This looks like a good John Deere forum and I happy to be here.
My name is Josh and my wife and I own Seven Tails Ranch. Essentially it is the name of our homestead in East Texas. Currently we have just "pets" (dogs, cats, horses) but plan on starting to work the land more for produce and possibly add some production animals in the future. We also have around 7 acres or so set aside for woods/wildlife habitat as we have an abundance of fish in the pond and deer/hogs/coons/armadillos in the woods.
The property itself is around 26 acres with some elevation changes, a 1/4 acre pond, and a creek. We bought the property of November of last year and have been borrowing/renting tractors for the major chores, lawn duty is handled by my Cub Cadet XT1 GT 50" riding mower.
My first John Deere I drove was my neighbor's "small" tractor, a 5100E, 100hp model. Worked great to grade down a foot along the east and south side of the house and do some basic chores in the spring.
I also rented a Kubota L3800 HST for some brush clearing/trail cutting of the pastures a few weeks ago. That tractor was a much more manageable size.
Coming on Wednesday:
2019 3025E with 300E loader. This one is equipped with the "on road package" and R4 tires. Appears to have had telescoping draft links on the tractor already, asked if I can keep those.
Adding to the tractor:
i-Match Quick Hitch
Implements to start me out:
RC2060 Rotary Cutter with Slip Clutch
BB2060 Box Blade - Standard Duty
Excited for this new piece of equipment to the ranch. This should allow me to maintain the pastures, drag the arena a bit easier/level it more (currently using a tractor supply harrow behind my garden tractor (cub cadet), clean out the run in shelter quicker, level my rock on the circle driveway, and work on a variety of other projects; such as a fall food plot for deer.
Hoping to learn and share as I go here. When the tractor comes I'll wire in a canopy fan, some led lights, and add a tool box. Any suggestions on those?
Any other must have implements I should be looking for?
Ultimately I selected this tractor using the 80/20 rule and this should do 80-90% of what I need to know. I am smack in the middle of Cattle and Hay country it seems, so if I need a larger tractor or excavator it is a phone call away from a neighbor or rental yard. The 3025E seems to be a good blend of durability, no particulate filter issues, and power.