I have to say from what I can see such a friendly and helpful site. There is one problem with this site though. It's addicting and makes you want to upgrade your tractor.
This summer I fell from a roof and short story shattered my ankle. It's now been 5 months before they would even let me put any weight on the foot. I'm not back to minimal weight and another 4 months till they figure I can walk. Fingers crossed!
Since we live in WI to help the wife out I got a blade for the front of my X485 which is an 04 with 400 hrs on it. I don't use chains and just have R4 tires on the back with 140lbs of weight. So far all is good but man do I want to upgrade to an X738 to get the 4wd. I have a walk behind blower that is brand new as well that the wife will use. I figure the tractor will be good for the light snows and to push the snow to the side of the driveway. The blower will be used for the heavier snows and to also throw the snow off from the side of the driveway.
I even went as far as getting a quote on a X738 but I didn't care for the trade in price and don't want the mess of selling out right. My tractor has been perfect the 10 years I have had it and only thing replaced was the fuel pump since I was anal the gas gauge wasn't working. $600 later I now have a working gas gauge.
I keep drooling over a 1025R which I have no use for. I only cut grass on 1.5 acres and now push snow.
Anyway just wanted to say nice site and thanks for all the help so far with the questions I have had in other posts.