I purchased a 2004 T9 last summer. It has been perfect for cleaning and restoring the few acres around my house. The thing is built like a tank. As a 27year Kubota CUT owner, you don't realize how really flimsy a tractor's sheet metal is until you drop a rock on a Terramite. No dents, just a little mark in the paint, from a rock that would have collapsed the tractors hood.
You get almost instant live help from the Terramite folks with any proplem. They even stayed on the line with me while I worked on a parking brake that the previous owner had installed backwards. Other than filters, haven't purchased a single part for it, and everything works. Working on it is a breeze.
The loader is really powerful for the size. Moved a 1000 gallon propane tank with it this past weekend. Pulling small trees is a one yank process with the backhoe and it easily handles septic lines and other drain lines. I don't have any trouble going up hill with a load, but you do have to understand how to work the hydro pedal. About the only thing negative about the T9 is its slow driving speed. Moving multiple bucket loads to a dump truck is a really slow process if the distance is more than a few yards. I also wouldn't run the T9, or my Kubota for that matter, without ear plugs or a hearing protector.
I was going to sell the Terramite when I finished my cleanup (should be able to get at least what I paid), but now I think I like it too much and will probably dump the tractor instead and get a Zero Turn for mowing. The Terramite handles everything else around the house.
If anyone has any questions about the "big" Terramite, I will be happy to answer.