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Re: Realistic lifespan on a garden tractor?
As noted it all depends on how you care for the unit to a great extent, I use my equipment, somedays pretty hard but take very good care of things maintenance wise and it really pays off, from the vehicles to the tractors and everything in between, I tend to get many more years of use than the average.
Personally based on what you have posted, I would opt for the 700 series in four wheel drive and if you need to hold off on the blower for another year. In your position I would get a 2305 as I can't see myself without a loader, the 2305 is pretty popular where I live for mowing and many have some pretty good slopes, exceeding the 30 degrees you have and mow with no issues. I didn't take the mower with my 2305 as I didn't want to be bothered removing the loader, and opted for a LA series and am very happy. Currently have about an acre to mow but when finished will have close to 2 1/2, will upgrade to a bigger mowing unit when the time comes.
Good luck with your purchase and let us know what you decide.
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