I don't know if this exact topic has been covered this way, I didn't find it when I searched, but then again I'm not sure I searched thoroughly enough.
So this guy (that's me) wants a new (new to me) machine. I have a nice Bolens 1050 with a lot of attachments, but it's time for something bigger and more capable. I look at all sorts of larger frame GT's, but honestly I get lost with all of the options and features they had over the years. What I'm looking for is advice so I can zero in on one or two GT's to find. Below are the models I'm looking into, but like I said I can't seem to narrow this down. Capability is important and I want 16HP or more, preferably closer to 20hp. Which have sleeve or 3pt hitch? Can you get a 2 stage snow blower for any of them? I guess what I'd like to find is the closet thing to buying a compact tractor, without actually doing so. The 2 things this will be used for the most will be light duty mowing and moderate / heavy duty snow blowing. I know a 3pt hitch is more versatile than a sleeve style, but I don't know which of these tractors come with what. A tiller and back blade would also be something I would use. I don't have Hydro or Hydra now so that's one thing I'd like. Looking at the list below, what advantages will one GT have over the next? Please let me know if I'm missing anything or any tractors. It's a lot of info, that's why I'm posting this way. But if you were going to buy a machine to do it all, what would it be and why.
Case / Ingersoll 400 series (446/448)
Allis Chalmers 620 or 720
Bolens 1886,HT20, HT23