Can’t let Ted have all the Thinking About fun. Ha. Realized the ancient Ford 1210 is essentially junk. It needs more work than I can do. So... Looking over the new tractor world after getting over the sticker shock, and really digging in to my true requirements and then the “maybe nice to do later” stuff... Requirement: It’s going to have a cab. I’m really not supposed to be sucking in dust and dirt with sarcoid. Yeah I could get a helmet or respirator or wherever but I know myself and I’ll not wear it like I should. So a can tractor it is. Critical jobs: - Driveway snow clearing. - Gravel driveway maintenance - Mowing prairie grass but not finish mowing and no brush or even a tree (kinda, note below) Implements I have: - Rear snowblower. Cant use it easily with a cab. Manual crank chute. Cant easily use that on bad right hand days anyway. - 48” Ford brush hog. I could keep it and use it mowing. - Box grader - keep. Driveway maintenance. They’re awesome. - Back blade. Again keep. Good for driveway for angling to pull ditches occasionally. Also good for snow if not deep. Required implements I don’t have: - Front snowblower with hydraulic chute. Easier for me to operate, even Karen could operate one set up right. Implements I might add: - Ground plane - somewhat useful besides box blade for driveway but not truly mandatory. - Pallet forks. There’s just so much crap you can do and move around especially with a couple of eye to eye lifting straps. Unlikely but maybe someday : - Flail mower - just because it can be extended sideways to get up against the fence that goes all the way to the ground. It’s essentially horse fence on massive poles. Unlikely stretch: - Mini backhoe. It’d be nice to fix a bit of drainage / French drain, but not realistic. Would just rent or have someone else do the trench and I’ll fill with my loader. - Also unlikely with a front snowblower, a real snow pusher. They work great but not going to swap the blower off to attach one. Other circumstances / desired: - Dealer support. Frankly there’s a few jobs I can do but the hand makes them annoying or even mildly painful. So a solid dealer who can, if needed, transport the thing and work on it if needed. What that means around here is that you’re really only choosing between two. John Deere and Kubota. The rest are either too far away or just non-existent. I really wanted to look at Kioti but I’m not going to do a dealer 100 miles away or more. So. Looking at the compact tractor lineups from Green and Orange ... JD implements on the front seem way too fussy. Having standard skid loader attachment capability up front seems smarter. Orange wins hands down. Mowing. Both at this size can do belly mowers. I also still own the ZTR. Thing is, see note on mask/respirator. I shouldn’t be using the ZTR. But I also find belly mowers are a pain. Bolt on are too much work to get off if you need them off and drive overs, well... they all make them and after a while things get loose, twisted, or bent and they just don’t go on correctly. So... rear mower it is. And I’m used to that anyway with the brush hog. But with a tad more horsepower I can go a bit wider. They can go as high as 70” behind the compacts even the lower HP ones. If it overhangs the tractor a bit that helps with the passes along the fence. My tractor tires are waaaaay too close to my fence with the 48” brush hog. Quick hitch: A definite want maybe need. Three points are a minor pain in the ass one and a half handed. However I’ll have to measure current implements and see if they’re quick hitch compatible. The box blade should be and it’s the most likely used. Back blade may not be. Old snowblower definitely isn’t. So... I probably forgot some stuff but fire away. Talk me out of Orange. Ha. I have a formal quote coming in email tomorrow. Maybe later tonight. Kubota LX2610 cab compact tractor, loader, bigger rear mower, front non-commercial snowblower (including the required subframe and center PTO driveline beef up stuff) and quick hitch. I forgot to add the pallet forks. Tractor is in stock. Blower wouldn’t arrive until after winter. Dealer would grab tractor in sumner or whenever and attach all the blower stuff and return it. Honestly at this price a skid steer ALMOST works better other than the mowing and would fit in the garage. This cab even if we switched to turf tires won’t make it under a standard 7’ garage door. It will make it just barely under an 8’. So... the tractor may have to help build itself a shed. Or we bite the bullet and build a pole barn.