New to L & G Tractors with Questions
Last year the wife and I purchased a home in Southern Oregon on 3-1/2 acres. We will be making the move in a few years after our kids are out of college. The home is currently rented and we make trips there 3-4 times a year to work on the property.
The previous owner left us a JD yellow deck STX38 riding mower. This is the first riding mower we have had. Mechanically it seems sound. I still need to go through and service it. The seat is heavily cracked and some of the hood attachment points have failed. Certainly not the prettiest thing but it works for now.
While it seems to be a solid little mower I'm concerned with it's age and size, it will not be able to handle the demands we need. The property is a mix of irrigated lawn, about 1/2 acre, field grass which is another 1/2 acre and the rest a wooded mix of pines, firs, cedars, some madrone and a few oaks.
My needs are:
Regular mowing of the irrigated lawn
Mowing the field grass 1-2 times a year
Towing a small yard cart for leaves, needles, branches, dirt & gravel
Dragging a pine needle & leaf rake. We have no shortage of needles & leaves.
Dragging a gravel driveway grader a few time a year. We have about 500' of gravel drive.
The property is gently sloped.
My budget is about $3,500. When we make the move my income takes a big hit, at least for a time while we transition so I need to be mindful of costs. My whole goal by moving is to work less than the rat race I am in now.
I am very mechanical and have the skills and tools to work on, build or fabricate equipment so finding an older used machine isn't out of the question.
If going new, what would be an appropriate machine for our needs?
If used, what year, make and model to look for? What to watch out for? Price point?