I bought this tractor used from an individual. It had only 360 hours, and it is my 1st tractor. Already, I wish I had more HP (30-50Hp) because I get stopped easily by my biggest problem, bamboo roots - when using either a middle buster or a disk harrow. But it is a great introductory tractor, since I knew nothing of tractors when I bought it.
The previous owner had disabled the front-end hydraulics because even though he didn't have a front-end loader, or any other front-end attachment, the the hydraulic line kept breaking because of vibrations(?) He thought it was poorly designed. And, with my bamboo problem, I now believe the front-end loader could be very helpful with some of the digging attachments that I've seem for them. I'm not sure if it would be worth fixing since I would likely experience the same problem that he had, and the tractor may just be too small (22.5hp) to dig up the live bamboo (it is aggressive, intrusive bamboo, about an acre, and grows up to 30' high and 2-4" diameter).
In addition, I've had to replace the battery because I had to keep charging it up every time I wanted to use the tractor - but, who can complain since it was still the original battery from 2003 or so. Otherwise, I've had no problems.