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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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I would say with dealers and the cost. I would get something else than a simplicity. The only thing you'll miss out is on the simplicity lawn cut.

As for FEL and other's, I can not tell the difference. JD has a pretty nice loader and hand control setup for it. Some people who own kubota are happy with them. Seem like a tough reliable tractor.

Where I live, there is 6 big jd dealers. 1 simplicity dealer. It would make more sense for me to switch to jd someday. Be easier getting parts, or possibly parts on hand. We have 1 kubota dealer as well, which also happens to sell JD as well lol.

If I could get a new tractor cheaper than a used tractor, I would do it.
If cut is important. Get a simplicity. Some people only care that "it's" cut. I get that way on hot humid days. If it wasn't for trees, I would have me a cab with AC.

JD does ok cutting, but doesn't get down in the holes and steeper ditches like the legacy. Kubota, not sure. Don't have any neighbors with one to compare cuts. So I am curious how well the kubota cuts.

If you are looking for the best lawn, you are not going to beat a legacy. JD, Cub cadet, none of those can compare. Being a simplicity owner so many years. When I am out driving, I can point out the yards that were cut by a simplicity or a different brand tractor.

Prestige is hands down a awesome tractor. Mowing, ditches, and snowblower. Only downside to it is, no FEL. Otherwise, it's sometimes better than the legacy. Simply because it turns sharp and get around trees like a pushmower. My legacy can not turn like the prestige. Both do about a equal mowing job, super steep ditches, legacy does better unless it's a 4wd prestige.
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