I've been a collector / user of wheel horse tractors from the late 70s and currently have a couple including my go-to C-141 which I use to plow snow, but I haven't mowed with it in probably 7-10 years since my zero turn does a better, faster job. Now that my 10 year old is getting old enough to start helping out (never unsupervised) I'm looking for something that she will be able to operate. As I get older I'm also finding that tinkering with the old kohlers is still fun but not something I have as much time for. So, long story short, I've started looking at newer hydro deers. A heavier tractor with a legit snow blower and plow setup is also very appealing to me - the wheel horse single stage blower is pretty useless for my long driveway and despite weight and loaded tires the tractor still does have some issues in deeper snow w/the plow. I would be having my kids mow the very flat part of my 4.5 acres (they'll be able to use the zero turn in another 5 or so years), plow and blow a pretty long driveway, and help out with general chores like hauling a wood cart, etc - its a big yard and having real garden tractors I'd never go back to a big box store POS.
My price range is ideally <$4k. A 4x4 like the X738 would be amazing but out of my range. A new tractor doesn't make sense since this won't be my primary mower and I want something that isn't going to depreciate much in case I change my mind or want to upgrade in a few years.
I was leaning towards a 425 (or 445 but those seem to be harder to find). I've found a couple with around 1k hrs for around $3500 w/a blower, plow, and 54" deck - most with all wheel steering but I don't care and its one more thing to maintain/break. I started reading up on the plastic cam, etc - things to look for when buying a used one. I've just recently come across a X485 w/blower, plow, and deck (the combo I want) with $1k hrs for $4800 delivered and it looks really nice w/maintenance records. The EFI is also appealing to me as someone who has dealt with carburetors a LOT.
I know from WH forums that people just dropping in an asking if they're getting a good deal or what something is worth never has a straight answer and there are lots of factors. I did just want to see if people with a lot more green tractor experience could give me some advice as to the models i'm looking at, if the newer x485 is a good tractor and worth the extra $$, or if there is some other model I should be looking at.