start looking for:
Front end loader (big piles of debris everywhere)
Trencher or backhoe (run power to the barn some day)
I probably don't even know what attachments are available or I would need, like post hole diggers, etc but I listed the main things I have been planning to do so far . . .
Once the bug bit me, I started looking at tractors around home, but they all seem full size and really expensive!
I have the luxury of time to shop around for exactly what I want, but I just don't know enough to even be dangerous yet. Who would have thought a barely working Bolens 1220 would get me so hooked?
Thanks in advance for your input!