Get the compact tractor, or fence in the 4 to 5 acres and get goats. They will keep that area tidy. When I was growing up a large landowner/developer I knew would bring in goats to clear grass land before development. Wasn't a fast process, and obviously they won't help with the woods.
All you land owners! I need your help!
This summer my family will be moving. We’ll be on 20 acres. About 4-5 acres is open field and the rest is wooded. My wife and I have separately lived on land before, but the bulk of the fields were hay fields and someone else cut and baled it.
As of now the idea is for us to keep the fields cut. We may put in an orchard and/or decent sized garden, but there will still be a lot of mowing to do. My 20” push mower just won’t cut it for that. I enjoy yard work, but don’t want to spend 8 hours mowing ever other weekend.
I thought about a compact or sub-compact tractor, but choked when I saw the $10-20k price tags.
Then I thought about a ~60” zero turn, but with all the woods and other projects we want to do, I was thinking it might be useful to have a few attachment/implement options. Trailer/cart to tow stuff around in. A blade/scraper for occasionally leveling the gravel driveway and clearing or moving brush and stuff around. Possibly a tiller/cultivator for the gardening. Maybe a winch mount for dragging fallen trees out of the woods. That’s about all I can imagine needing though.
I’m not opposed to buying used, but I really have no interest in getting something I’ll have to constantly be fixing and working on. I am comfortable around engines and mechanic work, but I don’t enjoy it anymore. Unless it gives significant savings, I’d rather buy new(er) and not have to worry about that stuff. (I’ll still do the routine and preventative maintenance.)
“Lawn Tractors” are mostly what I’ve been looking at so far. For JD it looks like you have to get up into the X500-X700 range. Husqvarna seems to have more attachment options at a lower price point, but I don’t know anything about the reliability and quality of their current products. I saw a Kioti dealer not too far from the new location, but haven’t yet looked into their offerings.
What else should I be looking at? Just buy a wide mower and rent/borrow/buy other equipment when and if the need arises?
(I generally hate forums and online review sites, so that’s why I am asking here, the one forum I frequent)
@Tom King since I know you’ll have some input.