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My possible choices for tractor, your thoughts pls

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I have 2 acres, small garden and about 200 feet of driveway.

I'm going to post this in a couple of cross threads (hope I'm allowed)
After looking around it seem.....TODAY... lol that this is what I am thinking about.
No particular order as they all are priced pretty close, but no one has given me hard numbers yet. They say we can talk about them and there is some room for negotiating. Price will have to come into it for me at some point.

BTW. I haven't really liked any of the dealers just yet. I'm trying new ones on Monday lol. So no value there yet

1. JD 1025R
A) 60 7 iron deck Kit with mulch kit. (wish I could find more info on the results of the mulch) Don't think I want the auto connect as it will only come off one or two times a year so hoping for some cost savings there.

Is there anything I need to add or be careful of or things that are better right from the factor than add on later.. i.e.., hidden charges, etc hook ups. Things you would do differently or questions I should ask to make sure they compare apples to apples.

2. Simplicity Legacy XL Diesel. (used 65 hrs)
A) New 60 inch deck with mulch
B) FEL with rear weight box
C) 50 Inch tiller

3. Kubota 2370
A) 60 Inch deck
B) Quick Hitch 50" Snow blower

*still have See JD and Kubota on Monday and will reconfigure the Kubota to be similar as the JD*

My thoughts:

All Mower deck sizes are the same (60)
All are 4x4
All are diesel.
Kubota is not the same HP.. 23 vs 25. Ill have to check the difference in cost
Both JD/K are larger build than Simplicity.
Simplicity has the nicest cut (that I can find)
Simplicity has more nice complete package
Simplicity is used, and I can't see it and to get it to the house will cost a bit more.
There are not as many simplicity dealers etc if I need repairs as JD/K

Like to hear your thoughts.
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Your sig says you have a legend. Are you happy or not with it?
The hardest part is finding out how much of the simplicity cut I'm going to loose.

Previously I posted that I tried a Massey SCUT tractor and while the cut was fine, I could have bailed hay with the left over grass. With mine, I have the mulch kit, I have zero clippings, unless it is very wet, or long.

I like the JD/Kubota size/build.. Just haven't seen a cut I like yet :(

I thought the old was was getting long and now I have it narrowed down so a lot of the other stuff doesn't apply.

Is that ok I should I just have kept on going?

Thanks for that. Didn't know that.
Im going to go with the FEL.
Sarge.. what do you suggest then. Don't say a lawn tractor please because I already have a nice one. It just a takes forever to cut the lawn, its getting beaten up. (read earlier posts)
Platinum, it seems you and I have reached the same conclusion.

You are absolutely right. I think I need to figure out just HOW MUCH I NEED? Thats the real question isn't it? Before you know it you can spend a lot of money and have a huge tractor which you don't need.

I have my demos tomorrow and will probably provide some feedback on what this all means to me.

Your also right on the Regent lol. It's just that I can't see physically any simplicity mowers where I live to to answer the question of whether or not a conquest, prestige etc.. will meet my needs and last a long time :(

I have my demos tomorrow and will be able to hopefully answer a few more lingering questions, but after that it's time to let it all sit in and reevaluate.

Thanks all for being so patient and providing your thoughts.
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