I'm new here & new to tractors in general. Just bought our first house here in Northern Rhode Island & along with it we have an acre of land that needs attention. About 3/4 of the land is relatively flat, the other 1/4 or so is a hilly slope down to the street that we live on. Right now the hilly areas are full of light brush, pine & oak trees. However I plan on clearing all the brush & making it a little more neat in there. Trees will stay, but I'll need a mower that can handle that area as when I am done clearing the brush it will be a mow-able area of the lawn
I would be doing some light hauling (firewood, stone, rocks for retaining wall, etc.) with the tractor & plan on possibly tilling the ENTIRE acre at the start of next spring. I want to get a tractor that might be able to handle this stuff as well as snow removal in the winter.
Price range is under $3,000.00, in fact I'd really like to get a tractor with a few light attachments for that price... de-thatcher, cart, bagger that type of stuff, you know.
Here are the Husqvarna models that I'm looking at:
Boasts locking rear differential. Supposedly it is last years model, but this website says otherwise. I've found one at a local place for $2,549.00
Husqvarna LGT2554, 2348LS, 2246LS
Been looking at these too although not as excited about these models. Please let me know what you would pick for my situation on the Husky's.
As for Cub Cadet these are the models that I'm looking at:
Cub Cadet SLTX1050 & SLTX1054
Cub Cadet GT1554 & GT1554VT
I like that the cub Cadet sltx series offers the 12" turning radius, but I suppose that it's not the most important thing out of everything to consider. Oddly the frame on the sltx's is 9 gauge & on the GT's is 12 gauge. There's a few weird things that I've found like that.
Anyway, I really would appreciate your help & advice. I want to find out what people think is the better brand & also what models to consider for each brand. All in all, I really want to get something that's going to last me a really long time if I take care of it.