My original requirements for the tractor and my impressions now are:
- moving round bales - plenty of power, though you want to make sure you have enough counter-weight. This not a knock against the tractor but something a first-time tractor owner needs to learn.
- caring for 1/4 mile long driveway - 72" box blade makes this easy work
- brush hogging approximately 7 acres cross fenced into 8 smaller paddocks (smallest gate is an 8', most are 10') - no problems using the 6' brush hog
- several smaller loader projects that have piled up (pun unintended) - this loader makes chores fun!
- cleaning out winter bedding from barns - where the tractor can reach it speeds up this process
- consolidating a few brush piles - pushing around loose piles is a bit more cumbersome than I thought, need a grapple.
- cleaning up waste hay from round bales - I've been careful to not push too hard on thick piles of waste hay, it's a loader, not a bulldozer I keep telling myself. A grapple is definitely best for this chore.
- turning compost piles of waste hay and bedding - no problems with this.
- loading an old ground driven manure spreader with compost - no problems with this.
This is a great tractor and it's just the right size for our little operation. I'm afraid a smaller tractor would have me in some unsafe positions trying to unload double stacked round bales of hay.
I chose this tractor over the DS line and I'm glad I did. All the little extra features make using the tractor a pleasure. Hooking up implements is simple using the QA on the front and the telescoping 3-point arms and rear operated lever on the rear.
Neighbors with the traditional green and yellow tractors have been impressed with the features and the size of the metal (axles, loader, etc).
Pre and post sales experience with S&H of southwest Missouri has been fantastic.