I was looking for a small but sturdy and powerful tractor to use for maintaining 3 acres of residential property. We had a new landscaping project going on for about 1 1/2 acres. The tractor was used to rip and level ground with a box blade. Dirt and material was moved with the front-end loader. The backhoe was used to die holes, remove stumps, etc.
All in all it has been a great little tractor. Working in bare dirt can cause the radiator to be caked with dust, forcing a rise in operating temperature. The dirt is easily sprayed off the radiator and it's back to it's normally low operating temperature.
It's gear driven and very versatile in the number of speeds available in both forward and reverse.
The backhoe mounts across the entire length of the frame, so it is rock solid and quite strong.
This little guy outworked the landscapers larger Deere tractor, as it sat overheating constantly while trying to rip the ground.