Re: Need Advice on Tractor Size
Keeping an open mind is the best thing you can do for yourself in the shopping process. Look and try out as many as you can. It's fun and a learning experience.
I had the same decision to make as you and I went with a kubota L3010. That was 2 1/2 years ago. I'm in the hills of Southern Ohio. I went to the PT factory in Virginia and tried them out as well as the Big 3 in conventional tractors. I also looked at Cub Cadet and Steiner. Whiles its fun to see and try out all the equipment, it is a very hard decision to make when your spending so much on this type of purchase.
For your acreage and hills I would think a L series Kubota like I have would do an awesome job for you. Some dealers will bring a loaner model out to your place for you to try it out on your property. This would give you a much better idea of whether or not it will handle your hills as desired. After reading and over thinking the issue I was worried sick about whether any machine could handle my hills. Thanks to TBN wisdom I tried as many tractors as I could and went with what I was comfortable with. A PT probably would have worked for the chores I had in mind when I bought mine, but I'm extremely happy I got the heavier Kubota L3010. I have R4's on mine and it is very stable on my hills. R1's (Ag tires) would be better for road maint. and such, but I pull a RFM with mine also and needed something that wouldn't tear up the lawn. R4's are a good compromise in that situation.
Good luck in your shopping.
Moon of Ohio