Yep, another one.
Here's what I'm looking to do:
I have 1.25 hilly acres to mow. Some trees to go around, but it's not super tricky.
I have a 250' driveway, also with a slope (house/shed at the top), that requires snow removal.
I have approx 1.25 acres of woods with mature trees and brush on it. Occasional dropped trees, branches, etc need cleaned up. Leaves from the woods blanket the yard in the fall.
We have lots of areas that should be mulched but we don't do it as often as we should, since moving the mulch from the driveway (where a delivery would get dumped) to relevant beds is difficult and time consuming currently.
When trees come down, I tend to section/split for fire pit firewood, which needs retrieval/relocation to a wood pile.
Current "tractor" is a Husqvarna YTH22V42 mower. I have a little dump trailer for it, but with slopes to cross to get the trailer where it would need to be, moving mulch this way is somewhat of a pain and I wind up using "1 human power" landscaping cart. This is not fun.
Current snow removal is done by a walk-behind MTD snow blower. This works, but is sloooooow. For a "typical" 6" snowfall, I'll spend 2-3 hours clearing the driveway and parking area by the garage.
My lawn takes 2 hours to mow with the Husqvarna, but I accomplish this in a "not recommended" manner. Doing things completely safely makes it take 5+ hours.
So I'm looking to a SCUT to help here.
I'm sort of narrowed in on a John Deere 1025r or a Kubota BX2380.
I have access to work with and mow with a 1025, and I have. I've moved some dirt and cut some grass. Tried it on slopes, removed the FEL, reinstalled it, etc. I like it, although it feels bigger than it is, if that makes sense.
I got to drive a BX2380 in the lot only at a local dealer just to get an initial feel for it. I liked the layout of the controls and the tractor itself seems to offer a bit better visibility than the 1025 (for mowing...i.e. watching for sticks, obstacles, etc).
I've watched countless hours of YouTube, read and read and read, and every time I think I made up my mind, I think about something else that changes my mind.
Currently I prefer the Deere, but it seems the two closest JD dealers are not super interested in providing pricing, as I've asked a few times and have not received anything yet. I have pricing on the BX2380 from two different Kubota dealers, who were both quite responsive. I have one Kubota dealer pretty close to me (15 minute drive). I have one JD dealer at about 20-25 minutes away, and another at 30-35 min away.
The next closest option would be LS at 45+ and it goes up from there.
I'm a little worried about two things on the BX---- the transmission fan vulnerability, and the relative lack of power in the loader compared to the 1025.
I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts on those issues....?
I feel like either will do what I want, but it seems the JD will be a slight bit better?
If the dealers can't be bothered to try to sell one, though, do I really want one?
Any thoughts on what I should maybe go back to the Kubota dealer and ask to try with the BX? That's reasonable? (i.e. what's a reasonable "ask" to try with a new/unpurchased unit before committing to purchase)