Back in 2006, when my antique Allis-Chalmers, model C's, (see Allis-Chalmers, model C review), had an unexplained engine jam, I needed a replacement tractor to maintain my 10 acres. I opted for the New Holland, TC30, 4-wheel drive with hydro static transmission.
Since my upcoming chores included a sprinkler system installation, a pond dig, a driveway fill, a house addition foundation dig, and of course the never ending weed control, I chose a tractor with a front end loader, a backhoe, a 3 point hitch and 540 rpm rear PTO.
Although I could have gotten away with a smaller mid to low, 20's hp rated tractor, I chose the 30 hp since my property has a 30 foot high hill with up to 20% slopes that I have to keep mowed.
I have a number of 3-point tools. Besides my 4-foot rotary cutter that I use regularly: a spring tooth cultivator, a rear dozer blade, a box scraper, a post hole digger and a sickle bar mower. I also have a couple pull-behind tools, a drag harrow and an 8-foot disk.
All functions of the tractor have performed well. I have had no mechanical issues with the tractor.