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So old faithful ain't so faithful no more . My PGT9000 Craftsman garden tractor finally crapped out. So now I'm looking at sub-compact tractors and starting to get very overwhelmed by what's out there. It must be a tractor loader backhoe with belly mower. Now comes the hard part......it must work like a real tractor. Some models I have come to find out can't lift and curl the bucket at the same time or 3pt hitch is either all up or all down no adjustability for grading or even snow plowing. I'm looking for input here cause at over $20,000.oo I don't want to overlook a thing. I also don't want a compact tractor (which would make this really easy just a green or blue decision then) my yard has to many tight spots for something that big to drag a finish mower and to big for some of the digging I have to do between my house and retaining wall........let's hear it!
 

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I have a 25 hp Kubota with loader that doesn't lift and curl worth beans well. Single action only. It is all in the valve
 

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In general, your best options are green or orange. Kubota and Deere lead the compact fields. As for hydraulic specs, you'll have to compare sorry. If you can get by without a mower (get a lawnmower) then I'd suggest getting an older backhoe. Like a deere jd310, or a Ford. Both are common and affordable for a full size machine.

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I have to have a sub-compact unfortunately. I don't have the storage for a lawn tractor and another tractor sub or compact. My father-in-law has a TC33 New Holland that I've used a lot around here so I do know where I fit and dont. Was hoping for someone to chim in and offer up that ah-ha piece of info but think I'm just gonna spend many sleepless nights contemplating this decision......#problemsofafirstworldnation
 

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Well, I made up my mind after a ridiculous amount of you tube videos and articles. And the Winner is ....... (drum roll please)........1025R John Deere......but wait this just in.... the wife without my knowledge is in the process of buying my Father-in-laws New Holland for a price that only a fool would pass up(no, unfortunately not free though). Now that's great but still leave a big hole in my plan as this tractor has no backhoe or mower or snow plow......the saga continues.......
 

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good choice! The John Deere 1025R is smaller than I thought you were looking for, but a great addition to the property. Tell us more about the New Holland and what good it is without a mower, plow, or backhoe? Is it just the naked tractor?
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Well it's about 2 weeks out to my understanding. Father-in-law lends it out on a regular basis. I'm not happy about this and the end result is spending just as much as I would have on a new one. It has a front end loader and gill tool (box scraper). It's either a 99' or 00'.....when it left my property some 7 yrs ago it had around 800 hrs on the clock. Also spent it's whole life in the weather Uncovered ......
 

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Well it's about 2 weeks out to my understanding. Father-in-law lends it out on a regular basis. I'm not happy about this and the end result is spending just as much as I would have on a new one. It has a front end loader and gill tool (box scraper). It's either a 99' or 00'.....when it left my property some 7 yrs ago it had around 800 hrs on the clock. Also spent it's whole life in the weather Uncovered ......
Sell it or trade it in then. Gotta have open comms with the wifey lol

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UPDATE- still no tractor and the wife and kid have been push mowing 2 acres...lol...probably won't see it until winter at the earliest but I did get the price dropped after talking to the father in law 😉
 

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Just got back to work middle of last week. Doin alright I guess no more limping but still can't put full weight on my knee or kneel down on it for that matter. In do time I guess. All Jeep projects still on hold.
 

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thought you could use some inspiration.....
 

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I have a Kubota about the same size. Real handy
 

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Congrats on the tractor Lizard. Hopefully its earning its keep this winter.
 
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