So I am new here, been lurking for a year or so but I have a 1025R TLB, with a 54" snow blower, Artillian forks, 60" mower, 60" Woods roto-tiller, and a 60" rear blade. I bought the tractor 3 years ago, and used it on our 1.5 acre property with the intention that we would be moving and it would be useful to buy bigger than a lawn tractor for the next house.
Well we just moved into the next house and its on 153 acres, its a 200 yr old farm house that all the fields grew up starting in the 1930's. We now have about 3 acres to mow, a 200' long drive to clear and grade, and a half acre garden. I know the 1025 is perfect for this work, but getting into the back 150 acres is where I am thinking that something bigger would be better. The woods are 65% hardwood, with a mix of softwood remaining, and decent woods roads to access most of the land. I would like to cut my own wood off the property each year, and possibly some to have milled into lumber for future project.
My dilemma is I own the 1025R which is great, but I am debating on adding a 3046R or 4044R to the stable for big tractor work, or selling the 1025R and all of the attachments and get everything on a larger scale? I have the room for two tractors, and the wife offered to pay for a cab on the next tractor, as she doesn't like to run the tractor in the winter.
Currently we are thinking a 3 or 4 series with a loader and grapples would be perfect start. A flail mower or bush hog in the next year or two, as well as a logging trailer also. I am hoping to only by the tractor for this property once.
Whats everyone's thoughts and experience?