I'm looking to buy my first used lawn & garden tractor for upcoming projects when I retire in 14 months.
I work for a state agriculture agency and I have quite a bit of experience with lawn & garden tractors, John Deere, Case (quite awhile ago), Bolens (again, quite awhile ago), Ford, Kubota, Craftsman and I'm probably leaving out a few.
I liked the "plug & play" of the Case hydraulic system, but those Case lawn tractors are as rare as hens teeth in Oregon's Willamette Valley and they are now 30+ years of age. I'll bet parts will be hard to find on the used market.
Anyway, I am looking for recommendations for a smaller lawn tractor that I can run a tiller behind, a snowblower on the front and put a small bucket loader up front for when I have to do some landscaping work. At work we have a very worn out Kubota B6100E (14hp + pto for attachments). It has all of the mentioned attachment listed plus a mower deck and turf tires. I'd prefer a hydrostatic tractor model if I can find one.
I don't know about anywhere else, but in the Willamette Valley John Deere lawn tractors are the predominant brand available, as are dealerships and parts availability. What model would best suit my needs is what I don't know, but I would like a hydrostatic model to save my arthritic knees.
Recommendations are appreciated!