First time prospective tractor owner... I have a 23 acre hobby farm with more than half of that being old growth maple and beech. A few acres of hay field but my neighbor bails that for me so I won't be needing to do that myself. Drive way is about 500yds long and I have been plowing snow with my Polaris sportsman 6x6 up until now.
I want to consider a tractor to plow or blow and grade the laneway. Also want the FEL to work in the barn yard moving piles of manure and some landscaping. Moving small round bales about 600 lbs. Also need to pull logs out of the forest for firewood.
Given these tasks I think the 1532 should do fine. I am thinking a blade and or box scraper as attachments and maybe a bale spear. am trying to decide on HST or the 8x8 shuttle. HST might be nice because then my wife is more likely to drive it for small tasks. But I lose PTO power but not much. Here in Canada I was told it was $600 for the option.
What do you guys think in terms of the power loss, price/value, and reliability?