I purchased a new Mahindra 4025 4WD about a month ago. I have put 18 hours on it clearing land that was choked with sweet gums, pines and briars.
Mahindra makes a big deal about the tractor being all metal and now I can see why. I would have ripped the bonnet and fenders off the JD that I was looking at. The tractor has enough power and weight to push over 6-inch pines without any trouble and once I got used to the transmission (gear) I can utilize the loader easily. I realize that the hydro-static or power shift are easier to use but I wanted a simple tractor that nothing (hopefully) could go wrong with.
My root grapple just came in and I will be ordering the hoses soon. I may use a diverter valve that I found at AMD for $410 for the grapple. By attaching the valve to the tilt lines at main boom knuckle I could operate the grapple from the bucket controls. Otherwise I have to plumb lines to the rear remotes.