So I am sure this has been discussed, but what are your views on the 6 speed vs hydro.
The same seller also has a 917 hydro for sale for approximately $100 more. Is it worth the extra for the 917h?
I will be working with my tractor, but not hauling thousands of pounds. Mainly a lawn cutting tractor with options to expand to other attachments and hauling some small loads of wood for now, but wanted a garden tractor for the expandability.
Would also like to be able to add a front end loader at some point if that is possible with this series....mainly for mulch and soil.
Unfortunately, Allis did not have a loader for that series, if you really wanted to, im sure you could mock up another loader on to it, other than that, it will do everything you ask of it, with very little complaints.
Cant beat an allis or simplicity for a first time garden tractor owner.
Easy to find parts and attachments, and they are tanks.
The only thing that breaks on them, after a half dozen decades or so is the bgb, but if you only plan on mowing with a little bit of hauling etc, it wont put much wear on the bgb.
Its about time to rebuild the bgb on my '64 landlord, 'ol smoky, which we named it that because of its little puffs of smoke here and there, after 53 years, shes still going strong, but i need to spend some time with her.
And on the 6 speed vs hydro, they dont really have any durability differences, the hydro MIGHT last longer, but it all depends on what you want to do and the shape of the other one, if you want an unlimited range of speeds, say for hauling heavy loads, or plowing, or even going up steep grades, i would suggest the hydro, as you can crawl in times of need.