I recently removed a swimming pool from the back yard. I convinced my wife that if I had a tractor, I could fill hole and grade yard as time allowed because I'd have what I needed when I had time (that it will also be a great asset to take to the hunting camp is just a coincidence).
Short version: I purchased a 1026R w/ FEL, tiller, box blade and trailer and love it. So far, it has performed beyond my expectations, has plenty power for my tasks, handles easily in small areas. Also, my local dealer gave me a pretty good deal as he wanted to sell me a Deere vs. the other two brands he carries.