Purchased last year to replace aged Ariens GT19 which is an outstanding tractor but was old. Couldn't be happier with my Deere. It's an outstanding tractor that makes the upkeep work of my yard easier than I could have imagined (I mow about 4 acres).
I am anxious to see how the blade does in the snow, but already know it works well in the dirt and gravel. My only complaints are:
1) Price; the used tractor was very high priced compared to the other makes. Additionally, parts and accessories are very high priced as well. It would be nice if the JD price structure was a little more reasonable.
2) Dealer Attitude; The dealers that I've run into thus far are generally a little a lot. You want a Deere, you gotta come to me type of thing. This I could do without but this also may be limited to my area and experience alone.
Never-the-less, love my Deere, it is, all things considered, worth the money because the product simply performs as expected. Good running, good power to weight ratio, great features, good documentation and amazing ease of use.
I thought my Ariens was well thought out when it came to changing attachment, that is until I experienced the Deere. That being said, I will definitely stick with the Deere product line in the future. I think "once you get there, you'll never willing go back".
Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion....Doug