lawn/garden tractor or ZeroTurn for hauling stuff?
I often get myself into situation in which I am hauling heavy clay or gravel... or railroad ties across a half acre or more of yard.
Now I'm about to buy a home on 8 acres. I'd love to buy a subcompact tractor, but would rather avoid such a huge purchase until I am certain that I am going to take the real-deal plunge into mini-farming.
(side note: Only 2.5 acres are cleared... so I really only have a 2.5 acre "yard")
Mowing will be 95% of the job. For that, I understand that good zero turns are optimal for speed....which is important.
However, I'm wondering about whether it would be better for me to get a lawn tractor (garden tractor?) for my application. My heaviest load would be possibly dragging an 8' rail road tie across the property behind the mower. Those things are 200 pounds.
Is there something about a lawn tractor that makes it more suitable for this work?... or is a zero turn up to the job, too?
I'm thinking of a John Deere X300 or maybe X500 lawn tractor vs. the John Deere EZtrack z600 zero turn mower.
The John Deere dealer is very close to my property, so it might be more convenient to go with a Deere for that reason.
So is there something about a zero turn that makes them weaker hauling machines?