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Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

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Hi all, I'm in the market for a used small tractor with [at minimum] a loader. With a hoe as well would be great, but I'm finding I'm priced out for a used Kubota BX25 or the like, so I'm having to downsize my wants to something like a BX2200 or a comparable machine. I need some advice on what brands/models I should be keeping an eye for.

I don't need anything fancy, just something I could haul mulch/dirt with mostly. Maybe also hook up a wider finish mower to, so as to cut down my time on my current 50" deck (Craftman tractor). Matter of fact, the more simple the tractor the better, I need this thing as bulletproof as possible.

Preferably 4wd, but at minimum a locking diffy because I got terrain here. I'm hoping to keep it under $7k. Any pointers from you guys would be much appreciated!
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Interesting attachment. I don't think I've ever seen one of them.
I'm a snowblower guy myself. Specifically a rear mounted unit. Yeah, you have to turn around to use it, but I'm able to sit almost sideways on the seat. Rear mount snowblowers are cheap, readily available (at least around here), and you won't need to dismount your loader so no need to change back and forth. Your machine will handle a 60" unit, which can easily be had for under $1000 in very good condition. Skip the 48" model. Being a hydro, it's very easy to just slow down when the snow gets deep.

The one pictured is an MK Martin Meteor, older model. It was completely refurbished (less the auger) when I bought it for $1000. Stripped and powdercoated housing and chute, new drive shaft, new bearings, new chain & sprockets, new chute cable, new polyethylene scraper edge. It ran darn near dead silent - no rattle, no creaks, no squeaks, no bearing noise, no metal on cement noise. All I could hear was the the snow being processed through the augers. Super cool sound!

Regrettably I ended up selling it last year when I upgraded my tractor. New tractor was a foot wider than the 60" model I had. Super annoying when the machine is wider than the snowblower! Upgraded to another similar unit 84" wide.

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