My JD4100 is a fantastic machine, and I have done more with it than I ever imagined. I've dug drainage ditches with the loader bucket, up-rooted small tree stumps with the forklift tines, graded and leveled fill and topsoil with the bucket and landscape rake, unloaded pallets from a tractor-trailer, and sooo much more. But there are limits, and that is the reason for this thread.
A few times, like when I needed to unload a pallet of solid concrete blocks, or patio pavers, it just couldn't lift the load. So I had to remove about half the load by hand, before the forks could pick it up. I think the tractor has about a 950 or 980 lb lifting cap at 3'. Something like that.
If I were to move up to a pre-owned but well-cared for tractor; I'd want something with maybe 32-35 hp that could pick up 1600-1800 lbs, and have a breakout force (for uprooting stumps or boulders), and probably rear SCV/ports. What would be a good choice. (keep in mind I'd be looking for pre-owned, as the CFO says she doesn't have a budget for this
Any suggestions on what I should be looking for, or should I keep the 4100? It really does 90% or more of what I want it to do.