Just found this thread, and have been enjoying it. I tried to imagine using this method with my tractor. I use my tractor in the woods a lot, and have approached a lot of jobs with little trepidation, but I just couldn't get my mind around just knocking over a relatively large tree with my tractor....then I looked up the specs and you have 1500 more pounds of tractor than I do. I've got a couple of smallish leaners that I'm hesitant to chainsaw, since I know they're going to barber-chair. Think I'll try this with those. THANKS!
I'm not real knowledgeable on the JD's, I am pretty keen on the Cubs. There are several models of the 3000 series that can be found for $1500-3000 with the twin cylinder engines, (mostly Kohler Commands) power steering, hydraulics, and the diff lock. I've always had good luck with them. Always want to test the diff lock before you buy, some folks engage it when moving and strip the gear. Just giving you another option.
The ag tires make a big difference in traction as well, and of course loading them doesnt hurt either.
Oops. That's what happens when I have too many windows open! :duh: