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    https://www.ofa.fi/fi-en/products/tr...o/6045/tapio-9

    And ATV chains for front. Think that’s what I paid, could be a misremembrabce.

    Update: guy on Advrider got an updated quote for rear chains. $750. Front chains are much much cheaper, ATV-size.

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    Ok you yard equipment nerds, buy me a thing. New house has 2 acres and I will not be push mowing it. I also have a longish driveway that, if it makes sense, I would add that to this machine. I have no other uses. Ain't chopping wood, ain't digging holes...

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    2 acres and not chopping woods, digging holes, hauling things, etc? That’s what you think NOW. Lol
    Anyways if you want nice lawn and stripes you should get a sit down commercial mower. If you just want things mowed one of the compact tractors should do just fine for mowing and snow removal.

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    Re: Tractors - Educate me

    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    Ok you yard equipment nerds, buy me a thing. New house has 2 acres and I will not be push mowing it. I also have a longish driveway that, if it makes sense, I would add that to this machine. I have no other uses. Ain't chopping wood, ain't digging holes...
    So many great machines to choose from .

    So basically you need a sub compact or compact tractor with a mid deck mower and a PTO or hydraulic driven 2 stage snowblower.

    The big thing to consider is you probably want a front mounted snowblower instead of a rear one , where you are constantly driving backwards looking over your shoulder.

    I would also not skip loader arms with quick connects for bucket and forks .

    As an example take these pesky hemlocks , you can just roll up and scoop them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    Ok you yard equipment nerds, buy me a thing. New house has 2 acres and I will not be push mowing it. I also have a longish driveway that, if it makes sense, I would add that to this machine. I have no other uses. Ain't chopping wood, ain't digging holes...
    How many zeros in the budget?

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    I just want the grass shorter than prior to having mowed it. I really don't have a much going on above those 2 things so I certainly don't wanna pay for overkill. My projects would be so small that renting bigger equipment for a day or 2 would be worth it over the long run.

    Yep, front mounted definitely seems like a better choice.

    As many as I need to pay to get those things accomplished. I'm not opposed to 2 pieces of equipment either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    New house has 2 acres
    You sell the one the tree fell on or adding to the collection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    You sell the one the tree fell on or adding to the collection?
    I'd entertain the idea as it'd pay off the maine house but keeping it as a rental now seems like what we'll be doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    I'd entertain the idea as it'd pay off the maine house but keeping it as a rental now seems like what we'll be doing.
    Where is the house you posted the picture of? That the Maine house?

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    Nope, that's the new one in NH. That's the one I'm trying to figure out the yard equipment for. Maine has a plow guy.

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    Subcompact with mid mower and front blower.

    Where in NH?

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    Buy once cry once

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    Nope, that's the new one in NH. That's the one I'm trying to figure out the yard equipment for. Maine has a plow guy.
    NH has plow guys too!

    Of course mine just broke my bridge.....


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    That's where I'm leaning bergs, and Kubota has 0% all the time. Atkinson.

    I wonder if they paid Fitz or he just wants to be a part of anything NH.

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    This last storm put about 6" of snow on the ground before it started pouring rain. By the time I got outside to plow, the snow was fully saturated. To my surprise, I was still able to move it without much trouble using the 8' plow. I had a couple traction issues due to some ice and no chains but it was nothing a little momentum couldn't fix. At the end of my driveway while doing some cleanup with the plow angled, I ran into the front not having enough traction for the first time. A couple of shallower passes at higher speeds handled that situation. At the end, I put the bucket back on and rolled the snowbanks back for better visibility.

    I was under the impression it was going to rain most of the day so I plowed in the rain shortly after it started to avoid having a giant mess. Of course the sun came out less than 2 hours after I finished.


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    My neighbor plows with an ATV but wasn't heavy enough to fully clear his EOD pile. The tractor pushed it without batting an eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    This last storm put about 6" of snow on the ground before it started pouring rain. By the time I got outside to plow, the snow was fully saturated. To my surprise, I was still able to move it without much trouble using the 8' plow. I had a couple traction issues due to some ice and no chains but it was nothing a little momentum couldn't fix. At the end of my driveway while doing some cleanup with the plow angled, I ran into the front not having enough traction for the first time. A couple of shallower passes at higher speeds handled that situation. At the end, I put the bucket back on and rolled the snowbanks back for better visibility.

    I was under the impression it was going to rain most of the day so I plowed in the rain shortly after it started to avoid having a giant mess. Of course the sun came out less than 2 hours after I finished.


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    My neighbor plows with an ATV but wasn't heavy enough to fully clear his EOD pile. The tractor pushed it without batting an eye.
    Yeah...I was up early enough to get out with the wheeler & plow. BUT I held off once it started raining as it was pouring and I didn't want to get soaked. I figured I'd wait a little while, the rain would stop, sun would come out and melting would help. Wrong call. I got it done, but it took forever. Little sections at a time. And as you said, momentum certainly helped. In a few spots, I figured the snowblower may help. Not a chance. Took about 3-1/2 hours what usually takes an hour to 1-1/2 hours. I've said this before, but I won't make that mistake again. This time I mean it.

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    We had some fun moving piles last night.

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    Here's the driveway. Not opposed to doing a mower and blower separate as well. Thoughts?Tractors - Educate me-pxl_20220119_212612539-jpg

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    That driveway is a bit smaller than mine. Estimate about 30-40 minutes or so with a decent walk-behind 2-stage blower. Less than 1 hour including hand shoveling the walks.

    That metal roof is going to be annoying without snow bars as it will keep putting snow back on that walk you just shoveled. Ask me how I know...

    Do you really have 2-acres of grass? Or is this 2-acres of land with 1/8 - 1/4 acres of grass?
    I have ~3 acres of land with ~1/4 of grass. A ride-on mower is the ticket for its 40-50" pass; doing it with a ~22" walk behind is no fun. Problem with the rider is it starts to get annoying turning the thing around. By the time you are done the rider is barely faster than the walk-behind.
    A zero turn would be better.. or a wide-deck semi-pro walk behind. That's what I'm after now, a ~33" self propelled walk-behind. I can use the exercise.
    I cannot imagine how much edge cleanup there would be with a less maneuverable tractor with a 54 or 60" deck.

    Clearing snow off the driveway is a bit different. Although not by much. Bill called it; scalpel vs chainsaw.

    IMO an (at least) $25,000 sub-compact tractor with a mower deck and front blower is an awful lot for that work. Meanwhile $2500 worth of walk behind snow-blower and mower would do the deed just the same. Budget $5k to go nuts with the newest, nicest bits you can and still have enough leftover for a decent back-pack blower, good battery powered line trimmer & small chainsaw combo, plus maybe a gas brush saw for tending to the woods 1x per year.

    Put the rest in the bike fund. That's my $0.02.

    Truth told, as fun as my machine is, I should not have bought it. I should have put the $300/mo into paying someone else and watching them sweat instead.

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    Well said, Garandman. I agree totally. I have a mid size Mahindra tractor and I love it, but for mowing the lawn and blowing snow, i use dedicated machines…and that was with a more difficult driveway and probably more grass.

    My tractor is a big too big and heavy to be good for lawn mowing and a front snowblower for it is extremely expensive. There are better tractors out there for mowing and snowblowing (like Kubota Bx series) but they arent ideal for bigger tractor jobs, and cost an arm and a leg with mower and snowblower attachments.

    5 grand range for brand new husqvarna snowblower and zero turn mower. Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    Well said, Garandman.
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    I have 2 33” walk behind mowers to choose from for anyone interested.

    Also I think a tractor is the best solution for your case.
    But you can get an Ariens Pro blower ($3000) and find a used sit or stand mower also. Especially if you really think you won’t use the tractor for digging or moving shit around your property then don’t buy it. But having it is awesome.

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    I think the front-mount blower kit for my CX2510 runs like $7-8k. Would rather have the backhoe.

    It is badass though: https://youtu.be/dMmvg-pVepM?t=482

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    I have 2 33” walk behind mowers to choose from for anyone interested.
    Whatchugut and whatchu want for it?

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    Craftsman, Troy built and I have a bunton I think also.

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