"Bought house on property in south central Washington last year that was formerly an alfalfa field. After installing a hideously expensive irrigation system, I also bought myself 3 acres of tilling and other earthwork to start, and 3 hours a week of mowing as an annuity. ;-)
I am also, as a friend of mine who owns a Kubota dealership over in Seattle put it, one of those guys "who thinks he needs a tractor".
I started my search for a tractor at the local John Deere dealership, who was very responsive and helpful...maybe too helpful. When giving me a tour of the dealership, we went back into the service area and I couldn't help notice how flimsy a lot of the attachments and components were.
Having worked at a large state park in Indiana during college, I spent many hours mowing and such on larger Ford tractors, and knew that the residential stuff being shown to me at the Deere dealership wasn't going to hold up.
Meanwhile, I was also talking to my new neighbor; is the parts manager at the local New Holland dealership, and decided to look at what they have. Should note here that I sell industrial grade design and product data management systems, and was a team that won a significant order from CNH to supply CAD and related software.
Filled out an online form and owner of the local NH dealership, also a neighbor, called me right away. We talked, negotiated a little, and soon the deal was done. Bought a Boomer 20 w/front loader and turf tires, a 60" Land Pride finishing mower, and a Land Pride 42" tiller. The owner let me borrow a tiller from inventory at no charge until mine arrived from Kansas.
I got right to work, and for a while, the only trouble I had was with the borrowed tiller. When I did have a few shake out issues with the Boomer 20 (transmission gasket the most problematic) the dealer was right on top of it. He came and got it the very next day, returning it that evening with the problem fixed, plus all the 50 hour break in maintenance tasks done; and it was detailed. Now, that's service. Shout out to the guys @ Sunnyside New Holland.
Since then, it has worked great, with only a few minor problems I've been able to remedy myself. Aside from the mowing, I do a fair amount of tilling for my neighbors, rotary cutting, spraying, brush clearing and landscaping. I wouldn't mind having a 25, but I think I'm maxed out on the weight, needing to avoid damage to the irrigation system.
Almost all of my neighbors have similar sized 3 acre lots, but I'm the only one who has irrigated the entire property. They use either zero turn or large riding mowers to keep their grass very short, dumping their clippings every 20 mins or so on the non-irrigated acre.
My strategy is to have longer grass (blue grass), and have outfitted my finishing mower with a mulch kit. The yard looks great, even at the price of reduced maneuverability.
All in all, I'm very happy with the Boomer 20, but also know any gaps between high expectations and satisfactory performance need to be met by a responsive dealer. In my case, they are.