Good points! I’ve expanded my search and have found some other options for used. The search continues....Well some of us are old enough to have seen $$’s made per year increase 8-10 times along with the cost of things too. $1000 isn’t what it used to be.Exactly!!!! Just another $$$
The older you get the easier it is to justify spending more, but then you weigh the cost of it against the pain it saves or the cost to have someone else do the job when you can’t because you pushed too far and it begins to look a lot less.
Besides, how much is fun worth or is it just a bonus? I can tell you, less pain is worth a ton to me.
By the way, if you could look in lower Ohio or Indiana, you would find more tractors available. It’s amazing how much bigger farmer’s lawns are than many other places. The same would be true in Iowa. Further South, people don’t have to worry as much about snow duty so if people aren’t doing gardening, they mainly are mowing so follows the availability of zero turns. Figure out what you want to do, then find a machine or machines that do all of that reasonably easily, then look for deals. If I had needed a FEL I would have chosen differently, probably not green. In my other cases, all I was concerned with was mowing. In one case, I needed to think about who else would use it and that made the choice to go with a good strong tractor. In another, I chose a commercial grade ZTR to keep the cost of operation lower. Just saying, keep an open mind.
I’ve been blessed to be able to have several alternatives, but others can’t. Each person’s circumstances are different just like what they want the machine to do.