Hi all! First post here on the site, super excited to finally have joined an online community that loves garden tractors. Hopefully I am posting this in the right area.
I am currently wrapping up my senior year at university (studying agriculture), winter is moving ever so close here in central Wisconsin and I'm on the hunt for the perfect garden tractor. Currently live at my parents place which is a small hobby farm. What ever tractor I end up buying has to be able to handle some abuse. I would like to be able to do some light logging applications with it, as well as add a snowblower (long driveway), and possibly a garden tiller for my 1/4 acre garden plot.
I'm not really brand specific at all, but I am very budgeted due to being at college. Would like to spend 1500$ or maybe a bit more to find a unit that at least comes with a snowblower, the other attachments I can find or make myself.
My big question is, what unit should I look for? My parents have a 2005 Cub Cadet GT1554 (hydro-static, 27 horse) that I have abused since new, its a great unit and I've never had trouble, actually replaced the drive belt for the first time this past summer. I have managed to skid small logs with this GT no problem, however Its never had a snowblower on it. But as I look for a garden tractor for myself, should I stick with the newer hydro-statics? Or move to a gear drive transmission? Also are the newer Cub Cadets with the shaft drive hydros any good? Any advice is much appreciated.