Guys - So the wife forced me to buy another house. This new house is 1.5 ac on a lake with about 1ac flat yard. There is plenty of work with the new house. The existing house is 12 ac in rugged steep - even dangerous - country that has about 2 ac in yard and 10 ac that Iím starting to pioneer. There is plenty of work remaining with the existing house. The houses are 140 miles apart. I have a 28 foot double axle covered car trailer that can be used for transport and an Expedition to tow it. I also have a 5x8 single axle that could carry implements. They are both in residential neighborhoods, so upkeep is important.
If I tow - well, you guys know the problem. Basically it will add 3 hours to a weekend in terms of loading, driving, unloading, more fuel, more wear and tear, and more transport risk.
I tried mowing the new property with my old Lowes purchased JD D160 (I think it is a 48 inch cut). Just not do-able in any reasonable time frame for me. In fact, the wife cut it mostly the first time - but I doubt this will be sustainable. So if I go with more equipment, it will have to be a more capable rig than a 48 inch lawn tractor.
You can see from my signature I have been buying plenty of accessories for my 1025 FLB.
Considerations: 1. I really donít want to buy another tractor (my wife will be a hard sell because she wants furniture/rugs/crap)
2. I really donít want to tow it all the time.
3. Reuse of implements would be awesome.
4. More diverse capabilities (like Ventrac kind of handling for the hilly property) would be awesome.
Possibilities: 1. A yard service for both properties (getting poorer by the minute here).
2. New equipment and swap locations based on need/capabilties/mission.
3. Keep making the wife cut it (yeah right).
So if I buy additional equipment, what would you buy? Zero turn, Ventrac, bigger tractor, smaller tractor, etc.?
Any suggestion no matter how crazy are appreciated.