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    City Boy needs a Green Tractor

    Good Afternoon and Greetings!
    I live just outside of Milwaukee and have never needed anything more than a simple lawn tractor to cut my grass, but now I have purchased a 4 acre property in central Wisconsin that I need to "work". I would like something obviously to cut the grass, but having a long driveway snow blowing is just as important, I would also like a rear tiller and perhaps attachments I never even heard of. After searching and searching and of course confusing the heck out of myself I keep coming back to the 318. In a perfect world I would like rear hydraulics and a 3 point hitch. So I am asking you professionals what advice you can give me. Certainly I should preface this by saying although I would love one an actual compact is just out of my range. So I'm looking for something used, reliable and will allow me to keep my arm and leg. Thank you in advance for comments
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    Sounds like you might be a candidate for a 1025r. JD has 0% financing that is mighty attractive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoeckener View Post
    Good Afternoon and Greetings!
    I live just outside of Milwaukee and have never needed anything more than a simple lawn tractor to cut my grass, but now I have purchased a 4 acre property in central Wisconsin that I need to "work". I would like something obviously to cut the grass, but having a long driveway snow blowing is just as important, I would also like a rear tiller and perhaps attachments I never even heard of. After searching and searching and of course confusing the heck out of myself I keep coming back to the 318. In a perfect world I would like rear hydraulics and a 3 point hitch. So I am asking you professionals what advice you can give me. Certainly I should preface this by saying although I would love one an actual compact is just out of my range. So I'm looking for something used, reliable and will allow me to keep my arm and leg. Thank you in advance for comments
    Welcome!!

    This is a bad crowd to hang around if you want to keep both arms and both legs.

    Just ask BigJim, he ended up with a cadillac of gators with a heated and AC'ed cab, & plow - when he started I think he was shopping for a bicycle with a sidecar for CharleyBoy to ride in!!

    How much of that 4 acres is grass cutting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmylh View Post
    Sounds like you might be a candidate for a 1025r. JD has 0% financing that is mighty attractive.
    X2.

    Welcome to GTT dwoeckener.
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    A 318 can do all you want, but you will probably be better off going for a used 750/755.

    A 318 3 point is cat 0

    The rear pto is 2000 rpm so you need specific tillers.

    Mowing with a 50” deck your probably 2 hours or more to mow 4 acres.



    And I say that as a big fan of vintage garden tractors. I’d go for a herd if you want to stay small, or step up to atleast a shaft drive x series or 4x5. Tilling will cost a lot for any of them, if you split that off to a 212,214 or 216 with a 31 tiller you can probably save a couple thousand.
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    X730 minimum used $6-9k . Bigger is better i would go with a 1025r. if money allows. A whole different level of fun...
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    What's your budget? I'm not familiar with how much your arms and legs are worth.
    $2,000? $5,000? $8,000?
    Lots of machines on Madison and Milwaukee Craigslist.

    755, $8500.././.
    John Deere 755 - farm garden - by owner - sale

    X540, $5200.....
    John Deere X540 tractor, mower, blower, weights and bagger - farm garden - by owner - sale

    425, $2400
    425 John Deere - farm garden - by owner - sale

    318, $1500
    Deere 318 - farm garden - by owner - sale
    (that's down here by me tho)

    JD Snowblower, $550....
    John Deere Snowblower - farm garden - by owner - sale

    Some zero turns on there too.

    I'd try to get that 755 for $7,000 and find a rear 60" finish mower in the $500-$600 range. Then when fall/gets here, start looking for attachments to deal with snow.
    I'm in the camp that says zero turn for mowing, and a tractor for everything else.

    Realistic opinions need to take into account your budget, which we don't know.
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    SRG gives good advice. Also look at used 445, 455, x55's, 4100 series, 22xx series. I really like the 4100 series: nice size, lots of ability. But they are not so common and usually have loaders which will drive up the price. If you land is flat, might consider a used zero-turn for the speed. But that won't solve your snow problem.

    If you can swing new, the 1-series, and x5xx up through x7xx. You might also consider other brands. Many are good and reliable. And some will be thousands less than green.

    You can use tractorhouse.com to get familiar with models and how much they are selling for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwoeckener View Post
    Good Afternoon and Greetings!
    I live just outside of Milwaukee and have never needed anything more than a simple lawn tractor to cut my grass, but now I have purchased a 4 acre property in central Wisconsin that I need to "work". I would like something obviously to cut the grass, but having a long driveway snow blowing is just as important, I would also like a rear tiller and perhaps attachments I never even heard of. After searching and searching and of course confusing the heck out of myself I keep coming back to the 318. In a perfect world I would like rear hydraulics and a 3 point hitch. So I am asking you professionals what advice you can give me. Certainly I should preface this by saying although I would love one an actual compact is just out of my range. So I'm looking for something used, reliable and will allow me to keep my arm and leg. Thank you in advance for comments
    If you're in the under $3000 market, the 335 or 345's are a good choice. The newer versions are the GX335 & GX345. They're a very nice tractor to work with! There's a lot of good advice here depending on the depth of your pockets!
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    How are your mechanical abilities?
    Are you able to do your own wrenching?
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