/ Need Tractor/Truck Recommendation #11
The 1025r is a good tractor for its intended use, which is basically a glorified riding lawnmower. Same with the BX23.JD dealer trying to sell me on 1025r and Kubota dealer trying to sell me on BX23S. Someone on here mentioned the spade attachment, and elsewhere someone recommended me a trenching bucket. These seems like phenomenal solutions to me, accomplishable in the $1k range as opposed to a $5-9K backhoe addition to the tractor. Therefore I can spend the money savings on a bigger tractor instead of the backhoe.
Thanks to everyone's help and input I'm finally getting my options narrowed down:
- Sell current plow truck ($6-$8k) and upgrade to a slightly better one in the 10k-17k range for plowing, dump runs, and moving big purchases
Keep ZT for whipping fun turns while mowing my lawn
- Aim for a ~$25k tractor that has loader bucket, box blade, and some kind of spade/trenching bucket attachment, and big enough to be able to do other tasks like brush hog or rototill down the line
Yes, DEFINITELY not getting another diesel truck! Located a nice little Tacoma yesterday with low mileage in good condition and great price. My mechanic is going to look at it on the lift today. *fingers crossed*I was just going to recommend exactly what you have listed above. I think you are on the right track.
The one suggestion I have is: skip the diesel options on the truck. Diesels are great for folks running them daily and under extreme loads. For the occasional use, gas is just easier. And you'll find a much nicer truck in your budget. A $15k diesel will be pretty rough already.
Summer is the time to find a plow truck and if you have the budget, maybe a 1ton dump! You live in Vermont so you know this already, but rust is the first priority. Judge condition by the amount of rust and pay for the least rust you can afford. Brand is the least of your concerns.