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Howdy! Please help me figure out the right tractor for me

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Hi there.

I just found this site yesterday with some googling.

I leave in Barto, PA. I've got a ~40 year old Cub Lo-Boy for mowing my hilly 3 acres.

After struggling with this under-powered tractor for a couple years, I've finally decided I need something with more horsepower. The Lo-Boy can climb hills and it can mow but it can't do both simultaneously.

So, if somebody could offer some suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em. I'm open to suggestions of new or used, probably can't afford to even consider something over $10k. I'd much rather spend about half that, if possible. I think a belly mower would be the best because there are some tight spots I've got to deal with.

Other than mowing, I might like to use it for snow removal eventually.

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Welcome to the forum! :Welcome1: For taking care of 3 hilly acres and wanting to at some point handle snow removal, my recommendation would be a small 4WD CUT or sub-CUT. New, they probably are outside your budget, but you should be able to find used ones in your price range. I'm most familiar with and partial to Deere, but for my hilly property it took me several tractors to get it right. I've gone too big and too small, but now have settled on a sub-CUT and think it is the perfect compromise. :)

A brush hog is more for rough mowing including taking down saplings etc. There are RFM (rear finish mowers) that have a fine cut to them. Still, you are looking backwards and if you aren't paying attention, you can catch 3PT implements on things.

A poster here just got a smoking deal on a low hour JD 2305 for $6500 from a friend who sold it for what the dealer was offering it in trade. Now, I never find deals like that, but they are out there. :) A tractor of this size would have plenty of power to handle your tasks and hills and the diesel would be thrifty as well. :)
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