Strong and rugged little tractor. I mostly mow brush and do finish mowing with it. It has stood its ground well in really thick NC pine forest. Really great on fuel consumption compared to others I've noticed.
Now, I'm going to hit the bad sides. Please don't get me wrong... I LOVE THIS TRACTOR! It's just that I want to put out a few FYI's for potential buyers (or designers out there).
The first thing that needs to be changed is the rubber floor mat. It keeps popping out of place and getting in the way. However it doesn't hinder operation, just looks unsightly.
Next: weak diff. lock. I've had it repaired (2x) and still is not working correctly. Luckily enough I can use the loader to get out of tight situations. If you get one without a loader just beware.
Also, transmission gear selector lever can pop out of place and it will be impossible to shift. It took me a trip to the dealer to get it figured out but it's an easy fix now I know how. It has only happened that once but my dealer told me it has happened before on others.
The loader joystick and control valve is in a horrible spot. Bounced it off a long leaf pine and bent it all up. Again easy fix, but it should be tucked in tighter toward the tractor instead of sticking so far out to the right.
The rear marker lights need to be built into the fender. They are a weak design and keep getting busted up as I'm driving through the brush. And finally (granted I probably work this little tractor harder than I should) the open wires that run along the bottom of the tractor....let's just call me lucky, they have not been ripped off yet but as stated before, I have really put this little thing through its paces in some THICK BRUSH with 3" dia. pines and smaller hard woods and she is still chugging. I did reinforce them with zip ties and elec. tape.
I have worked this little thing to the bone for what I should be doing with it and it has stood it's ground well. I'm thoroughly impressed with this product and would buy it again all over (with a few modifications first). For the price and equipment I got with it... It has been a great investment.
Sorry for the pic. wish I had a better one, but that the max and my homemade sprayer.