I've had the itch - trying to justify a Gator to myself. I can afford one with payments (Deere Financial) but despise having payments after a lifetime of them.
I've never bought anything as a "toy" - besides houses and vehicles, it's only been tractors and mowers that paid for themselves with my little side business over the years. I would purchase something like this only as an aid to keep up with my property.
I (and my wife) are pretty much crippled up. We can walk but not far. Have a hard time with a chainsaw and weed trimmer also for example. Use of any hand tools is out. So I am trying to envision how a Gator can help us.
My short list -
Getting the mail - driveway is ~800' long with a pretty good hill.
Multiple trips to the barn ~100 yards away where my shop and tools are.
Beong able to see/check on my property. I only have 6 acres but my house and barn are at one end. Only on the good days can I make that walk.
That's about all I can come up with. I just am having a hard time justifying a $10k++ purchase for just that.
I do have a 2520 with forks which is a huge help with everything around here but it is not the easiest thing to get on and off for me, and it's just kind of noisy.
So what am I missing? What else could I use a Gator for? Maybe I would consider one if I can find more uses for it. I have talked myself into it and out of it a dozen times over the past couple weeks. One thing that is making me think about it again - the manager salesman from our long ago closed up Deere dealership stopped by this week. While talking about this he said that for me getting a gator would be akin to when I upgraded from my 332 to my 2520. Now that made me think because I would never be able to keep living here without the aid of my tractor.