Garden tractor purchasing advice.
Currently running an older MTD 18HP 42" deck c/w tiller attachment.
This damn thing (the tiller) is handy but a real sob to put on/take off and our mowing area is about to double. Two paddocks where we once kept horses are coming up to weeds/grass etc. and we want to keep these mowed just to keep the place tidy and it doesn't look deserted.
Intention is to keep the MTD strictly as a tiller and purchase something to handle the mowing , picking up/mulching leaves and possibly snow removal.
I've read conflicting advice in these forums but the general consensus seems to be Craftsman are great little units while JD seem to be over priced and in general not up to snuff. Does this still hold true (about Craftsman).
I've looked around and am thinking of settling on a Craftsman 27 HP (this one : http://www.sears.ca/product/26-hp-garden-tractor/71600090?ptag=1). About $1,500 cheaper than a comparable JD.
Total mowing area will be then about 3 acres of wild ex-horse pasture. A little rough and ant hills crop up every once in a while but so far our little 18 HP MTD has handled the job.
Does this seem like a reasonable buy for what we want??