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GT 1860, should I consider it?

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The asking price is $4000. Is this a good deal? I want to upgrade from my Craftsman 42" cut 15.5 HP B&S.

I recently joined this site when I was looking at a B6100 (SCT) with a FEL and pull behind finish mower ($5900). That deal got away, and maybe it was for the best. So here I am here I am again.

I own about an acre and a third in the country in central FL. It's not a manicured lawn, but not brush either. I was looking for a sub compact tractor, but the new ones are more than I want to spend, and used...well my wife says I have enough projects. Unless I find a good classic (then I will make a new hobby for myself). To be realistic, I think a sub compact tractor may be overkill. I guess it’s just a guy thing.

I mostly mow, pull a cart, would like to drag a disk, maybe a roller, and a tiller for a garden. A FEL would be nice, but again this is overkill for my actual needs. I do have a road that can use grading from time to time, but its not my primary concern right now. ZTR’s are nice, but I still like to feel like I am on a tractor vs. a mower.

I came upon a one owner Kubota GT 1860 with a 54" deck. Not 4wd, but does have hydrostat transmission and electric power steering. Comes with an extra set of blades. It has 140 hrs, always kept in a garage, over maintained and has all the manuals. The owner was introduced to me by a local Kubota dealer that is trying to sell the owner a tractor/backhoe. I was skeptical about the hours for its age, but his story seems to check out.

Is this a unit that I should consider? I have been reading some older reviews about this model, and they are mixed. Seems this unit is prone to have electrical problems. The current owner says he has had no problems, but with the hours they may have just not started to show up. All the positive reviews were from new or low hour users.

Your thoughts, and/or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I have been taking to a local fella with a 1979 Power KIng with a belly mower. Did I say I could make a new hobby for myself?
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$4000 seems like a good price, especially if the hours are correct. I own a
TG1860 and have zero complaints. This is a serious grass cutting machine. Built to last a lifetime. If you're looking to move dirt, I'd say look elsewhere. They do not make a FEL or Johnny Bucket for this model. Basic attachments like a front blade, power flow bagger and snowblower (if you can find one) are available. Not sure about a tiller. Its built like a tank and either engine (Liquid Cooled Kawasaki or Kubota Diesel) will perform flawlessly. The mower decks (54 or 48) are built out of heavy gauge steel and are run off of a mid PTO, not the engine crank. It does have a rear belt PTO that is probably used for the powerflow bagger. Who knows, maybe a tiller could be run off of it. Good luck in your search. Again, if you're looking to move dirt, this may not be the model for you.
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