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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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You seem to keep coming back to the "cut". If thats the most important thing then Simplicity is the best choice. I have the mulch kit on my 54" Prestige and wouldn't be without it. Its not offered on the 60". My neighbor has a Kubota with a 60" and I would never take his cut over mine. One of my other neighbors had a 61" deck on the biggest garden tractor and he put a collection system on it and he litterally had to mow twice every time he used it. Got a 54" the next time. Oh, and the Kubota neighbor stopped using his loader for snow removal and bought a two-stage blower and has used it exclusively the past three years. If I had the money you want to spend I would look around and buy leftovers. On Craigslist I found a 2012 4 wheel drive for $10,050 and another selling a loader for $2750, deck for $1500. That would get you an unused tractor and deck-loader for $15000. If it was me buying I would buy a 4-wheel drive Prestige and and a NAA Ford with a loader for less money.:thThumbsU:thThumbsU
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