I've been mowing and blowing snow with the same JD 400 for the past 35 years. What A Great Tractor!
About 6 years ago I re-powered her with a Briggs 24hp Vanguard to replace the tired old 19.9 kohler. That was a Great Upgrade! What a difference in Power and Far less fiddling around than with an old tired engine. It Was Worth Every Penny, Awesome Upgrade. I seriously considered purchasing a FEL for her, but decided her age, cat zero 3 point, and odd PTO RPM were too limiting.
Tomorrow morning a brand new 1025R is being delivered to ease her load. It's gonna take some getting used to to run the hydrostat with my foot, but right now i can't hardly wait for it to get here!
The TLB seems hard to find, but my local dealer said they would order the backhoe and mount it up for the same price as a factory one, so in a couple weeks they will pick it up again and install the hoe and stuff needed for it. Hope that goes as planned..
Making My Acreage Great Again!